Rethinking the Village:
Turenscape Academy participated in a major group exhibition, curated by Clifford Pearson and University of Southern California, and hosted at Urbanus, in Shenzhen. The exhibition opened on 22 July. TA Showed design work from a recent workshop, Digital Ruralism, led by Ignacio López Busón & Mary Polites, and assisted by Li Meizi & Cathy Doa.
Curator: Clifford Pearson
Designer: Geoffrey von Oeyen
Organizer: USC American Academy in China
Chinese culture has its roots in the soil of the countryside. Even as hundreds of millions of people move to cities, the village remains a key organizing element in terms of social, economic, and spatial structures. In rural areas, the village has lost much of its working-age population and is struggling to adapt to a new era in Chinese history. In metropolitan areas, villages in the city—chengzhongcun—function as vibrant places separate from, but connected to, the new urban districts growing all around them. And industrial zones, once on the outskirts of cities, are now close to emerging central business districts and are being redeveloped as a new kind of village for creative enterprises.
This exhibition brings together the work of 17 schools of architecture and research-based design practices active in China. The schools and firms come from around the world and bring different perspectives on the critical issues facing China today.
Participating schools and practices:
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Columbia StudioX Rural China Lab
Contemporary Architecture Practice
École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Saint-Étienne
Geoffrey von Oeyen
NODE Architecture & Urbanism
Rural Urban Framework
University of Saint Joseph, Macau
University of Southern California
This exhibition is presented by the University of Southern California’s American Academy in China in conjunction with Urbanus.
Established under the auspices of USC’s School of Architecture, the American Academy in China strives to create cross-cultural collaboration between the United States and China by promoting dialogue around design, the built environment, and the arts.