Church Architecture in Northern China in the 1920s: Design, Style, Materials, and Construction Techniques
In 1926, French missionaries from Xianxian 献县 (Hebei province) published a handbook for church construction in Northern China. It contains practical advices about building materials and construction techniques from the foundations of the walls to the timber frames and the top of the roof. Furthermore, the handbook promotes the Gothic style, is illustrated with technical drawings, and contains a series of model plans of Western-style churches.
This exceptional source about technical transfers of modern construction techniques in China at the time of the Republic, reveals unknown information about the collaboration of Western builders and Chinese workers. The French handbook has been recently translated into Chinese, and critically analysed. The lecture presents the results of several years of fascinating research and answers questions about the authors of the handbook, its context and influence.
关于高曼士博士（Dr Thomas Coomans）
Dr Thomas Coomans 高曼士 is professor at the Department of Architecture of the University of Leuven, and at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation. His research focuses on architectural exchanges between Europe and China from the 1840s to the 1940s. He is presently teaching at the School of Archaeology and Museology of Peking University.
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