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Fast Forward 2015 - China Now: Architecture and Urbanism

Fast Forward 2015 - China Now: Architecture and Urbanism

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  • Wed 12 Aug ’15, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Wed 19 Aug ’15, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Wed 26 Aug ’15, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Wed 16 Sep ’15, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Thu 24 Sep ’15, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Wed 14 Oct ’15, 6:30pm – 7:30pm


University of Auckland Engineering Building, 20 Symonds Street, Auckland CBD


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Fast Forward 2015
China Now: Architecture and Urbanism

All lectures start at 6.30pm

University of Auckland
Engineering Lecture Theatre 439
Building 401
20 Symonds Street
Auckland CBD

From August to October, the School of Architecture and Planning at NICAI, University of Auckland proudly presents Fast Forward 2015 - China Now: Architecture and Urbanism; an internationally-focused lecture series offering insights into the contemporary architecture and urbanism of one of New Zealand's most important cultural and economic partners in the Asia-Pacific.

Across six evenings, the series brings together prestigious national and international speakers to discuss how the unprecedented Chinese social and economic development of the last few decades has triggered a profound transformation of our conceptions, interpretations and production of both social and physical spatialities. It highlights emerging critical design and research approaches that propose a fundamental reframing of the logics governing the contemporary architecture and urbanism of new megacities.

Wednesday 12 August
Roberto Bannura, Steven Holl Architects; Gregor Hoheisel, GRAFT; Patrick Sloan, Warren and Mahoney.
Panel discussion led by Manfredo Manfredini, University of Auckland
Perspectives on contemporary Chinese architecture and urbanism

Wednesday 19 August
Philip Yuan, Shanghai
Performative Tectonics

Wednesday 26 August
Colin Fournier, Hong Kong
The Ideal City

Wednesday 16 September
Wei Chunyu, Changsha
Types and Fractals: Design Based on Landscape Perception

Thursday 24 September
John Zacharias, Beijing
The Urban Planning of New Cities in China

Wednesday 14 October
Xuelin Zhou and Laurence Simmons, Auckland
Chinese Urban Cinema

Free to the public, the series is also recognised by the New Zealand Institute of Architects as an accredited professional development activity, with each lecture attended earning 10 CDP points.

Fast Forward 2015 is supported by NZIA, The Warren Trust and GIB.

Curator: Manfredo Manfredini
Organiser: Many Zhu
Image Credit: Zee Shake Lee

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