Dong Yugan is a teacher at the Graduate school of Architecture, Peking University. His general education course ‘Analysis of Modern/Contemporary Architecture,’ started eight years ago, remains one of the most popular courses of PKU. To develop the course, he’s written more than 70 essays and published in various magazines. He has also accidentally written five small books, three of which were reprinted within a half year. For his teaching practice, he’s constructed a few buildings, which have been widely published and exhibited in China and abroad. During the last few years, he became fascinated with garden. His garden-related design works have been collected in the Annual Book of China’s Architecture Art. His newly created course ‘Analysis of China’s Classical Gardens’ has changed from a lonely class with 30 or so students to a crowded one with 1-200 attendants.
The Intention and Construction of Chinese Garden
The West sees life as a positive process towards death in the end, while China serves the dead same as the alive. This difference in dwelling cultures is well demonstrated in the intentions and constructions of Western and Chinese gardens. The lecture compares Chinese garden, which has developed its concept of poetic bodily dwelling since Wei-Jin dynasty, to Western garden, which has been dominated by the visual-centered tendency since Mediaeval. The talk also attempts to reflect on the various visual expressions in contemporary architecture, and to question the prevalent technologicalization tendency in the development of tectonic culture in China today.
This lecture is open to the general public.
The Spring 2014 Public Lecture Series are co-sponsored by “Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd.” & “Woo, Chow, Wong & Partners (HK) Ltd.” visiting lectureship in architecture.