2016 Harvard GSD，Toward a Critical Pragmatism
“Towards a Critical Pragmatism” is a survey of contemporary architectural practices in China. It showcases around sixty buildings within five thematic categories: cultural, regeneration, digital, rural, and residential. The selected architects attempt to maintain, from the earliest moments of the design process to its finished outcome, a certain level of conceptual criticality and quality of production. This exhibition traces a Chinese architectural landscape that has shifted beyond embracing measures of expediency and quantitative output as exclusive criteria with which to evaluate architecture. We hope that the GSD exhibition opens up a new avenue from which to encourage further conversation regarding both the present and future state of China’s architecture culture.
—Li Xiangning, Deputy Dean and Professor in History, Theory and Criticism at Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning