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Revival: A Journey of Design comes to the MCA.

Next Tuesday, 24 February 2015, IAPA brings its exhibition Revival: A Journey of Design to Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Next Tuesday, 24 February 2015, IAPA brings its exhibition Revival: A Journey of Design to Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.


February 20th, 2015

The exhibition highlights Chinese-Australian collaboration across architecture, design and urban planning and Architects, designers, students and design-oriented audiences can expect to be inspired by the showcase of global, award-winning Urban Planning and Architectural Design projects from IAPA, an acclaimed Chinese-Australian architectural practice shaping cross-cultural design dialogue.

This one-day-only event is part of Sydney’s official Chinese New Year program and is the first time urban planning, design and architecture has been represented in the celebrations. This is also the first time the exhibition has been staged outside China, and the Sydney exhibition premieres a future global tour.

By focusing on IAPA’s reinterpretation of traditional oriental culture within a contemporary design context Revival: A Journey of Design shines a light on the past 30 years of building reform and change in China. As well as the exhibition, the event includes a symposium on design-thinking entitled Rediscovering the Oriental in the West that explores ‘Chinese Design’ under the influence of globalisation. The event continues with an (invitation only) evening of presentations to include keynotes from Paul Peng – IAPA’s founder and principal architect; Tony Chenchow and Stephanie Little – founders of the award-winning architecture firm Chenchow Little; and Philip Cox – founder of Cox Architecture Australia who will speak on restoration, invention and planning for the future (please see below for details of all noted delegates).

“The intent of this exhibition and event is to strengthen interaction between South-China and Australian architects, creating a platform for idea exchange and dialogue, as well as unfolding an open-discussion regarding the transforming design context of modern China,” says Paul Peng.

“Australia has a long history of connecting with China in trade and politics, and it is increasingly important that there is a corresponding dialogue in cultural circles. Architects in China are doing remarkable things that really bring their contemporary architecture to the fore. This exhibition engages the Australian design community with unique projects from IAPA that explore ways in which cultural heritage can be celebrated while still advancing contemporary practice,” says Tony Chenchow.

The exhibition and symposium offer a unique opportunity to participate in the cross-cultural exchange on architecture and design. The event also provides the chance for attendees to hear more about IAPA’s acclaimed staff exchange program that provides a platform for a design dialogue between China, Australia and other nations.


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