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Dougong ( dǒugǒng 'cap block') was a special kind of joint that played an important role in the survivability of wooden structures. It is a distinctive construction technique. The dugong braces were set on top of columns to enable the horizontal beams to uphold the heavy roofs by transferring the weight and any impinging stresses over a larger area to more vertical columns than would otherwise be possible.
The pieces are fitted together without using glue or any fasteners and fabricating the intricate pieces so that the joints were flexible but secure required much skill and precision. The loose dougong roof framework was flexible enough to ride through earthquakes and strong storms.
Sets of dougong brackets formed a flexible system, and this is one of the most important elements in traditional Chinese architecture. Builders in Japan, Korea, and other Sinicized countries on the 'Ring of Fire' earthquake zone built using the same basic style.
December 10th, 2018
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