Uncharted Exclaves — Modernism and Other -Isms in the Practices of Taiwanese Architecture


Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge

Throughout its history, Taiwan has been the laboratory for architectural experiments, or more precisely, the exclaves of all architectural movements and the -isms. It was the last frontier for southern style Chinese architecture, the experimental field for Japanese young architects' endeavors, the perpetual battle ground for “Contemporary Chinese” versus “Traditional Taiwanese”, the restless landscape for postmodernism and its two non-formal counterparts, critical regionalism (Tzonis, Alexander & Liane Lefaivre / Kenneth Frampton) and dirty realism (Lefaivre, L. / Jameson, F.), and to be sure, the embracing sites of modernism.

This lecture will examine the architectural movements and the -isms as well as offers a glimpse of the recent Grands Projects and Millennials' explorations in Taiwan.

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