Architecture and Urbanism in East Asia

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The symposium will consist of three topic sessions focusing on historic preservation, interior design, and architecture and urbanism. Each session will focus on three papers by internationally known specialists in these fields, with comments by invited scholars from the United States and abroad.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2004) -- The Asia Center and the College of Design at the University of Kentucky, with the support of the Office of Executive Vice President for Research, will present a roundtable workshop and a symposium on architecture and urbanism in East Asia in two September sessions.

The two sessions are:

-- A roundtable, titled “Practicing in East Asia: Challenges, Idiosyncrasies, and Discoveries,” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 15. The symposium will bring together professional architects and academics to discuss the social, political, geographical, and cultural challenges of working in East Asia, said Kristin Stapleton, director of the UK Asia Center. The workshop will be held in UK’s Pence Hall auditorium and is free and open to the public.

-- A symposium, titled “ East Asia: Experiments in Architecture and Urbanism,” will be held Sept. 24 and 25 in the UK Student Center. The symposium, which is also free and open to the public, is expected to attract several hundred participants from UK and across the nation.

The symposium will consist of three topic sessions focusing on historic preservation, interior design, and architecture and urbanism. Each session will focus on three papers by internationally known specialists in these fields, with comments by invited scholars from the United States and abroad.

“In both scale and pace, the planning and realization of infrastructure and buildings in East Asia has no precedent in history – not even in America’s New Deal,” said Joseph P. Ferrucci, a lecturer in the UK College of Design at UK.

“These architectural and urban experiments mark both great triumphs and unforgiving peril,” added Ferrucci, one of the co-organizers of the roundtable and symposium.

Topics to be addressed at the symposium include approaches to historic preservation in East Asian urban environments over the past 150 years, the consequences of hyper-development from both private and public institutions on the shape of cities in East Asia, and how practices specific to particular cultures – in this case the cultures of East Asia – influence the design of space and place, and the conceptualization of scale and form.

The keynote address, presented by Ackbar Abbas, distinguished professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong, is co-sponsored by the ideaFestival and the College of Arts and Sciences. Abbas is the author of an influential study of Hong Kong’s transition from a British colony to a city administered by the People’s Republic of China.

For the symposium schedule and more information, visit the Web site of the College of Design, www.uky.edu/Design, or contact Joseph P. Ferrucci, College of Design, at (859) 257-9415 or Kristin Stapleton, Asia Center, (859) 257-1357.


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