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2015 Tongji Summer School

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2015 Tongji Summer School Brief
同济大学 CAUP 2015 暑期国际设计夏令营简介

Background
Tongji CAUP summer school is an annual event of ten-year history and has become a cherished 
tradition. Each summer, CAUP holds a two-week design camp devoted to the exploration of cutting 
edge approaches and strategies in the field of architecture, planning and environmental design. 
This event includes field trips to facilitate the campers’ comprehension of the urban and 
environmental issues of China. Works of the summer school are exhibited and published as a book. 
Top works are selected by a jury and awarded with cash prizes.


Theme
This year, the event is themed as “DESIGN AGAINST SMOG: Thermodynamic Methodology for Chinese 
Architecture.” The landmark documentary about China's catastrophic air pollution by former CCTV 
reporter Chai Jing has been circulated through social media and video-sharing website. The 
documentary has sparked unprecedented concerns about the issue of smog. It forces architects, 
planners and engineers to come up with multi-disciplinary methods in response to the air pollution. 
Undoubtedly China is entering into an era which increasingly suffers environmental crises, 
reminiscent of the Los Angeles haze and London fog in the 1950s and 1960s. Ever since 
air-conditioning was incorporated into the building system, building interior has been treated as 
an environment free from unwanted energy exchange. However, inspired by Rudolf Causius’ Second Law 
of Thermodynamics and Ilya Prigogine’s study on dissipative structures and complex systems, 
contemporary architectural studies considers buildings to be systems with ambiguous borders. This 
thermodynamic underpinning of architecture revolutionized the modernist notion of the city and 
called for a revisit to the wisdom of Chinese vernacular settlements, in which the buildings were 
able to create an adaptive interior climate. With that in mind, we encourage our campers to learn 
from Chinese traditional built environment and the way in which a micro-climate could be created 
with specific city layouts, building paradigms, operable spaces and construction approaches. 
Equipped with the thermodynamic methods, we are able to critique the form of vast urbanization in 
China and rethink the border, ontology, dynamics and organization of modern architectural systems.


Submission
CAUP welcomes applications from students of diverse academic backgrounds. Basically we encourage 
those colleges holding a partnership with CAUP to recommend talented candidates. We also welcome 
applications from interested institutions all around the world. Good command of the English 
language is required to ensure the quality of communication and production. An academic committee 
will be appointed to assess and shortlist the applications. We expect to accept 40 students (8 CAUP 
students, 16 applicants from other parts of China, and 16 international students).


May 15, 2015 is the deadline to submit all application materials. An acceptable application should 
consist of the following components:
1.          Cover Letter (recommended)
2.          Application Form (Followed after Brief)
3.          Curriculum Vitae of the applicant
4.          Portfolio (recommended)


We preferred applications to be submitted electronically. All forms, supporting materials and 
questions related to application should be directed to 2015tongjisummerschool@tongji.edu.cn

Awards

First Prize      12000RMB

Second Prize 10000RMB 

Third Prize     8000RMB


Jury Members

Inaki Abalos             Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard GSD,

                               ABALOS+SENTKIEWICZ

Yung Ho Chang       Atelier Feichang Jianzhu, former Head of the Department of Architecture 
Werner Sobek         Professor at the University of Stuttgart (successor to Frei Otto)
Stephen S. Y. Lau    Professor at the University of Hong Kong












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2015 Tongji Summer School information&Application Form