Architecture of Kulangsu: Social Memory of Chinese People in the Context of Modern History

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Zhang Jie , Vuthipong Roadkasamsri


Kulangsu's architectures are not only restricted by the Chinese traditional cultural context, but also integrated with lots of Western cultural elements, thus forming a unique culture expression. This paper starts with the concept of social memory, focus on the relationship between the social memory and the related architectures, then analyses different architectures of Kulangsu, which anchor the sampling static images located at different historical nodes. However, once the individual meets the architecture, the dialogue between the individual and the architecture can obtain the connotation and details of social memories related to more levels and dimensions in different historical nodes. The architecture in Kulangsu has multiple identities. From the perspective of social memory, it not only statically serves as a container to store information of historical nodes, but also dynamically play a role of an interactive participant of construction of social memory to achieve derivative expansion. It breaks the limitation of individual memory, so that all relevant social memories can be derived into a broader and complete memory association space, and the multi-dimensional combination of social memory can be realized. It has a great practical significance to research on the social memory of Chinese people on a cross-culture and multidimensional path.

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