Architectural place is a container of human behavior. As an object initiatively built by human, it is also the carrier of the spirit. Therefore, architecture contains cultural symbolism, and has its own internal construction logic.
After modernism, industry and technology endowed buildings with infinite possibilities, and people began to worry about the disappearance of cultural connotations. In Mulgrave’s preface for Frampton’s Studies in Tectonic Culture, he said that the challenge for contemporary architects is how can we pay attention to the constructiveness of architectural art without weakening its ability to reproduce the value? How can we explore the ontology presentation of architecture and at the same time don’t forget the poetic possibilities of architectural forms expressing other meanings?
Today, Chinese society is moving rapidly from a planned economy to a consumer society in just a few decades, with the diversification of life style, and the means of building material types are becoming more and more abundant, the symbolism of architectures is being exaggerated continuously. Imitation replaces manifestation and representation, the genius of architectures gradually dissolves, and their internal logic is obliterated by superficial form. Obviously, Mulgrave’s questions still have profound meaning in the present context of China. How can we remember architectures’ constructivism while exhausting the possibilities of architectural forms?
Under this background, from October 12 to 17, 2016, Tsinghua Design Academic Week 2016 was sponsored by Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University Co, LTD and School of Architecture, Tsinghua university, taking “Architecture Genius · Artisan Spirit” as the theme, and invited industry elites to explore the genius of architectures, to carry forward the artisan spirit of combining critical thinking and technology, and inspect the role of contemporary architects and the task of architectures. As margrave said,” In a time of increasing proliferation of game of forms and new avant-garde, it would be very beneficial to re-examine architectures as a kind of art of essential significance.” We hope that through our continuous efforts, China's architectural design industry experience can be reflected, thoughts can be inspired, and academic progress can be made.
This Design Academic Week gathered elites of all disciplines, including urban planning, architecture, landscape, structure, water supply and drainage, heating and ventilation, electric etc. making an all-around presentation of China's current thinking and exploration of architecture genius and craftsmanship spirit. It invited three generations of architect representatives, namely the old, the middle-aged and the young, including Hu Shaoxue, Meng Jianmin, Meng Yan, Hua Li, Zhang Li etc. who inherit and carry forward Chinese traditional craftsman spirit with their own design practice and interpret the role and responsibilities of contemporary architects.
This Design Academic Week will share the authoritative academic and application cases of Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University, School of Architecture, Tsinghua university, and other domestic large design institutes, and present the Asia-pacific development strategies and cases of international firms. Further, well-known property developers will analyze the current market and industry trends, aiming at realizing the three-dimensional analysis of construction industry chain-- policy guidance, owners’ development demands, architectural design idea, application of building materials.
Besides, This Design Academic Week also gathered a lot of quality resources from academic circle, industry and government, including Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University, BMUB, BAK, NAX, National Development and Reform Commission City and Town Research Center, China Association of City Planning, Beijing Municipal Planning Commission, Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning & Design, Beijing Organizing Committee of Winter Olympic Games, Tsinghua University, Peking University, Architecture & Engineers Co., LTD of Southeast University, SIADR, AECOM China, ARUP etc. providing an academic feast of exchange of ideas and experience for industry insiders.
Hosts：Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University,
School of Architecture, Tsinghua University
主题：建筑之本原 ? 哲匠之精神
Theme: Architecture Genius · Artisan Spirit
时间：2016 年10 月12-14 日，10 月17 日（为期四天）
Time: October 12nd -14th, 2016, October 17th (Sunday)
Location: Meng Minwei Concert Hall, Tsinghua University, Architectural Design Center of Tsinghua University, School of Architecture, Tsinghua university
Exhibition: Artisan-Inheriting Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University Selected Projects Over the Years Exhibition+ Contemporary Architecture-Made in Germany Exhibition