Turenscape Academy participated in an exhibition titled Rethinking the village: Rural/Urban/Industrial, which opened on July 22, 2016. Curated by Clifford Pearson and the University of Southern California and hosted by Urbanus in Shenzhen, the exhibition featured design work from Digital Ruralism, a recent TA workshop exploring the applications of computational methods in developing design interventions within rural contexts.
Curator: Clifford Pearson
Designer: Geoffrey von Oeyen
Organizer: USC American Academy in China
Chinese culture is rooted in the soil of the countryside. Even as millions of people migrate into cities, rural villages remain a key organizer of social, economic, and spatial structures. Now, villages and rural areas are losing much of its labor population to urban centers, and they are struggling to adapt to the new era in Chinese history. In metropolitan areas, villages in the city—chengzhongcun—function as vibrant places separate from, but connected to, new urban districts growing all around them. Industrial zones, once on the outskirts of cities, now border emerging central business districts and are being redeveloped as new hubs 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.