Event

Saturday, August 8, 2015 | 11:00am - 3:00pm

OC, USA | OC, CHINA: CONTEMPORARY CHINESE ARCHITECTURE

Begin with a curatorial tour of My Generation: Young Chinese Artists followed by a panel discussion on contemporary Chinese architecture. Panelists include architect Alan Hess (AIA), Huffington Post writer Bianca Bosker, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning professor Mary Ann Ray, and Southern California Institute of Architecture professor Robert Mangurian.

11 am Galleries open

11:30 am Tour of My Generation: Young Chinese Artists led by OCMA Curatorial Associate 

1 pm Panel discussion in Lyon Auditorium

Food: StuffNIT Burger food truck 12 – 3 pm

General admission applies.

About the Panelists:

Alan Hess

Architect and historian Alan Hess has written nineteen books on Modern architecture and urbanism in the mid-twentieth century; his subjects include John Lautner, Oscar Niemeyer, Frank Lloyd Wright, the Ranch House, Googie architecture, Las Vegas, Irvine, and Palm Springs. He is the architecture critic of the San Jose Mercury News, a contributor to The Architects Newspaper, a Graham Foundation grant recipient, and a National Arts Journalism Program Fellow. He’s received the Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for qualifying the oldest remaining McDonald’s for the National Register of Historic Places, and this year he received the President’s Award from the Los Angeles Conservancy for three decades of work in preserving Modern architecture. He is currently working on a history of Modern Architecture in California. 

Bianca Bosker

Bianca Bosker is an award-winning journalist and the author of Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China, a critically acclaimed investigation of China’s copy culture and the first definitive account of the country’s “duplitecture” movement. While researching the book in China, she visited gondoliers in Hangzhou’s Venice replica, toured the Eiffel Tower in a Chinese suburb, and accompanied awestruck tourists through faux-British villages patrolled by security guards dressed like Buckingham Palace guards. She was previously the Executive Tech Editor of The Huffington Post, and she has written for The Atlanticthe New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and Fast Company, among other publications.Bosker is at work on her second book, which will illuminate the art and science behind enhancing our senses and chronicle a curious amateur’s exploration of the wine industry.

Robert Mangurian and Mary-Ann Ray

Robert Mangurian and Mary-Ann Ray are principals of Studio Works in Los Angeles, teach at SCI-Arc and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, and are co-founders of BASE Studios in the Urban Village of Caochangdi in Beijing. Their current interests have led them to work on urban and rural change in China, especially as seen in Urban Villages such as Caochangdi and the potential for change in the New Socialist Countryside and Villages. Ray and Mangurian are both recipients of the Rome Prize, the Chrysler Design Award and the Stirling Prize for the Biannual Lecture on the City.

Image courtesy of Bianca Bosker, Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China.