META : HUTONGS
NAME: META HUTONGS WORKSHOP, 2013
LOCATION: BEIJING, CHINA
TYPE: WORKSHOP, EXHIBITION, SEMINAR
INITIATORS OF THE COLLABORATIVE: WANG SHUO AND ANDREW BRYANT
FOUNDING: THE FINNISH CULTURAL FOUNDATION, GRAHAM FOUNDATION
WORKSHOP TEAM: EMMI KESKISARJA, NOONA LAPPALAINEN
Meta:hutongs is an award winning, internationally-recognized research collaborative formed by architects Wang Shuo and Andrew Bryant, Meta:Hutongs has been working closely with urbanists, anthropologists, historians, artists, city-developers and entrepreneurs together to develop new insights and methods for understanding current urban conditions and realities. Hutongs have been the bedrock for Beijing´s urban fabric and their “now” lies somewhere between preservation and demolition, between utopia and dystopia, between celebrating cultural heritage and preparing for an uncertain future.
Meta:hutongs offers multiple options and multiple perspectives, lots of voices and lots of opinions. Our goal is to not just to think, but to act – in other words, to move from research to application. Meta:hutongs wants to engage and inspire the public with roundtables, workshops and exhibitions that offer invited guests and members of the public a chance to participate in and examine our work and methods.
After starting my involvement with the Meta Hutong -project, I was invited to organize a design/research workshop in Beijing in Fall 2013. The theme of the workshop was to deal with the Hutong as pure spatial element. The pedagogical goal was to teach ”research by design” -ideology. The teams studied a bounded theme within the Hutong and observed its development on a given time period.
The project is presented in an exhibiton in the Beijing Design Week, as well as in the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2014.