Seven architecture and design events in China in November

Seven architecture and design events in China in November

MAD Architects’ largest solo exhibition in Shenzhen and a month-long design festival in Shanghai are among the architecture and design events held in China that feature in Dezeen’s events guide this month.

Other events happening this month in China include an exhibition documenting the work of Renzo Piano at OōEli in Hangzhou, his first completed project in China, and an exhibition exploring green design by Dutch architecture studio MVRDV.

The green factory: MVRDV and why the factory
September 19 to December 31, 2023, Hangzhou

Dutch architecture studio MVRDV is collaborating with The Why Factory – a research institute launched by the studio’s co-founder Winy Maas – to showcase an immersive exhibition.

The Green Factory presents a forest-covered cityscape at the O2 Museum, reflecting the natural elements that MVRDV has incorporated into 250 of its projects.

These projects at the fair envision a world with more plants, water, animals and biodiversity, including the Dutch Pavilion’s Spijkenisse Library at Expo 2000 in Hannover, the Valley skyscraper in Amsterdam, and the soon-to-be-completed Hangzhou oil refinery. .

A photo of the exhibition space

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Living Buildings
September 29 to November 19, 2023, Hangzhou

The Pritzker Prize-winning Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) is hosting an exhibition at the OōEli art venue, the firm’s first completed project in China.

The exhibition features Atlantis 2022, an island model that includes all 114 projects completed by RPBW, which took the studio two years to design and produce.

Also shown in the exhibition is a documentary by director Jonathan Goodman-Levitt exploring five of RPBW’s buildings and a video interview with architect Renzo Piano.

Picture of people at the exhibition

Ma Yansong: flowing land
September 29 to December 17, 2023, Shenzhen

MAD Architects presents its largest-ever solo exhibition in Shenzhen, which includes 52 projects spanning 20 years of work at the studio.

The exhibition aims to explore the interaction between city, society, architecture, humanity, nature and the imagination of future urban space.

More than half of the show has never been announced before, including concept art, research documents, infographics, and visual documentation.

14th Shanghai Biennale: Cosmos Cinema
November 9, 2023 to March 31, 2024, Shanghai

Following the theme of “Cinema of the Universe,” the 14th Shanghai Biennale explores how the relationship between humans and the universe will impact all life on Earth.

Curated by New York City and Berlin-based artist Anton Vidokli, more than 80 designers and artists from China and around the world will showcase their work.

Founded in 1996, the Shanghai Biennale is the first international contemporary art biennale in mainland China. It has been organized by the Power Station of Art since 2012, which also serves as the permanent space of the biennale.

West Bond Arts and Design
November 9 to 12, 2023, Shanghai

As one of Asia’s most influential art galleries, West Bund Art and Design celebrates its 10th year in 2023, hosting more than 120 galleries from around the world, including Europe, North America and Asia.

Among the galleries, Hauser & Wirth, Ota Fine Arts, Pace Gallery, Shangart Gallery, White Space, and White Cube have all participated in the exhibition since its first edition.

The four-day event takes place at the West Bund Arts Center in Shanghai.

Image of the Design Festival 2023 exhibition

Design Festival 2023
November 10 to December 10, 2023, Shanghai

The Design Festival returns to Shanghai this year with a series of talks, exhibitions, film screenings, workshops and a forum.

Under the slogan “再 RE-”, which means “again” in Chinese, the program aims to “embrace the societal aspect of design to be inclusive, interdisciplinary and innovative” while re-evaluating the value of design post-pandemic.

Festival speakers include architects Anders Berel, Shai Alcalay, Bonserem Premthada, Mark Lee, Liu Yichun, Joe Nagasaka, Simon Fromenweiler, Eva Prats, Ricardo Flores, and Jürgen Bye.

The festival, organized by Design Republic, prioritizes providing free access to the public.

As part of the event, Dezeen is hosting a lecture titled “How to Create a Chinese Design Narrative” on November 14 at Design Republic’s Shanghai showroom, 511 Jiangning Road.

Dezeen is a media partner for the Design Festival 2023.

Image of people using a touch screen

Wearable interface
November 11 to 30, 2023, Shanghai

Wearable Interface is an immersive exhibition developed by Chinese digital art studio UFO Lab that aims to challenge the understanding of digital media and the physical body.

A circular space will be covered in LED screens, creating an immersive theater that invites visitors to interact with the screens as if they were part of the physical body, blurring the boundaries between humans and machines, and the physical and virtual worlds.

Founded in 2010, UFO Lab is one of the oldest digital art studios in China that explores the chemistry between art, design and technology.

About Dezeen Events Directory

Dezeen Events Guide is our guide to the best architecture and design events held around the world every year. The guide is updated weekly and includes virtual events, conferences, trade shows, major exhibitions and design weeks.

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