Open Lecture Tuesday 25. Nov. at 1200 "Making Architecture in a Place Without Architecture" by John Lin

John Lin from Rural Urban Framework (RUF), a research and design collaborative based at The University of Hong Kong will visit BAS and give a lecture for the whole school. Read more about RUF.

Rural Urban Framework (RUF)


In 2005 the Chinese government announced its plan to urbanize half of the remaining 700 million rural citizens by 2030. At the same time, Joshua Bolchover and John Lin set up Rural Urban Framework (RUF), a research and design collaborative based at The University of Hong Kong. Conducted as a non-profit organization providing design services to charities and NGOs working in China, RUF has built or is currently engaged in various projects in diverse villages throughout China. The projects include schools, community centers, hospitals, village houses, bridges, and incremental planning strategies.  As a result of this active engagement, RUF has been able to research the links between social, economic, political processes and the physical transformation of each village. The projects integrate local and traditional construction practices with contemporary technologies.

RUF he is the recipient of numerous international awards including most recently the Ralph Erskine 100 Years Anniversary Award 2014, given for innovation in architecture that “primarily benefits the less privileged in society”. RUF is also the winner of Architectural Records Design Vanguard and the ICON Award Emerging Architectural Practice of the Year in 2013. The “House For All Seasons”, a rural house prototype built in Shaanxi Province, China is the overall winner of the Architectural Review’s House Award in 2012, the WA Chinese Architecture Award 2012 and the Wienerberger Brick Award 2014. Other notable projects include high commendation in the AR Emerging Architecture Award for Qinmo Village School 2009, Taiping Bridge Renovation 2010 and Tongjiang Recycle Brick School 2012.

The work has been published internationally in DOMUS, MARK, Architectural Record, Architectural Review, A+U, and FRAME. A recently published book, Rural Urban Framework: Transforming the Chinese Countryside (Birkhauser, 2013), presents the research and projects of RUF in over 18 villages in China, discussing not only successful projects, but failures and speculations on the changes in rural China since 2006. A recently edited book, Homecoming: Materializing, Contextualizing and Practicing the Rural in China (Gestalten 2013), collects the work of historians, theorists, educators and practitioners to discuss the role of the rural in Chinese development over the past 30 years. Recent exhibitions include the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2008 and 2010, the Chengdu Biennale 2012, the MAK Vienna in 2013 and in “Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends” at the Guggenheim, NY in 2013.

Joshua Bolchover and John Lin are currently Assistant Professors at the University of Hong Kong and have taught and lectured in numerous academic institutions including the Chinese University of Hong Kong; The Bartlett, UCL; Cambridge University and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.