Beijing (English)

SECOND SINO-SWISS ARCHITECTU­RE DIALOGUE OPENS

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The Second Sino-swiss Architectu­re Dialogue was held from April 10 to 14 in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu. The event included a variety of activities, such as documentar­y screenings, lectures, masterclas­ses and panel discussion­s. Mario Botta, a world-renowned architect from Switzerlan­d, and film director Loretta Dalpozzo both participat­ed throughout the three-city dialogue.

Initiated by the Swiss Embassy in Beijing and coorganise­d by its consulates general in Shanghai and Chengdu, the dialogue serves as a platform to promote

cultural exchanges between the two countries, supported by Tsinghua University Art Museum in Beijing, Tongji University in Shanghai and Luxelakes• A4 Art Museum in Chengdu. During the event, Mario Botta shared his decades of experience­s working in architectu­re, inspiring young architects from across China.

The documentar­y Mario Botta: The Space Beyond, co-directed by Loretta Dalpozzo and Michèle Volontè, was screened at the event. The film showcases works by the world-renowned architect and details his artistic journey. In the film, Botta tries to understand why a globalised society feels the urge to build sacred spaces and explains why he is interested religious buildings. He believes that building symbols of faith and humanity is a massive responsibi­lity for architects. He is one of only a few architects who has built places of worship for the three main monotheist­ic religions: Christiani­ty, Islam and Judaism. In addition, he has designed many churches, chapels and synagogues and is currently designing a mosque in Ningxia, China.

After the screenings, Bota and Dalpozzo answered questions from audience members. In Beijing and Chengdu they also took part in discussion­s with other attendees on topics ranging from the culture and spirit of architectu­re to the boundaries between art and architectu­re.

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