Li Han and Hu Yan are co-founders of Beijing-based Drawing Architecture Studio. Deriving inspiration from architecture, art, popular culture, and daily life, they explore the possibilities of image, space, and urban studies through various media such as architectural drawings, models, art installations, comics, and books. They are the recipients of numerous prizes, including the 2021 DAM Architectural Book Award, the Overall Winner in the 2018 WAF Architecture Drawing Prize, and the Second Prize in the 2016 RIBA Journal Eye Line Drawing Competition. Their work has been exhibited at the 4th Chicago Architecture Biennial; the Chinese Pavilion and Japan Pavilion of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale; the 7th and 9th Shenzhen / Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture, among others. Their work has been acquired by MoMA, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Art Institute of Chicago; White Rabbit Gallery in Sydney; Macao Museum of Art; Pingshan Art Museum in Shenzhen; and, Wind H Art Center in Beijing. Their publications include A Little Bit of Beijing (2013); A Little Bit of Beijing · Dashilar (2015); The Joy of Architectural Drawing (2018); Hutong Mushroom (2018) and Apartment Blossom (2021).(From Event Page Website)
Illinois School of Architecture Lecture | Fall 2023
Geostories: Another Architecture for the Environment by Rania Ghosn; El Hadi JazairyHow do we make sense of the Earth at a moment in which it is presented in crisis? Geostories is a manifesto for the environmental imagination that renders sensible the issues of climate change and through geographic fiction invites readers to relate to the complexity of Earth systems in their vast scales of time and space. The series of architectural projects becomes a medium to synthesize different forms and scales of knowledge on technological externalities, such as oil extraction, deep-sea mining, ocean acidification, water shortage, air pollution, trash, space debris, and a host of other social-ecological issues. The book is organized into three sections-terrarium, aquarium, planetarium, each of which revisits such devices of wonder that assemble publics around representations of the Earth. Through design research, Geostories brings together spatial history, geographic representation, projective design, and material public assemblies to speculate on ways of living with such legacy technologies on the planet.
Call Number: Ricker Library, New Books ; 720.47 G346ge2022
Publication Date: 2018-08-01
New Geographies: 08, Island by Daniel Daou (Editor); Pablo Pérez-Ramos (Editor)As a master metaphor, the island has been a fecund source of inspiration across many domains. From More's Utopia to Darwin's evolutionary theory to Ungers's archipelago, insights derived from "island thinking" are commonly extrapolated across diverse scales and fields. The appeal of the island metaphor lies in its capacity to simplify the complex and frame the apparently unbounded. Yet the concept seems to contradict current mainstream thought and practice in geographic and design fields. The globalization motifs of openness and interconnectedness, and ecology's privilege of environmental processes and flows over forms and boundaries, both challenge the pertinence of the island as a cognitive device for territorial description and intervention. New Geographies, 8 proposes an epistemological pulse between, on the one hand, the ultimate loss of the exterior implied in planetary upscaling of territorial interpretations (toward an idea of the world as a whole) and, on the other hand, the need to rearrange new boundaries in an environment viewed through the process-oriented lens of ecology. An "atlas" of islands, New Geographies, 8 explores the new limits of islandness and gathers examples to reassert its relevance for design disciplines.
Positions on Emancipation by Florian Hertweck (Editor); Anne-Julchen Bernhardt (Text by); Arno Brandlhuber (Text by); Paola Vigano (Text by)Is there a place for architecture beyond neoliberal paradigms? While our era of constant crisis demands stronger social and political engagement, architecture has been largely characterized by a lack of strong positions during the last decades. But more recently, one can again observe attitudes that claim to address architecture and urbanism as more engaged with the social and political effects of global capitalism. Against the liberal 'anything goes' and the revival of architectural autonomy, these attitudes believe less in the possibility for even the most experimental architectural object to have a changing effect on society. Their approaches instead vary from activism to the construction of new critical narratives. But how do these attitudes emancipate themselves from capitalism and to what extent are they able to take into account the complexities of the sociopolitical, economical, ecological, and cultural aspects of the production of space? This book relays a passionate debate between some of the most outstanding theoreticians and eloquent protagonists of this new attitude, leaving us with an overview of such postulated ambitions. A debate with Anne-Julchen Bernhardt, Arno Brandlhuber, Gilles Delalex, Manuel Gausa, Rania Ghosn & El Hadi Jazairy, Adrian Lahoud, Bart Lootsma, Markus Miessen, Can Onaner, Laurent Stalder, Peter Swinnen, Pelin Tan, Milica Topalovic, Stephan Truby, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, and Paola Vigano.
Telling Geostories: We Are All in it Together by Design Earth (Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy)People everywhere had taken to the streets in a display of solidarity to participate in global climate strikes. Design Earth aligns its speculative experiments and storytelling practices with Latour, Michel Serres, Isabelle Stengers, and Donna Haraway, who together form something of a community of companion thinkers all interested in the entanglements of societies and technologies, or "naturescultures.". [Extracted from the article]