School of Architecture, CUHK

The Pragmatic Exploration of Computational Power in Contemporary Chinese Architecture

Date & Time

07.04.2016 07.04.2016

09:30 - 10:30


Meeting Room, 1/F, AIT Building, CUHK

Speaker: MR. WANG Sining (PhD Student)

Topic: The Pragmatic Exploration of Computational Power in Contemporary Chinese Architecture

Moderator: Prof. Kristof Crolla


Blurb about the presentation:

Contemporary architectural practice fostered the critical thinking of modernism in China while the digital revolution stimulated the exploration of diverse ideas. Meanwhile, the explosive urbanization creates potential experimental fields for Chinese young architects to reframe their ideas and redefine roles. Computational architecture as part of the contemporary architectural culture has been adopted by some Chinese architects. However, the Chinese context and local conditions are revealing unique interpretations of computational power.

This presentation will cover the response of both architectural revolution in modern history and the exotic doctrines’ impact on architectural academia and practicing in China. From the various research directions of Chinese young architects who have different backgrounds will be explained as well. In particular, observations made during a recent factory visit in Dongguan will focus on the conditions of manufacture in the Pearl River Delta. . The presentation will end with future research possibilities, ambitions, and research questions that are critical to Chinese computational architecture.

Mr. Wang Sining is a PhD student in the School of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received an Master’s degree in architecture form UCLA and worked as a junior architect in Gehry Partners in Los Angeles before came to Hong Kong. His research interest is computational design and fabrication in Chinese architecture, which includes exploration of design ideas, technical aspects of manufacture and vernacular applications.

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