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February 15, 2010

CANCELED - Winter 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Robert Adams

CANCELED: We regret that due to unforeseen circumstances, the presentation by Robert Adams scheduled for Tuesday, February 16, has been canceled. We hope to reschedule at some point in the not-too-distant future.

Background Beijing Urban House: Qing Shui Yuan and Linked Hybrid as Non-Identical Topological Twins

February 16, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Strategically located in Beijing at the Second Ring Road and Airport Expressway is an intricate morphological knot of civic infrastructure and social housing. Elevated above the ground, recently constructed highway space swarms a complex urban situation that is as much physical as it is psychological. In the northeast quadrant is the acrobatic housing project, Linked Hybrid, designed by American architect Steven Holl. To the south is Qing Shui Yuan, a massive urban housing complex constructed in the 1989 by the Fifth Construction Company to house workers of Beijing's Municipal Public Utilities -- the people responsible for the infrastructural management of the city. On one side of the expressway is the desire engine, an architectural spectacle of emerging capital lodging itself in the domestic psyche; while on the other, the civic worker maintains everyday operations of the city. Passing below the elevated expressway are the daily routines of people and labor, while above on the road the money and goods move out. This situation represents a diabolical diagram for early 21st century urbanism in the People's Republic of China, and one that will impact the future of how urban morphology is theorized and practiced throughout the world. Given the robust development of early 21st century urbanism in China, how will the attributes of this massive project be refracted into the world? What is being simultaneously invented by the project of high-speed urbanization in China, and how will this change the way designers conceptualize and open the channels for the urban imaginary?

Robert Adams is an Assistant Professor in Architecture at Taubman College, and Faculty Associate at Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan. Adams is a co-founder of B.A.S.E., Beijing Architecture Studio Enterprise, located in the urban village of Caochangdi in Beijing. His work in China has focused on urban housing, highway infrastructure, and many vivid material practices from architecture to fashion design. Adams' work has been exhibited at the 3rd Architecture Biennial Beijing, Shenzhen University College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Tianjin University College of Architecture. Together with Dawn Gilpin, he is a principal of Adams + Gilpin, a design studio located in a strip mall in Ann Arbor. Adams current design work focuses on issues of new urban mobility for people with an extreme range of ability.

Posted by zzhu at February 15, 2010 01:32 PM