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Canberra, 21 January 2011.

30 October 2008

[Multimedia] Reconstruction of Tang period Chang'an


30 Oct 2008

Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

"The Chang'an project is headed by Professor Heng Chye Kiang and a team of researchers including Ms. Gan Ser Min, at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. It originated in 1994 as a research project to model digitally the cityscapes of two of the most important cities of the Tang and Song periods - Chang 'an (618 - 907 CE) and Suzhou (960 - 1279 CE). The project aimed at providing visual, formal, and spatial information critical to the understanding of the development of Chinese cities. Using primary and secondary sources like archaeological reports, period paintings, funerary objects, literary documents, extant architectural examples and current knowledge as the basic for interpreting the cityscape of Chang'an individual buildings and compounds were created and combined to form the city. The result is the creation of visual information never before available. [...] Chang'an was the capital of Tang period China (618- 907 CE). At its peak, it had a population of about one million. Measuring 9.7 by 8.6 kilometres, the plan of this large city inspired the planning of many other capital cities in East Asia including Heijo-kyo and Heian-kyo in Japan in the 8th century. Join us as we take a [multimedia - ed.] walk through this majestic city. [...] [U]sers can choose to visit no less than 13 unique locations within the historic city. These include official buildings such as the Linde and Hanyuan Halls, religious complexes, residential wards, architectural landmarks and commercial markets among others. Each part of the tour consists of an introductory description of the location followed by slides, digital images and a guided 'walk through'. The embedded animation sequences allow users to experience visually the spatial and formal matrix of the ancient city."

Site contents:
* People; * Content (Mingde Gate (3.2MB), Hanyuan Hall (3.5MB), Market place (3.0MB), Yongning Ward (6.1MB)); * Software ["The complete stand-alone software is available in: English edition, Chinese edition, Bilingual (English and Chinese) edition"]; * Recent Research (The Reconstruction of Yongning ward: Settings of Daily Life in Tang Chang'an [http://www.arch.nus.edu.sg/casa/projects/hck_changan/pages/content.htm]).

URL http://www.arch.nus.edu.sg/casa/projects/hck_changan/pages/content.htm

Internet Archive http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.arch.nus.edu.sg/casa/projects/hck_changan/pages/content.htm

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