ᐛ Because of the connection between the future, the present, and the past, design research can detect the picture of the future through the practice of the present and the study of the history of the past. In the case of architecture, a comprehensive review can be conducted separately through several levels, such as the disciplinary scope of architecture, the methodology of architectural design, the working surface of architects, and the fundamental objects of architecture. At the same time, a cross-referenced research framework is constructed for design research. In this exchange, we will try to explore and reflect on the concept of "human-centered" design by selecting the human being as one of the fundamental objects of architecture.
营造的权利、价值和意义 [Lecture] The right, value and meaning of creation
ᐛ Creation is a fundamental right of man, related to creative production, a right that does not need to be granted, but today, the right to create is completely denied by the overall power system of modern society, leaving only the poor right to buy and consume created goods with money; creation is not only the occupation of space, but also the occupation of time, so the temporal value of creation may be more important than space, especially in a world where the Internet is completely conquering the real world. The Internet is completely conquering the real world today, so the value of time for architecture may be the only way for the real to resist the virtual; creation is about the meaning of place, because it is a complete process for a person to personally construct the material world with his own body, so as to further construct the world of self.
How does the future take shape? It depends on how we redefine the concept of future creation and how we reshape the system of future creation. The future will grow naturally when architecture, with a new idea, constructs a basic logic of how architecture is created.
ᐛ A la recherche du temps perdu is a novel by Milan Kundera, in which it is said that meaninglessness is the essence of existence. This statement dissolves all opposing and contradictory elements, such as life and death, seriousness and absurdity, history and forgetfulness, reality and dreams, etc. It also points out the purpose of this book: the essence of all existential meaning is nothingness. This is also my understanding of the future: the future is meaningless. This also corresponds somewhat to my understanding of ruins in my recent architectural work, an object of suspended meaning, where the suspension of meaning brings a ruin back to the object itself.
The video work Art Museum, curated by Tong Ming and my collaboration with Yin Yi in the exhibition Forming the Future, expresses the meaninglessness of the Taizhou Museum of Contemporary Art in the small city of Taizhou in southern Zhejiang. It is a ruin from the future. Obviously, Taizhou project is not an isolated case in my work.
为什么不谈谈未来？ [Lecture] Why not talk about the future?
ᐛ “Although "the future" has always been a question for architects to answer at the beginning of every project - because all design practices point to the unknown - the word "future" has always been on the periphery of the cultural discourse of architecture. The word "future" has always been on the periphery of architectural cultural discourse. Today's accelerated technological iterations have injected more futurity into architecture, so why don't we talk about the future? The future is either meek, desperate, smooth, or subversive, and isn't it in this uncertain history of the future that architecture has come to be?
ᐛ “Forming the Future” Forum is presented by a group of architects. It is also the public program of "Forming the Future" Exhibition. The first speaker is Tong Ming, who will lead all the participants to discuss the following question: Now, when all that is solid melts into air, How should we shape the world that has been incubated but not yet formed?
ᐛ Vision and tactility, as key components within the scope of human sensations bring opposing potential towards the engagement between art and its audience. As sight expands potential of thought, touch grounds its experiencer in time and space. In the advent of digitization and altered reality, only vestige traces of the artisan remain. Given the contemporary social context, how might we conceive and engage with the concept of “sculpture”?
ᐛ From September 19, 2020 to October 7, 2020, UNO Studio presented a series of architecture and art workshop with the theme of "Architecture can be read", which is the first time that we attempted to expand and extend UNO TOUR with conducting workshops since the establishment of UNO Studio.
[Book Launch] Built Upon Love
ᐛ Alberto Perez-Gomez 阿尔伯托·佩雷兹-戈麦兹是著名建筑史与理论学家，加拿大麦吉尔大学建筑历史系教授。其著作《建筑与现代科学的危机》（Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science）获建筑历史学家协会颁发的Alice Davis Hitchcock大奖。这周他将亲临现场，从他的书开始，继而展开与建筑学者、实践建筑师们关于理论与当下建筑关心的焦点问题的讨论。这也是不可多得的作者新书签名的机会。
ᐛ Alberto Perez-Gomez is a famous architectural historian and theorist, as well professor of the Department of Architectural History at McGill University in Canada. His book "Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science" was regarded the Alice Davis Hitchcock Award by the Association of Architectural Historians. This week, he will come to the site, starting with his book, and then start discussions with architectural scholars and practical architects, concerning on the theoretical and current architectural concerns. This is also a rare opportunity for authors to get in touch with the writer and sign new books.
