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Unheralded Cultural Treasures: Village Architecture of China’s Minority Peoples near the Great Wall and Beyond

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Jan 29, 10:30am
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Unheralded Cultural Treasures:
Village Architecture of China’s Minority
Peoples near the Great Wall and Beyond

Asian Art and History: Fabulous Wonders of China
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning

James Warfield, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois

The Great Wall of China is one of the great architectural accomplishments of humankind. While often thought as a singular creation, its history shows that it is the product of centuries of work and thousands of miles construction by many varied peoples. Today, what remains of this vast network of monumental defensive architecture stands as a physical tribute to the millions of workers who contributed to its construction. While the wall has long been recognized as a cultural treasure for its scale and beauty, the traditional villages of its builders represent a similar unheralded cultural treasure. These settlements, large and small, reflect the humanity and daily life of the builders who historically constructed the Great Wall.

Admission includes lunch and a discussion with the lecturer immediately following the lecture.This presentation is part of the Asian Art and History lecture series.

James Warfield

James Warfield

James Warfield is an architect, author and distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Illinois. His books include Roads Less Traveled, Dancing Lessons from God and Poems of Netherworlds. His research collections, The Warfield Archives of Vernacular Architecture, are housed in Shanghai. He writes “The Warfield Column” quarterly for the Chinese journal Heritage Architecture. He led the Illinois-China Program for 25 years.


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