Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College, USA Hosts a Chinese Architecture and Culture Lecture

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College [Time]    2010-12-01 09:38:06 

On November 23rd, a lecture entitled Chinese Architecture and Culture was hosted by the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College on the Kendall campus of Dade College. Teachers and students from the Faculty of Architecture at Dade College and people curious about Chinese culture were in attendance at the lecture which was given by Dr.Zhang Wengyun, Chinese Director of the Institute

 Front page of Lecture PPT

Architecture, a combination of technology, art and life, reflects not only the scientific advancement, spirit and aesthetic conceptions of a time, but also serves as a loyal account of people’s lifestyles and values of that era. Architecture, therefore, enriches the treasures of culture by virtue of its distinctive cultural deposits. Dr.Zhang commenced his lecture by introducing the Forbidden City of Beijing, lending itself to the most distinctive of ancient Chinese architectural styles. Exquisite pictures and spatial images of oriental style grabbed the audience’s attention from the outset. Then, with references to architectural features, including imperial tomb constructions, folk houses, bridges, archetypal structures and decorations, towers and memorial arches, he illustrated ancient Chinese architecture’s basic features, development, and styles. Cultural values, including those of integration, balance, permanent variations, moderation, rigid ranks, ideology and nature reflected in ancient Chinese architecture were also considered. Throughout the entire lecture, Dr.Zhang displayed a series of exquisite, vivid pictures of ancient Chinese architecture using multimedia techniques. This allowed for everyone to gain an all-round understanding of ancient Chinese culture in relation to architecture.

Chinese memorial arch picture

The American teachers and students’ yearning for Chinese cultural knowledge was not diminished by the language gap: the majority of them not able to speak Chinese. Instead, they constantly applauded Dr. Zhang’s excellently vivid lecture which was delivered in fluent English. In addition, they also extended their gratitude to the Confucius Institute for offering such a precious opportunity to gain an understanding of Chinese architectural culture. They hope that more Chinese cultural lectures of this nature will be held by the Confucius Institute in the future.

The lecture, one in a series of Chinese cultural lectures held by the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College, has played an essential role in expanding Chinese cultural influence and improving the Confucius Institute’s popularity and social impact.