Webinar- Design in Asia: Summer Palace

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    Wednesday, August 12 2020

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The Summer Palace is one of the last major imperial gardens of the over 3000-year Monarchy Era in China. It endured the reign of the last 7 emperors, countless wars that shaped Chinese modern history, the Socialism from its very beginning, through the far left mentality and the characters of today’s society.

It is located in northestwern modern Beijing and covers over 700 acres of land of its entirety. Being the recreational and ceremonial project as it started, it is now one of the biggest city public park and tourist attractions in the heart of this metropolis.

This presentation aims to dig deep into the history. By uncovering the train of thought from generations of the imperial architect family, translating the documents and specs from its initial design, through multiple major renovations and rebuilding, we want to demonstrate the very core philosophy of this chapter of the city that represents the last peak of Chinese imperial architecture design.

Presented by: Zihan Wang, AIA, LEED AP

Organized by: Asian American Designers Union

Sponsored by: Perkins Eastman DC and YU Architecture


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Learn architectural features of the Summer Palace;

  • Understand the traditional Chinese Architecture basics and related philosophy; 

  • Identify the change of Chinese royal garden and its history background; and

  • Discuss the changes that philosophy and thinking have had on the design and renovations of the palace over time.