“Tsinghua Design Academic Week 2014” was held in Tsinghua University Design Center during June 17th to 19th, 2014. The academic week included 12 academic activities, the contents involving five majors: building, structure, heating and ventilation, water, electricity. There were two new book launches and one theme exhibition. Besides, it invited eight foreign design institutions in China to interact with audiences, to share and discuss current research and practice results.
This academic week was sponsored by Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University Co, LTD, organized by Community Design magazine. The opening ceremony was hosted by the dean Zhuang Weimin. In the opening ceremony, academician Cheng Taining made a keynote report on architectural creation; Discussions about human settlement environment construction were launched in various professional fields of THHDG. Architects from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou exchanged design practices of super-tall buildings. A number of foreign design institutions in China have made communications about the results and thoughts of working on design in China. The frontier problems of current design practices were also discussed and communicated in other professional sectors.
Two new book launches were also held during the academic week. “Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University Co, LTD Portfolio” gathered part of the excellent works of Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University since 2013. The architectural review work of Mr. Ji Yuanzhen “Ask again--what is architecture” continues the deep reflection on the history and current situation of Chinese architecture design after his previous work “What is architecture”. During the academic week, “Universities and cities” theme exhibition was also held at the same time in the hall of Tsinghua University Design Center, which was planned by the dean of School of Architecture, University of Stuttgart Helmut Bott. He also made “university and city” theme report in the academic week.
“Tsinghua Design Academic Week 2014” gathered the frontier problems in each design field, presented the design practice in the process of culture collision under the context of globalization, launched professional works on design practice, history and reflection, and presented in-depth study and thinking about the interactive relationship between universities and cities. As China's top architectural design institution, also the outstanding representative of China's unique design institute of colleges and universities, Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University Co, LTD presented a panorama of the development of China's current design practice from practice, research, thinking and other aspects through this “Tsinghua Design Academic Week 2014, which was a distinguished gathering of today’s design culture.
Host: Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University
Theme: Tsinghua Design Academic Week 2014
Time: June 17th -19th,2014
Location: green lecture hall of Architectural Design Center of Tsinghua University, Shunde Hall, No.4 conference room
In May 2014, President Xi Jinping refined Chinese economic characteristics into three words: "new normalcy", and summarized the characteristics of the new normalcy at APEC meeting in November: the speed of economic growth has shifted from high speed to medium and high speed, the economic structure has been continuously optimized and upgraded, the growth impetus shifts from factor-driven, investment-driven to innovation-driven. The shift in China's economy poses a huge challenge to design circle, and also brings new opportunities. In just 30 years, Chinese society has moved from the planned economy into the post-industrial consumer society, which is a process of fast learning, intense enrichment and rapid development. Facing the huge design market, Chinese architectural field has fully exposed the problem of insufficient academic accumulation from science and technology to culture and ideology. The new normalcy gives us a chance to reflect. As “reflective practitioner”, architects were busy with practice and had no time to reflect in the past 30 years, while the final formation of learning comes precisely from reflection. Therefore, how does architectural design find its own way in the new normalcy period is exactly the question to be discussed in” Tsinghua Design Academic Week”. In addition to reflection, the new normalcy also provides opportunities for the development of the design industry. Innovation and urbanization are the main development lines of China's new normalcy period. For design world, on the one hand, it's time to move from quantity to quality, otherwise it can only be controlled by others’ technology and culture due to the domination of consumer culture, and as no developing force in the future. On the other hand, the huge demand for urbanization also puts forward new tasks for Chinese design circle. New-type urbanization calls for new town forms, living forms and building forms, and also urges the formation of new design ideas.
Under this background, Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University held “Tsinghua Design Academic Week 2015”, taking “New normalcy new design” as the theme. It invited industry elites to discuss new design in new normalcy period, hoping that under the tide of the times, the experience of China's architectural design industry can be reflected, thoughts can be inspired, and academic progress can be made.
