Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2017, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (5): 631-640.doi: 10.1007/s11442-017-1397-1

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Born of geographical environment, coloring for regional context: Concept and progress of geo-architecture

Fang WANG()   

  1. Sino-German Joint Laboratory on Urbanization and Locality Research (UAL), College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
  • Received:2016-10-08 Accepted:2016-12-09 Online:2017-05-10 Published:2017-05-10
  • About author:

    Author: Wang Fang (1973-), PhD and Professor, specialized in cultural landscape and its locality of built environment in urban and rural areas. E-mail:

  • Supported by:
    Joint Sino-German Research Project supported by the Sino-German Center (NSFC and DFG), No.GZ1201


In today’s world, where re-examination has been given to cultural globalization, the relationship between architectures and specific regions is one of many specific issues. At this time, the study of architecture from the perspective of geography has significant meaning for treasuring regional characteristics and protecting the essence of ethnic culture. The study of geo-architecture includes two aspects: the influence of geographical environment upon architecture and reflexively, architectural responses to geographical environment. In “Geo-Architecture and Landscape in China’s Geographic and Historic Context Series” (4 volumes), published by Springer Nature in 2016, the contents of “geo-architecture” has been interpreted from various angles as form, function, semantics and symbol. This book is the first to be entitled “Geo-Architecture”, which studies the relationship between geography and architecture from the perspective of geographical environment and historical context in China. The book’s research reveals the influences of different geographical scales, such as zone (macro), region (middle) and site (micro) scales, on architecture; it discusses dynamic and systematic thought, including such research elements as “Object-Subject-Time”, and it reflects views on pattern and process of cultural landscape. Research on geo-architecture aims to help construct the security pattern of the cultural landscape for the new requirements of a new era, which is used to optimize spacial structure, stimulate heritage conservation and renewal, respect the geographical environment, pay attention to historical culture and sustain emotional memory.

Key words: geo-architecture, geographical environment, cultural landscape, Springer Nature