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Yung Ho Chang
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Yung Ho Chang (1956) established China's first independent architectural office, Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ), with Lijia Lu in 1993, laying the foundation for contemporary practice in China. His attitude to think architecture from an original, wider cultural perspective and his attempt to establish a contemporary image of Chinese cities inspired and influenced his architectural projects as well as his various interests and works in the field of arts and video production.

Chang left to study in the United States in 1981 and received a master's degree in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984. Devoted to architectural education, Chang has been working in several American and Chinese universities and architecture schools since 1985. Professor and former head of the Architecture Department at MIT, Head and Professor of the Graduate Center of Architecture at Peking University, Kenzo Tange Chair Professor at Harvard in 2002 and Eliel Saarinen Chair Professor at University of Michigan in 2004, Chang was bestowed the honorary membership by AIA Hong Kong in 2009 and is a Pritzker Prize Jury member since 2011. Among the numerous prizes he won, the First Place in the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition in 1987, a Progressive Architecture Citation Award in 1996, the 2000 UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts and the Academy Award in Architecture from American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006. He has published several books and monographs, including "Graphic FCJZ", "Yung Ho Chang Draws", "Yung Ho Chang Writes", "Yung Ho Chang / Atelier Feichang Jianzhu: A Chinese Practice" in English/French (edited by Gutierrez & Portefaix), "Yung Ho Chang:Luce chiara, camera oscura" in Italian (edited by Rachaporn Choochuey and Stefano Mirti). He participated in many international art and architecture exhibitions and in the Venice Biennale since 2000, and curated the first West Bund Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary Art in Shanghai in 2013, the China Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2008, the 1st Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture in 2005.

In his videos, all characterized by a wide variety of styles, techniques and visual approaches, he talks about architecture and the delicate relation between daily life events and human-made environments using references from movies, literature, art, his own life experience and from the intimacy of his personal memories. "The Little Detective" is an animation based on the architect's picture book "Little Detective", that was drawn from the bed time story his father - Kaiji Zhang, also an architect - narrated to him during his childhood. The picture book was showcased during the exhibition "Cloud of Unknowing: A City of Seven Streets" (Taipei Fine Arts Museum, May 10 - August 17, 2014). The short film "Enjoying" introduces four of Yung Ho Chang's projects - two built architectures were filmed in live-footage, while parts of the two incomplete buildings were digitally simulated - by means of openly quoting movies such as King Hu's "Raining in the Mountain", the classic and very famous Akira Kurosawa's "Rashomon" and Xu Haofeng's debut film "The Sword Identity". In this video - as in Chang's entire video production - the narrative and the plot, the articulated relationship between a story and the space where it takes place, are considered more important than the mere description and showing-off of the architectures. In the video "The Third Police Station", the relationship between architectural and narrative space is the main theme of a puppet show based on a novel by Irish writer Flan O' Brien, "The Third Policeman". In this surrealist animation, the spatial representation becomes metaphor of another recurring theme in Chang's works and video production, that is to say the cultural misunderstandings, difficulties and yet the natural need for cultural exchanges between different worlds, such as Eastern and Western society.

Clips by Yung Ho Chang

Strips including clips by Yung Ho Chang

Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove
Duration clock dark 02:16 min

Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove

Published on Nov 02, 2017
Enjoying / 影捉影
Duration clock dark 03:45 min

Enjoying / 影捉影

Published on May 21, 2015
The Little Detective
Duration clock dark 04:38 min

The Little Detective

Published on May 18, 2015