Adaptation introduces and interprets an important moment in time and shows, how across different generations, Chinese architects develop innovative strategies when faced with constraints imposed by context or capital. Absorbing the client’s demands, works are constructed while facing a waning of traditional craft, but illustrate a construction culture in development. The exhibition gives insight – through a selection of case studies spanning generations of architectural practice – into the expectations, experience and expertise developed in various scales, locations, and climates.
Adaptation emerges in the revitalization of industrial heritage, as a response to building in remote geographies or through the modern interpretation of traditional spatial concepts.
Adaptation is a mirror for Chinese architects, their production and context; a focused lens for outsiders to look at today’s evolution of the architectural profession in China.
Following the overall concept of fundamentals, the topic of Adaptation explains the flexible framework that makes architecture in China possible, thus becoming inextricably tied to the global form of architectural fundamentals.
Curators: Marino Folin & MovingCities [Bert de Muynck & Mónica Carriço]