designboom conversation: wang yun
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nov 22, 2011
designboom conversation: wang yun

portrait of wang yun at designboom conversation, beijing china
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on september 28th, 2011, we hosted a designboom conversation ‘contemporary chinese architecture from the outside in’
at the ullens center for contemporary art (UCCA) in beijing.
the round-table brought together for the first time ever, prominent chinese architects ma yansong (MAD), zhu pei, liu jiakun,
wang yun and liu xiaodu (urbanus) in a single public event.
moderated by birgit lohmann, the five lectures were introduced by architecture critic fang zhenning.

wang yun of atelier fronti discussed with the attendees his body of work and the research that led up to his built works
spreading over the last 10 years.

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‘discrete club’ in, xixi wetland, hangzhou, china
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one of many buildings on the site
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curved exterior
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oval exterior
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wetland at dusk
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wang yun showing his published books
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atelier fronti office
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short biography of wang yun

associate professor peking university
chief architect in aterlier Fronti
1985 graduated from beijing instate of civil engineering and architecture
1995 graduated from university of tokyo with a master degree
1999 graduated from university of tokyo with a PH.D.
winner of the 20th nisshinkogyo architecture competition, 2nd prize
winner of the 4th S x L housing design competition, 1st prize

2002 mini city with 60 square meters
2002 extension of shanmei office building
2003 villa a+b of the lush mountain villa
2003 clubhouse of the lush mountain villa
2003 financial training center of the shining shan district
2003 kindergarten at baiziwan, beijing
2003 middle school at baiziwan, beijing
2005 office and restaurant design in jinn
2005 guo xuan shopping mall
2006 office building of yin lai
2006 interior design
2007 sculpture of wan xiang xin tian
2007 middle school in nei mongol

is there a new, more flexible urban ideal? one in which the greatness
of cities is seen to arise from a clash of architectural visions,
built up from spontaneous and unregulated taste and problems of
densification? many of the new generation, overseas-educated chinese
architects have decided to stay in china and are internationally known
for their experimental building processes and indigenous use of materials.
from recycling-based construction methods to the mass creation of new
high-rise buildings, contemporary chinese architecture is a progressive
force in society, and has begun to make its own, unique mark on 21st
century global architecture.

see designboom’s original announcement and initial coverage of the group discussion here.

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