BEIJING22 Talk#2: (IN)VISIBLE CITY: INTERACTION OF SCIENCE FICTION AND URBAN PLANNING

Date: June 9, 2018, 14:00 - 16:30
Location: Goethe-Institut Beijing

Guests: Wang Kuan (architect, sci-fi writer, artist), Ying Hong (professor at the Tsinghua University Architecture Faculty)
Moderation: Han Tao (School of Architecture, Central Academy of Fine Arts)

“Cities also believe they are the work of the mind or of chance, but neither the one nor the other suffices to hold up their walls. You take delight not in a city's seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours or to the question it asks you, forcing you to answer.”
——Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities, Chapter Three

Stories, dreams and myths create connections between people and places, they make space tangible and can arouse the desire to settle them. In the construction process of cities, ideas and thought experiments are just as essential a part as steel and concrete are. In this sense, science fiction can also serve as a basis to get to the bottom of the future of our cities.

Against this background, we hosted a discussion on June 9, 2018 as part of the "Beijing22" project. Science fiction writer Wang Kuan, urban planner Long Ying and architecture professor Han Tao will enter a dialogue to jointly develop ideas for an urban future.

The conversation will cover topics such as: where does fiction start, where does it end? What is it that makes Utopia, despite its often questionable applicability, still such a desirable subject of discussion and debate? Should urban planning deal more with current urgencies or focus more on promoting the development of new ideas that will benefit future generations? Could the synergy of science fiction and classical urban planning create new opportunities?

The discussion will be followed by a presentation by the artist collective "Sponge Gourd". They will tell us about the experiences of their first road trip through the Jing-Jin-Ji region.

日期: 2018年6月9日 14:00 - 16:30
地点: Goethe-Institut Beijing

嘉宾:王宽(建筑师,科幻作者,公共艺术家),龙瀛(城市规划学者)
主持:韩涛(中央美院建筑学院副教授)

“城市也认为自己是心思和机缘的产物,但是这两者都不足以支撑起那厚重的城墙。对于一座城市,你所喜欢的不在于七个或是七十个奇景,而在于她对你提的问题所给予的答复。”
——卡尔维诺《看不见的城市》第三章

故事、梦想、历史和神话将人们与地点联系在了一起,它们令空间变得更加具象,使居住更令人向往。造就城市的不仅是钢筋混凝土,更是创意和思想实验。在科幻小说中,我们同样能够探索城市的未来。

2018年6月9日,我们诚邀您参加于北京歌德学院举行的“北京22”2018季会第二期。届时,科幻作家王宽将与城市规划学者龙瀛以及建筑学者韩涛对话,共同畅想城市的未来。

这场对谈主要涉及以下主题:虚构从何处开始,又在何处结束?乌托邦式的想象由于实际缺乏可操作性常以失败告终,那乌托邦对现实而言究竟意义何在?城市规划更应该着眼于缓解燃眉之急,还是传播造福子孙后代的理念?科幻和传统城市规划理念若协同合作,能否诞生新的可能性?

对谈结束后,艺术家团体“葫芦”将分享他们在京津冀地区完成的首次公路旅行的经历。
The discussion will be followed by a presentation by the artist collective "Sponge Gourd". They will tell us about the experiences of their first road trip through the Jing-Jin-Ji region.

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