Building upon a research begun in 2014 and aimed at undertaking the construction of a historical overview of architectural criticism in the Western world (see http://mac.hypotheses.org), the workshop intends to discuss extending a similar study to China, charting past and current Chinese notions and forms of architectural criticism and placing them in a comparative perspective.
Among the questions the workshop intends to address are: what is the state of architectural criticism in today’s China? Has anything that can be called architectural criticism existed before and under which forms? Who have been and who are its major stakeholders? To which extent architectural criticism in China developed in relation to comparable experiences in the rest of the world? And to which extent it unfolded in an autonomous and independent way, with traits peculiar to its context? What can we learn from the history and current practice of architectural criticism in China? And how the latter can interact with architectural criticism in the rest of the world?
By involving researchers with different academic affiliations and cultural backgrounds, the workshop wants to start a debate about architectural criticism in China and in the West, fostering a dialogue meant to create the conditions for future research collaborations.