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RURAL URBAN FRAMEWORK
Thu 24 November 2016, 19:00 – 20:30 GMT
John Lin and Joshua Bolchover, of award-winning research lab, Rural Urban Framework (RUF) based at the University of Hong Kong will discuss their work in rural villages and the role of an architect in places without architects.
The research and design collaborative was set up in 2005 as a non-profit organization providing design services to charities and NGOs working in China and other developing regions. The objective of their work is to engage in sites undergoing rural-urban transformation through built projects, research, exhibitions and writing. RUF use design strategies that engage inhabitants in the design process to carefully integrate new architecture to old village structures that successfully connect the past to the future.
They have completed projects in 18 communities across China and Mongolia, which range from small interventions, such as bridge and prototype housing construction, to schools, hospitals, and the post-disaster reconstruction of an entire village.
RUF have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale 2016, the Milan Triennale 2016, the Chicago Biennial 2015, and the MAK Vienna in 2013. Publications include Rural Urban Framework: Transforming the Chinese Countryside(Birkhauser, 2013), Homecoming: Materializing, Contextualizing and Practicing the Rural in China (Gestalten 2013), as well as international journals including Architectural Review, DOMUS, MARK, and A+U.
The RIBA have recognised the achievement of RUF, HKUrban Lab, The University of Hong Kong for their ambitious plan for Angdong Hospital in Baojing County, China with the RIBA International Emerging Architect prize. RUF is also the recipient of The Curry Stone Design Prize in 2015 and the Ralph Erskine 100 Years Anniversary Award 2014, given for innovation in architecture that “primarily benefits the less privileged in society”.
Joshua Bolchover and John Lin are currently Associate Professors at the University of Hong Kong and have taught and lectured in numerous academic institutions including the Chinese University of Hong Kong; The Bartlett, UCL; Cambridge University and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.