Past Event

Collins/Kaufmann Forum: Delin Lai, "Regionality: A Resistant Issue and Keyword in Modern Chinese Architecture"

April 12, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Hosted by Qisen Song

This talk decodes various manifestations of “regionality”, an important issue and keyword in modern Chinese architectural discourse. It argues that each manifestation was a response to cultural, political, social, or even professional challenges faced by architectural scholars, officials, or practitioners. The notion of regionality thus may be interpreted as strategies of criticism or resistance. As “vernacular architecture” it was to criticize monument-dominated historical study, as “the study of local geography” to resist the International Style, as “regional styles” to resist the monopoly of the state discourse, as “Critical Regionalism” or “land-based rationalism” to resist the hegemony of globalized architectural practice, and as “cultural-oriented regionalism” to strive for self-justification in the competition for a national expression.