DATE: 7:30PM, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2018
VENUE: LECTURE HALL 1/F, SHANGHAI STUDY CENTER, HKU
Beaux-Arts Education and its influence on Chinese Recent Modern Architecture
In the early 20th century, the first generation of Chinese students began to study abroad and brought back modern architecture. Most of them received the systematic training of Western architecture represented by Beaux-Arts and were also introduced to the ideas and methods of modern architectural design. Subsequently, they brought both back to the education and practice in China. Therefore, for a long time, Beaux-Arts architecture and modern architecture have always been considered the important subjects in the study of recent modern Chinese architecture, but the relationship between the two and themselves yet to be dealt with systematically and rigorously. Clarifying the general ideas of the two and their development is crucial to the studies of Chinese modern architecture and modern architectural development, so to advance its integration into contemporary architectural practices broadly.
With an aim to reassess the developing process of Chinese recent modern architecture and promote a new vision of how to interpret the modern architecture, Tong Ming focuses on the architectural practice in Shanghai by the first architects trained at U. Penn, trying to re-examine the influence of Beaux-Arts education on Chinese modern architecture, and reflect on the basic meaning of modern architecture as well.
Tong Ming received his Bachelor and Master degree of architecture from the Southeast University, Nanjing, respectively in 1990 and 1993, and a Doctorate degree of Urban Planning from Tongji University, Shanghai, in 1999. After then, he began to teach in Tongji University. Tong Ming is now an urban design professor in the department of urban planning, responsible for teaching and research in urban design, urban regeneration, and urban policy analysis.
Tong Ming is also the principle architect of a Shanghai based architectural office, TM Studio, projects of which include museums, residences, institutional and commercial projects as well as urban and community specific development plans and studies. His works has been published widely and participated exhibitions include: Biennale of Shen Zhen(2006); Contemporary China, Rotterdam(2006); Biennale of Shanghai Qingpu extension(2007); Biennale of Hong Kong(2007); Architopia 2, Brussels(2008). M8 in China，works of 8 contemporary chinese architects, German Architecture Museum, Frankfurt.. “Dans la ville chinoise”, Paris (2008), Venice Biennale (2008,2014); Triennale of Milan(2012).
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