TALK POSTPONED TO JAN. 27

‘Architectural Perspective’ on China

Jan 16, 2019
Photo by: Qin Chen Shikumen houses are surrounded by high rises in Zhang Garden, Shanghai.

Cushing — The Camden Conference will present J. Brooke Harrington and Judith Bing, professors emeriti of architecture of Temple (Harrington) and Drexel (Bing) universities in Philadelphia, Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Cushing Public Library, 39 Cross Road. Their talk, titled Living in China, An Architectural Perspective, is free and open to all. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED A WEEK.

China’s domestic architecture is impressive, from remote village dwellings of the past to imposing urban constructions of the present. In this vast, populous and ancient country, consistent principals have guided the design of houses from earliest history into the modern era. Nevertheless, regional variations distinguish the modest homes of ordinary people and of the numerous minorities in this dominantly rural country.

As China increasingly opened its doors to the outside world, its dwelling traditions remained surprisingly intact until radical transformations under Mao. In recent decades, global forces and a changing economy have altered Chinese living environments dramatically.

This collaborative presentation will consolidate a vast history with two areas of focus: Harrington will introduce traditional dwelling environments of selected regions; while Bing will present the transformed settings of life in modern and contemporary China.

The presenters, who live in Cushing, are currently Center Associates at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University; and Visiting Scholars at the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT, in Cambridge, Mass.

This presentation is hosted by the Cushing Public Library and offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 32nd annual Camden Conference: Is This China’s Century?, set for Feb. 22 through 24. The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit camdenconference.org or call 236-1034.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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