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Shanghai Debate 2015 | China Rising

  • The Eight Art Hotel on the Bund 7 Yan’an East Road, Shanghai (map)

This is a China Commentary event.

Shanghai Debate 2015 | China Rising

In 1898, Zhang Zhidong said that China should adopt “Chinese learning for essence, Western learning for use”; in other words China should take advantage of foreign knowledge to help advance its material and technical know-how, but it should do so while still maintaining its national social, political and cultural identity and structure of society.

Even though China’s social and political structure looks solid, it’s cultural identity is changing? Over the last 20 years, an increasing number of Chinese architects trained in the West are coming back with experimental ideas bringing free-thinking and aesthetic sensitivity, adapted from the west. This is inspiring others.

So has the West won the culture war, or is China in the driving seat?

Are liberal arts essential, or do we overstate the value of “critical-thinking”? Is the West relying too much on creativity and should it learn a little more from Chinese pragmatism? Does the West have anything left to teach China or are the tables turning?… and if you are a foreign architect, should you be looking to book your ticket home anytime soon?

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Friday 27 November 2015 | 19.00pm – 20.30

The Eight Art Hotel on the Bund
7 Yan’an East Road, Shanghai

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Duncan Hewitt  China correspondent
Newsweek/International Business Times

Nathan Sperber  Visiting Scholar
Fudan University

Darren Zhou Director
Skew Collaborative, Shanghai & Hong Kong

Austin Williams China Correspondent
The Architectural Review

Dr Miao Ying  Lecturer
Chinese Government and Politics, XJTLU university, Suzhou

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