Journal of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE A

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 239–240 | Cite as

Understanding parisians

  • Hua Chen
Social Science


The urban physical environment results not only from functional requirements of urban life, but also from the very cultural background and social relationships. After examining the relationships between the architecture and the cultural contexts in Paris, the author presents and argues a belief that the architectural characteristics in Paris can be better explained by understanding the Parisian ways of urban life.

Key words

Parisian architecture urban planning 

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© Zhejiang University Press 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hua Chen
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  1. 1.Institute of Urban Planning and Design, Dept. of ArchitectureYuquan Campus of Zhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina

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