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Notes on the Geography of China: Shanghai: Shikumen to Xintiandi: Photo 8

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A view of the courtyard--a nod to Chinese tradition--and wing rooms.  

See Chunlan Zhao's "From shikumen to new-style: a rereading of lilong housing in modern Shanghai," Journal of Architecture, Spring 2004.  Lilong is a broad term, composed of two words, the first meaning neighborhood and the second meaning a street; the idea of the "neighborhood street" conjures up the kind of crowded residential alleys that Jane Jacobs would love.  Zhao contrasts the classic shikumen with germinal forms and with later, 20th century ones lacking the alley entrance gate and perimeter shophouses.

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