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Yuan-er, a courtyard-ology: from the mega to the micro



Commissioner: China Arts and Entertainment Group Ltd (CAEG)
Curator: Zhang Li
Exhibitors: Zhu Zheqin (Dadawa), He Wanyu Cui Kai; Chang Qing; Zhuang Weimin; Zhou Kai; Liu Jiakun; Xiao Wei & Cadi; Lyu Zhou; Liu Chang; Zhao Peng; Bonino, Michele & Polito; Chen Xiong; Cui Tong; Dong Gong; Gui Xuewen; Guo Mingzhuo; Hu Yue; Li Cundong; Li Hu & Huang Wenjing; Li Xinggang; Liu, Doreen Heng; Liu Xiaodu; Liu Yichun & Chen Yifeng; Loehlein, Gisela & Xjtlu; Lyu Pinjing; Ma Yansong; Mei Hongyuan; Meng Yan; Ni Yang; Qi Xin; Shen Di; Shen Zuowei; Song Zhaoqing; Sun Yimin; Wang Hui; Wang Xiao’an; Yang Ying; Zhang Jie; Zhang Ming; Zhang Pengju; Zhang Tong; Zhang Yue; Zhao Yang; Zhao Yuanchao; Zhu Xiaodi

Biennale Sneak Peek

Image 1 – How will we live together?
Yuan-er from mega to micro
: the courtyard has been a vibrant co-living typology across cultures and across times. And Yuan-er has been the basic molecule of all traditional urban and social fabrics in China, with cases ranging from the mega, like the Forbidden City, to the micro, like hutongs.

 

Image 2 – Sneak peek of the project
China Pavilion makes an inquiry on Yuan-er. Through the exhibition it will unfold the essence of Yuan-er, and how it is still able to bring people of such diversity closer to each other. What are the space-body relations that generate cohesive urban communities extending from one Yuan-er to another? How would wisdoms of past Yuan-ers benefit the architecture of our time for people to live together?


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