This week, two lectures are scheduled as part of the ‘Under the Skin‘ lecture series at Hong Kong University’s Shanghai Study Center. On Monday November 7, Daan Roggeveen from the GoWest-project will talk about their recently published book “How the City Moved to Mr Sun” and on Thursday November 10 Mark Randel (David Chipperfield Architects) will discuss the Rockbund project and the meaning of historic building fabric in our cities.
It almost seems like yesterday, but it was in the summer of 2009 when we first met the Dutch architect Daan Roggeveen [along with Dutch journalist Michiel Hulshof the driving force behind the GoWest-project] in Beijing 北京. At the time this dynamic duo was already venturing out to a selection of China’s second tier cities [amongst these Hohot, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Kunming], collecting stories, documenting district, trying to grasp both the generic, global and local development of China’s urbanization. Now almost two years later, this part of their journey has come to and end and their experience boiled down in a 320 page-turner. We’re reading the book and in the process to advise everyone else to do so.
As part of the ‘Under the Skin‘ lecture series, Daan Roggeveen will present a specific aspect of his recently published book. In a lecture called “Canary Wharf in Central China – The transformation of China’s New Megacities“, he will discuss the way cities prepare for the transformation from industry-based economy to services based economy.
On Thursday November 10, Mark Randel [Managing and Design Director, David Chipperfield Architects Berlin] will introduce the “Rockbund project” as “creating an opportunity to talk about the meaning of historic building fabric in our cities. The responsibility of contemporary architecture is to build spaces for the people of our and future generations, but also to preserve historic buildings in order to sustain the memory and to learn from the past.” In 2010 we featured the Rockbund Art Museum [上海外滩美术馆] as part of the selection of 40 buildings we did for the “DOMUS Architecture Guide | Shanghai“:
In 2005, the Shanghai Bund Rockefeller Group Master Development Co. Ltd. obtained the right to develop the Northern part of the Bund. The museum is part of a larger Rockbund Project, an ensemble of eleven historic buildings of which completion is expected in 2013. The architect has been commissioned with the restoration and conversion of these, so to accommodate office complexes, hotels, retail and residential units.
If you’re around in Shanghai, and interested in everything in-between skins, Chinese cities, construction, re-construction, art, creative industries, books, buildings and business districts, feel free to join us. Lectures start at 7.30 pm!
HKU Shanghai Study Center, 298 North Suzhou Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai 200085
About HKU Shanghai Study Centre
The Faculty of Architecture operates programs in Shanghai, at our Shanghai Study Centre, which is a vital counterpart to other programs in Hong Kong. Our goal is that every undergraduate in the Department of Architecture, and eventually the Division of Landscape Architecture, spends one complete semester of their studies in China, without interrupting their degree program at HKU. With the opening of this Centre, the Department of Real Estate and Construction has the advantage of a well-placed and equipped facility to augment its Taught Postgraduate China Program.