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.
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 >
ENCORE HEUREUX + GSTUDIO >
Estudio Teddy Cruz >
I|K Studio (via archdaily) >
JIA KUN ARCHITECTURE >
Keio Uni. Ban & Matsubara lab. + Southwest JiaoTong Uni. (via TreeHugger/PingMag) >
RINTALA EGGERTSSON ARCHITECTS >
Smiljan Radic Clarke + Gonzalo Puga Larrain + Osvaldo Sotomayor Rojo >
SOU FUJIMOTO ARCHITECTS >
Song XieWei + Han Tao + Xi Xiaojing >
Tham & Videgård Hansson Arkitekter >
Pictures by movingcities.org