Seminar Shanghai: a Model of Urbanism International Symposium

Is modernity and the modern experience con-fined exclusively to canonical or European models? Does modernism only follow the pattern of locally received foreign influence? If modernity is not only about foreign influence, how do we interpret the plurality of features in modern urbanism?

A utopia of styles, technology, and new economies was released from Pandora’s box in the twentieth century, like the Red Phoenix emerging out of newly born cities around the world. The important milestones of urban development from the twentieth century are no longer considered just the signposts from European history before World War II or the optimistic promises of Capitalism’s economic growth from the so-called “Thirty Years of Glory” in the post-war era. It also provided various “relay” samples, a kind of diversified modernity, and Shanghai is an important city in the reading of this text.

This symposium not only considers modern urban space, architecture, and their evolution, but as well provides cross-field perspectives on literature, film, women, and everyday life. From the Frankfurt Plan (1925) to the Greater Shanghai Plan (1929), from the reconstruction of Germany and France after World War II, to the construction of Caoyang worker’s village in Shanghai and public housing estates in Hong Kong, from “Modern” to “Revolution”, and from the evolution of knowledge and power structures, occurs a discussion on the interactive experience between various conceptions of modernity.


Symposium Arrangement

Nov.8 / Tue.

┘ 11:00 - 11:30 / Modernity of the “Orphan Island” and its Cosmopolitan Imagination

Shaoyi Sun / Shanghai Theatre Academy

┘ 11:30 - 12:00 / Modernity: Promise or Pluralism

Liang Zhang / LAA, The French National School of Architecture Paris La Villette

┘ 12:00 - 12:30 / Frankfort 1929: CIAM 2, The Modern City and Collective Residential Housing

Philippe Panerai / French Academy of Architecture

┘ 14:00 - 14:30 / Modernistic Thinking of the Greater Shanghai Plan

Shu Wei / Shanghai University

┘ 14:30 - 15:00 / Modernity of Post-War Architecture and Landscape: France and Germany

Corinne Jaquand / IPRAUS, The French National School of Architecture Paris-Belleville

┘ 15:00 - 15:30 / Modernism in Hong Kong: 1950-1970

Charlie Qiuli Xue / City University of Hong Kong

┘ 15:30 - 16:00 / Auguste Perret: Structural Thinking, Major Axis of French Modernism

Joseph Abram / The French National School of Architecture of Nancy

16:00 - 16:30 / Changshi Xia: Modernism and Regionalism

Yuan Feng / Sun Yat-sen University

┘ 17:00 - 18:00 / Questions and Discussion

Moderator: Yuan Feng / Sun Yat-sen University

Nov.9 / Wed.

┘ 10:30 - 11:00 / Nanking: Modernity of the Capital City Plan

Wei Dong / Southeast University

┘ 11:00 - 11:30 / “Modern Girls” or “Women of the Time”?:

Portrayals of Women and Changes of the Shanghai Urban Space

Pingjin Zhang / Tongji University

┘ 13:00 - 13:30 / Baudelaire and “Red Metropolis”

Jianhua Chen / Shanghai Jiao Tong University

┘ 13:30 - 14:00 / Homeland, Foreign Land

Ying Tang / China Writers Association

┘ 14:00 - 15:00 / Questions and Discussion

Moderator: Pingjin Zhang / Tongji University, Kun Zhang / Sichuan University