Practical Utopias Exhibition Programs
Preservation in Asian Cities
|Preservation in Asian Cities
Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
As Asia’s cities aspire to become global metropolises and the region’s rampant construction boom continues in full swing, old structures must be torn down to make room for new modern buildings that represent local desires. What does this mean for preservation in Asia?
Architects, planners, public officials, and academics will discuss what can be done to protect and preserve the architectural heritage of Asian Cities in the face of rapid economic development in the area.
|Bird’s Nest Film Screening: Urbanism and the Olympics
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Many events for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games took place in the brand new, 100,000-seat National Stadium. Design plans for this massive structure began in 2003, when Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron were selected by the Chinese government to design the new stadium, which, because of its curved steel-net walls, was soon dubbed by locals as the “bird’s nest.”BIRD’S NEST chronicles this five-year effort, along with Herzog and de Meuron’s design for a new city district in Jinhua, which included hotels, office and residential buildings. Both projects involved complex and often difficult negotiations and communications between two cultures, two architectural traditions and two political systems. Herzog and de Meuron, the Basel-based architects, find themselves working with China’s largest state construction company, Chinese artist and architect Ai Wei Wei, lawyers, and countless government bureaucrats.
|Exhibition Open House: Practical Utopias
Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Join the Center for Architecture Foundation’s educator for a gallery tour and conversation on the Center for Architecture’s exhibition Practical Utopias: Global Urbanism in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo.Organized by: Center for Architecture Foundation
|Asian Cities and the Future of Public Space
Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Asia’s Practical Utopias are the result of private investment, but offer the public a range of resources: privately owned public spaces, public transit, passage improvements, and space for retail, entertainment and cultural activities. Just as the retreat of the public sphere has raised questions about the future of public space in New York City, Asian cities are also struggling to develop public spaces that satisfy the political and cultural expectations of their citizens. What role are Practical Utopias playing in this development?The goal of this program is to expand on the exhibition by exploring how lives are actually lived in or through the buildings by ordinary citizens, with a focus on their role in the development of new political spaces. It will focus on cities like Shanghai, where complex projects like Xin Tian Di bring out issues of development, gentrification, and preservation, where the Bund Reconstruction offers an illustration of a phenomenal public urban stage, and where the ex-urban scale of Pudong challenges western notions of a functional city. In Hong Kong, public walkways and privately owned public spaces have become the site of political protests in the past year, including the “Occupy” movement encamped under the HSBC bank building. In Seoul, Chonggaecheon provides an important case study as well.
|These programs are related to the exhibition Practical Global Urbanism in Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo on view from October 1, 2013 to January 18, 2014.
FamilyDay@theCenter: Make a Better City
Preservation in Asian Cities
Bird’s Nest Film Screening: Urbanism and the Olympics
Exhibition Open House: Practical Utopias
Asian Cities and the Future of Public Space