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110th birthday of Chinese architect celebrated

2011-04-21 00:06:18 GMT2011-04-21 08:06:18(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

rchitect Liang Sicheng's wife Lin Zhu (R) and daughter Liang Zaibing (C), unveils the bilingual edition of Liang Sicheng's monograph "Chinese Architecture: Art and Artifacts" during the commemoration of Liang Sicheng, chief designer of the Monument to the People's Heroes on Tian'anmen Square, at Tsinghua University in Beijing, capital of China, April 20, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhao Wanwei)

BEIJING, April 20 (Xinhua) -- The 110th anniversary of the birth of Chinese architect and city preservationist, Liang Sicheng, was celebrated in Tsinghua University in Beijing Wednesday.

The book Chinese Architecture: Art and Artifacts, which is a collection of Liang's research articles on China's ancient architecture was released during the event.

Born in 1901, Liang Sicheng was a pioneer in the historical research and exploration in Chinese architecture and a leader in the restoration and preservation of ancient monuments in China.

Recognized as the "Father of Modern Chinese Architecture", Liang is the author of the book, A History of Chinese Architecture, and he was also the Chinese representative in the Design Board which designed the United Nations' headquarters in New York.

Liang's second wife Lin Zhu, the editor of the new publication, said, "Many of the articles in the book are written in English which can help the western readers cultivate a deeper understanding in the ancient Chinese architecture."

"Liang believed that cultural exchange between different countries can greatly contribute to the development of the national culture," Lin added.

The book is a reflection of Liang Sicheng's remarkable academic insights and great command of English, said Wu Hao, a publisher of the book.

Liang has a deep love for the Chinese architecture, and he was determined to introduce the beauty and glory of the Chinese architecture to the whole world, Wu said.

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