I am currently working with a team to develop Architectura Sinica. At its core, Architectura Sinica is a digital image archive of the monumental architecture of Middle Period China. It is also a tool for exploring the use of construction techniques and stylistic features particular to the Middle Period (8th-13th centuries). The vast majority of these buildings were constructed for ritual purposes, therefore data on style and structure of the buildings, as well as epigraphic information on site concerning patronage, have the potential to enhance not only our understanding of the aesthetics of traditional Chinese architecture over time and space, but also our understanding of the trade networks, crafts traditions, and spiritual aspirations of people living in pre-modern China.
Feel free to explore our site here at: architecturasinica.org
Because technical vocabulary is critical for understanding this architectural tradition, the thesaurus currently being developed by the Annotation and Translation of Traditional Chinese Architecture Terminology (ATTCAT) Project is also published through this website. You can follow this link to go directly to the architectural terminology section.
And be sure to check back to track our progress!