Nov 1

How Chinese Architecture Became Modern

Presentation by Dr. Nancy Steinhardt, Professor of East Asian Art at the University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
5:00 – 6:00 pm / Boliou 104
How Chinese Architecture Became Modern

From 1927 when the first group of Chinese architects trained abroad returned home, to 1977, the year Mao Zedong died, Chinese architecture transformed from buildings like the Forbidden City to a modern building system inspired by Western architecture.  France, the US, Soviet Union, Taiwan, and Japan are all part of the story that takes China from the war torn years of the 1930s and 1940s, through Soviet advisors of the 1950s, and Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976. Sun Yatsen’s and Mao’s mausoleums would be central to China’s drive toward modernism in the political arena of this tumultuous half century.

Sponsored by Asian Studies and Dept. of Asian Languages and Literatures. Contact: Lei Yang, x5448