MOMA EXHIBITION TO EXPLORE RECENT ARCHITECTURE FROM CHINA: REUSE, RENEW, RECYCLE
philip stevens I designboom
Later this year, an exhibition at the museum of modern art (MoMA) in new york will explore the work of a new generation of chinese architects and their commitment to social and environmental sustainability. titled ‘reuse, renew, recycle: recent architecture from china’, the exhibition spotlights eight projects — by firms such as amateur architecture studio, archi-union, and studio zhu pei — that range from the adaptive reuse of former industrial buildings, the recycling of building materials, and the reinterpretation of ancient construction techniques, to the economic rejuvenation of rural villages or entire regions through non-invasive architectural insertions.
the exhibition was developed following a four-year research initiative, which included extensive conversations with the architects involved and site visits to all of the projects on view. the presentation will include a wide range of models, drawings, photographs, videos, and architectural mock-ups drawn from MoMA’s recent acquisition of around 160 works of chinese contemporary architecture. the architects and projects featured seek to exemplify what it means to build in china today and explore how modern architecture can be firmly grounded in the country’s unique cultural context.