USC American Academy in China (press release)

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USC American Academy in China (press release)

June 29, 2008


WHEN    JUNE 29 - JULY 26

For centuries, Western critics and scholars have kept their eyes on the East, but China's ever-increasing scale of urbanism and size of economy has focused the world's lenses on China. This summer's Beijing Olympics and the World Expo in Shanghai are mere precursors of the inevitable impact of Chinese urbanization. This summer, the University of Southern California (USC) American Academy in China (AAC) will explore the country's potential to produce a new urban paradigm. Participants will discover if China's local conditions have the power to translate globally. Initiated by Qingyun Ma, Dean of the USC School of Architecture and founder of MADA s.p.a.m, the USC American Academy in China establishes a base for researchers and students from around the globe, fostering the academic exchange in the disciplines of arts and architecture in China.

The USC American Academy in China recognizes the need for a base to facilitate academic agendas, maximize local resources, map research fields, and most importantly, to enable communication and collaboration between institutions and scholars of diverse disciplines. Never before has a program with such a strategically and conveniently coordinated schedule been offered. The program, by design, uniquely accumulates knowledge gained with each subsequent year.

As a model, AAC is launching a summer program, inviting graduate and undergraduate programs from around the world to join the University of Southern California on a four-week investigation of architecture and urbanism against a rich array of cultural and historical contexts between four distinctly different cities in mainland China: Shanghai, Beijing, Xi'an, and Lijiang. Visits to each city will be marked by academic tours and forums led by the leading creative minds in Chinese urban planning, art, and architecture. These events will culminate in a weeklong workshop in Shanghai.

To download a copy of the ACC poster click here

For more information, please contact Kay Chang at: or 213.740.2083.