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BUILDING ASIA BRICK BY BRICK
2007 SHENZHEN & HONG KONG BI-CITY BIENNALE OF URBANISM | ARCHITECTURE
CITY OF EXPIRATION AND REGENERATION - "CoER"
NORTHERN PARK OF OCT-LOFT | NANSHAN DISTRICT | SHENZHEN
DECEMBER 8, 2007 - MARCH 9, 2008
people's architecture and ArtAsiaPacific will present Building Asia Brick by Brick at the 2007 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism | Architecture.
During the Shenzhen Biennale, "Building Asia Brick by Brick | Teach Through Play" will invite Shenzhen youngsters and architects to first build an oversized Map of China. The subsequent construction of cities on this map is based on the French salon game of "Rotating Corpse," where a group of players collectively assemble a story or image. Here, each collaborator adds to the composition without being allowed to see the previous contribution. Each team of architects and children will contribute a section to an imaginary city that represents both diverse aesthetic sensibilities and principals of community. The final product is both a vision of China and the act of modeling the inter-generational teamwork necessary to create tomorrow's community.
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For the past two decades China's economic growth has created seemingly endless opportunities for international architects to impose their vision on China's built environment. What has yet to be fully experienced is the reciprocating effect of Chinese contemporary culture on the spatial production worldwide. EXPORTING CHINA will discuss the future potential of exporting China's contemporary culture. More info >>
YUNG HO CHANG : Principal Architect, Atelier Feichang Jianzhu, Professor and Head, Architecture Department, MIT Professor and Founding Head, Graduate Center of Architecture, Peking University
QINGYUN MA : Dean of the USC School of Architecture and holder of the Della and Harry MacDonald Dean's Chair in Architecture, Principal Architect, MADA s.p.a.m. (strategy, planning, architecture, media), Shanghai, China
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To segue from the article above, Shanghaiist brings us the tale of several urban adventurists who scaled the Kohn Pederson Fox-designed and still-under-construction Shanghai World Financial Center to bring us amazing photos of Shanghai views, tower construction, and their crazy selves.
Ali Jeevanjee, via Archinect, interviews Qingyun Ma in three parts. From the author: "In Part 1 we focus on his practice, and his observations from operating first in the East and now in the West. In Part 2 we discuss the future of the urban condition, both in China and in Los Angeles. In Part 3, Ma addresses architectural education, how architects need to recalibrate their role in society, and his vision for USC."
China Digital Times, via MSNBC, features a video clip profiling China's overcrowding streets due to the exponential growth in auto ownership and the government practices going into effect in order to mediate this condition. Outside of the infrastructural analysis, the Washington Post features an article describing an emerging shift as more urban Chinese adopt car culture with a sense of increased mobility and connectedness.