Hybridization: Traditional Chinese courtyard houses and contemporary design

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-40
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Critical Cultural Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2014


  • Design
  • Hybridization
  • Methodology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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