School of Architecture, CUHK

Xu Tiantian: Dialogue with Nature

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About the Lecture:

In the rural context, architecture is introduced to restore rural identity by working with its local heritage. Traditional agrarian societies are often organised in such a way that maximises the essential human connection to nature. It has influenced not only the local way of life for centuries but continues to inspire and reshape our approach to contemporary architecture, which integrates the new cultural, social and ecological complexes.

About the Speaker:

Xu Tiantian is the founding principal of DnA _Design and Architecture. She has received numerous awards such as the WA China Architecture Award in 2006 and 2008, the Architectural League New York’s Young Architects Award in 2008, the Design Vanguard Award in 2009 by Architecture Record and the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architect in 2019. In 2020, she was appointed an Honorary Fellow of American Institute of Architects. Xu Tiantian has engaged extensively in the rural revitalising process in China. Her groundbreaking “Architectural Acupuncture” is a holistic approach to the social and economic revitalization of rural China and has been selected by UN Habitat as the case study of Inspiring Practice on Urban-Rural Linkages. Xu Tiantian received her masters in architecture and urban design from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and her baccalaureate in architecture from Tsinghua University in Beijing.


The lecture will be conducted in English. For non-CUHK participants, please register here

Click here for details of the Public Lecture Series 2021-22.


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