Department of Architecture opening of the Academic Year activities


The Department of Architecture at XJTLU is celebrating the beginning of the new Academic Year 2017-2018, and is happy to invite all students, staff and friends to a triple-activity on Thursday, September 7. It will be the initiation of the year with many more opportunities to learn, celebrate and - of course - to enjoy still to come.

6pm - Opening Lecture in the Department’s Lecture Series

The Department’s Lecture Series will be kicked-off with an opening lecture by Andrea de Stefanis and Filippo Gabbiani, architects and principals of KOKAISTUDIOS at 6pm on Thursday in the Design Building’s lecture theatre on the ground floor, DBG19. The architects will present the work of their office in a thematic lecture entitled “Innovation through Renovation: Urban Renewal Practices”.

KOKAISTUDIOS is an award winning architecture and interior design firm founded in 2000 in Venice by Italian architects Filippo Gabbiani and Andrea De Stefanis. Headquartered in Shanghai since 2002 KOKAISTUDIOS has grown into multi-cultural firm of 40 people working on a global scale with projects in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. KOKAISTUDIOS partners with international and local clients to collaboratively develop innovative & ground breaking projects in diverse fields of design.

Primarily focused on developing cultural, corporate, commercial, hospitality & retail projects KOKAISTUDIOS has also worked extensively on urban regeneration projects involving the requalification of heritage locations. KOKAISTUDIOS aims to develop projects that add positively to the built environment and social fabric of the cities and countries in which they are located. You are not going to regret attending this exciting lecture.

7pm - Opening of the Degree Show

The above mentioned lecture will be followed, at around 7pm, by the Opening of the Degree Show in the Design Building’s Exhibition Space on the 1st floor. The Degree Show exhibits a selection of excellent Final Year Studio Projects from the Academic Year 2016-2017. Twenty-two works from XJTLU’s Department of Architecture and from the Liverpool School of Architecture have been selected, and present a diversity of approaches and architectonic solutions with one common factor: high quality. Several of the works on show have already been awarded in the degree award ceremonies at the end of the past academic year.

The works will be on show for ten days, from September 7th until September 17th, and can be visited at any time during these days. We encourage all students to visit the exhibition as it gives a very good overview of the work done at both XJTLU and the University of Liverpool.

7pm - MPTF editorial team launches the 5th anniversary issue of the MPTF magazine

We are very happy to announce as well that the Masterplanning the Future (MPTF) editorial team will launch the first print and fifth anniversary issue of the MPTF magazine at the opening of the Degree Show on Thursday, September 7, 7pm - first floor of the Design Building.

Masterplanning the Future (MPTF) is a student magazine - written, organised, designed and run by Architecture students in XJTLU. The first print issue marks the fifth anniversary of the MPTF project. It includes some new stories as well as an example of previous articles; some memories as well as testimonials, the contemporary editorial board recollections as well as a few blasts from the past. It is dedicated to all ex-editorial board members now spread across the world.

Issues of the limited print edition will be available for a price of 10 RMB at the entrance to the Degree Show, first floor of the Design Building, from 7pm onwards. We think the magazine is excellent and encourage everyone to buy one!

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