ᐛ On the title page of the art book Promise of Blooming, Edén Barrena wrote down a small poem, regarding it as an annotation of the whole series of her works. The artist spent several months wandering the streets and neighborhoods in the city, then painted the plants carefully cared for by the residents. Through the description of the flowers and leaves, she peeked the bloom of the small but active lives in this city of 24 million people. From a long time, Edén Barrena uses flowers as her medium to continuously observe, record and explore every vivid life around, and the city that accepts all these lives. Under the instruction of Jimmy Fu, founder of 105Blooms, also professional florist, along with the public, Edén tried to re-observe and re-understand these beautifully blooming lives through ‘floral art’.
一个讲座：江阴路花鸟市场的故事 [Talk] The story of Jiangyin Road Flower and Bird Market
ᐛ Gu Jiaming, creator of The Map of Shanghai Flower and Bird Market, told the public about the golden age of Jiangyin Road Flower and Bird Market and the legendary boutiques that still insist nowadays. Starting from the childhood memories, Jiaming also talked about the inventions of appliances of the worms that have great influence for the Chinese players. Although the market has disappeared, we can’t ignore the status of Jiangyin Road for the circle of flower and bird in Shanghai. Because the current markets all inherit the blood of Jiangyin Road, perhaps their owners are once the operators on it, perhaps the eldership of the owners once possessed a shop there and therefore made a living…
一个对谈：斯蒂文·霍尔——建筑创作 [Panel Discussion] Steven Holl: Making Architecture
ᐛ UrbanNetworkOffice（织城网络）Fab-Union Space共同邀请了斯蒂文霍尔建筑事务所Steven Holl Architects的合伙人罗勃特Roberto Bannura，中国嘉里建设的设计总监陈维芬，以及同济大学建筑设计与城市规划学院的童明教授、袁烽教授，进行一场圆桌对谈。四位嘉宾将就快速城市化背景下建筑师面临的机遇和挑战发表自己的看法...
ᐛ UrbanNetworkOffice and Fab-Union Space co-invited Roberto Bannura, cooperator of Steven Holl Architects, Chen Weifen, design director of The Kuok Group and Tong Ming, Yuan Feng, professors of CAUP Tongji University, organised a panel discussion. Four guests expressed their own opinions on the opportunities and challenges facing architects under the condition of the rapid urbanization.
一个讲座：上海女子商业储蓄银行的历史 [Talk] The history of Shanghai Women's Commercial Savings Bank
ᐛ As the only bank named after ‘Women’ in the history of modern Shanghai, Shanghai Women's Commercial Savings Bank could be regarded as the product of the women’s movement in modern time, also, it reflected the objective demand for the development of financial industry. The bank existed for 31 years despite the turmoil in 20th century, therefore, it was a successful example showing the talent and ability of the management of women. Shi Lili, from Fudan University Press, shared a history of Shanghai Women's Commercial Savings Bank, which reflected the transition of the position of women under the trend of women liberation movement in modern China.
一个探索：石膏浇筑工作坊 [Workshop] EX of IN-Plaster Exploration
ᐛ Through the ‘Addition and subtraction’, ‘nested’ and ‘combination’ of the forms, the exploration tended to show the relations between the ‘internal and external’, meanwhile gave an experience of the ‘porosity’, ‘Addition and subtraction’, ‘mingle’ and other concepts closely related to Steven Holl's architectural works in the creative process of the integration of hands and brain, finally completed a unique plaster research work to pay tribute to the master.
一个讲座：从跑马场到人民广场 [Talk] The Racecourse to The People’s Square
ᐛ From the entertainment of the racecourse in the period of concession, the public parade that emphasized the political ideology for a long time, and finally turning to the cultural diversity since the reform and opening-up, the space form and the space property of this region has been completely changed. The People’s Square is considered a good example showing the urban space changes and cultural competitions during different times. On the talk The Racecourse to The People’s Square, Zhang Xiaochun, professor from Tongji University, showed the public the historical changes of the region of the racecourse of Shanghai, demonstrating the social forms and city culture reflected by the architectures and space in different times.
ᐛ Shanghai is a compatible and welcoming city, her food and delicacies as well. From traditional snacks such as tangbao and shengjian, to pastry imported from the west after 1843, and the popular boutiques nowadays…The cuisine of Shanghai evolves on the basis of the traditional taste. Near East Nanjing Road, Guizhou Road contains all kinds of, large and small restaurants. We can taste traditional shanghai cuisine as well as the newly-opened but rapidly becoming popular snacks in the same block, such as Shanghai First Foodhall, Shen Dacheng, Taikang Foods, and Lailai Xiaolong laoshanghai’shuangdang… Around this theme, we specially organized a Shanghai Breakfast talk, combining the citywalk, talking you explore the food map of Guizhou Road.
