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AAVS 2017 SYMPOSIUM:  CITY SMART

Wednesday 12 July 2017

China 3D Print Cultural Museum, Baoshan, Shanghai

CURATORS: Tom VEREBES (Host & Moderator), YANG Wenqian (Assistant)

 

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As part of the events organized within the Architectural Association Visiting School’s 11th annual Shanghai Summer School, a large group of architects, urbanists, educators and theorists will participate in an afternoon symposium. Formatted as a series of brief presentations and salon conversations, some of the leading experts shaping China’s urban future will come together for this event.

Tuesday 11 July – Wednesday 12 July 2017

2017 年 7月11日—7月12日

                                             

This year’s AAVS SHANGHAI SYMPOSIUM commences with a book launch of SHANGHAI TEN | FOLIO, published by Oscar Riera Ojeda in 2017. This book was the culmination of the events organized within SHANGHAI TEN, a celebration of the Architectural Association Visiting School’s 10th annual Shanghai Summer School, held in 2016.  Those events included SHANGHAI TEN | SHOW, an exhibition of a selection of work from ten years of AAVS Shanghai student work, work from the 36 tutors who have taught in the programme, and 16 of our valued visitors to the prorgamme. This symposium follows a series of yearly symposia, including SHANGHAI TEN | EVENT in 2016.

As a theme for this year’s annual AAVS SHANGHAI SYMPOSIUM, CITY SMART, aims to unpack and critically assess the nascent discourses and methods of what is rather prosaically categorized in common paralance today, as the Smart City. The discipline’s projective imagination on cities, perhaps the greatest project of this century, is loaded immensely complex environmental, social, political and economic challenges. The taxonomy of smart is often vague and can be misleading, given its many varied, different and even contradictory meanings. There is little consensus on what defines a “smart city”. Today’s emphasis on performance is questionable as a subjective recapitulation of modernist functionalism with a washing of scientific discourse. Does “Smart” mean Sustainable? Livable? Responsive? Safe? Adaptive? Self-generating and maintaining? Automated? Controlled? Participatory? Inclusive?

In a series of presentations and salon conversations by designers, theorists and educators, this symposium probes the repercussions for urbanism, of the diverse ways in which designers today interact with instruments and paradigms with which to harness and mobilise the complex forces which shape cities. Reflecting on the consequences of intelligence embedded into the design, manufacture, assembly and management in urbanism, these potentials raise paradoxes between bottom up processes and the risk of the authoritative power to control spaces and citizens. Debates on the Smart City has brought forth a longstanding opposition of top down corporate and governmental large scale smart ITC systems, versus the largely bottom up, community-based, participatory and self-organised forces of impacting our physical spaces, our architecture, our transportation, and our bodies. Through the aggregate nature of the critical mass of dense and large urban populations, smartness, like complexity, emerges from many dumb interactions. Optimism abounds on how urban technologies will bring greater safety, hygiene and efficiency, yet this symposium raises questions about the repercussions of intelligent systems, spaces and interfaces for cities in this Urban Century.

CITY SMART aims to address the challenges of Chinese urbanization in this century, within this changing technological, environmental, social and political context. At this juncture of the discipline’s advancement of design processes, and also within the quickly changing context of accelerated urbanization in China, this symposium seeks to clarify the theoretical and practical implications of information-driven processes and the expanding capacity for intelligence, and the Internet of Things, for cities. Presented as a platform for dissemination of the leading narratives of urbanism, some of today’s most celebrated practices will present their design propositions, together with their instruments. In three sequential panel presentation, this symposium will interrogate the ways in which city smartness is foremost the capacity to achieve the ambitions or these three paradigms: to apply associative logic towards a harnessing of the complexity of the city; to adapt and evolve to change; and to yield organisational material variation and specificity.

CITY SMART brings together 18 architects, urbanists, theorists, historians, writers, educators, curators, technologists, and a few rogues who escape classification, for this event. The format for this event kicks off on DAY 1 (11 July) with a BOOK LAUNCH and CONVERSATION focusing on the book,  SHANGHAI TEN | FOLIO.  DAY 2 (12 July) will have a KEYNOTE ADDRESS and 3 SALON CONVERSATIONS, with a series of brief visual presentations by some of the leading experts shaping China’s urban future, with each series of presentations.

AAVS SYMPOSIUM ROSTER:

Melissa Cate CHRIST (Hong Kong Polytechnic University: Hong Kong)

Matias DEL CAMPO (SPAN: Detroit, Shanghai)

Behnaz FARAHI (University of Southern California USC)

Hina JAMELLE (Contemporary Architecture Practice: New York, Shanghai)

Tobias KLEIN (City University of Hong Kong)

Michael KU (E-Grow: Shanghai)

Neil LEACH (Tongji University: Shanghai)

Steven MA (Xuberance: Shanghai)

Sandra MANNINGER (SPAN: Detroit, Shanghai)

Neville MARS (Mars Architects: Shanghai)

Ali RAHIM (Contemporary Architecture Practice: New York, Shanghai)

Oscar RIERA OJEDA (ORO Publishers: New York, Shenzhen)

Patrik SCHUMACHER (Zaha Hadid Architects: London)

SU Yunsheng (Etopia: Shanghai)

Tom VEREBES (Director, OCEAN CN: Hong Kong)

Philip VERNON (E-Grow: Shanghai)

WANG Xin (University of Nottingham: Ningbo)

SCHEDULE

 

TUESDAY 11 JULY 2017

 

17:00 // INTRODUCTION TO BOOK LAUNCH FOR SHANGHAI TEN | FOLIO

 

Tom VEREBES (Editor, AAVS SHANGHAI TEN FOLIO, Director AAVS Shanghai)

 

17:20 // SALON CONVERSATION

 

This PANEL DISCUSSION raises issues related to experimentation on urbanism within the context of AA Visiting School Shanghai.

 

Tom VEREBES

Oscar RIERA OJEDA (ORO Publishers)

& AAVS Tutors:
Soomeen HAHM

Immanuel KOH

LI Meizi

Igancio LÓPEZ BUSÓN

Mary POLITES

Steven MA

Gilles RETSIN

ZHENG Lei

 

 

18:00 // BOOK LAUNCH RECEPTION

 


WEDNESDAY 12 JULY 2016

 

13:00 // SALON CONVERSATION 1:

SMARTNESS & URBANISM

 

Neville MARS (Mars Architects: Shanghai)

SU Yunsheng (Etopia: Shanghai)

Michael KU & Philip VERNON (E-Grow: Shanghai)

Neil LEACH (Tongji University: Shanghai)

 

14:15 // BREAK

 

14:30 // SALON CONVERSATION 2:

INTELLIGENCE, INTERACTION & INNOVATION

 

Melissa Cate CHRIST (Hong Kong Polytechnic University: Hong Kong)

WANG Xin (University of Nottingham: Ningbo)

Tobias KLEIN (City University of Hong Kong)

Behnaz FARAHI (University of Southern California USC)

 

15:45 // BREAK

 

16:00 // SALON CONVERSATION 3:

PROJECTIONS

 

Steven MA (Xuberance: Shanghai)

Matias DEL CAMPO & Sandra MANNINGER (SPAN: Detroit, Shanghai)

Hina JAMELLE & Ali RAHIM (Contemporary Architecture Practice: New York, Shanghai)

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Patrik SCHUMACHER (Zaha Hadid Architects: London)

 

18:00 // END

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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