Studio-X Beijing


Li Hu, director

After three years of practice and exploration, Studio-X Beijing has become a center of collaborative discourse between students, scholars and design professionals from local institutions, as well as business, industrial and government leaders from various disciplines devoted to the built environment.

In addition to being an active member of the Studio-X network, Studio-X Beijing continued to be highly visible in Beijing as an influential urban space. Acting as a platform to facilitate GSAPP, Studio-X Beijing has produced intense projects, like lectures by Juan Herreros, Edward Bakst, Blaine Brownell and Paul Segal, exhibitions of “China Lab: Future Possible-a Vision for DAWANGJING,” “Devices of Perception” and “Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream;” and studio visits in the spring and summer, included Jeffrey Johnson’s Museum of the Future Studio, Juan Herreros’s Architecture Studio, Markus Dochantschi’s Global Metropolis Studio and Sonny Kalsi’s Real Estate Development Studio.

In close collaboration with Columbia Global Centers|East Asia, Studio-X Beijing organized events for the four studios from GSAPP visiting China in March, and invited participants to join fellow alumni, students and special guests for an exclusive party to meet with faculty members from GSAPP, and a Farewell Banquet for the guests of LIFE IN THE NEW GLOBAL CITIES symposium organized by IDPPA( International Development and Public Policy Alliance) in July.

X-Talk Series, the first X-Series signature event, was conducted on a half month basis at Studio-X Beijing. Lectures included: “Le Corbusier and Louis Isadore Kahn’s Practices in India (I) &(II)” by Zhao Zhonggui, “Dialogue Architecture” by Juan Herreros, “In-Situ/TAO” by Hua Li, “Turning Designs Into Buildings: Professional Practice in America” by Paul Segal, “Imagination, the Matter of Which the Future is Made” by Edward Bakst, “Augmented Matter: Smart Materials and the Network of Everything” by Blaine Brownell, “Duoxiang Studio: 2006-2013” by Chen Long, Hu Xian, Jia Lianna, Lu Xiang (Principals of Duoxiang Studio) and “Journey of Discovery” by Huang Juzheng.

As one of the X-Series signature events, “X-Agenda Micro-Exhibition Series” was initiated by Studio-X Beijing in September of 2012. It aims to advance the awareness and self-reflection of a new generation of Chinese architects and designers’ practices. X-Agenda focuses on the state of thoughts and ideas, statements and directions under our current circumstance. By the end of June 2013, there were four Chinese architecture studios being invited to participate in X-Agenda Series, including OPEN architecture, Vector Architects, TAO (Trace Architecture Office) and Duoxiang Studio. During each exhibition, one corresponding lecture was presented by the partner from each studio to fully interpret the thoughts and ideas of these studios.

In May of 2013, another newly launched X-Series signature event, titled “X-Conference” was produced at Studio-X Beijing. It was dedicated to exploring the top issues of urbanization and architecture through practical practices, attempting to reason out alternative solutions for the next move in the next two decades. More than 15 architects and critics were invited to be the panelists of the “X-Conference 01: Practice and Self-Reflection.” The X-Conference series is expected to constantly realign the focus of the practices with continuous discussion sessions.

Studio-X Beijing also keeps closer ties with local schools and institutions, such as the exhibition of, “China Newsroom: China Architecture Magazine Week 2013,” the exhibition is the overall introspection of the system for Chinese architecture magazines. The notion and philosophy of seven magazines was exhibited by exploring the production process of each newsroom and included a seminar and joint workshop joint with Tsinghua University entitled “CRITICAL COPYING: New York+ Beijing,” as well as a reception for the revision of The Architect Magazine.

Most recently, the Studio-X Beijing co-sponsored high profile event of the Asian design forum, a nonprofit think tank, hosted a provocative discussion on the topic of “Design and Time,” gathering a multi-disciplinary group of speakers from around the world. The event was the fifth in ADF’s series of Design Roulettes, coming after earlier ones in Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.

In the future, Studio-X Beijing will continue to serve as a platform for discussion amongst architects, urban planners, artists and other cutting-edge thinkers, and a design laboratory for the research on architecture and urban development. Studio-X Beijing remains focused on engaging the local community through innovative programming and committed to collaborating with GSAPP in the year to come.

Studio-X Beijing Foreclosed A
Museum + Future Possible B/C
China Newsroom D
Open State E