RAM Lecture | Going from Materialism to Spirituality ── Thai Contemporary Architecture
Dec 14, 2019 Saturday 19:00 - 20:30
1F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
Following the end of the Cold War in Southeast Asia in the 1980s, Thailand boosted its efforts in industrialization and commercialization. In addition to the mass construction of real estate and office buildings, changes in policies regarding foreign investment and development caused the metropolitan capital of Bangkok to expand both “horizontally” and “vertically”.
Speaking from the “vertical” standpoint, Bangkok’s buildings as practical structures represent the results of urban development and civilization. Such projects include Sumet Jumsai’s Robot Building (Bank of Asia Headquarters) completed in 1986, and Plan Architect’s Baiyoke Tower, which was finished in 1987. With the help of political and economic interventions, these projects incorporated the principles of rationality and universality, and introduced a new and unprecedented way of combining technology, material and structure in building design, as well as standardized design guidelines. From the “horizontal” standpoint, the buildings of Bangkok as theoretical objects integrated both the local culture and climate conditions, which can be seen in the use of space and different venues, examples being the Muang Thai Life Assurance & Phatra Insurance Auditorium by Architects 49 Limited (A49) in 1988 as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building. Both of these examples demonstrate the abstract assimilation of local culture and environmental aesthetics into the spatial vocabulary of architecture.... Read More
HUNG Jenchieh, lead architect for HAS design and research, founder of Chinese-Thai Research Studio, specially appointed advisor in design for the Department of Urban Planning at Tongji University. Previously worked as design manager and project lead at Kengo Kuma and Associates as well as Kris Yao Artech; projects include the Yangcheng Lake Tourist Center in Suzhou and Shipyard 1862 in Shanghai.
Working as an architect with his own practice in both Bangkok and Shanghai, HUNG has researched contemporary architecture in Southeast Asia for several years, and is devoted to the projects in both architecture and culture in China and Thailand. He was invited to curate and review the exhibition THAINESS: Thai Contemporary Architecture, and served as associate editor for the magazine Taiwan Architecture, having written special columns such as “Roaming in Architecture: Globalization and New Approaches to Architecture in China“ as well as “Local Evolution: Leaps and Uncertainties in Contemporary Thai Architecture”. Aside from academia and exhibition curation, Hung has also experimented with architectural theories through participating in international competitions, and his awards include the Young Talent Architectural Design Award for his project “New Taipei City Museum of Art”, which also won First Prize of Young Talent Architectural Design in the same year. His other works have also won first prizes in international competitions hosted by the Association of Siamese Architects and Art4d, as well as the World Architecture Community Award, the iF Concept Award, and the Prix Versailles.... Read More
Free admission, reservation is required.