Asia is destined to be the leading continent on the planet. A new economic cycle will shift the world’s polarity toward this ancient continent. The economy, industry, culture and architecture are flourishing, creating authentic wondering that amazes the entire world.
Some of our sample destinations:
JAPAN: TRADITION AND MODERNITY
The trip is designed to give you an up close look at the different visions of the Japanese cultural universe, the more traditional aspects as well as the contemporary, with a clear emphasis on the disciplines of space: architecture, urbanism, and landscape.
The fascination for Japanese culture has been a topic of analysis for architects of the modern movement. We are living in a world of great cultural diffusion. The ability that different Japanese architecture studios have to include both the traditional and the contemporary in their work makes them somewhat suggestive to the western world. This includes both the perception of the object itself, its internal configuration and the relationship is has with the exterior.
CHINA: BEIJING AND SHANGHAI
China is not only the strongest emerging world power on the planet but also a country that has undergone a transformation in recent years. It has made its mark in architecture; its economic growth is reflected in the rise in construction.
The recent 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and the 2010 EXPO in Shanghai have increased activity in architectural study for teams like Herzog & de Meuron and OMA. Others like Toyo Ito, Massimiliano Fukas, Richard Rogers and Dominique Perrault have made their proposals for the area of Pudong.
Beijing is considered the cultural, political and social heart of China, while Shanghai is the country’s economic capital. We will visit both with a focus on the cultural contrasts of these 2 cities in constant movement. Tradition and modernity unite in this ever-evolving country.