Exhibit of Architecture & Urban Design in China and of Chinese Architecture Scholars at PennDesign in the 1920s
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Principal Investigators: Ali Rahim, Professor of Architecture; Stefan Al, Associate Professor of Urban Design
Lead School: School of Design
Penn Partners: School of Design (with advisors Dean Marilyn Taylor, Professor Eugenie Birch, and the Mellon H+U+D Colloquium)
Chinese Partners: Contemporary Architecture Practice (CAP)
The Exhibit of Architecture & Urban Design in China and of Chinese Architecture Scholars at PennDesign in the 1920s was prepared for display at the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing for the September 2015 opening. It ran for one day only -- Friday, September 11, 2015 -- with a successful symposium among academic colleagues and architects at PWCC.
The exhibit explored Penn’s historic connection with Chinese architecture and our influence on the region over the years. It also investigated the changing milieu of society from modernism and mass production to the post-modern and mass customization brought forward by the digital milieu which is intricately woven with the economy. The goal of the exhibit was to make evident the changes in societal influences and the development of Chinese architecture in China and its export to the West having an economic and cultural impact abroad.