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Xiangning Li



Dr. Xiangning Li is deputy dean and full professor in history, theory and criticism at Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He is a member of CICA(Comit International des Critiques d'Architecture), and has published widely on contemporary Chinese architecture and urbanism in international architectural magazines including Architectural Review, A+U, Architectural Record, Arquitectura Viva, Space, Domus, and Volume. He was a visiting scholar at MIT, teaching a course in the year of 2006. In 2009Dr. Li was the UFI Fellow at MAK Center of Art and Architecture in Los Angeles, and Erasmus Mundus visiting professor at TU Darmstadt. He lectured in universities and institutes including Harvard UniversityPrinceton University University of Southern California, Chalmers University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Canadian Center for Architecture. He is co-curator of 2011 Chendu Biennale, 2011 Shenzhen Biennale, and academic director and curator of 2013 Shenzhen/Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale, and Westbund 2013 Biennale. He has been jury to many international awards and competitions including Spanish International Architectural Award, and Mies van der Rohe Award the European Union Prize for Contemporay Architecture. His recent books include The Real and the Imagined: A Study of Value in Contemporary Urban Theory (2009), Updating China: Projects for a Sustainable Future (2010), Made in Shanghai (2014) and Total China (forthcoming 2015).




Building ShanghaiTransformation of a Modern City

During the history of Shanghai, the urban center shifted extraordinarily for many times. This phenomenon illustrated the contest of urban spatial domination among different social groups and political power, especially between Chinese and Western societies. From the Feudal Regime of Qing Dynasty, to foreign concessions, KuoMinTang Shanghai Municipal government, Japanese administration during its occupation, until Chinese Communist Party took over in 1949, each political power abandoned earlier urban center to erect a new one. This presentation tries to examine Shanghai’s urban space, which was divided and contested by different cultures, as a tool of embodiment of spatial control and urban-social transformation. This part of history is also reflected in the built cultural forms in contemporary urban Shanghai.





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