ᐛ The streets and alleys of Guizhou Lu district are full of entertainment venues such as theaters and playgrounds, also contain the well-known cinemas which have great importance in the film history of Shanghai, even of China. This district witnessed the rise of shanghai movie culture and the development of Chinese movies, contributed a lot to the name ’Oriental Broadway’ of Shanghai in 1930-40s. The first Chinese audio film was released here, the box office record of Chinese film was created here. Speaker Song Youmin selected three of these theaters for this lecture: Beijing Grand Theater (Lidu Theater), Xinguang Theater (Xinguang Cinema) and Jincheng Theater (Huangpu Theater) to look back the movie history of Guizhou Road in detail.
相//遇贵州路-近代商业与文化建筑 [Panel Talk] Cultural and Commercial Architecture in the early 20th century
ᐛ Once, Guizhou Road block was rich in entertainment and commercial cultural resources. Today, the four major department stores are no longer prosperous like before, Xinguang Theater, Sanxing Theater and Jincheng Theater have already adjusted the services and functions, turned to Xinguang Movie Theater, Great Theatre of China and Huangpu Theatre. These important public buildings that witnessed the modernization of this city have been more or less preserved, they are a model of modern commercial and entertainment buildings. How did they promote the development of urban economy and culture, how did they reflect the modern urban environment and civic life? What are their characteristics? And what is their significance for urban and architecture development?
驾驭天气：香港和台风的现代史 [Talk] Taming Weathers: A Modern History of Hong Kong and Typhoon
ᐛ Hong Kong is closely related to typhoons, and there were several fatal disasters in history. From the narratives of British colonizers in the late 19th century to today's news reports, typhoons are a climatic phenomenon continually hanging over Hong Kong. Meanwhile, people's perception of typhoons has also changed over time. In the past, the typhoon was described as a "barbaric", "devil" or "life-threatening" natural disaster. With the improvement of scientific cognition and public education, Hong Kong residents have gradually accepted this climate phenomenon with a more peaceful attitude. Founded in 1883, the Hong Kong Observatory gradually established a stable tropical cyclone warning system, which is composed of visual and audio auxiliary systems. This project attempts to examine the origin of the audiovisual construction of the observatory's warning system, tries to present the continuous changes of visual and sound systems in the history, and sorts out the occasional failures, problems, and misunderstandings.
ᐛ During the exhibition New Everyday Life in Hengfu, we organized a public activity--History Parkour which aimed to promote the history, culture and life of Hengshan-Fuxing Historic Area. Starting from the exhibition hall, after receiving the task card, the participants visited 12 walking destinations in the historic area, experienced vivid life, long history as well as the touching culture along. Through collecting the stamps of historical buildings, they would get an interesting souvenir.
ᐛ In conjunction with the new book exhibition Urban Loopholes, we held a corner reading in the exhibition hall, invited Dr. Zhouying to share her research experience with us. Professors, architects, students, residents and the public who were interested in the exhibition came to participate in this book sharing and discussion.
ᐛ "Xiyan Nature" Drama Society is abbreviated as "Xiyan Society", it is created by drama amateurs and admirers in Shanghai. The members of the society come from different areas, with their love for the contemporary theater, these young people insist on realism creation based on the public space, tend to show the doubt of the youth facing social contradictions, and the reflection of the self-dialectic. Their experimental drama Conscience tells such a story: after graduation, the protagonist works hard in a large enterprise, she starts a dialogue with her four ‘roommates’ after returning home every night.
街角艺术：毛线的故事 | 客厅 [Corner Art] The Story of Wool | Living Room
ᐛ On the first weekend of May, we invited Liu Yingchuan, who graduated from Royal College of Art, to give children a warm story about the creation of needle and thread, and therefore created a game workshop. Liu Yingchuan focuses on helping children develop their creativity through artistic practice, bringing children into dramatic scenes through story creations, and inspiring children to explore the relationship among themselves, the other person and the world surrounded through their own thinking and imagination, with the help of the game, body and manual creation.
ᐛ The name of Night Sailing comes from the same-name work by Chinese writer Zhang Dai in the late Ming and early Qing, telling about the night scene where the people gathered and communicated. This is a solo performance extending from the lecture and theater, the performer will ‘write’ a ‘paper’ on the morphology of water by typing on the scene, putting the geographical perception of Chinese people since 300 or 400 years into the integration of historical trauma and cultural memory. Through the memory of water, an article will be created and printed after the performance.
