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Call for papers - Modernism in Architecture & Urbanism: East and West

8 April 2012
by Evonne Mackenzie

The call for submissions is now open for the Modernism in Architecture & Urbanism: East and West conference at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China.


The conference will take place from the 18-19 October and is part of the UK Now festival in China. An Academic conference, this will focus on specific aspects of cross-boundary urban design, theory, practice and history. It will deal specifically with experts in fields related to “Modernism”, with examples drawn from around the world.


The call for extended abstracts has just opened and the deadline for submissions is 2nd May 2012. Further details can be found online at masterplanningthefuture.


Conference Synopsis

One hundred years have passed since Le Corbusier’s Voyage to the Orient. Although he didn’t venture into the Far East, his influence – and that of Modernism – is recognizable across the world. This conference looks at Modernism’s significance to architecture and urbanism from across the world. It will explore its lasting, or fading, influence on China; and China’s influence on it.


Architecture, and indeed the world, has changed massively over the last century, so this conference will explore what contemporary ideas can be drawn from different historical periods and different social circumstances.


With the rapidly urbanizing conditions of India and China, what can Modernism tell us about the global urban condition? Indeed, is there such a thing as 'Modernism' or 'the global urban condition'? How has Modernism fared in the last century? How are future-oriented architectural ideas portrayed today and what are the connections with the past?


This conference is an international forum within China, bringing together researchers and experts from across the world. In this way, the exchange of ideas and experiences will stimulate a better understanding of modern and vernacular architecture, contemporary and traditional urbanism; and regionalist and universalist design ideals.