Event — IIAS lecture

Skyscrapers and Sledgehammers: Urban Renewal in China

18/11/2005 - 17:00

18 November 2005
“The future China is the moment’s most compelling conundrum; its outcome involves all of us – there are no ‘outsiders’. For us, the occasion to participate in the definition of even one pixel of the new tableau seemed like a duty.” Rem Koolhaas in Content

The IIAS Annual Lecture 2005 will be given by Rem Koolhaas, Pritzker Architecture Prize-winner. After the lecture a panel of international specialists will discuss contemporary urban developments in China.



Rem Koolhaas is founding architect and one of the partners of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA); a leading international partnership practicing contemporary architecture, urbanism and cultural analysis. Among others OMA has been working on urban research for the Central Business District of Beijing where it is currently building its tallest projects ever: the new 553,000 m2 headquarters for China Central Television (CCTV).

Programme: 18 November 2005

17.00 - 17.30 Coffee and tea
17.30 - 17.45 Opening by chairman Prof. Jürgen Rosemann (Delft University of Technology)



17.45 - 18.30 Keynote speech by Rem Koolhaas

18.30 - 19.30 Roundtable discussion with:

Prof. Xing Ruan (Australia)
Professor of Architecture at University of New South Wales
Xing Ruan has published widely on China's modern and contemporary architecture, including ‘New China Architecture’ (2005)

Prof. Shiling Zheng (China)
Professor of Architecture at Tongji University and president of Shanghai Architectural Society
Shiling Zheng is one of China’s leading architects and theorists, his publications include ‘The Architecture Criticism’ (2001)

Dr Anne-Marie Broudehoux (Canada)
Assistant professor at University of Quebec, author of 'The Making and Selling of Post-Mao Beijing' (2004)

19.30 - 20.00 Reception


Felix Meritis
Keizersgracht 324
The Netherlands

Information and registration

This lecture is open to the general public. Registration is required:
International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS)
P.O. Box 9515
2300 RA Leiden
T +31-71-527 2227
F +31-71-527 4162