Exhibition Name: Space Discipline: some buildings (after reform and opening up) and some architecture (after the Expo in Shanghai)
Curator: LIANG Chen
Time: 09.28~11.29, 2020
Location: OCAT Shanghai: -1F Sunken Garden, Lane 9, Qufu Road, Shanghai
“In following quarantine policies to contain the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire humanity is forced to “isolate” within architectural spaces for a long time, a duration unprecedented in modern society, and the boundary demarcated by architecture has been enforced.”
OCAT Shanghai is delighted to present Space Discipline: some buildings (after reform and opening up) and some architecture (after the Expo in Shanghai), a group exhibition of architecture on view from September 28th to November 29, 2020. Curated by LIANG Chen, the exhibition invites 12 groups of young architects who are active all over the country including, FAN Jiujiang, GUO Liaohui, JIN Yuan, LI Wei, LIANG Chen, LIU Chen, LIU Kenan, LIU Yang, LU Shaobo & LIU Yilin, SHUI Yan Fei, WANG Zigeng, XUE Zhe. Space Discipline is a tangible presentation of a long-term research project initiated by the curator, which is based on the two scenarios: one, a typical building that’ memorable to the architect, where he/she has inhabited and has had an impact on his/her everyday life (referred to as house); the other the architectural work once he/she became an architect (below referred to as architecture). Each architect will select a crucial architectural element from the house and architecture, such as the floor, wall, ceiling, door, window, furniture, etc., and replicate them for the exhibition at a 1:1 ratio.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, people re-confront the physical space they inhabit and the essential architectural element such as floor, wall, ceiling, door, window, furniture, etc. Architecture, as a container, enhances the impact of the pandemic. For many people, the last time similar experience of staying in a building for a long time was likely to build up their cognitive understanding of the map in their childhood.”
The 12 houses and 12 architecture pieces provide a sample along a timeline spanning from pre-economic reforms to post- Shanghai World Expo; spatially, covering different climates and cultural areas–scattering across 14 provinces and 22 locations, which allow for more specific discussions on the tradition of architecture. Once we have a sufficient amount of samples, the statistic result would approximate the cultural capsule of time or a region. The richness and uniqueness of individual places would shape a collective resonance.
As the users, the architects’ bodies are impacted continuously and shaped by architectural space, but meanwhile, the architects and professionals in the field are the few with the opportunity to construct space as the makers. Once architectural projects complete and become containers of every day, its influence on the users become effective. The relationship between the maker and the user cyclically goes both ways. It is also embedded in the exhibition narrative, aims to explore the relationship among architects, architecture, consciousness, and subconsciousness.
“The relationship between the maker and the user cyclically goes both ways.”
About the Curator
Born in 1987 in Dandong, Liaoning, China, Liang currently works and lives in Beijing. Liang studied at Jilin Institute of Architecture & Civil Engineering, and received Bachelor of Architecture. He has worked in Vector Architects, as an associate and project architect, completing the Seashore Library and the Courtyard Hybrid projects. In 2014 and 2016, he assisted in the open design teaching: “The Space of Light” (Dong Gong Group) in Tsinghua University School of Architecture. Since 2017, he has started independent architecture and art practice, founding Studio: Aleph-Liangchen. His Architecture Masterpieces include: Singer House, Erguna,2017-2019. His recent solo exhibitions include: Liang Chen: Aleph, A4 Art Museum, Chengdu, China, 2019. His recent group exhibitions include: Lunar Phases, UCCA, Beijing, China, 2019.
▼房子：《无尽的红》实景来源 – 住宅，青年大街22号，丹东市，辽宁省，中国，House No.22 Qingnian Avenue, Dongdan, Liaoning, China
▼建筑：《钟门》实景来源 – 众方纪，歌者之家，额尔古纳，内蒙古，中国，Singer House, 2019, Erguna, Inner Mongolia, China ©孙海霆
About the Exhibitors
Founder and Design Principal of Continuation Studio
Fan Jiujiang studied at the School of Architecture of Southeast University. After that he received a Master’s degree in Design Art from the School of Architectural Arts of the China Academy of Art, where he studied with Professor Wang Shu, the winner of The Perspective 40 Under 40 Awards 2019.
▼建筑：《柱与梁》实景来源 – 定海台房，舟山市，浙江省，中国，the physical architecture of Column and Beam from Dinghai Terrace House, Zhoushan, Zhejiang, China ©孙海霆
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B.Arch CAFA, M.Arch Dipolma Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio in Switzerland. He has been worked in Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partners, Caruso St John Architects and Francesca Torzo Architetto while living in Europe. Atelier Guo is established in 2019.
▼《江边漫步（1）》作品设计图（局部），GUO Liaohui, the rendering of A Walk Along the River1 (details) ©郭廖辉
▼《江边漫步（2）》作品设计图（局部），Liaohui, the rendering of A Walk Along the River 2 (details) ©郭廖辉
Principal Architect of MultiArchitecture
Jin received his Bachelor of Architecture at South China University of Technology, followed by a Master of Architecture at Rice University in the United States. Prior to the founding of MultiArchitecture, Jin has worked with architecture practices in Beijing, Houston, Paris as well as New York City, where he was an Associate Architect at CAZA Architects. Jin is also a guest critic at the School of Architecture at South China University of Technology and Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.
▼房子：《网》，House: Net ©靳远
▼建筑：《窗》，Architecture: Window ©靳远
Founding Partner of Describing architects, Chief Architect
Born in 1981, Bachelor of Architecture, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, the founding partner of Describing architects, Chief Architect.
