The seminars were held at the South China University of Technology (SCUT) to mark the opening of the Contemporary Norwegian Architecture Exhibition #7, a mobile exhibition which showcases the best projects of Norwegian Architecture between the years 2005 and 2010.
Mr Reiulf Ramstand and Mr John Arne Bjerknes, two of the Norwegian architects represented in the exhibition took part in the opening and the seminars, which also included prominent local Chinese architects and academics, as well as students. In particular the field of healthcare-related architecture looks like a promising area of cooperation for Norwegian architects and local government and entrepreneurs.
The seminars included the following topics:
The Overview of Healthcare Industry in China and Architecture Planning Practice
By Dr. Jiang Hongqing, the Deputy Chief Planner of the Architecture Design institute of SCUT.
Combination with the Nature: Healthcare Architecture Practice
By Mr. John Arne Bjeknes, the partner of Nordic Architect AS.
Contextual landscapes: Architecture and Landscape Architecture Practice
By Mr. Reiulf Ramstad, the founder of RRA Architect.
Integration with the Nature: Creation Practice
By Mr. Mu Wei, teaching at the Huazhong University of Science & Technology.
A panel discussion of the above four speakers was held at the end of the seminar, where the speakers had a constructive discussion around how Norwegian architecture can be customized in order to enter the growing Chinese market for Scandinavian design. Other relevant topics were also brought up, including how to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between Norwegian and Chinese architects.
More than 150 attended the seminar, including a wide range of academics, real-estate developers, local media and architect firms from both Norway and China, as well as architecture students. They used this opportunity to exchange ideas and made new contacts.
The exhibition is organized by the Norwegian Consulate General in Guangzhou and SCUT, with collaboration from several local Chinese partners in architecture including Greenspring, Area and Yangcheng Design Alliance, and will remain open in Guangzhou until 20 November.