Modern architecture is inevitably bound up with its time and regional context; it is the manifestation of the ideologies and social needs of the real world. The early 20th century saw China undergoing profound changes, an important period witnessed by and embodied in a new type of urban development and the rise of modern architecture, as exemplified by the city of Shanghai. During this period, China's first generation of modern architects emerged and shone, making outstanding contributions to the modernization of Chinese architecture.
On the one hand, modern is present, new, transient; that is, each present is new, compared with the last, but soon replaced by the next as time passes. It is therefore transient. On the other hand, in this being transient, there must be some element that remains immutable over time, for, without which, there can be no history as continued progress, nor beauty as can be perceived.
The exhibition Back to Modern——Residence Designed by the First Generation of Chinese Architects focuses on Residence, the most basic building type in Hengfu Cultural & Historic Area, along with the Modern Roaming theme city walk organized by Power Station of Art and Urban Network Office（8/25，9/1，9/15）, let’s explore the charm of the Modern Age and witness the great contribution of Chinese architects during the process of the development of Shanghai.