UCCA Beijing

Re-examining the International Hotel in the Early Reform and Opening Era, 1978-1990


Location:  Auditorium
Language:  English with Chinese translation

To introduce our latest exhibition "Accommodating Reform: International Hotels and Architecture in China, 1978-1990", UCCA invites curator Cole Roskam, architectural historian and associate professor of Hong Kong University, to retrace how Chinese international hotels developed as cultural and architectural phenomenon. Focusing on seven iconic projects located in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Guangzhou, the exhibition brings together building models, blueprints, photographs, archival material, artworks, and other ephemera, reflecting on a group of buildings which embody an era of change.

Ticketing: Free


*Collect your ticket from reception 30 minutes before the event begins;

* Please no late entry;

*Seating is limited, and tickets must be collected individually;

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Cole Roskam (Curator; Associate Professor, Hong Kong University)

is associate professor of architectural history in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in art and architectural history from Harvard University. His research examines architecture’s role in mediating moments of transnational interaction and exchange between China and other parts of the world. His articles and essays have appeared in Architectural History, Grey Room, the Journal of Architectural Education, and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, among others. He recently completed a book manuscript titled An Improvised City: Architecture and Extraterritoriality in Shanghai, 1842-1937. He is currently at work on a second book-length study that explores architectural culture in China between 1972 and 1990. His research has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Mellon Foundation/ACLS, the Society of Architectural Historians, Harvard University, the University of Hong Kong, and the University Grants Committee of the Hong Kong SAR.