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


Vorträge / Events


Rural China, Songyang, Xu Tiantian