Architecture played an active and important role in both late-Mao and early reform-era China (1970-1992). A new book published by Yale University Press, Designing Reform: Architecture in the People's Republic of China, 1970-1992, explores the architectural history of China's economic liberalization, and the many ways architectural ideas, practices, and objects helped to change China and, by extension, the world at large.
On January 11, 2022, Cole Roskam, Associate Professor of Architectural History in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong, will be joined by Yishi Liu, Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University, for a discussion on Professor Roskam's new book, looking at architecture projects such as the Jianguo Hotel, located across the street from Yale Center Beijing and the first joint-venture hotel in China, as well as other projects such as the Beijing Railway Station and the Tanzania-Zambia Railway. The speakers will take audience questions after the discussion.
Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University
Dr. Yishi Liu is associate professor in the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University. He received his doctorate from UC Berkeley in 2012 before returning to Tsinghua University. He specializes in the history of modern Chinese architecture and urbanism. His recent research projects include the Ten Monumental Projects in Beijing in 1959, and Institutional History of Architectural Danweis in Socialist China.
Associate Professor of Architectural History at University of Hong Kong
Cole Roskam is associate professor of architectural history in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. His research explores architecture's role in mediating moments of transnational interaction and exchange between China and other parts of the world.
His articles and essays have appeared in Architectural History, Grey Room, and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, among others. He is the author of Improvised City: Architecture and Governance in Shanghai, 1843-1937 (University of Washington Press, 2019) and Designing Reform: Architecture in the People's Republic of China, 1970-1992 (Yale University Press, 2021).