Event Details

Co-hosted by Yale Center Beijing, Yale Club of Beijing and the Yale School of Architecture

Event Description

Chinese vernacular buildings are often referred to as “spectacles without architects”. During this talk, Ms. Pu and the speakers will introduce the "spirit of place" in each type of vernacular buildings — the cave house, the stilt house, the earth structure and the courtyard. They will also discuss the potential for developing modern architectural forms that incorporate traditional elements derived from these indigenous houses, and how doing so would fulfill architecture’s ultimate purpose to enrich the spirit of its dwellers.


The language of the event will be Chinese.

Registration and Payment

Bought in advance: RMB 15 for students; RMB 60 for others.
Bought at the door: RMB 100.

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2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Remarks and Q&A


  • Xiaoyi Pu (M.Arch Candidate 2017 at Yale School of Architecture)

    Xiaoyi Pu

    M.Arch Candidate 2017 at Yale School of Architecture

    Xiaoyi Pu is currently completing her master’s degree at the Yale School of Architecture. She has worked at world-renowned architecture firms, has received a number of awards from international architecture competitions such as the AISC competition, and is a frequent columnist on architecture in China and the U.S. Her new book, Chinese Vernacular Buildings, is based on a yearlong research project. Over the course of a year, she traveled throughout China to traditional houses in Anhui, Shanxi, Guizhou, Fujian, and Beijing.

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  • Tiantian Xu (Architect, Founding Principal at Design and Architecture (DnA) Office)

    Tiantian Xu

    Architect, Founding Principal at Design and Architecture (DnA) Office

  • De Yin Luo (Professor at Tsinghua University)

    De Yin Luo

    Professor at Tsinghua University

  • Jun Wang (Author, Architecture Critic, Senior Journalist at Xinhua News Agency)

    Jun Wang

    Author, Architecture Critic, Senior Journalist at Xinhua News Agency

  • Peiyun Xiong (Scholar, Writer)

    Peiyun Xiong

    Scholar, Writer


Standard Ticket
Standard Price RMB 60
Student Ticket
Standard Price RMB 15

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