A packed house. A great achievement.
UTZON Lecture: On Wednesday night 7th March Professor Peter Rowe of Harvard Graduate Design School presented the 11th Annual Paul Reid Lecture to a packed audience in Leighton Hall. Professor Rowe’s lecture was entitled: China’s Changing Urban Communities: Concepts, Contexts and Well-Being. The lecture, the subject of his recent book, provided an overview of the history of Chinese housing typologies and settlement patterns, to contextualise his research into the performance of recent residential mega projects. His research revealed the implications of these developments on health and wellbeing and proposed strategies for retrofitting these mega projects and regeneration of redundant industrial lands in China’s rapidly urbanising second-tier cities. The talk provided much discussion afterwards at the Master of Urban Design and Development Graduating exhibition.
The entire event was a great success received with excitement and enthusiasm by our guests drawn from the leading design firms, government agencies and universities in Sydney, our speaker from Harvard GSD, Professor Peter Rowe, plus family, friends and all our MUDD23 students and alumni.
All the cooperative endeavour and hard work over Summer Term produced a magnificent exhibition in the Scientia spaces. Thank you for the goodwill extended to the MUDD Program by the Faculty, the University, our sponsors, and our guests from Sydney and around the world.
UDE0010 is devoted to reflecting upon and re-presenting the work of our intense three-semester-in-one -year program as a compelling narrative, and turning design ideas for the Exhibition, Yearbook and event into reality. The level of commitment from the MUDD23 class to the design and production demands of UDES0010 this year has been inspirational to see.
MUDD23 Event Photos
China’s Urban Communities: Concepts, Contexts and Well-Being
Wednesday, 7 March 2018, 6.30 for 7.00pm, Leighton Hall, Scientia, UNSW Kensington Campus
Renowned Australian academic Professor Peter Rowe – Raymond Garbe Professor of Architecture & Urban Design and Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor – will present a critical analysis of China’s contemporary urbanism based on his recent book, co-authored with Ann Forsyth and Har Ye Kan, China’s Urban Communities: Concepts, Contexts and Well-Being (Birkhäuser, 2016).
Professor Rowe, a graduate of The University of Melbourne and Rice University, served as Dean of Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1992 to 2004 where he was previously Chairman of the Urban Planning & Design Department (1988 to1992) and Director of the Urban Design Programs (1985 to 1990). Prior to Harvard, Professor Rowe was Director of the School of Architecture at Rice University from 1981 to 1985.
Professor Rowe’s research and consulting are extensive, diverse and international in scope, including subjects dealing with cultural interpretation and design, the relationship of urban form to economic development, historic conservation, housing provision and resource sustainability.
An eminent scholar, critic and lecturer, he is the author, co-author, or editor of eighteen books, including Design Thinking (1987), Making a Middle Landscape (1991), Civic Realism (1997), Architectural Encounters with Essence and Form in Modern China (2002), Emergent Architectural Territories in East Asian Cities (2011) and most recently China’s Urban Communities: Concepts, Contexts and Well-Being (2016).
Professor Rowe’s Reid Lecture, first in the UNSW Faculty of Built Environment 2018 Utzon Lecture series, will be followed by:
8.00 for 10.00pm, Leighton Hall & Tyree Hall, Scientia, UNSW Kensington Campus
In our twenty-third year, the MUDD Program explored critical urban development and design issues in Sydney, Lisbon and Boston on the theme of time/space transformations of the city – the impact of Very Fast Train vectors on urban space in Sydney and Boston, post-industrial changes to waterfronts in Boston and Lisbon, and cinematic techniques as a dynamic basis for the study of urban form.
Our projects reflect the distinctive approach of the UNSW MUDD Program to contemporary urbanism, integrating spatial political economy, the manifestation in urban form of global patterns of capital formation, investment and disinvestment; urban design principles and paradigms, normative models of ‘good city form’ grounded in aesthetic, social and environmental concerns; and urban design as public policy, the intersection of public policy, design principles, the deal-making of the property sector and defence of the public realm.
Please join our Initial Sponsors Scott Carver and Zhejiang Jiangong Real Estate Group Co, Ltd – developer of the Euro-Financial Center, Hangzhou – together with companion sponsors LFA, Habitat Planning and pascolbobillier to further the Program’s unique experience for students from Australia and overseas, and contribute to the design culture of Sydney as a sponsor of the special night of the Paul Reid Lecture and MUDD23 Exhibition Opening.
Sponsorship packages and donorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels, offering you engagement with the UNSW approach to the integration of urban development and urban design. You can access the Sponsorship and Donor Forms at the links below. We look forward to working with you in the presentation of this exciting event.
Professor James Weirick
Urban Development & Design Program
Faculty of Built Environment,
University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW 2052 AUSTRALIA