From September 2015 to May 2016, the Grand Canal 2050 research team will carry out an in-depth survey and study of the Weishan section of the Grand Canal; it will invite to be research guidance providers such personnel as Karl Orto Ellefsen, President of European Association of Architectural Education and Professor of Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Professor Deane Simpson of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture, and well-known architects and professors from Taiwan. The research focuses on applying creativity and entrepreneurship to the more traditional towns and cities along the canal to energize the Grand Canal culture. The research team will develop a mobility-oriented architectural tactic for ancient towns that are under protection and thus face development restrictions; specifically, the design will be based on barges, which will accommodate different architectural functions and can operate separately or together with others, realizing the “carnival on the canal” concept. Outcomes of this phase of research will be presented at the Creativity and Entrepreneurship Forum and Exhibition hosted by the Central Academy of Fine Arts at the end of December; outcomes of the Grand Canal 2050 research will be displayed on the Parallel Exhibition of the 55th Venice Biennale.
In 2018, the Grand Canal 2050 research project (Phase 3) proceeds and focuses on villages along the canal. Against the general background of village development, how to tap into the culture and heritage pertaining to the Grand Canal has become an important driver of village revitalization.
Ordinary Villages research outcome (Phase 1)
Ordinary Villages research outcome (Phase 2)
Ordinary Villages research outcome (Phase 3)
CAFA installation mockup of Chinese Village in the New Era at Guggenheim MuseumCAFA installation mockup of Chinese Village in the New Era at Guggenheim Museum
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