VIENNA – Architectural and urban projects that innovatively combine social awareness, ecological strategies and artistic practices, make East Asia a pioneering hub for architecture. Having recognised this, the MAK Vienna is hosting an exhibition that explores the emergence of a social aesthetic of architecture in Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan.

Guest curators Christian Teckert and Andreas Fogarasi compiled a representative selection of 70 projects developed by the region’s star architects and young, up-and-coming designers alike, whose strategies could prove decisive for the way we deal with the lack of resources on a global scale.

Featuring projects by Rural Urban Framework (RUF), Schemata Architects/Jo Nagasaka, Sou Fujimoto Architects and Ryue Nishizawa, among many others, the exhibition shows that, in spite of the different conditions for the development of architecture in each featured country, they share a similar ‘liberation of architectural intelligence and new, comparable spatial strategies.’

A graphic and photographic map stretched across one of the exhibition’s walls illustrates region-specific phenomena. For example, illegal architectures in Taiwan and the influence of state architectural firms in China. Moreover, a selection of short films curated by Andréa Picard complete the exhibition by showing moments of experimental city viewing and everyday appropriation of space.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 304-page publication featuring images, project descriptions and research material. Entitled Eastern Promises: Contemporary Architecture and Spatial Practices in East Asia, the book is available at the MAK Design Shop for € 39.

Eastern Promises: Contemporary Architecture and Spatial Practices in East Asia will be at the MAK Vienna until 6 October.

MAK Exhibition Hall
Weiskirchnerstraße 3, Vienna 1

Images by Katrin Wißkirchen courtesy of MAK