Historically, the developments of the traditional
Chinese settlement always include the attempt not only to respect the
important ideas in the form of the landscape, but also to state the
critical values in the function of the city. Both components link to the
rhetoric of ‘visual thinking’ which is important for city sustainability.
The transformation of cultural ideas into instructive principles of
sustainable design relating to visual thinking for a traditional Chinese
settlement, Zuoying, located in southern Taiwan is the focus of this
paper. The process of analyzing the city landscape, the temple
monument, and the housing layout can be recognized as a critical
dialogue of learning the values and the ideas of sustainable design.
Moreover, the concept of visual thinking enables us to translate
various visual clues of a historical settlement into the design
guidelines. Such an operational procedure should be process-oriented
in order to play a critical role in carrying out the logic of designing a
sustainable city and in unifying the meaning of the ecological city
forms into a traditional Chinese settlement.
World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology，v.41，2009.05，P417-422