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International Lecture Series 3: War and Architecture – Jianfei Zhu

6 November 2018 | 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Kensington, Lecture Theatre 1


Geopolitics and Modern Architecture in/around East Asia
Responding to a rising tension across the Pacific and arguing that we are yet to fully understand how war has impacted on perception, design and planning in modern architecture, this talk explores a narrative of modern architecture of Northeast Asia where war and geopolitical relations play a crucial role. This talk will share theoretical reflections and empirical cases around a cluster of states in and beyond the region. Arguing for a borderless, networked approach, this study also explores how strategic thinking may become entangled with aesthetic obsessions, as Paul Virilio first sensed on the Atlantic Wall.

Associate Professor Jianfei Zhu, PhD (UCL), teaches and writes in Chinese and English. He is the author of Chinese Spatial Strategies, Routledge (2004); Architecture of Modern China Routledge (2009) and Forms and Politics, Tongji University Press (2018). His essays include A Celestial Battlefield, AA Files (1994); ‘Criticality in between China and the West’ Journal of Architecture (2005); ‘Robin Evans in 1978’, Journal of Architecture (2011) and ‘Empire of Signs of Empire’, Harvard Design Magazine (2014). He pioneered the introduction of Foucault and social theories into architectural studies in/on China. Aiming to integrate political and formal concerns, he is working on a geopolitical narrative of modern architecture around a cluster of states.

This event has been organised by the School of Architecture. Please contact [email protected] for more information.


  • Jianfei Zhu

    Jianfei Zhu