Please join the Center for Architecture + Design and GOOD for a presentation by Renee Chow at a joint meeting of the San Francisco Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Commission. San Francisco City Hall 400 Van Ness Avenue Commission Chambers - Room 400 San Francisco, CARead More
Until the middle of the twentieth century, Chinese urban living revolved around courtyards. Whether for housing or retail, administration or religion, imperial family or peasant, every day activities took place in a fabric of pavilions and walls that formed collective courtyard compounds. While the image of the Chinese compound is typically described as a bounded rectangle, singular and autonomous, this lecture explores the reciprocal realities between these compounds and the urban field structure they form to hold everyday life in cities as well as villages.Read More
The 2011 Chengdu Biennale will be held at the East Chengdu Music Park and Industrial Civilization Museum from September 30 to October 31. With a theme of “Holistic Realm: Garden City,” our exhibition will showcase an urban fabric as a collective stormwater collection and distribution system that sustains landscape and parks in the city of Tianjin. The project is a collaborative research and design project by 14 graduate students at UC Berkeley under the instruction of Renee Chow.Read More
Antje Steinmuller has been appointed the Interim Chair of the Interior Design Program at the California College of the Arts, where she is an assistant professor. The appointment will run for one year.
Renee Chow to lecture about the contribution of the Lilong to the urban form of Shanghai at the Berkeley Art Museum on March 13, 2010 at 9:00 am as part of the conference "Moderne and Modernity: Visual Narratives of Interwar Shanghai."Read More
Tom Chastain will be giving a talk on 'How to Create a Sustainable Downtown" at an event sponsored by Sustainable Lafayette at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, on February 18, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Tom, who is a planning commissioner, will be discussing the issue of sustainability in relationship to the development of downtown Lafayette and in particular, how the Downtown Specific Plan addresses environmental issues.
We always like to see the steel going in on a project, in just a couple days a shape and volume appears. The steel rests on more than the foundation, it sits on top of the design drawings, the construction drawings, the shop drawings, and the careful work of the fabricators. One of the reasons we like building is that it is a collaboration of so many skills and heads. Today, though, we just sat back and enjoyed the show.
Renee Chow to lecture at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, January 13, 6:00 p.m. - entitled 'A Venice of China: Transforming China's Cities for the Next Century."Read More
In a country that is rapidly urbanizing, how can mega-projects be rooted in the unique and local qualities of place? Thomas Chastain and Renee Chow will discuss their office's recent projects in China including 4 Corners in Tianjin and the Fruit Market in Shenyang. The lecture is on March 12 at 5:00 at the Institute Superieur D'architecture, Saint-Luc de Wallonie, Liege, Belguim.
On Exhibit -- January to March 2008. "Five Strategies for City Building" at the Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture. Central Police Compound, Hong Kong, Women's Jail.