Another Postcard from Hangzhou

By Gabriel Feld | Apr 15, 2014

My dear colleagues and students,

The five weeks in at the CAA went by so fast! Last Friday we had the final review of the “Mapmakings” workshop. It was an interesting conversation about architecture, design and representation. And, in particular, about the future of the rural village in China, a subject that the government is focusing on right now. When you think about it, the migrations from the countryside to big (very big!) cities is completely unsustainable, so this is a rather positive development. The students made engaging presentations and the jurors were very enthusiastic.

The CAA is changing a lot, expanding as much in depth as in breath. A few weeks ago was the groundbreaking for a new design museum by Alvaro Siza, and the construction of the art museum by Kengo Kuma is well underway. Both projects in partnership with the city and the province, an exciting cultural and financial model set up to push the boundaries of the school.

I enjoyed enormously my time here, meeting old and new colleagues and friends, particularly young teachers that, I think, would be great assets for our joint programs and exchanges. The RISD crowd in Hangzhou–Jeremiah, Ali, Jon, Desmond, Ryan and Jerry–is doing remarkably well. All of them involved in fantastic work, from actual projects to research and teaching (and amazing how fluent in Chinese they are!)

Hope everything is well with you. Stay in touch. Kind regards,

Gabriel Feld, March of 2014

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Spring 2017 Events

  • February 23, 6:30 PM Brett Schneider, Guy Nordenson and Associates & RISD Architecture
  • March 2, 6:30 PM at RISD Auditorium Petra Blaisse, Inside Outside, Hosted with INTAR, Textiles, RISD Museum
  • February 27, 6:30 PM Jeanette Kuo, Karamuk*Kuo
  • March 13, 6:30 PM Allan Wexler, Allan Wexler Studio, Hosted with ID
  • March 16, 6:30 PM Jarrett Walker, Jarrett Walker + Associates
  • April 3, 6:30 PM Kunle Adeyemi, NLÉ, Yoder Lecture
  • April 24, 6:30 PM Nader & Katie Faulkner, NADAAA, Shoemaker Lecture
  • May 11, 6:30 PM Shumi Bose, Central Saint Martins & Architectural Association

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