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Knapp, Ronald G. 1940-

Overview
Works: 38 works in 194 publications in 3 languages and 10,584 library holdings
Genres: Pictorial works  Exhibition catalogs  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: NA7448, 728.0951
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Ronald G Knapp
China's traditional rural architecture : a cultural geography of the common house by Ronald G Knapp( Book )

10 editions published in 1986 in English and Spanish and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chinese bridges : living architecture from China's past by Ronald G Knapp( Book )

18 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in English and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bridges, the least known and understood of China's many wonders, are one of its most striking and resilient feats of architectural prowess. Chinese Bridges brings together a thorough look at these marvels from one of the world's leading experts on Chinese culture and historical geography, Ronald G. Knapp. While many consider bridges to be merely utilitarian, the bridges of China move beyond that stereotype, as many are undeniably dramatic, even majestic and daring. Chinese Bridges illustrates in detail 20 well-preserved ancient bridges, along with descriptions and essays on the distinctive architectural elements shared by the various designs. For the first time in an English-language book, Chinese Bridges records scores of newly discovered bridges across China's vast landscape, illustrated with over 400 color photographs, as well as woodblock prints, historic images, paintings and line drawings
House, home, family : living and being Chinese( Book )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

China's vernacular architecture : house form and culture by Ronald G Knapp( Book )

11 editions published in 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chinese houses : the architectural heritage of a nation by Ronald G Knapp( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Chinese landscapes : the village as place by Ronald G Knapp( Book )

11 editions published in 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The studies collected in this volume were written by anthropologists, architects, geographers, historians, a sociologist, and a veterinary ecologist. Taken together they form an exceptionally coherent survey of Chinese villages, ranging from the dry north to the humid southeast and southwest of this vast country. Going beyond books on Chinese vernacular architecture that focus on individual dwellings, this work examines the village ensemble itself, the various settings for the habitation, work, and leisure of China's large rural population
China's island frontier : studies in the historical geography of Taiwan by Ronald G Knapp( Book )

13 editions published between 1980 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

China's living houses : folk beliefs, symbols, and household ornamentation by Ronald G Knapp( Book )

15 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It has been said that for the Chinese "a house is a living symbol," one endowed with meaning and the result of conscious action. China's Living Houses is the first book in any language to explore comprehensively the extraordinarily complex links among folk beliefs and household ornamentation across time, space, and social class. Well-written and copiously illustrated, it reveals dwellings as dynamic entities that express the vitality of Chinese families as each journeys through life."--Jacket
China's old dwellings by Ronald G Knapp( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Chinese house : craft, symbol, and the folk tradition by Ronald G Knapp( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

China's walled cities by Ronald G Knapp( Book )

