Ling Fan and Boren Deng, Illustrated Aerial View of the Beijing City Centre.


M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship Talk by Inaugural Fellow Ling Fan

Given that cities are arguably the most explicit manifestation of power relationships, the contemporary Chinese city can be conceptualised according to two extreme logics: one driven primarily by political power, as exemplified through the urban forms of Beijing, and the other propelled by economic power, as in Hong Kong. The dialectics between Hong Kong and Beijing – between the economic and the political – introduce archetypal tensions that will appear and reappear in the contemporary Chinese city in ever-newer incarnations.

Concluding his six-month term as the inaugural M+ / Design Trust Research Fellow, Ling Fan will present ‘Hong Kong as an Urban Archetype for China’s Marketisation’, an examination of this phenomenon focused on two 1990s case studies in Beijing: Oriental Plaza and Sun Dong An Plaza (now Beijing apm). Both projects were funded through investments by Hong Kong-based developers (Cheung Kong Property and Sun Hung Kai Properties, respectively) and relied on the commercial design expertise of Hong Kong architects (P&T Group, formerly Palmer and Turner, and Wong Tung & Partners). In exploring the flow of capital and architectural strategies from Hong Kong to Beijing, Fan will propose the beginnings of a theoretical framework for understanding Hong Kong’s instrumental role in shaping the Chinese city in the post-reform era.

Fan’s lecture will be followed by a panel discussion.

24 November 2015 (Tuesday)

19:00 - 20:30

agnès b. CINEMA (Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong)

Ling Fan, M+ / Design Trust Research Fellow 2014–15

Cole Roskam, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong

Panel Discussants:
Remo Riva, Director, P&T Group
Tang Keyang, Associate Professor, School of Arts, Renmin University of China

English (with English-Cantonese simultaneous interpretation)

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Adverse Weather Arrangement:
Programme will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is still in force after 4pm of the event date.

*The organiser reserves the right to change the programme content and speakers. All changes will be announced on the website.

About the M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship

The M+ / Design Trust Fellowship programme is hosted by M+, the new museum for visual culture as part of the West Kowloon Cultural District; and funded by Design Trust, the Hong Kong-based non-profit grant-making entity. It supports high-level research relating to design and architectural history and contemporary issues focused on Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta, in relationship to the rest of the world. Recipients spend between three and six months attached to M+, at the end of which they produce a paper and public talk. Fellows receive a monthly stipend and one-time travel grant from Design Trust.

Fan’s Fellowship was also supported by Spring Workshop, a non-profit arts space in Hong Kong committed to an international cross-disciplinary program of artist and curatorial residencies, exhibitions, music, film and talks.

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