Taikang Space 2017 Fall Group Exhibition, “Building Issues” is open to the public during October 28- December 9.
A large number of digital graphs, hand-drawn drafts, and models in various scales and material surrounding a certain complete or incomplete building, a portrayal of our preconceived notions of architectural exhibition. However, “Building Issues” aims to present an alternative perspective, by focusing on the architecture and thoughts provoked pertinent to this issue. For this exhibition, we invite nine young architects and urban researchers, Dai Pu, Li Danfeng, Li Han, Li Hao, Wang Shuo, Yin Yjun, Zhou Jianjia and Zhu Qipeng, to participate, and is co-curated by one of the participating artists, Wang Shuo, and Su Wenxiang, curator of Taikang Space.
Architecture, as a field of “design” in the general sense, has established a comprehensive system from the architectural studies during the modernist era, one that has been a hermetic and autonomous, that attempts to resist all external threats – including the various schools of thought and the emergence of technology – by steering itself back to its ontological roots. Hereon, architecture can no longer be considered as a certain building action, but through the exploration within the study of architecture, we believe the world can be perceived through different forms.
▼展场入口，entrance to the venue
Since the emergency of architectural subjectivity, resistant of everything to the present, our society, cities and technology have undergone profound transformation that in turn constantly shapes us. In other words, their insertion into our lives constitutes who we are today. For which, it is necessary to return to the crux of evidence and concept, by ways of deliberation in the contemporary art context and on-site presentation to reflect upon the time we live in. These buildings and the various issues that are enshrouding over our surrounding cities are what propel us to search for “our” own subjectivity as the architects/urban researchers.
The nine architects and researchers in this exhibition have respectively had personally experienced and witnessed the fervent urbanization in Chinese cities over the last three decades. Their shared experiences inspired them to observe these changes taking place in urban areas they inhabit. It is with their focus on those canonized urban histories, the overlooked urban phenomena and transformative history in common urban researches they carried out these observations, analysis and representation of urban progress of the last three decades. This can be said as a common experience and collective memories of this generation, observed, recorded and studied, while these records aims to construct the issues of our times through these urban experiences, whereby to probe and overcome the autonomous framework of architecture, so one’s own concept can be established.
▼本次展览邀请了九位知名青年建筑师／城市研究者参展， for this exhibition, nine young architects and urban researchers had been invited as participating artists
Endowed with diversity of semantics in the Chinese language, the title of the exhibition equally points to the process in which these issues are gathered and presented –as an active verb – building adroitly encompasses a portrayal of temporality. It becomes apparent to us that, the continuous practices of these architects and urban researchers – conducting research and inquiring solutions on issues pertinent to architecture – are essentially laying the foundation to visualize these issues. Furthermore, as we place them in the context of contemporary art, we are tendered with an opportunity for the artists and practitioners of this field to self-introspect. How would the practitioners of these two fields respond to our contractor in common – namely, society, and the issues it proposes – are what we interested to discover.
Over the years, Taikang Space is committed to encourage young artists and artistic practitioners engaged in architecture, design and a wider ranger of related fields of the humanities to broaden the horizon of contemporary art, while emphasizing on their critical roles, it is also a distinct feature that differentiates us from other art institutions. The spatial design for this exhibition is proposed and realized by the participating artists Dai Pu / Daipu architects, who fictionalized the entire exhibition space as the brain of an architect, and we hope the visitors will sense the knowledge structure and interests of this “architect” through your experience and intervention of the space, this proposal resonates with the impetus of the exhibition, which we are pleased to present.
Artists and their works
DAIPU ARCHITECTS创始人&主持建筑师，曾参加2017年巴西库里蒂巴双年展，2017年SUSAS 上海城市空间艺术季，2016年哈佛设计学院主办的 “迈向批判性实用主义 – 中国当代建筑展”，2015深港城市\建筑双城双年展，2014在法国里昂举办的 “造-建筑中国展”等。其创作的树美术馆（Tree Art Museum），被 Timeout 杂志评为北京最具设计感的9个去处之一；艺术作品“超级北京”受邀参加“山水社会 – 测绘未来”展览，并由上海证大喜玛拉雅美术馆收藏。戴璞获得过2017澳门国际设计联展“金莲花杯”国际设计大师金奖，并被著名的设计杂志 PERSPECTIVE 透视杂志评选为大中华区40位40岁以下的卓越年轻设计师之一。
Founder & Director Architect of DAIPU ARCHITECTS. He has participated 2017 Curitiba International Biennial，Brazil, Shanghai Urban Space Art Season 2017, 2016 Towards a Critical Pragmatism: Contemporary Architecture in China, Harvard, USA, 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture, Shenzhen, 2014 ZAO – Architecture of China 2014 , Lyons, France. One of his work, Tree Art Museum, is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful art museums in China and also rated as one of the nine most well-designed places in Beijing by Timeout Magazine. His artwork “Super Beijing” is invited to “Humanistic Nature and Society — An Insight into Future”, and collected by Shanghai Himalayas Museum. He has been awarded gold award of “Golden Lotus International Design Invitational Tournament”. Dai Pu also received the Perspective Award as one of the ‘40 under 40’ prominent designers shaping Hong Kong and Greater China.
▼参展作品：《反多米诺03号：城市化的超高层》，木头、钢铁，600 × 400 × 995 mm，2017 | Anti-Domino No. 03，wood，steel
Founding Partner of Drawing Architecture Studio. Class 1 Registered Architect (P.R.C.). He received a M. Arch at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, and a B. Arch at Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China. His practices include architectural design, architectural drawing and urban studies. His publications include A Little Bit of Beijing and A Little Bit of Beijing • Dashilar. He is the translator for Atlas of Novel Tectonics by Reiser+Umemoto.
