From China to Austria, rural regions face similar challenges: the cores of the communities and centres of the villages are becoming increasingly dispersed, vacant buildings and a lack of jobs are destabilizing infrastructure, resulting in migration to the cities.
The exhibition ‘Rural Moves — The Songyang Story’ shows how precise architectural interventions were found in response to these challenges, and infrastructure was improved in the Songyang region. The exhibition opens with a dialogue between the cultures underlying concepts for rural space in China and in Austria.
A cooperation by the Az W with Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin
Welcome address: Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin; Angelika Fitz, Az W
Introduction: Eduard Kögel, curator, Berlin; Lin Shouying, Rural Economy in China
Lectures: Roland Gruber, Landluft — Verein zur Förderung von Baukultur in ländlichen Räumen; Xu Tiantian, DnA_Design and Architecture, Beijing
Panel discussion: Roland Gruber, Eduard Kögel, Lin Shouying, Xu Tiantian
Opening: Kristin Feireiss, Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin; Angelika Fitz, Az W; a representative of Songyang region;
LI Xiaosi, Chinese ambassador in Austria