M8 IN CHINA — Contemporary Chinese architects
05. Dezember 2009 - 21. Februar 2010
Exhibition at DAZ_Scharoun Saal
05.12.2009 - 21.02.2010
Opening 04.12.2009, 7.00 pm
Michael Frielinghaus, President Association of German Architects BDA
LI Xin, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China
CHEN Ciliang, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief Liaoning Sience and Technology Publishing House, Shenyang
Peter Cachola Schmal, Curator, Director Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt am Main
DAI Chun, Editor Time & Architecture, Shanghai (on behalf of ZHI Wenju, Curator, Editor-in Chief Time & Architecture)
WANG Jie, MADA s.p.a.m. Architecture design office, Shanghai
Symposium 05.02.2010. Further information about the program coming soon.
M8 IN CHINA explores new trends in contemporary Chinese architecture. The architectural market in China is the most dynamic in the world. However, in the People’s Republic it is still the more than 10.000 state-run design institutes, each with more than 1.500 employees, which dominate the scene. Only since 1994 the establishment of private architectural firms has been permitted.
The exhibition is dedicated to showcasing small, flexible and independent firms in China. Their founders are young architects who are holding degrees from western universities, are international networkers and have been successful in competitions. Therefore they represent the real testing grounds for contemporary Chinese architecture.
A focus on regional typologies, the rediscovery of traditional handicraft techniques and the attention paid to the specifics of the local context are what distinguishes all eight architectural practices that are shown in the exhibition. This is what sets them apart from the concepts developed by the large-scale design institutes that, having detached themselves from the old Chinese traditions, mainly focus on erecting gigantic buildings in China’s megacities.
The work of the freelance architects constitutes only a very small and exceptional part of China’s building activity. Within the context of globalization they are exploring new ways for architecture “Made in China”.
Amateur Architects, Hangzhou (WANG Shu, LU Wenyu)
Atelier Z+, Shanghai (ZHANG Bin, ZHOU Wei)
DnA_Design and Architecture, Beijing (XU Tiantian)
Jiakun Architects, Chengdu, Sichuan (LIU Jiakun)
MADA s.p.a.m., Shanghai (MA Qingyun)
Standardarchitecture, Beijing (ZHANG He, ZHANG Hong, HOU Zhenghua, Claudia TABORDA)
Studio Pei Zhu, Beijing ( ZHU Pei)
TM Studio, Shanghai (TONG Ming)
M8 IN CHINA is a project by Deutsches Architekturmuseums DAM, Frankfurt am Main. The exhibition is organzied in cooperation with the General Administration of Press and Publication of the People's Republic of China, China National Publications Import & Export (Group) Corporation and Liaoning Science and Technology Publishing Houses Co. Ltd. . The curators are ZHI Wenjun (Editor-in-chief Time & Architecture, Shanghai) and Peter Cachola Schmal (Director DAM).
Media partner: world-architects.com
01_LV Hengzhong (Ningbo History Museum, Ningbo / architects: Amateur Architecture Studio)
02_FANG Zhenning (CAI Guoqiang Courtyard House Renovation, Peking / architects: Studio Pei-Zhu)
03_Savoye/ZHOU Ruogu (Songzhuang Artists’ Residence, Beijing / architects: DnA_Design and Architecture)
04_CHEN Su (Yaluntzangpu Boat Terminal, Linzhi, Tibet / architects: standardarchitecture)