DEVELOP: The Architecture of Yung Ho Chang/Atelier FCJZ

DEVELOP: The Architecture of Yung Ho Chang/Atelier FCJZ features the work of the Head of the MIT Department of Architecture, and his Beijing-based firm. Chang, who joined the MIT faculty in 2005, is internationally acclaimed for a broad range of work, including urban design proposals, large structures for government use, private residences, and a number of well known exhibitions at international art venues, including the Venice Biennale. Develop will be the first exhibition of his work at MIT.

"In the past fifteen years, we have developed a body of work that ranges from interior design, building design, urban design, master planning, to art installation. In the process, our trajectory does go beyond a basic agenda from time to time, and ventures into the realms of culture, ecology, economy, and social/urban issues. This exhibition tries to map the development of FCJZ comprehensively and also includes a retrospective glimpse into some of the more hermetic design research I did prior to returning to China in order to establish the evolution of certain recurring ideas in our work." - Yung Ho Chang

The design work on display is three quasi films or really PowerPoint presentations that are superimposed with the popular Hong Kong film noir trilogy in 2002: Wu Jian Dao or Infernal Affairs in standard English translation (The American remake was entitled The Departed). Therefore, as the title of the three projections collectively, Wu Jian Zao could literarily suggest infernal construct. (The literal meaning of the first two characters, Wu Jian, is without interval or simply no space. The third word, Zao, means to construct or to make.) While symbolically the title may imply our constant struggle, the real purpose of the overlap of architecture and cinema is to place our work in a context, geographically, temporally, and culturally, a context that blurs reality and fiction yet is not far from our frantic experience in China. Furthermore, it reveals that our anchoring in basic architecture is ultimately strategic and it is a preparation for more involvement in making the broader contemporary Chinese cultural landscape.