Narrative Courtyardism evolves from my recent venture of a series of village projects in Zhejiang. It describes the condition of how building typology becomes a vehicle facilitating events and spaces for a place. Starting from restoring a courtyard house for a villager, the project continues building a tea-house pavilion next to the house, an exhibition room and an outdoor theater behind, the assembly hall for the next village and its riverfront patio, the temple garden and the old village school, and another courtyard house. The journey unfolds the fabric of communities and its narrative spaces; from the topography, tectonic and tactile material quality of earth and wood, steel and stone, as well as our sense of the landscape. Thus, an urban-rural strategy moves from point to point, linking points into lines and network of villages, and the fields beyond.
Wang Weijen, FHKIA, HKIUD,, is an endowed Andrew KF Lee Professorship in Architecture Design, University of Hong Kong and Design Director of Wang Weijen Architecture. Received MArch from UC Berkeley, MS and BS National Taiwan University, he became Associate at TAC San Francisco in 1990 and joined the University of Hong Kong in 1994. He was the Head of Department at HKU from 2012 to 2016, as well as Visiting Professor at University of Montreal and MIT. He was the curator of 2007 Hong Kong Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, and currently curator of 2018 Hong Kong Exhibition for Venice Architecture Biennale, as well as the Editorial Director of HKIA Journal OCCUPY. His design projects received international awards from AIA, HKIA, Japan Good Design Award, Far Eastern Architectural Award, China Architectural Media Award, WA Architectural Award and Green Building Award. His research focuses on typology and transformation of Chinese Architecture and Cities. His works and articles have been widely published in Domus, Mark, Stradt Bauwelt, T+A, TA, WA, Dialogue, and UED, including books Refabricating City; Regenerating Patio; and design monograph issue of Urban Courtyardism.
“In order for nothing to change, all has to be changed”
il Gattopardo (The Leopard)
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa interpreted by Luchino Visconti
The Department of Architecture launches its 2017-2018 Public Lecture Series, on the work of its faculty. The “In-Progress” series will critically examine the relevance of a vast number of issues in relationship to architecture. The Teaching staff will share their most recent work/ research/ publications in a 60 minute talk which, will be followed by a discussion chaired by a person of the speaker’s choice. The respondent will preferably be from other faculties at HKU or outside of the university. We look forward to your active presence and participation.
****No registration is required. All interested are welcome****