AA Urban Formations Symposium Shanghai July 23, 2014

On Wednesday July 23rd 2014, Alvin Huang of Synthesis Design + Architecture will be joining a diverse panel of contemporary global design thinkers for the Urban Formations Symposium hosted by the AA Visiting School Shanghai at the HKU Shanghai Study Center. The event is organized by Tom Verebes.

URBAN FORMATION
城市形态组织

In a series of brief presentations by leading international experts, followed by a moderated discussion, this symposium will investigate the multifarious ways in which architects and urbanists interact with the forces shaping cities in the twenty-first century. The future of urbanity is increasingly indeterminable, contingent on the complex association of diverse environmental, economic, social and political influences. Within the highly mobile context of China’s seemingly unrelenting urbanisation, the theme of this event targets the paradox of top-down design mechanisms and emergent, formative processes.

在一系列国际专家报告和深度讨论后,该研讨会主要关注城市学者,建筑师与二十一世纪促成城市形态变化的错综关系。城市化的未来因与环境,经济,社会,政治的复杂临发关系而将持续有着不确定性。在中国城市化进程急速发展变化的背景下,本次研讨会的主题将围绕自上而下设计体系和趋势在城市形成过程中的优劣。

The new frontiers of theoretical innovation in architecture and urbanism emanate from the discipline’s haptic experimentation with emerging design technologies and methodologies, and their diverse epistemologies. This symposium focuses on explicating generative, algorithmic and parametric design approaches to complex urban formation and adaptation, around which two sessions of presentations and round table discussions will be organised. In the first session, this event will raise questions concerning urban formation, growth and transformation. It is through bottom-up formative processes from which the deep structure of generative spatial logic emanates. In this light, the association of formative and evolutionary approaches in urbanism and architecture to the adaptive and resilient capacities of urbanism, leads to a paradox between the endurance, obsolescence and the inevitability of urban change. In a second symposium session, presenters will address the varied challenges faced within the context of China’s rapid urbanisation, targeting the making of cities with distinct urban characters, as alternatives to the generic, uniform and monotonous spatial qualities of contemporary Chinese urbanism. At the core of an agenda pursuing the distinctness of cities in the twentieth century, is a confrontation with the pre-eminent twentieth century Fordist model of standardized and repetitive production, as well as its alternative, to materialise the custom formation of differentiated and specific urbanism.

城市理论创新的新领域来源于不同学科的交叉实验和先进设计技术方法,以及对城市理论的不同认识。此次研讨会将关注解释生成,算法和参数化设计对复杂城市形成和逐渐适应的关系,两个环节的报告和讨论将围绕该话题进行。在第一环节,本次活动将提出并展开关于城市形成发展和转型的问题。它的形成是自上而下的:从生成的空间逻辑和深层结构自发而形成。从这个观点出发,在城市研究和建筑学中,城市的形成和进化与城市的适应性和弹性有着微妙关系,引发了关于城市持续性,废弃周期和城市肌理变化的必然性的讨论。在第二环节,研讨人将解决中国快速城市化背景下面临的各种挑战,希望达成特征鲜明的城市建设,以此解决和替代当今中国城市一成不变,统一和单调的空间特质。此次研讨核心将是如何走出二十世纪的福特模型,解决标准化和重复生产问题,并找到适应的替代方案,从而使城市化具有独特性和独创性。