Redefining Urban Landscapes: The Spatial Form of Chinese Vernacular Architecture




spatial form, chinese vernacular, architecture, sustainability, landscapes, urban


Objective: This paper explored the spatial form of Chinese vernacular architecture and its transformative potential in urban landscapes. Chinese vernacular architecture embodies a distinct design approach deeply rooted in cultural and historical traditions, harmonizing with the natural environment.


Theoretical framework: Through an analysis of its spatial characteristics and their relationship with the urban context, this study investigated how Chinese vernacular architecture could contribute to sustainable and culturally vibrant urban spaces.


Method: The research methodology involved a comprehensive analysis of Chinese vernacular architecture through literature review, and previous case studies. The research investigates the spatial principles, design elements, and construction techniques that contribute to the unique character of Chinese vernacular architecture. The study also discussed the implications of incorporating the spatial form of Chinese vernacular architecture into contemporary urban landscapes. The integration of these design principles has the potential to promote sustainable urban development by emphasizing principles such as energy efficiency, natural ventilation, and passive cooling strategies.


Results and conclusion: The findings highlighted the significance of spatial form in creating sustainable and culturally rich urban environments. By redefining urban landscapes through the application of Chinese vernacular architecture, cities can become more livable, resilient, and aesthetically pleasing.


Originality/value: The paper advocates for the inclusion of these spatial design principles in contemporary urban planning and architecture, advocating for a holistic approach that balances environmental sustainability, cultural heritage preservation, and human well-being. It was determined that the spatial form of Chinese vernacular architecture possesses significant potential for redefining urban landscapes.


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How to Cite

Kehua, H., & Mamat, M. J. B. (2023). Redefining Urban Landscapes: The Spatial Form of Chinese Vernacular Architecture. Journal of Law and Sustainable Development, 11(8), e1425.