▼房子：《阶檐》实景来源 – 斑竹湾，旭东村，坪山镇垫江县，重庆市，中国，Banzhuwan Xudong Village Pingshan Town Dianjiang Country Choingqing China ©孙海霆
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Design Principal of MINOR lab
毕业于墨尔本皇家理工大学，获建筑学学士及硕士学位；其后供职于直向建筑设计事务所，任助理合伙人。她于2017年创立即作建筑 MINOR lab。
Liu Chen received her B. Arch. And M. Arch from RMIT University of Melbourne, and worked at Vector Architects as an associate partner. She founded MINOR lab in 2017.
▼房子：《One Wall and Another》实景来源 – 邹城市，山东省，中国，Zoucheng Shandong China
▼建筑：《One Space and Another》实景来源 – 即作建筑工作室 2017 北京市，中国，MINOR lab 2017 Beijing China
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Leading Architect of Atelier XÜK Shanghai
同济大学建筑与城市规划学院设计导师，香港大学建筑系访问助教。在瑞士Herzog & de Meuron事务所就职期间参与了2008北京奥运会国家体育场等项目的设计工作。
Liu Kenan has been currently design instructor at College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University and visiting assistant professor at the Department of Architecture of The University of Hong Kong. Before founding Atelier XÜK, he worked for Herzog & de Meuron in Switzerland, where he engaged in the design of the National Stadium of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games along with other projects.
▼房子：《家具与建筑之间 -上海淮海路1323号公寓527室》实景来源 上海淮海路1323号公寓527室527，No.1323 Apartment Huaihai Road Shanghai China
▼建筑：《宁波大乐之野勤勇小学民宿》实景来源 勤勇小学民宿, 勤勇村, 2019, 宁波市，浙江省，中国，Qin Yong Primary School Hotel, 2019, Qinyong Village, Ningbo, Zhejiang, China
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Lead Architect of DL Atelier
Born in Beijing on November 25, 1982, Liu Yang graduated from the Department of Architecture, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture in 2006, worked at FCJZ and Qixin Ateilier. He started DL Atelier with Xu Dan in 2012 and practiced as a lead architect.
▼房子：《内外》实景来源 – 永恒胡同28号6门，北京市，中国，the physical building of In and Out from Yongheng Hutgon No.28-6, Beijing, China,
▼建筑：《内外》实景来源 – 国子监街36号，北京，中国，the physical architecture of 36 Guozijian Street, Beijing, China from Dinghai Terrace House, Zhoushan, Zhejiang, China
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陆少波 & 刘一霖
LU Shaobo & LIU Yilin
Lu Shaobo has learned in China Academy of Art, Tongji University and Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is the PH.D student at Shanghai Jiao Tong School of Design, and also a guest teacher at the China Academy of Art and Southeast University. Liu Yilin was graduated from China Academy of Art. She studied in The Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design as exchange scholar In 2013. She has years of experiences in architectural culture research and branding and use to be an executive editor of Architectural Creation magazine.
▼房子&建筑：《我们的家？》（1）（2）实景来源 – 灶间之家，常熟市，江苏省，中国，the physical building and architecture of In and Out from House of Zaojian, Changshu, Jiangsu, China
Chief Architect of NATURALBUILD
Born in 1981, and graduated with a master’s degree in architecture at Princeton University, he founded NATURALBUILD in 2012, together with SU Yichi. He has won the honor award for commercial architecture at 2018 AIA Shanghai Chapter and has invited to exhibit and participate in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2020, he has been employed as a visiting tutor in the Department of Architecture, Syracuse University.
▼房子：《雾浴》实景来源——晨雾中的嘉陵江大桥，重庆市，中国，the physical building of Fog Bath from Jialing River Bridge in the morning fog, Chongqing, China
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Founder and Principal Architect of Pills (Beijing)
Wang is a teaching fellow in architecture department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), visiting tutor in Syracuse University School of Architecture. He is former lecturer at Beijing Film Academy School of Fine Art and Tsinghua University School of Architecture open class. Wang received a master degree in architecture from Princeton University, where he was awarded full enrollment scholarship. He is member of AIA and China Film Art Direction Academy. Wang has served as the architecture counselor in Jiang Wen’s film Hidden Man.
▼房子&建筑：《一九九四年》实景来源 – 北京大学燕东园，北京市，中国，the physical building and architecture of 1994 from House of Yandongyuan, Peking University, Beijing, China
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Partner and Principal Architect of genarchitects
Xue Zhe received Master of Architecture from Peking University, and Bachelor of Architecture from Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology. He worked in atelier 100s+1 form 2012 to 2013 and then worked in genarchitects until now.
▼建筑：《一庭亭局部》实景来源 – 一庭亭，桐庐县，杭州市，浙江省，中国，the physical architecture of A Corner of Yitingting Cottage from Yitingting, Tonglu County, Hangzhou, Zhejiang,China
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Principal of Drawing Architecture Studio, National Class 1 Registered Architect in China
LI received B. Arch. from Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing China and M. Arch. from RMIT University in Melbourne Australia. His practices include architectural design, architectural drawing and urban studies. He is the author of A Little Bit of Beijing, A Little Bit of Beijing Dashilar, and Hutong Mushroom, and the translator for the Chinese version of Atlas of Novel Tectonics. He was the Overall and Digital Category winners of 2018 WAF Architecture Drawing Prize and won the Second Place at 2016 RIBA Journal Eye Line Drawing Competition. His works were shown in many exhibitions, including the Chinese Pavilion and Japan Pavilion of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, The 7th Shenzhen / Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture, and Architecture in Comic-Strip Form in Oslo, and are in the permanent collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Shenzhen Pingshan Art Museum.
▼OCAT空间特制作品《塑料地毯》（局部），part of the special project Plastic Carpet for OCAT ©李涵