The Making of Reform: Architecture and Economic Liberalization in the People's Republic of China, 1970-1992

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

This talk is the first lecture of the Yale University Press-Yale Center Beijing New Book Series.

Event Time

January 11, 2022 | Tuesday
6:00 am - 7:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST)
January 11, 2022 | Tuesday
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm China Standard Time (CST)

Participation Format

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The language of the event will be English.

The Event

Architecture played an active and important role in both late-Mao and early reform-era China (1970-1992). A new book published by Yale University Press, Designing Reform: Architecture in the People's Republic of China, 1970-1992, explores the architectural history of China’s economic liberalization, and the many ways architectural ideas, practices, and objects helped to change China and, by extension, the world at large.

On January 11, 2022, Cole Roskam, Associate Professor of Architectural History in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong, will be joined by Yishi Liu, Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University, for a discussion on Professor Roskam’s new book, looking at architecture projects such as the Jianguo Hotel, located across the street from Yale Center Beijing and the first joint-venture hotel in China, as well as other projects such as the Beijing Railway Station and the Tanzania-Zambia Railway. The speakers will take audience questions after the discussion.

The SpeakerS


Cole Roskam
Associate Professor of Architectural History, Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong

Cole Roskam is associate professor of architectural history in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. His research explores architecture's role in mediating moments of transnational interaction and exchange between China and other parts of the world.

His articles and essays have appeared in Architectural History, Grey Room, and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, among others. He is the author of Improvised City: Architecture and Governance in Shanghai, 1843-1937 (University of Washington Press, 2019) and Designing Reform: Architecture in the People's Republic of China, 1970-1992 (Yale University Press, 2021).


Yishi Liu
Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University

Dr. Yishi Liu is associate professor in the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University. He received his doctorate from UC Berkeley in 2012 before returning to Tsinghua University. He specializes in the history of modern Chinese architecture and urbanism. His recent research projects include the Ten Monumental Projects in Beijing in 1959, and Institutional History of Architectural Danweis in Socialist China.

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