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“Li Shiqiao reveals continuities between ancient Chinese city formations and current urban organizations where others see only rupture and chaos. No other work on the staggering urban explosion in China so deftly displays the complexities of these current formulations. Bringing an impressive array of disciplines into conversation with each other, this book gestures toward what urban studies could and should be.”
- Professor Ryan Bishop, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton
“Asked what was the difference between Japanese space and ‘western’ space, Maki declared emphatically: ‘Nothing!’ Tackling differences in spatial thinking from inside both ‘western’ and Chinese thinking, Li Shiqiao demonstrates how mental space, Chinese and ‘western,’ is determined by culture.”
- Professor Leon van Schaik, RMIT University
“Li Shiqiao has written the only book on the Chinese ...
Chapter 7: The Empire of Figures
The Empire of Figures
Abundance and prudence, while functioning in some capacities as organizing principles of things in cities, impose relatively loose degrees of selection; the first is accumulative and the second, preventative. What eventually emerges as the supreme ordering force in the Chinese city can perhaps be described as ...