A visit to Ghangzhou: Part 2

The significance of the joint

Christopher Platt
22nd July 2018


The idea of construction arguably began with building the first wooden structure. In order to successfully bring two piece of wood together, there needs to be a suitable joint invented. This prosaic issue lies at the heart of the art of architecture.

Despite China’s highly sophisticated building methods, students in Guangzhou are learning from master carpenters how to make a full size replica of a Dou-Kung; the bracketed column capital seen in traditional temples and houses. 

This work is part of a long standing research project by Professor Ling Cai exploring the human and architectural futures of the traditional Chinese villages for the Dong People, which Chris has been contributing to with invited talks for two years .


Guangzhou, China



Photographs by Christopher Platt

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