Host: Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University
主题：新常态·新设计 —— 回归常态经济的适宜设计
Theme: New normalcy new design-proper design returning to normal economy
时间：2015年5月20日 至 22日 （周三、周四、周五）
Time: May 20th -22nd ,2015 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
Location: back hall of the main building, green lecture hall of Architectural Design Center of Tsinghua University, Shunde Hall, No.4 conference room
Exhibition: Engineering design drawing exhibition series-- construction drawing exhibition of “Queli Hotel” and construction drawing exhibition of Tsinghua University Library
Architectural place is a container of human behavior. As an object initiatively built by human, it is also the carrier of the spirit. Therefore, architecture contains cultural symbolism, and has its own internal construction logic.
After modernism, industry and technology endowed buildings with infinite possibilities, and people began to worry about the disappearance of cultural connotations. In Mulgrave’s preface for Frampton’s Studies in Tectonic Culture, he said that the challenge for contemporary architects is how can we pay attention to the constructiveness of architectural art without weakening its ability to reproduce the value? How can we explore the ontology presentation of architecture and at the same time don’t forget the poetic possibilities of architectural forms expressing other meanings?
Today, Chinese society is moving rapidly from a planned economy to a consumer society in just a few decades, with the diversification of life style, and the means of building material types are becoming more and more abundant, the symbolism of architectures is being exaggerated continuously. Imitation replaces manifestation and representation, the genius of architectures gradually dissolves, and their internal logic is obliterated by superficial form. Obviously, Mulgrave’s questions still have profound meaning in the present context of China. How can we remember architectures’ constructivism while exhausting the possibilities of architectural forms?
Under this background, from October 12 to 17, 2016, Tsinghua Design Academic Week 2016 was sponsored by Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University Co, LTD and School of Architecture, Tsinghua university, taking “Architecture Genius · Artisan Spirit” as the theme, and invited industry elites to explore the genius of architectures, to carry forward the artisan spirit of combining critical thinking and technology, and inspect the role of contemporary architects and the task of architectures. As margrave said,” In a time of increasing proliferation of game of forms and new avant-garde, it would be very beneficial to re-examine architectures as a kind of art of essential significance.” We hope that through our continuous efforts, China's architectural design industry experience can be reflected, thoughts can be inspired, and academic progress can be made.
This Design Academic Week gathered elites of all disciplines, including urban planning, architecture, landscape, structure, water supply and drainage, heating and ventilation, electric etc. making an all-around presentation of China's current thinking and exploration of architecture genius and craftsmanship spirit. It invited three generations of architect representatives, namely the old, the middle-aged and the young, including Hu Shaoxue, Meng Jianmin, Meng Yan, Hua Li, Zhang Li etc. who inherit and carry forward Chinese traditional craftsman spirit with their own design practice and interpret the role and responsibilities of contemporary architects.
This Design Academic Week will share the authoritative academic and application cases of Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University, School of Architecture, Tsinghua university, and other domestic large design institutes, and present the Asia-pacific development strategies and cases of international firms. Further, well-known property developers will analyze the current market and industry trends, aiming at realizing the three-dimensional analysis of construction industry chain-- policy guidance, owners’ development demands, architectural design idea, application of building materials.
Besides, This Design Academic Week also gathered a lot of quality resources from academic circle, industry and government, including Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University, BMUB, BAK, NAX, National Development and Reform Commission City and Town Research Center, China Association of City Planning, Beijing Municipal Planning Commission, Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning & Design, Beijing Organizing Committee of Winter Olympic Games, Tsinghua University, Peking University, Architecture & Engineers Co., LTD of Southeast University, SIADR, AECOM China, ARUP etc. providing an academic feast of exchange of ideas and experience for industry insiders.
Hosts：Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University,
School of Architecture, Tsinghua University
主题：建筑之本原 • 哲匠之精神
Theme: Architecture Genius · Artisan Spirit
时间：2016 年10 月12-14 日，10 月17 日（为期四天）
Time: October 12nd -14th, 2016, October 17th (Sunday)
Location: Meng Minwei Concert Hall, Tsinghua University, Architectural Design Center of Tsinghua University, School of Architecture, Tsinghua university
Exhibition: Artisan-Inheriting Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tsinghua University Selected Projects Over the Years Exhibition+ Contemporary Architecture-Made in Germany Exhibition