The article want to describe a system of buildings, located in the city of Wuhan in China, with specific homogeneous architectural morphological characteristics, identified with the term "lifen". The Chinese word "lifen" is composed by two characters. The first is Li “里” used to identify something inside that can be associate in the case of urban structure, which is a space inside a boundary. In Wuhan, there are many unique examples of Lifen realized to meet the demands of a Chinese new social class from the end of 19th and early 20th century. Firstly realization was during the period of the foreign concessions in China. In Wuhan the area was along the bund of the city of Hankou where was established the foreign settlement, on the north side of the Chang Jiang - or named, at that time Yang Tze Kiang. The foreign nations - England, Russian, France, Germany and Japan has initiate the urban expansion of the city with foreign characteristics so like an unprecedented in the history of Chinese cities. The most knowed examples are the urbanization of Tianjin but many Chinese cities give way strategic locations for trade to the foreign countries. In Hankou during few years growing up banks, administrative buildings, religious buildings, offices of companies, etc Together this new constructions, which the native people never seen before, born the “Lifen” as homes designed in a new vision to host the new Chinese working class.

The chinese house inside the ex-foreign concession in Hankou: description of Lifen

francesco maglioccola
2018

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The article want to describe a system of buildings, located in the city of Wuhan in China, with specific homogeneous architectural morphological characteristics, identified with the term "lifen". The Chinese word "lifen" is composed by two characters. The first is Li “里” used to identify something inside that can be associate in the case of urban structure, which is a space inside a boundary. In Wuhan, there are many unique examples of Lifen realized to meet the demands of a Chinese new social class from the end of 19th and early 20th century. Firstly realization was during the period of the foreign concessions in China. In Wuhan the area was along the bund of the city of Hankou where was established the foreign settlement, on the north side of the Chang Jiang - or named, at that time Yang Tze Kiang. The foreign nations - England, Russian, France, Germany and Japan has initiate the urban expansion of the city with foreign characteristics so like an unprecedented in the history of Chinese cities. The most knowed examples are the urbanization of Tianjin but many Chinese cities give way strategic locations for trade to the foreign countries. In Hankou during few years growing up banks, administrative buildings, religious buildings, offices of companies, etc Together this new constructions, which the native people never seen before, born the “Lifen” as homes designed in a new vision to host the new Chinese working class.
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