Friday, August 24, 2012

Eight students from the School of Architecture and Department of Landscape Architecture joined Professor James Warfield in hosting the faculty of the College of Architecture and the Urban Planning at Tongji University at a 25th anniversary banquet celebrating CAUP’s longest affiliation with a foreign university. The occasion was held at the newly renovated design center "1933," which served for half a century as the primary beef and pork slaughterhouse in Shanghai, and today continues as the upscale home of the Ferrari Club of Shanghai, the Lamborghini showroom, and shops including Rolex, Chanel, Pierre Cardone, and Prada. Special invited guests included prominent architectural theorist and educator Professor Dr. Zheng Shiling, lead theme architect of Shanghai's world fair EXPO 2010, and Professor Wu Jiang, Warfield’s teaching assistant in 1988 who has gone on to serve as Vice Mayor of Shanghai and is now Vice President of Tongji University.

The banquet focused upon the 1987-2012 collaboration of Tongji University and the UIUC School of Architecture, a program which CAUP honored in its recent publication International Design Programs at Tongji University by placing the words of Warfield and the freehand sketches of the Illinois students as the opening chapter, chapters following the University of Illinois belonging to Princeton University, the Ecole National Superieur d’architecture Paris-Bellevill, the University of California at Berkeley, Yale, Kyushu University, Georgia Tech, MIT, Harvard, Penn and 40 other international universities.

The 1933 banquet was the social conclusion of the six-week China program which featured two weeks of travel in Beijing and Shanxi Province and four weeks of classes in Shanghai at CAUP. During the first weeks, students traveled to numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites including the Great Wall at Mutianyu, the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City in Beijing, and the Yungang Grottos, the Hanging Temple, the Buddhist temples of Wutai Shan, and the walled city of Pingyao in Shanxi Province. Subsequently, at Tongji University, students attended four weeks of lectures by prominent Shanghai architects and educators, early-morning tai chi classes, Chinese language classes, and calligraphy and watercolor studios.  In the Yangtze River Delta, students traveled to the water towns of Zhouzhuang and Tongli and the garden city Suzhou, all World Heritage sites, as well.

Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning students interested in participating in future China programs should contact Professor James Warfield for information.