Modernism in Late-Mao China: A Critical Analysis on the Key Public Buildings in China and the Aid Projects Overseas, 1969-1976

Ke Song - PhD Completion Seminar

Melbourne School of Design, Japanese Room

Abstract: This research investigates the modernist architectural design in the late-Mao China from 1969 to 1976, with a focus on the nexus of form, knowledge, politics and design. Three clusters of architectural projects are closely studied, including the diplomatic projects in Beijing, the foreign trade projects in Guangzhou and the aid projects overseas. The research concludes that a Chineseness was articulated in modernist framework as a result of increasing communications between China and the West in the 1970s.

Biography: Ke Song is currently undertaking PhD research on modernism in late-Mao China at the University of Melbourne. He obtained bachelor and master’s degrees from Tsinghua University in China. He worked as architectural designer at several renowned design firms and design institutes, including CPG Corporation (Singapore), Teamminus of Design Institute of Tsinghua University (Beijing) and Lab Architects (Melbourne). He has tutored in several design studios and theory subjects at the University of Melbourne.

Chair:
Professor Philip Goad

Supervisor/s:
A/Professor Jianfei Zhu

Advisory Committee:
Professor Tom Kvan
Professor Donald Bates
Professor Philip Goad