Encounters Berlin

Berlin Encounters

Encounters with Southeast Asian Modernism

30 August 2019, 3.30 pm / Reception 9 pm

As a public prelude to the project Encounters with Southeast Asian Modernism in the Bauhaus centenary, a symposium in Berlin brings together international curators and experts to explore the history and the presence of modernism in Southeast Asia in the four selected cities.

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southeast asian modernism

Encounters with SEAM

Encounters with South East Asian Modernism


Encounters with Southeast Asian Modernism sheds light on the history, significance and future of socially relevant design ideas of postcolonial modernism in the region and thematises them in the context of the Bauhaus centenary 2019 in Germany. With partners in four selected cities – Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Singapore and Yangon – Encounters explores the impact of modernism at the crossroads between early globalisation, local conditions, and the search for an own identity, starting with the period of upheaval that accompanied the transition to independence after colonial times.

Y.C. Wong Chen Kuen Lee

Content or Form

Eduard Kögel: Content or Form

Chen Kuen Lee and Yau Chun Wong in the light of Hans Scharoun and Mies van der Rohe



In his lecture, Eduard Kögel will examine the development of the works of the two architects Yau Chun Wong and Chen Kuen Lee and discuss how they encountered the architectural heritage of their Chinese homeland and the influence of New Objectivity in their works. For example, Wong combined the formal principles of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe with the tradition of Chinese architecture, while Lee used traditional content to create new forms.

Future Countryside in China

Fr, 17. Mai 2019, 17-18 Uhr

Building a Future Countryside in China

– mit Dr. Eduard Kögel

Eine Führung mit dem Architekturhistoriker Dr. Eduard Kögel gibt Einblicke und liefert Hintergrundinformationen zu „Building a Future Countryside in China“. Die von Li Xiangning kuratierte Ausstellung präsentiert eine Bandbreite innovativer Ansätze und Strategien zur Aufwertung ländlicher Regionen in China – darunter Bauten für Wohnen, Produktion und Bildung, Kultur und Tourismus, Gesundheit und Freizeit.

Xu Tiantian in Austria

Ausstellungseröffnung, Vorträge, Diskussion

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

Im Rahmen der Ausstellung „Rural Moves – The Songyang Story“

Begrüßung: Angelika Fitz, Direktorin Az W; Hans-Jürgen Commerell, Direktor Aedes Architekturforum, Berlin

Einführung: Eduard Kögel, Kurator, Berlin; Liu Shouying, Rural Economist, Peking

Vorträge: Xu Tiantian, DnA_Design and Architecture, Peking; Roland Gruber, Landluft – Verein zur Förderung von Baukultur in ländlichen Räumen

Podiumsdiskussion: Roland Gruber, Eduard Kögel, Liu Shouying, Xu Tiantian

Eröffnung: Angelika Fitz, Direktorin Az W; Kristin Feireiss, Direktorin Aedes Architekturforum, Berlin; LI Xiaosi, Chinesischer Botschafter in Österreich

Songyang-Regions on the Rise

Songyang-Regions on the Rise Conference

8–10. November 2018

Rethinking strategies for new rural developments is a pressing global challenge today. Dynamic urbanization processes shape large areas of the world – and China in particular – while the hinterland has long been a subject of neglect. To stimulate an international discussion, Aedes Architecture Forum Berlin presented the exhibition ‘Rural Moves – The Songyang Story’ this year, which led to the initiation of the conference ‘Regions on the Rise – Culture and Architecture as Drivers for Rural Development’ in Songyang County, China. The focus lies on the dualities and interrelations occurring in the relationship between the urban and the rural, always seeking to explore what culture and architecture can do in interplay with economy, spatial planning, infrastructure and ecology. This development might establish new concepts and therefore a new rural con dence and identity as well as economic progress and reliability as major incentives to make people stay or even return into the hinterland.

Words of Welcome and Introduction
Xiang Zhaolun Minister for Culture at the Central Government, Beijing, China

Kristin Feireiss Director Aedes Architecture Forum and Network Campus Berlin, Germany

Hu Haifeng Mayor of Lishui City, China

Key Lecture

Remy Sietchiping Leader, Regional and Metropolitan Planning, UN-HABITAT, Nairobi, Kenya


Wang Jun Magistrate Songyang County, China

Hans-Jürgen Commerell Director Aedes Architecture Forum and Network Campus Berlin, Germany

Xu Tiantian Architect, Beijing, China

Eduard Kögel Architecture Historian, Berlin, Germany

Ten by Ten Impulse Statements

Experts from various elds and different countries report on their research and experiences on rural development made in their speci c region or institution.

  1. Zhang Ke Founding Principal, ZAO/standardarchitecture 标准营造, Beijing, China, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, USA
  2. Angel Luis Fernandez Head of Research Center for Urban Design, ESNE. School of Design, Innovation and Technology, Madrid, Spain
  3.  Zhang Lei Professor, Founder & Chief Architect, Nanjing University, AZL architects, Nanjing, China
  4. Angelika Fitz Director, Austrian Architecture Museum, Vienna, Austria
  5. Miriam Mlecek Researcher, formerly Leibniz University Hanover / ANCB

    Programme Manager, Berlin, Germany

  6. Zhang Yue Professor, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  7. Nuria Costa Leonardo Mexican Women’s Network, Civic Society, Morelos,


  8. Huang Yung Sung Art Director, Han Sheng Magazine, Taiwan
  9. Adrian Iredale Director, Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, Perth, Australia
  10. Zhu Jingxiang Professor, Hong Kong University, China

Panel ONE: Culture + Architecture

Moderator: Andreas Ruby Director, Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel, Switzerland

Li Xiangning Professor, Tongji University, Curator Chinese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018, Shanghai, China

Hitoshi Abe Architecture and Urban Design Chair, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA, Atelier Hitoshi Abe, Sendai, Japan

Farrokh Derakhshani Director, Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Geneva, Switzerland

Panel TWO: Ecology and Economy + Architecture

Moderator: Aric Chen Curator-at-large, M+, Hong Kong

Liu Shouying Economist, China

Erhard An-He Kinzelbach, Professor, Founder KNOWSPACE, Berlin, Germany

Juan Mayr, Foreign Office, Bogotá, Colombia

Lina Annab, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Amman, Jordan