Modernism in architecture and urbanism: West and East

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

18th to 19th October 2012

The conference will comprise the academic strand – as part of the international ‘Masterplanning The Future’ conference.
About the Academic Conference Strand:

One hundred years have passed since Le Corbusier’s Voyage to the Orient. Although he didn’t venture into the Far East, his influence – and that of Modernism – is recognizable across the world. This conference will explore Modernism’s significance in architecture and urbanism from Europe to India and the Far East. It will explore its lasting, or its fading, influences on China; and China’s influence on it. But is also looks at Modernism from the Americas to Africa to Asia; we want to get as many stories of the changing face – and the new face – of “the modern” as possible.

Architecture, and indeed the world, has changed massively over the last century, so this conference will explore what contemporary ideas can be drawn from different historical periods and different social circumstances. With the rapidly urbanizing conditions of India and China, what can Modernism tell us about the global urban condition? Indeed, is there such a thing? How has Modernism fared? How are architectural ideas portrayed today and what are the connections with the past?

This conference is an international forum within China, bringing together researchers and experts from across the world. In this way, the exchange of ideas and experiences will stimulate a better understanding of modern and vernacular architecture, contemporary and traditional urbanism; and regionalist and universalist design ideals.

Papers are welcomed to address a range of topics, which include (but are not exclusive to) the following:

Modernism from the West to the East and across the world.;
Modernism and the role of manifestos;
Chandigarh: then and now;
Asian development;
Emerging Cities: from South America to Africa;
The role of ideology;
The concept of masterplanning;
The Eco-City;
Contemporary and Vernacular Modernism?;
Ville Radieuse: lessons from 20th to 21st century;
The role of transport planning: then and now;
Influences and Legacy (Western and Eastern);
Le Corbusier and the Environment;
New Towns/ New Cities;
Urban flows;
Civic space and sociability;
The changing face of the Modern: Theory and Practice over the years;
Visualizing the City: from sketch to film to the digital image;
Universalism contra localism?;
Historically, geographically and culturally specific context;
Lessons from India/Europe/China;
GIS and space syntax;
Technological developments in Urban Planning and Design;
Social and development issues of the Modern city?;
Preserving or demolishing Modern icons;
Urban planning: Bottom up or top-down?



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