ᐛ Combined with Dig a Hole Through The Ground And You Will Find This: An Illustration Show full of childlikeness and imagination, the exhibition invites the audience to interpret the works of the artists in detail and draw their own understanding with the same color. In the beginning, the artist introduces the theme of the exhibition and his own creative ideas, and then the audience will begin to draw their own interpretation of an individual work or the overall understanding of the exhibition with the specified colors, every idea and every creation are encouraged. During the work, the artist will guide the audience simultaneously and add a final stroke to the finished work. We hope the audience enjoy the fun of art in the process of understanding and participation.
ᐛ In the first issue of "Corner Talk", presenter Hong Renjie discussed under the influence of aggressive globalization and British and American architectural education, Thailand as a country owning its unique local culture, crafts techniques and traditional religion, how Thai architecture develops and transforms into an unique emerging tectonics. Most architectural firms don’t rely on personal style as a means of propaganda of buildings, instead, they present the “new” traditional and contemporary course with nature and true life. Nowadays, when social media all around the world use "culture" as sales model, we can still find a power that doesn’t follow the international trend from the practice of Thai architects, which also allows to integrate and step over culture-oriented Thai Architecture in the way of artificial construction.
街角放映室：人性化城市 [Corner Screening] The Human Scale
ᐛ 为了鼓励更多居民意识到构建人性化城市的重要性，并推动城市设计中的公众参与，展厅与世界资源研究所联合织城网络一起策划“街角放映室|The Human Scale”活动，带来扬·盖尔事务所出品的纪录片《人性化尺度》，这是一部在全球不同城市拍摄的纪录片，以“人性化”为主题，通过城市掠影和对不同领域人士的访谈，记录了人性化尺度在哥本哈根、纽约、达卡等城市的不同理解。同时，放映开幕式中，邀请观众聆听世界资源研究所刘岱宗的主题演讲，参与UNO织城网络、大鱼营造和集良社的共同对话，通过问答互动和投票游戏等环节，一起就如何在快速城市化进程中构建人性化公共空间，并如何以公民身份真正参与到城市设计中展开讨论...
ᐛ In order to encourage more residents to realize the importance of building a humanized city and promote public participation in urban design, the exhibition hall， the World Resources Institute and UrbanNetworkOffice jointly planned an event called Corner Screening| The Human Scale, and brought a documentary The Human Scale produced by Gehl Architects. This is a documentary shoot in different cities all over the world with the theme of "humanity", it shows the views of different cities and interviews with people in different domains, recording the different understanding of the human scale in Copenhagen, New York, Dhaka and other cities. At the same time, during the opening ceremony of the screening, the audience was invited to listen to speech by Liu Daizong from the World Resources Institute and participate in the joint dialogues among UrbanNetworOffice, Dayu Community and ConComStudio, because we hoped to have an open discussion about how to construct an humanized public space under the rapid urbanization process, and how to really participate into the city design as a citizen.
一场讨论：艺术唤醒乡村 [Discussion] Awakening Villages with Art
ᐛ Jukou is a national ecological village in Yanping District, Nanping City, Fujian Province. In 2015, High Speed Train Hefu traverse this land. Since then, modern life entered the village in a more rapid way, which forced the village get an opportunity to eliminate the poverty and have a more prosperous future. Teachers and students from the department of architecture of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University conducted an extensive cultural heritage surveys in 5 traditional villages in Jukou, mainly from the history, landscape, traditional buildings and villagers ’understanding of heritage protection, in order to range and reconstruct the traditional knowledge that is gradually disappearing.
一个访谈：名字和面孔的身份概念 [Art Talk] The Concept of Identity Told Through An Individual's Name And Face
ᐛ "Identity" is used to distinguish yourself from others. It is often understood as a condition, nature, and quality used to define people or things. The common method of identifying people and things is through the name and visual appearance of the person, and the face is the most recognizable feature of the human body. But in a highly interconnected world, people can have the same name, non-native faces, unique identities, etc. Do the concepts that define identity retain their original meaning? In this interview, we will focus on David Rodriguez’s "self" art exhibition, from the perspective of West Asia and East Asia, to explore how to use names and faces to interpret contemporary art.
一个访谈：艺术与建筑 [Discussion] Art and Architecture：Taking a Closer Look
ᐛ In daily life, human beings always produce material waste. On the one hand, we destroy the environment, on the other hand, we destroy architectural heritages. Quietly, the urban scene is constantly changing. The exhibition wants to show this silent scene to the audience, so that everyone can participate in it. In the bright light, let us face together the places that can’t be ignored and experience the silence and nothingness among. The artist transforms this sense of emptiness into visual language and sublimates it into a spiritual force. While watching the exhibition, the audience received an invitation from the artist to meditate, to get rid of the excessive visual stimulation in normal life, so as to be able to observe the things that are neglected in our daily life.