Jeffrey Johnson will deliver the Keynote Lecture: “Superblocks and the Return to the Rural” at the Revitalizing Rural Environments Symposium organized by Washington State University and University of Idaho in Pullman, Washington Thursday, March 29.
Jeffrey Johnson will present “Megablock Urbanisms: The Spatial Instrument of Large-scale Development in China” as part of Monumental Change: China’s Transformation Since the 1980s Symposium at the University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies Wednesday, November 15.
Jeffrey Johnson to speak about his experience as past Academic Director of the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism + Architecture (UABB) Shenzhen at Imagining the Future of the Urban Village at the AIA Center for Architecture in New York City Friday, October 13 at 5:30pm.
Jeffrey Johnson will be a panelist for a post-screening discussion on Citizen Jane: The Battle for the City at the Speed Museum of Art in Louisville, Kentucky Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 pm.
Jeffrey Johnson will speak about Ai Weiwei’s impact as an activist, artist, and architect at the Speed Art Museum in Lexington, Kentucky Sunday, September 17 at 3:00pm. He will share some of Ai’s thoughts on the future of the museum in China as well discuss his lesser known approach to architecture in the radically transforming landscape of urban China.
Jeffrey Johnson will present “City, Culture and Place-making” at the Brand New Summer in Chefoo Symposium in Yantai, China.
Jeffrey Johnson/SLAB's study on the Friendship Park at the US-Mexico border “Wall 2” was published in The Arsenal of Exclusion and Inclusion edited by Interboro Partners, and published by Actar Publishers.
Jeffrey Johnson's essay “Megablocks and Society in Urban China” was published in The Social Imperative: Architecture and the City in China, edited by H. Koon Wee, and published by Actar Publishers.
Jill Leckner will moderate a panel discussion on "Utopias" at the University of Kentucky College of Design Monday, February 13 at 5:00pm.
From megacities to ghost towns: The extreme transformation of Asia's city skylines
When it comes to architectural innovation, some of the most significant changes to urban skylines over the past half-century have occurred in Asia.
Economic booms and globalized trade have transformed cities like Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong and Shanghai, rendering their soaring glass and steel skylines as recognizable as other world metropolises like New York, London and Paris.
Asia has lead the world in urban planning over this time and presently boasts seven of the world's top ten megacities -- classified as places with populations of 10 million people or more.
Like their global cohorts, the success of these municipalities has often been reflected in how ambitious and spectacular their built artifices are.
However, for all their show, the next decade is likely to see a changing of the architectural vanguard. As the drivers of economic growth shift and labor force changes across the region, Asia's emerging cities are set to become the new ground for profound innovation and advancement in city building and architecture.