7 editions published in 2000 in English and Chinese and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"China's Walled Cities focuses on city walls - the essence and signature of the traditional Chinese city - to bring this cosmic order to light. An overview of the history and importance of Chinese walls leads into extended explorations of Chang'an and Xi'an, Beijing, Nanjing, and the recently preserved city of Pingyao. The author's discussion is complemented by illustrations drawn from his extensive collection of images, as well as historic photographs, maps, and drawings."--BOOK JACKET
Asia's old dwellings : tradition, resilience, and change by Ronald G Knapp( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examining the environmental, historical, and social factors that influence the housing forms of more than half the world's population, this text presents information concerning the distinctive character of the dwelling structures of Asia
Chinese houses of Southeast Asia : the eclectic architecture of sojourners and settlers by Ronald G Knapp( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an authoritative book on the subject of hybrid architecture built by successful Chinese immigrants and their descendents in Southeast Asia. It includes hundreds of photographs and information on the historical contexts of the buildings
Things Chinese : antiques, crafts, collectibles by Ronald G Knapp( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"China has been a source of fascination for the West since the early days of the China trade, and the country's importance to the world grows with every passing day. China's renowned art objects and traditional manufactured products have long been sought by collectors--from porcelains and finely detailed paintings, silk fabrics, and furniture to the lacquered or ebony-and-bone chopsticks that are a distant relation to the ones you'll find in most Chinese restaurants. Things Chinese is the next book in the newly redesigned series that includes Things Japanese and Things Thai. Like them, it presents sixty distinctive items that are typical of Chinese culture and together present a very special window onto the people, the history, and the society of the world's largest nation. Each object is a collectible in its own right, and each has a different story to tell. The objects are grouped into six areas: household items, arts & crafts, personal possessions, eating & drinking, games & entertainment, and religious items. They include some items that will be familiar and many that are unfamiliar--some new and some old--from painted cabinets and calligraphic scrolls to painted opera masks and moon cake moulds, and from Golden Lotus shoes once used to encase tightly-bound fee to snuff bottles, Mao memorabilia, mahjong sets and even kites. Renowned architectural historian Ronald Knapp describes the history, cultural significance, and customs relating to each item, while award-winning photographer Michael Freeman has taken superb photographs to illustrate them. Together, text and photographs offer a unique look at the material culture of the Chinese and the aesthetics that inform it"-
America's covered bridges : practical crossings - nostalgic icons by Terry E Miller( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Without covered bridges to span the rivers and provide access to vast swaths of the interior that had previously been difficult to access--America never would have developed the way she did. In America's Covered Bridges, authors Terry E. Miller and Ronald G. Knapp tell the fascinating story of these bridges, how they were built, the technological breakthroughs required to construct them, and above all the dedication and skill of their builders. Each of the bridges, whether still standing or long gone, has a story to tell about the nature of America at the time--not only about its transportational needs, but the availability of materials and the technological prowess of the people who built it. Central to the development of these bridges was the challenge of supporting a long spans with flat roadways. Early American bridge builders and carpenters developed revolutionary new methods of joining timbers into patterns consisting of triangles or continuous arches that resulted in structures rigid enough to span long distances. Called trusses, these systems were critical and had to be protected from the elements by a roof and siding. Few people today realize that bridges were covered to protect the trusses--not the people using the bridge! Unprotected, the trusses soon degraded and the bridge would collapse. North American covered bridges were marvels of engineering long before modern civil engineering was invented. Self-taught carpenters and builders discovered how to shape and join timbers into patterns in just the right ways to achieve a desired strength. Over time, wooden bridges eventually gave way to ones made of iron, steel, and concrete. Many covered bridges became obsolete and were replaced--others simply decayed and collapsed. Many more were swept away by raging torrents or ice floes, or by tornadoes, tropical storms, and hurricanes. A few were reduced to ashes by accidental fires, or torched by arsonists. Illustrated with some 550 historical and contemporary photos, paintings, and technical drawings of nearly 400 different covered bridges, the book offers five readable chapters on the history, design, and fate of America's covered bridges, plus related bridges in Canada."--Publisher's website
Peranakan Chinese home : art and culture in daily life by Ronald G Knapp( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discover the rarified Peranakan (native-born Chinese of Southeast Asia) aesthetics that are today highly sought-after for their beauty: distinctive furniture and ceramics, textiles and jewelry, and many other art objects. Peranakan Chinese Home displays these extraordinary objects, visible markers of a highly developed culture. The broad range of beautiful objects which the Peranakan Chinese created and enjoyed in their daily lives is astounding. Each chapter in Peranakan Chinese Home focuses on a different area and presents objects used or found in those spaces. Each
Lao fang zi by Shouxiang Chen( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in Chinese and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gu cheng jin xi : Zhongguo min jian sheng huo fang shi( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adaptation and evolution of the physical environment : the politics of planning( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chinese houses of Southeast Asia : eclectic architecture of the overseas Chinese diaspora by Ronald G Knapp( Book )

4 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The multiple chinese migrations from southeastern China to Southeast Asia have had important implications. In Southeast Asia, this influence is evident in the architecturally eclectic homes these migrants and their descendants built from the late 18th into the early 20th centuries. This book is a glorious celebration of this heritage
 
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House, home, family : living and being Chinese
Alternative Names
Knapp, Ronald Gary

Na, Chung-liang 1940-

Na, Zhongliang 1940-

냅, 로널드 G

ナップ, ロナルド・ゲーリー

Languages
English (162)

Chinese (4)

Spanish (1)

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House, home, family : living and being ChineseChina's vernacular architecture : house form and cultureChinese houses : the architectural heritage of a nationChinese landscapes : the village as placeChina's living houses : folk beliefs, symbols, and household ornamentationChina's old dwellingsThe Chinese house : craft, symbol, and the folk traditionChina's walled cities