Beijing Int. Book Fair

The first sneak preview of our book How the City Moved to Mr Sun – China’s New Megacities washeld at the 2011 Beijing International Book Fair. Our book was part of an exhibition of Dutch books on art, architecture and design, in the Dutch Pavilion at the Book Fair. The 120+ books on display show the oeuvre of renowned artists, designers and architects from the Netherlands, and present the best of Dutch book design.

On September 4, 16h, we participated in the panel ‘Blue eyes looking at China’ in Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in 798, Beijing. In this round table discussion, architecture critic Zhou Rong interviewed three Dutch authors of recently published books about their experiences as architects and researchers in China.

In the past few years, many Western architects and urban planners have made an attempt to become involved in projects in China – with varying results. How do Western designers experience the tempestuous developments that are now taking place in China? What can they contribute to Chinese building practice? And what can the West learn from the Chinese approach?

With Zhou Rong, John van de Water (You Can’t Change China, China Changes You, 010 Publishers),Daan Roggeveen (with Michiel Hulshof: How the City Moved to Mr Sun – China’s New Megacities, SUN Publishers) and Harry den Hartog (Shanghai New Towns. Searching for community and identity in a sprawling metropolis, 010 Publishers).

Time: September 4, 2011, 4:00 pm
Venue: Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
798 Art District, No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China 100015
RSVP, admission free.

The lecture and the exhibition was made possible with the support of Netherlands Foundation for Visual
Arts, Design and Architecture (FBKVB), NAi, SUN and 010.