While our friends at Shanghaiist may be on the other side of the world, a taste of China’s exponential development is coming to Toronto.
A skip away from Spadina’s Chinatown, The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design is hosting [DETOURS], a week of lectures, symposium and the opening of an exhibition, all discussing urban space in China in relation to its rapid transformation.
Lecture topics include Impoverished Communities in China (Ou Ning of Alternative Archive, Guangzhou/Beijing, Urban Infill (Wang Hui of Urbanus Architecture and Design, Shenzhen/Beijing) and A Space of the State: Beijing 1949-1959 (Zhu Jianfei of The University of Melbourne).
Saturday is reserved for a symposium: Tactical Approaches to Urbanization in China. The panels bring together discussant with a diversity of backgrounds to discourse the state of China’s urbanity in its shifting context.
As a centerpiece to the lectures, the accompanying exhibition is opening on Friday. This exhibition focuses on Chinese architects an their critical engagement to China’s urban growth. Eleven propositions are featured as following “a set of intentional maneuvers in order to negotiate China’s complex histories, spaces, cultures, and social realities … [that] also offer strong experiments and models for architects and artists working elsewhere in the world.”
[DETOURS] Tactical Approaches to Urbanization in China
November 2 – 6, 2006
Exhibition opening reception: Friday, November 3 – 7:00pm, al&d Eric Arthur Gallery, 230 College Street
Curated by Adrian Blackwell & Pei Zhao.
Exhibition runs until March 10, 2007
For more information on the lectures, symposium and exhibition visit The Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design.