▼参展作品：《798》，艺术微喷，540 × 470 cm，2017 | 798, giclee print
Research Director of Technology Innovation Centre, Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Urban Planning and Design Institute; National Registered City Planners,; took charge of and participated in various urban and regional planning projects; published more than 30 academic papers in Chinese and English; freelance writer and columnist of Ifeng.com, china.com, DT finance, Xinhuanet, Wenhui, New weekly, China News Weekly and other media. Hao is committed to promoting cross-border innovation from urban planning field. His main research areas are smart city, public participation, urban innovation, and urban culture.
▼参展作品：《全息之境——大数据与城市多维透视》，三屏视频，2’37”，4’05”，1’39”，2017 | Holographic Environment, three-screen video
Architect, researcher and curator based in Beijing. He is the Founding Partner of META-Project | META-Research | NUBIS-innovation The work of Wang Shuo is characterized by a research driven approach. One of his main interests of research has been the unprecedented intensifying urban dynamics in the transformation of contemporary metropolis in Asia as well as new forms of emergent urban/collective spaces, and under such context, the shift of “contemporary” way of life through the progressive practice of young generation in the city. He has developed a series of urban research projects and is actively extending the idea into multiple dimensions of contemporary medium, including writing, video, web¬site, art installation and exhibition.
▼参展作品：《作为临终一瞥的城市研究》，木、金属、LED、文件、照片，2200 × 3550 × 600 mm，2017 | Urban Research as Love At Last Sight, files and photos
Born in 1987, Xu Teng is currently the Ph.D. candidate in the School of Architecture Department at Tsinghua University. For him, the only thing which could be called work is his operation of a WeChat official account:bu zhengjing lishi yanjiusuo (Research Institution of Not Serious History). This official account focus on the construction activities outside the academism, his observation contains both the professional depth and public interest. Because of a speech given in this summer, he and his official account became famous. Nowadays his identity is an old- fashioned web celebrity when two months have passed.
▼参展作品：《陋亦膜》，综合材料，2400 × 5700 × 4200 mm，2017 | Low Is More, mixed media
建筑师，哈佛大学建筑学与景观建筑学双硕士，雪城大学及哈佛大学访问教授，GSD院长研究基金获得者。他的研究集中在复杂的社会背景和城市环境中，建筑如何作为空间手段介入并影响城市环境，创造出积极的公共空间和丰富的城市公共生活。其主要代表作品为深圳湾生态科技城、布宜洛斯艾利丝艺术馆、深圳海纳百川高层设计，深圳下沙城市设计，深圳消防站标准化设计等。近年，他代表普集建筑参加柏林中国建筑展，北京设计周建筑中国1000展，UED 10X100 十年百名建筑师展及2013深港双年展。他的建筑评论曾发表于《Harvard Platform》《DOMUS》《时代建筑》《UED城市环境设计》和《城市建筑》。
Architect. He received his Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Visiting professor in Syracuse and Harvard GSD. His architecture researches and practices focus on architecture design as a spatial implement to interweave with the urban environment and create the active and vibrant public life. Representative projects such as Shenzhen Bay B-Tec (Bio- Technical-City), Buenos Aires National Art Gallery, Shenzhen Haina Baichuan Tower, and Shenzhen Xiasha Bay urban design. He has participated in the 2005/2007/2009/2011/2013 SZ\ HK Biocity Biennale of urbanism \architecture, Lisbon Architecture Triennial 2007, 2011 Venice Biennale, New York Cooper Hewitt Design Museum –TULOU SOLO. He also co-curate the affordable housing competition exhibition. His work was selected in 《Architecture China 100》 exhibition in German Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in 2012. His architecture critics and articles were launched in《Harvard Platform》《DOMUS》《time Architecture》and 《Urban Architecture》.
▼参展作品：《网格进化》，文献装置，亚克力、数字打印、铁架，2017 | Framework Evolved
Architect, born in 1984, graduated from Hunan University in bachelor degree of Economics and took postgraduate of architecture in Tianjin University. He became the youngest member of ICOMOS CHINA in 2008 and joined the Industrial Heritage Conservation Expert Group under MIIT. Together with Wang Chong and Wang Sidi, they found Wonder Architects in 2017 and Qipeng has been the chief designer until now.
▼参展作品：《神奇大楼增1门108号》，复合材料，3600 × 4300 × 5500 mm，2017（由神奇建筑研究室成员：朱起鹏、王冲、王斯迪、袁樱子共同完成）| Wonder Building (collaborated with members of Wonder Architects)
周渐佳 + 李丹锋
Zhou Jianjia + Li Danfeng
Zhou Jianjia ，principal architect at YeAS. Ph.D candidate at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University, who received her Master’s degree from the department of architecture at Cooper Union in New York, and she is currently a guest lecturer at the Shanghai Center of Hong Kong University and Tongji University. Li Danfeng, principle architect of YeAS, Ph.D candidate at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University, and a visiting scholar at Columbia University, New York.
▼参展作品：《沼泽》，木头、涂料，9785 × 470 × 150 mm，2017 | SWAMP，wood and painting
艺术家：戴璞 李丹锋 李涵 李昊 王硕 徐腾 尹毓俊 周渐佳 朱起鹏
开放时间：星期二至星期六 10:30 – 17:30
Artists: DAI Pu, LI Danfeng, LI Han, LI Hao, WANG Shuo, XU Teng, YIN Yujun, ZHOU Jianjia, ZHU Qipeng
Curators: SU Wenxiang, WANG Shuo
Artistic Director: TANG Xin
Exhibition designer: DAI Pu
Red No.1-B2, Caochangdi, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District, Beijing, CHINA
Opening hours: 10:30 – 17:30, Tuesday to Saturday