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Tues 17/11/20 4pm (GMT) – Kerri Culhane’s: Building Identity: Transnational Architecture in New York City’s First Chinatown since 1882

Posted: November 13th, 2020 | No Comments »

Since the enactment of America’s first race-based immigration policy, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, New York’s diasporic Chinese have applied a transnational architecture to create spaces in which Chinese American society and identity were formed. Building Identity explores cultural representation in the built environment of New York’s Chinatown, beginning with the adaptation of the Hong Kong shophouse typology to New York during the era of exclusion (1882-1943), fundamentally shaping Chinatown’s commercial economy. Sino-American alliance in the Second World War ended exclusion, creating a demand for housing and ushering in the parallel architectural efforts of the Chinatown Building Project (1946-60) and the China Village Plan (1950-58), two visions for representing “authentic” Chinese culture through modern mainland Chinese architectural precedent. Responding temporally to each change in immigration law, Chinatown architecture functions as a material negotiation tactic, paradoxically highlighting cultural difference as a means of fostering socio-political acceptance.

Architectural historian Kerri Culhane’s experience spans twenty years of professional historic preservation and planning practice, ranging from restoration of individual buildings to landscape-scale planning and sustainable development projects.

In 2015, she curated the exhibition Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee, 1900-1968 (Museum of Chinese in America, New York City), which examined life and career of the first Chinese American professional architect to practice in New York’s Chinatown.

Kerri holds an Architectural History MA with a focus on historic preservation and planning from Virginia Commonwealth University, and an Ecological Planning and Design MS from the Conway School, integrating her interests in the built environment and cultural landscape.

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https://ucl.zoom.us/j/96841199366?pwd=Rm8yMW9RSVl0YkEyOE9LRk5kcEowQT09 (passcode: BSAPHD)

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