Yingzao Fashi: Twelfth-Century Chinese Building Manual

  title={Yingzao Fashi: Twelfth-Century Chinese Building Manual},
  author={Qinghua Guo},
  journal={Architectural History},
  pages={1 - 13}
Yingzao Fashi (State Building Standards) is the oldest extant Chinese technical manual on buildings. It was compiled by Li Jie, a Superintendent of State Buildings (later Director of Palace Building) in 1100 and published by the Song sovereign in 1103 (Figure 1). There are thirty-four chapters in the Yingzao Fashi, starting with a concise definition of the main terms used in the manual by tracing their textual origins. The main body of the book specifies the units of measurement, design… 
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