Shuo Wang & Qing Wang | TMC @ Shanghai World Expo 2010

Shuo Wang (META-Project, Beijing)

Shuo Wang is an architect and researcher based in Beijing. He studied at Tsinghua University, and received a master’s degree in Architecture at Rice University. He has practiced extensively in New York, Rotterdam and Beijing in the field of architecture and urbanism research. Projects located from New York, Chicago, London, UAE to major South East Asia cities. He had worked for OMA on various projects including RAK Gateway City, which won the Cityscape and International Business Award, BBC London headquarter strategic planning, and MAHA-NAKHON, a tower complex in Bangkok.

Shuo Wang is the founding principal of META-Project, a culture platform that spans between architecture and urbanism research. It is intended to bridge design and research with multi­disciplinary collaboration that engages different dimensions of the contemporary life, and to develop design projects for promoting the culture of contemporary city. By understanding urban behavior and events as a medium of everyday life, it aims at establish a new relationship between architecture and its social environment.

One of his main interests of research has been the intensifying urban dynamics in contemporary metropolis in China and the new form of collective space that emerges. He has worked on varies publication projects and is actively extending the concept into different medium, including writing, web­site, and art installation.

Qing Wang (Shanghai)
Qing Wang is an architect. He received eight years of formal fine arts training, starting from the Shanghai University Fine Arts College attached High School. In 2007, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Master Degree in Architecture. During his years in school, he received several honors including winning the international design competition for the Train Station in Pompeii, Italy, which has been exhibited in 2006 at the Biennale in Venice. He worked for Eisenman Architects Office; his design was one of seven selected entries in 2006 ULI Hines Student Urban Design Competition. As a working architect, his design won many competitions, such as conceptual design Tian Gong Kai Wu Convention Center in Jiang Xi Province, conceptual design of Ordos Commercial Center Complex, conceptual design of Nanjing Economy and Finance University Incubator Office Tower in Nanjing. Besides these architectural designs he is also dedicated to interdisciplinary and academic work. His graduation thesis focuses on the urban revitalization of Shanghai’s traditional culture neighborhood by synergizing information technology and culture fusion. After he returns from the USA to his home place Shanghai, Qing continues his research and communicates with different local artists and designers. In 2010, Qing worked with Sound Artist Yi Yin to finish the workshop and regional urban research in Shanghai South Railway Station Area for the 1 Square Mile Project, which has been launched by the British Consulate. March 2010 his bilingual book “Inter-views, Trends of the Top Architecture and Urbanism Programs in Europe and North America” has been released, in which he broadly introduced academic trends in architecture in Europe and North America and systematically composed in Chinese and English dual languages.

project description ‘3rd I’
V2_ presents the art and education project 3rd I (Third Eye) as part of the exhibition Virtual City. The project will be simultaneously exhibited at Shanghai’s Dutch Culture Centre as part of the World Expo 2010 and in the MKgallery in Rotterdam (the Netherlands).

Models of future and imaginary buildings will be exhibited in Shanghai. These were made by architects and artists, college and university students from China and the Netherlands, who were asked to envision their ideal cities in miniature. Special robots equipped with small video cameras will move down the streets between the models. These “third eyes” can be steered by audience members in Shanghai and Rotterdam and visitors to this website. The Chinese and Dutch visitors will be able to use “telepresence furniture” to communicate with each other.