GALLERY designboom brings the venice biennale to beijing

during the upcoming BJDW 2012 – beijing design week, from september 27th to october 1st, in the designboom gallery in 39 yangmeizhu, dashilar, we will show a multimedia exhibition of the best of what the venice architecture biennale has to offer, including a re-make of the chinese pavilion for the locals to experience first hand.

for this occasion, together with governmental developers, designboom has restored an old building in dashilar, in one of the strikingly vivid roads – yangmeizhu – and has converted it into a pop-up-gallery space.

dashilar is the most distinctive neighborhood near tiananmen square. the ancient commercial heart of old beijing, is still inhabited by the ghosts of opium dens, tearooms and chinese opera houses, and abounds in a richness of stories. with this initiative, we are participating in an experimental redevelopment project to encourage the city to move independently yet coherently towards maintaining a strong and flexible, sustainable community with depth and diversity.

[email protected] talks designboom will also host two public architecture talks at UCCA ullens center for contemporary art, with ma yansong of MAD architects and fang zhenning, the curator of the chinese pavilion at this year’s venice architecture biennale.

designboom gallery in beijing and talks at BJDW 2012 poster of designboom conversation with ma yansong graphic design by andy butler / designboom

designboom conversation with ma yansong of MAD architects UCCA ullens center for contemporary art (auditorium) september 28, 14:00-17:30

speakers: ma yansong, birgit lohmann, minsuk cho, wang hui, li hu, zhang ke, ole bouman

EMPOWERING CHANGE / PART 1 — 14:00-15:30 ma yansong introduces the next generation of emerging chinese architects – wang hui, li hu and zhang ke, with presentations and a roundtable discussion. FUTURE CITIES / PART 2 — 16:00-17:30 chinese architect ma yansong and korean architect minsuk cho from mass studies discuss about architectural innovation and human-centric urban design that is defining the rapidly developing growth of urban centers, and to map a trajectory for the cities of the future. special guest dutch architecture critic ole bouman.

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designboom gallery in beijing and talks at BJDW 2012

poster of designboom conversation with fang zhenning graphic design by andy butler / designboom

designboom conversation with fang zhenning, curator of the chinese pavilion at the venice architecture biennale at UCCA ullens center for contemporary art (auditorium) september 30, 16:00-17:30

speakers: fang zhenning, birgit lohmann, xu dongliang (lightopia) independent curator, art and architecture critic fang zhenning introduces the concept of ‘originaire’ as a lens for viewing the history of art and architectural design. he discusses his experiences and responsibilities of curating the national chinese contribution to the world’s most important architecture festival. special guest : xu dongliang (lightopia).

designboom gallery in beijing and talks at BJDW 2012 2012 beijing design week (BJDW), held in beijing from 28th september to 6th october, will feature seven sections: opening ceremony, annual design awards, milan guest city, beijing design fair, geo city smart city-international information design exhibition, the new york times beijing design forum 2012, and design hop. the ullens center for contemporary art (UCCA) is the exclusive education partner for BJDW. BJDW and UCCA have co-organized [email protected] talks, inviting important designers and institutes to talk about ‘upgrading the city by design’. the talks will be held from sep. 27 to oct. 2 at UCCA auditorium.