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Chinese Vernacular Buildings & Their "Spirit of Place"

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Co-hosted by Yale Center Beijing, Yale Club of Beijing and the Yale School of Architecture

Time and Location

Sunday, 01/08/2017
Registration: 14:00-14:30 pm
Talk and Q&A: 14:30-16:00 pm

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong’anli Station, Exit C)

Registration and Fees

Bought in advance: RMB 15 for students; RMB 60 for others. Bought at the door: RMB 100.

Click HERE to register.

Please email if you have any questions, or call Yale Center Beijing at (10) 5909 0200.

The Event

Chinese vernacular buildings are often referred to as “spectacles without architects”. During this talk, Ms. Pu and the speakers will introduce the "spirit of place" in each type of vernacular buildings — the cave house, the stilt house, the earth structure and the courtyard. They will also discuss the potential for developing modern architectural forms that incorporate traditional elements derived from these indigenous houses, and how doing so would fulfill architecture’s ultimate purpose to enrich the spirit of its dwellers.


The language of the event will be Chinese.

The Speaker

Xiaoyi Pu

Xiaoyi Pu is currently completing her master’s degree at the Yale School of Architecture. She has worked at world-renowned architecture firms, has received a number of awards from international architecture competitions such as the AISC competition, and is a frequent columnist on architecture in China and the U.S. Her new book, Chinese Vernacular Buildings, is based on a yearlong research project. Over the course of a year, she traveled throughout China to traditional houses in Anhui, Shanxi, Guizhou, Fujian, and Beijing.

Guest Speakers

Tiantian Xu

Architect, Founding Principal of Design and Architecture (DnA) Office.

Deyin Luo

Professor at Tsinghua University.

Jun Wang

Author, Architecture Critic, Senior Journalist at the Xinhua News Agency.

Peiyun Xiong

Scholar, Writer.

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