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  • Li Xiaodong: Li Yuan Library, Jiaojiehe, Huairou, China, 2011. (Photo: © Andreas Fogarasi) 1 / 16  Li Xiaodong: Li Yuan Library, Jiaojiehe, Huairou, China, 2011. (Photo: © Andreas Fogarasi)
  • Kazuyo Sejima: Shibaura Building, Shibaura, Tokyo, Japan, 2011. (Photo: © Iwan Baan) 2 / 16  Kazuyo Sejima: Shibaura Building, Shibaura, Tokyo, Japan, 2011. (Photo: © Iwan Baan)
  • Atelier Deshaus: Youth Center of Qingpu, Shanghai, China, 2012. (Photo: © atelier deshaus) 3 / 16  Atelier Deshaus: Youth Center of Qingpu, Shanghai, China, 2012. (Photo: © atelier deshaus)
  • Sou Fujimoto Architects: House NA, Tokyo, Japan, 2010. (Photo: © Iwan Baan) 4 / 16  Sou Fujimoto Architects: House NA, Tokyo, Japan, 2010. (Photo: © Iwan Baan)
  • Rural Urban Framework: Mulan Primary School, Mulan/Huaiji, China, 2012. (Photo: © Joshua Bolchover and John Lin) 5 / 16  Rural Urban Framework: Mulan Primary School, Mulan/Huaiji, China, 2012. (Photo: © Joshua Bolchover and John Lin)
  • UID architects: Pit House, Okayama, Japan, 2011 (Photo: © Koji Fujii) 6 / 16  UID architects: Pit House, Okayama, Japan, 2011 (Photo: © Koji Fujii)
  • Lokaldesign, Haewon Shin: Hangang Riverbank Underpasses, Seongsan. Seoul, South Korea, 2008–2009. (Photo: © Park Wan-Soon) 7 / 16  Lokaldesign, Haewon Shin: Hangang Riverbank Underpasses, Seongsan. Seoul, South Korea, 2008–2009. (Photo: © Park Wan-Soon)
  • Zhang Ke, Standardarchitecture: Niyang River Visitor Center, Daze/Linzhi, Tibet, 2009. (Photo: © Zhang Ke/Standardarchitecture) 8 / 16  Zhang Ke, Standardarchitecture: Niyang River Visitor Center, Daze/Linzhi, Tibet, 2009. (Photo: © Zhang Ke/Standardarchitecture)
  • CASAGRANDE Laboratory: Ruin Academy, Taipeh, Taipei, Taiwan, 2010-2012. (Photo: © Ruin Academy) 9 / 16  CASAGRANDE Laboratory: Ruin Academy, Taipeh, Taipei, Taiwan, 2010-2012. (Photo: © Ruin Academy)
  • Atelier Ryo Abe: Shima Kitchen, Teshima Island, Japan, 2010. (Photo: © Daici Ano/Architects Atelier Ryo Abe) 10 / 16  Atelier Ryo Abe: Shima Kitchen, Teshima Island, Japan, 2010. (Photo: © Daici Ano/Architects Atelier Ryo Abe)
  • Li Xiaodong: Bridge School Fujian, Xiashi/Fujian, China, 2008. (photo: © Li Xiaodong) 11 / 16  Li Xiaodong: Bridge School Fujian, Xiashi/Fujian, China, 2008. (photo: © Li Xiaodong)
  • Lokaldesign, Haewon Shin: Gwangju Sajik Park Public Art Project, 2012, Gwangju/Jeollanam-do, Republic of Korea. (Photo: © Kyungsub Shin) 12 / 16  Lokaldesign, Haewon Shin: Gwangju Sajik Park Public Art Project, 2012, Gwangju/Jeollanam-do, Republic of Korea. (Photo: © Kyungsub Shin)
  • Mass Studies: Pixel House, Heyri, South Korea, 2003. (Photo: © Yong-Kwan Kim) 13 / 16  Mass Studies: Pixel House, Heyri, South Korea, 2003. (Photo: © Yong-Kwan Kim)
  • Trace Architecture Office (TAO): Museum of Handcraft Paper, Xinzhuang, Yunnan, China, 2010. (Photo: © Shu He) 14 / 16  Trace Architecture Office (TAO): Museum of Handcraft Paper, Xinzhuang, Yunnan, China, 2010. (Photo: © Shu He)
  • Kumiko Inui: Rendering of Shichigahama Elementary School + Junior High School, Shichigahama, Miyagi, Japan, 2012. (Photo: © Kumiko Inui) 15 / 16  Kumiko Inui: Rendering of Shichigahama Elementary School + Junior High School, Shichigahama, Miyagi, Japan, 2012. (Photo: © Kumiko Inui)
  • KUU: Design proposal for Shanghai Shared Housing, Shanghai, China, 2009. (Photo: © KUU) 16 / 16  KUU: Design proposal for Shanghai Shared Housing, Shanghai, China, 2009. (Photo: © KUU)

An exciting and wide-ranging exhibition at the MAK in Vienna: Eastern Promises: Contemporary Architecture and Spatial Practices in East Asia is inaugurated with a private view at 7pm on 4 June, opening to the public from 10am on 5 June. Focusing on recent developments and projects in China, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea, the exhibition showcases a rich variety of architectural and urban projects notable for their incorporation of new forms of social awareness, ecological strategy and artistic practice. From mass urban housing in South Korea and illegal parasitic architecture in Taiwan to state architectural influence in China and Japanese convenience stores, the exhibition includes work of well-known and established architects like the Pritzker Prize winning Wang Shu of Amateur Architecture Studio and Kazuyo Sejima and Rye Nishizawa of SANAA‚ as well as emerging and young practitioners whose work is being exhibited internationally for the first time.

Accompanied by a film program, this unique exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the current culture of architectural production in East Asia, one “less interested in iconic objects and spectacular forms than in a structural realignment of society in its spatial dimensions.” Well worth heading down to the Ringstrasse for!

Eastern Promises: Contemporary Architecture and Spatial Practices in East Asia
Private View: Tuesday 4 June, 7pm
Exhibition open: 5 June – 6 October, 2013

MAK Exhibition Hall
MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art
Weiskirchnerstraße 3
1010 Vienna, Austria

To whet your appetite, here's one of the short films commissioned specially for the exhibition, of a featured project: the Chinese Academy of Art in Hangzhou, designed by Amateur Architecture Studio. The film is less about the building's tectonics than its occupation and how it beds down in its context, underlining the exhibition's focus on the relationship between architecture and everyday spatial practice. (© Andreas Fogarasi / Christian Teckert / MAK)

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