Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) has opened its new exhibition at the main gallery on August 24, 2016 and can be visited until October 14, 2016. Curated by Xiangning Li, the exhibition “Towards a Critical Pragmatism” is a survey of contemporary architectural practices in China.

It showcases around sixty buildings within five thematic categories: cultural, regeneration, digital, rural, and residential. The selected architects attempt to maintain, from the earliest moments of the design process to its finished outcome, a certain level of conceptual criticality and quality of production. This exhibition traces a Chinese architectural landscape that has shifted beyond embracing measures of expediency and quantitative output as exclusive criteria with which to evaluate architecture.

Harvard hopes that the GSD exhibition opens up a new avenue from which to encourage further conversation regarding both the present and future state of China’s architecture culture……Continue Reading

Xiangning Li, Deputy Dean and Professor in History, Theory and Criticism at Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Micro Hutong, under construction, Zhang Ke. Image courtesy of Harvard GSD.

Fab-Union Space on the west bund by Archi-Union Architects: Shanghai, China. Image courtesy of Victoria Streeter.

Top image: Jingdezhen Historical Museum of Imperial Kiln, Studio Pei-Zhu. Image courtesy of Harvard GSD.