China Dialogues

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China Dialogues (ORO Editions & Tongji University Press, 2022) is an anthology of 21 insightful conversations selected by Vladimir Belogolovsky from his archive of interviews conducted with leading Chinese architects during his extensive travels in China. Since the mid-1990s, when China allowed its architects to practice independently from government-run design institutes, a new kind of architecture, distinguished by unique regional characteristics, has emerged. China Dialogues opens up the thinking process of the country’s top architects as they share their ideas, insights, intentions, and visions in unusually revealing and candid ways. Among 21 practices included in the book, there are interviews with the evening’s participants Yung Ho Chang and Lyndon Neri, as well as Wang Shu of Amateur Studio, Xu Tiantian of DnA_Design and Architecture, Dong Gong of Vector Architects, Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, Zhu Pei, Liu Jiakun, Atelier Deshaus, Li Hu of Open Architecture, Wang Hui of URBANUS, and Zhang Ke of ZAO/standardarchitecture. The book also features a foreword and photos by photographer Iwan Baan.  The book will be for sale for those interested.

Speakers:
Vladimir Belogolovsky, Founder, Curatorial Project; Author, China Dialogues
Yung Ho Chang,
Founding Partner, Atelier FCJZ
Evangelos Kotsioris,
Assistant Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA
Lyndon Neri,
Founding Partner, Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

About the Speakers:

Vladimir Belogolovsky is an American curator and critic. He studied engineering in Ukraine and graduated from the Cooper Union School of Architecture in 1996. His New York-based nonprofit, the Curatorial Project, focuses on curating and designing exhibitions worldwide. Belogolovsky writes for Arquitectura Viva (Madrid) and AZURE (Toronto) and is a columnist on ArchDaily and STIR. He has interviewed more than 400 leading international architects and has written 15 books, including Imagine Buildings Floating Like Clouds (IMAGES, 2022), Architectural Guide Chicago (DOM, 2022), Architectural Guide New York (DOM, 2019), Conversations with Architects (DOM, 2015), Harry Seidler: Lifework (Rizzoli, 2014), and Soviet Modernism: 1955-1985 (TATLIN, 2010). Belogolovsky has also curated over 50 exhibitions, including the Architects’ Voices Series, Emilio Ambasz: Architecture Toward Nature, Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture, Green House at the Zodchestvo International Architecture Festival in Moscow, and Chess Game for the Russian Pavilion at the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale (2008). 

Yung Ho Chang is a founding partner and principal architect at Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ). Educated both in China and in the US, Chang received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984. He established FCJZ, the first independent architectural practice in China, with his wife Lijia Lu in 1993 in Beijing. Chang has published several books and monographs and has participated in many international exhibitions of art and architecture, including six times in the Venice Architecture Biennale since 2000. He has taught at various architecture schools in the USA and China and has served as Professor and Founding Head of the Graduate Center of Architecture at Peking University from 1999 to 2005. Between 2005 and 2010, Chang headed the Architecture Department at MIT, and from 2012 to 2017 the architect was a jury member of the Pritzker Prize.

Evangelos Kotsioris is an assistant curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where he has recently co-organized the exhibitions Reuse, Renew, Recycle: Recent Architecture from China and The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947–1985. Prior to MoMA, he was the 2016–17 Emerging Curator at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal and worked as an architect at OMA/AMO in Rotterdam. His writing has appeared in Perspecta, New Geographies, The Architectural Review, Volume, Manifest, post, MoMA Magazine, and elsewhere. He is co-editor of Radical Pedagogies, a global history of post-WWII experiments in architectural education (MIT Press, 2022).

Lyndon Neri co-founded Neri&Hu Design and Research Office with Rossana Hu in 2004, an interdisciplinary architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China. He received his Master of Architecture at Harvard GSD and his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. Through his practice, Neri has reinforced a core vision: to respond to a global worldview incorporating overlapping design disciplines for a critical paradigm in architecture, while believing strongly in research as a design tool, as each project bears its unique set of contextual issues. Alongside his design practice, Neri has been deeply committed to architectural education and has lectured across the globe in various universities and professional forums. 

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