Hybridization: Traditional Chinese Courtyard Houses and Contemporary Design

By Li Han.

Published by The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies

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Published online: August 6, 2014 $US5.00

The purpose of this research is to examine hybridized design methodology through the redesign of the Chinese courtyard house. In recent years, various design disciplines and elements from different periods and cultures have converged, adding knowledge, variety, and originality to design. There are numerous design precedents of combinational design. Nevertheless, it is largely unclear how hybridization has been affecting the design process and creativity. Literature shows that traditional design methods may reinforce repetitions and therefore hinder creativity (Lawson 1980). Will a hybridized design generate more originality? How can this methodology be implemented? Given our complex living conditions, will crossbreeding in design provide more adaptive solutions? These questions can only be answered through design projects which intentionally employ hybridized design methods.

Keywords: Design, Methodology, Hybridization

The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, Volume 12, Issue 1, August 2014, pp.23-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 6, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.729MB)).

Li Han

Assistant Professor, Interior Design Department, Virginia Commonwealth University, Doha, Qatar