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Lectures, discussion, opening

Rural Moves – New Perspec­tives for Rural Areas in China and Austria

To accompany the exhibition 'Rural Moves – The Songyang Story'

Wed 13.03.2019, 18:00
Aerial view of landscape divided into fields

Damushan Tea Valley, Songyang County
© photograph: Han Dan

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