SECOND SINO-SWISS ARCHITECTURE DIALOGUE OPENS
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.