Architecture is a microcosm of the times. In the past three decades when China experienced massive urbanization, the architectural market also developed from scratch, then grew and expanded explosively. He Jingtang, who has been leading his team practicing the architectural design in the market from the very beginning of the urbanization movement, witnessed the drastic changes in China over the past three decades, and every architecture they create reflects profound thoughts on place, culture and time. This touring exhibition arrives at UC Berkeley to present his architectural philosophy and works in the past decades, which, despite of the variation of places and custom, keeps abreast with the time and provokes thoughts on future urban development.
The exhibition presents the enriched contents of different architectural typologies including museum, memorial hall, university campus and old town renewal, as well as the remarkable professional practices of He Jingtangand his team on the vast land of China. With models, images, videos and texts, the exhibition elaborates the creative thinking of He Jingtang and his team on different geographical contexts, cultural features and historical background. It also showcases, from the perspectives of theory, team building and educational concept, lessons and experiences drawn from the team’s years of practice, research and education on specific design projects.