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A window into the fertile and febrile culture of architecture and design in the world’s largest civilisation

19th May, 2022
Live: 15:00-15:30 (CST)
Replay: 17:00-17:30 (CST)

Design Shanghai teams up with RIBA and Dezeen to present you 'Visions of China', a window into the fertile and febrile culture of architecture and design in the world’s largest civilisation.

Special guests include Ian Rudge (Development Director, Design Shanghai), Azlina Bulmer (Director of International, RIBA), Ben Hobson (Chief Content Officer, Dezeen), Aidan Walker (Forum Programme Director, Design Shanghai) and Tom Ravenscroft (Editor, Dezeen), together presenting a webinar of exploration and explanation of what’s happening in Chinese Design and Architecture.

The webinar was live at 15:00 (CST) and replayed at 17:00 (CST) on the 19th of May. Register now to watch the replay of the webinar!


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Content of the Webinar

1. Welcome from Design Shanghai

The event starts with a welcome from Design Shanghai, and an introduction to how it became one of the world’s most important design exhibitions in less than half a generation. There are now annual events taking place under the Design Shanghai umbrella in both Beijing and Shenzhen.

Ian Rudge

Ian Rudge
Development Director, Design Shanghai


2. RIBA China Architect 100

Azlina Bulmer, RIBA’s Director of International, presents an overview of their exciting RIBA China Architect 100 programme that recently launched its digital guide

Azlina Bulmer

Azlina Bulmer
Director of International, RIBA


3. Dezeen in China

Ben Hobson

Ben Hobson
Chief Content Officer, Dezeen

4. Panel Discussion - Buildings with Plants and Trees – Healthy, Happy, Sustainable?

Discussion around the not-so-new phenomenon of vertical forests, farmscrapers, garden buildings and gardens in buildings. Highlighted projects include:

  • Gaetano Pesce, Organic Building, Osaka 1993
  • Foster & Partners, Commerzbank Frankfurt, 1997
  • Stefano Boeri, Vertical Forests, Milan, the NetherlandsEgypt, Albania, China - Mars 2017-2022
  • Heatherwick Studio, 1000 Trees, Shanghai, 2021
  • Carlo Ratti, Farmscraper, Shenzhen, 2021
  • Jean Nouvel, Rosewood Tower, São Paolo, 2022
  • Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, La Bella Vita, Taichung,Taiwan, 2020
  • Adjaye Associates, Timber House, Toronto, 2022

Aidan Walker

Aidan Walker
Forum Programme Director, Design Shanghai

Azlina Bulmer

Azlina Bulmer
Director of International, RIBA

Tom Ravenscroft

Tom Ravenscroft
Editor, Dezeen



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