Spatial Habitus

Making and Meaning 


Asia’s Architecture

(Click Above for Chinese Language Announcement)

Series Editors Ronald G. Knapp and Xing Ruan 

The University of Hawai’i Press is pleased to announce a new series, Spatial Habitus: Making and Meaning in Asia’s Architecture. The intent of the series is to explore the socio-cultural, historical, and environmental factors that influence the structure and meaning of Asia's architecture—buildings, settlements, cities, and landscapes—for more than half the world's population. “Making and Meaning” emphasizes the interactive yet legible as well as complex relationships between human beings and their built world. Drawing upon the research of established as well as younger scholars, the series will focus on how cultural, material, spiritual, and social factors shape built forms and how meanings are transmitted through architecture and will 

Interdisciplinary in scope and border-crossing in extent, Spatial Habitus will present original syntheses, introduce new areas for investigation, as well as offer reinterpretations of earlier scholarship. Each series title will be a source for understanding both present and past built forms. Encompassing research throughout Asia, the series will creatively explore and construct new scholarship that crosses traditional disciplinary and national boundaries and provide lessons and serve as inspiration for architects, planners, and citizens as they construct future environments.

It is intended that each volume be published in English- and Chinese-language editions through the collaboration of the University of Hawai`i Press and a leading academic publisher in China
The first book in the series is

House Home Family: Living & Being Chinese
co-edited by Ronald G. Knapp and Kai-Yin Lo
University of Hawai'i Press and China Institute

The second book in the series is

Allegorical Architecture: Living Myth And Architectonics In Southern China
by Xing Ruan
University of Hawai'i Press

Richly illustrated with photographs, line drawings and maps, each volume in Spatial Habitus: Making & Meaning in Asia’s Architecture will be supported by a glossary of terms and a comprehensive bibliography. A distinguished international and interdisciplinary editorial advisory board assists the editors.

Series Editors:

Ronald G. KNAPPSUNY Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Geography at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on the cultural and historical geography of China, including most recently  Chinese Houses: The Architectural Heritage of a Nation with photographs by A. Chester Ong (Tuttle Publishing, 2005), Asia’s Old Dwellings: Tradition, Resilience, and Change (editor and contributor, Oxford University Press, 2003), China’s Old Dwellings (University of Hawai’i Press, 2000), China’s Walled Cities (Oxford University Press, 2000), and China’s Living Houses: Folk Beliefs, Symbols, and Household Ornamentation (University of Hawai’i Press, 1999) His new book China's Historic Bridges: Architecture over Water with photographs by A. Chester Ong will be published in late 2007 by Tuttle Publishing.

Xing RUANis Professor of Architecture, and Chair of Architecture Discipline Group at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He is the author of New China Architecture (Periplus/Tuttle, 2006), and Allegorical Architecture: Living Myth and Architecture in Southern China (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2006); his forthcoming edited book (with Paul Hogben) is Topophilia and Topophobia: Reflections on Human Habitat in the Twentieth Century (Routledge, 2007). Xing Ruan has published on architecture and anthropology, architectural education, China’s modern and contemporary architecture, as well as Australian contemporary architecture in both scholarly and professional journals. Born in China, he received his architecture education at the Southeast University in Nanjing.

Editorial Advisory Board: 

Nezar  ALSAYYAD, University of California, Berkeley, USA

CHEN Zhihua, Tsinghua University, China

Puay-peng HO, Chinese University of Hong Kong, HKSAR, China

HSU Min-fu, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

KATAYAMA Kazutoshi, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music, Japan

LEE Sang HaeSungkyunkwan University, Korea

William LOGANDeakin University,Australia

LU Yuanding, South China University of Technology, China

David P.Y. LUNG, University of Hong Kong, HKSAR, China

Paul OLIVER, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Amos RAPOPORTUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Joseph RYKWERT, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Nancy Shatzman STEINHARDT, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Yi-fu TUAN, University of Wisconsin—Madison, USA

Roxana WATERSON, National University of Singapore, Singapore

December 10, 2006