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Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 19:30

Pagoda, Pavilion and Gate: Traditional Chinese Forms and the Future of Chinese Architecture

Eugene Geinzer, Academic Advisor and Visiting Professor of Fine Arts,

The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies


Embassy House

Ground Floor Library

 Wanguo Gongyu 18 Dongzhimenwai Xiaojie



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What do spirit, tradition and face mean as they relate to Chinese architecture? Can traditional architecture propagate new and creative ideas? Is it possible to retain the meaning behind ancient forms without being bound to their exterior appearance?

Professor Eugene Geinzer will examine three prototypical Chinese forms—the pagoda, pavilion and gate— and discern their originating spirit, exploring examples from the past 500 years. He will further examine how a revitalizing Chinese culture can conspire with Western technology to invigorate and express future architectural forms.

If one's childhood sets models for one's future life, then Professor Geinzer's own experience as a woodworker and designer as a boy was sufficient. After completing a graduate degree in Sculpture at Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn in 1970, he taught design in the university for 10 years before returning to study graduate architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Currently, Professor Geinzer directs the Excursion Study program of the Silk Road and the Minority Peoples of Yunnan at The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies. Last spring, he introduced The Beijing Center's course on Chinese Architecture.