This lecture is co-sponsored by the Architectural League of New York.
Yung Ho Chang is a founding principal of the Beijing-based Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ), established in 1993. Since its inception FCJZ has pursued a multi-disciplinary practice, emphasizing the craft of design, whether through research or realized projects from large-scale urban design to decorative arts, creating work described as “witty, thoughtful, and universal…inspired by distinctly Chinese problems and concepts,” by Beijing museum director Philip Tinari. Current and recent projects include the Vertical Glass House, Beijing; Audi House, Shanghai; Kings Joy Restaurant, Beijing; the 1966-1976 Major Events Pavilion (also known as the Museum-Bridge) in Anren, China; The Bay residential complex, Shanghai; and the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion for the World Expo.
The firm’s work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions, and in 2012 was the subject of the exhibition, YUNG HO CHANG + FCJZ: MATERIAL-ISM at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. The installation featured six courtyard-like modules, reminiscent of an updated hutong neighborhood, organized thematically to address different theoretical and pragmatic aspects of the firm’s work within the contemporary landscape. As Chang describes, ”The rapid change in China presents a group of conditions; some are problems and others are conditions that can be made good use of … I always study these conditions and see whether I can come up with something that really belongs to this land.”
Moderated by Calvin Tsao
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