A series of three seminars held on Wednesday mornings from 9.30 to 1.00pm Presentations will be made by visiting scholars and by PhD students in the finals stages from both departments. The topics are as follows:
24th October Tombs and Transitions in Chinese Imperial Architecture.
This session will focus on gates, doors and spatial sequences, noting particularly the perceived connections in between material thresholds and the more abstract thresholds crossed at key stages in life called ‘Rites of Passage’ such as birth, coming of age, marriage and death.
14th November: Modern and Modernisation View poster This session will consider what it means to be modern or to modernise, as seen in various parts of East Asia and by the West. The term Modern Architecture has evidently meant very different things at different times, with contrasting interpretations in China, Taiwan, Japan and Thailand.
Landscape Studio 4, on floor 11.
12th December: Chinese Gardens
This final session will look again at that peak of Chinese culture, the Scholar Garden, and what it meant for the owners and makers as well as how we might read it today. The contrast between formal and informal, though in some ways specific to Imperial China, seems also to include some universal values.
Architecture Lecture Theatre 16.03