Crossing | Beijing exhibition

Crossing exhibition opening at NAMOC, Beijing | May 12, 2009

On Tuesday May 12 the “Crossing: Dialogues for Emergency Architecture”-exhibition opened at the National Art Museum of China . Marking the first anniversary of the May 12th Wenchuan earthquake, the exhibition shows 16 proposals from Chinese and foreign architects. Their aim is to raise awareness over the prevention and relief of natural disasters and epidemics. Introduction and snapshots of the opening.

Jointly sponsored by the United Nations Development Programe (UNDP) and the Ministry of Culture of the P.R.C., the objective of the exhibition, according to Fan Di’an, the Director of the National Art Museum of China, is the following:

The works in this exhibition not only reflect the practical qualities of emergency architecture – such as environmental protection, energy saving, local materials, convenient transportation, low cost, and ease of building – but also architecture’s humanistic significance. (…) This exhibition also goes beyong signifying practical and humanitarian qualities. It seeks to highlight emergency architecture’s artistic and organic characteristics. There are many similarities shared between art and architecture, the most important of which is the spiritual experience that accompanies the best examples of works found in both fields.

Crossing exhibition | OBRA (left) and Radic + Puga + Sotomayor (right)

Currently, MovingCities is in the process of writing a review on the exhibition, this will be posted in the coming days. For now we provide the links to the websites of the participating architects, followed by the links to their projects on the “Crossing: Dialogues for Emergency Architecture”-website.

Crossing: Dialogues for Emergency Architecture | Architects

CAL-Earth / Nader Khalili >
Lv Pinjing + Foundational Instructions Faculty Team, School of Architecture, CAFA
CAFA /A4 A4设计组 >
ECAL / Martino d’Esposito >
Estudio Teddy Cruz >
I|K Studio (via archdaily) >
Keio Uni. Ban & Matsubara lab. + Southwest JiaoTong Uni. (via TreeHugger/PingMag) >
Leondelima >
Smiljan Radic Clarke + Gonzalo Puga Larrain + Osvaldo Sotomayor Rojo >
Song XieWei + Han Tao + Xi Xiaojing >
Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter >

UPDATE Crossing: Dialogues for Emergency Architecture | publication | ArtForum

Crossing exhibition opening | May 12, 2009 | Beijing

Crossing exhibition | Lv Pinjing + Foundational Instructions Faculty Team, CAFA

Crossing exhibition | OBRA

Crossing exhibition | Radic + Puga + Sotomayor

Crossing exhibition | Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter

Crossing exhibition | Leondelima

Crossing exhibition | ENCORE HEUREUX + GSTUDIO

Crossing exhibition | CAL-Earth / Nader Khalili


Crossing exhibition | SOU FUJIMOTO ARCHITECTS

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4 thoughts on “Crossing | Beijing exhibition”

  1. I am an architecture student from the American University of Sharjah, U.A.E.
    I was wondering if this exhibition will be there till the 20th of july, as we are organizing a trip to Beijing, and I am responsible for the activities and architectural trips that are going to happen there.

    1. Unfortunately, the Crossing-exhibition was on show only for 12 days (May 12 to 24, 2009). See NAMOC’s info on this exhibition:

      Nevertheless, the CrossingNow-website states that the exhibition is scheduled to travel in China and abroad:

      Check their contact page to know more about it and/or if they still can provide you with an exhibition catalogue.
      Hope all is going well with the preparation for your China-trip, MovingCities should be in Beijing around that time as well.

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