RAM Lecture | “Wrong Architecture” as a Cultural Product of Asia
Oct 26, 2019 Saturday 19:00 - 20:30
1F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
Looking Into the Past
In the 1980s, the field of architecture was rapidly developing in Asia. With urbanization acting as the engine for modernization, commercial office buildings and housing developments sprung up in large numbers throughout cities, as they facilitated economic development and boosted consumer spending. And although these complexes made life more convenient for city dwellers, capitalism came to dominate every domain of urban culture and mindset, and architectural projects increasingly became products to be developed and marketed.
The influence of the global market as well as the introduction of a large architectural vocabulary caused several Asian cities to move towards homogenization — Shanghai is Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong and Taipei; Shanghai could also be Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Yangon and Ho Chi Minh.
To scrutinize the reason for such homogenization, one must go back more than 10 years, to the steady development of architectural theory in the West and its direct influence on China and other Asian countries. Several architects who are well-known today, such as Rem Koolhaas, Thom Mayne, Daniel Libeskind, Steven Holl and Zaha Hadid, had proposed modernist concepts in architectural design, which were unprecedented in their time, and made use of emerging tools such as computer-aided design as well as images of different types of architecture to facilitate their research. Their designs and theories became intimately connected with certain academic institutions, influencing the next generation of young students to pursue their studies at leading schools in the West. And as Western culture began spreading throughout the world, architecture also played part in colonialist policies worldwide.... 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.