The exhibition presents eight projects that speak to a multiplicity of architectural methodologies, ranging from the adaptive reuse of former industrial buildings, the recycling of building materials, and the reinterpretation of ancient construction techniques, to the economic rejuvenation of rural villages or entire regions through non-invasive architectural insertions.
Installation view of the exhibition Reuse, Renew, Recycle: Recent Architecture from China, September 18, 2021 – July 4, 2022. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Digital Image © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo by Robert Gerhardt
Anchoring the exhibition are projects by Pritzker Prize-winning Amateur Architecture Studio (Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu), Archi-Union Architects (Philip F. Yuan), Atelier Deshaus (Liu Yichun and Chen Yifeng), DnA_Design and Architecture (Xu Tiantian), Studio Zhu Pei (Zhu Pei), Vector Architects (Dong Gong), and Aga Khan Award laureate ZAO/standardarchitecture (Zhang Ke).
Developed following a four-year research initiative, which has included extensive conversations with the architects and numerous site visits to all the projects presented, the exhibition includes models, drawings, photographs, videos, and architectural mock-ups drawn from a recent acquisition of some 160 works of Chinese contemporary architecture. On view at the Museum of Modern Art from September 18, 2021, through July 4, 2022.