Many events for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games took place in the brand new, 100,000-seat National Stadium. Design plans for this massive structure began in 2003, when Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron were selected by the Chinese government to design the new stadium, which, because of its curved steel-net walls, was soon dubbed by locals as the 'bird's nest'.
BIRD'S NEST chronicles this five-year effort, along with Herzog and de Meuron's design for a new city district in Jinhua, which included hotels, office and residential buildings. Both projects involved complex and often difficult negotiations and communications between two cultures, two architectural traditions and two political systems. Herzog and de Meuron, the Basel-based architects, find themselves working with China's largest state construction company, Chinese artist and architect Ai Wei Wei, lawyers, and countless government bureaucrats.
The screening will be followed by a conversation between Alkis Klimathianos, Senior Associate Principal at KPF and Thomas K. Fridstein, FAIA, RIBA, Executive Director, Cuningham Group China moderated by Jill Lerner, FAIA, AIANY 2013 President.
When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12
Where: The Center for Architecture, NY
Price: Free for AIA members and students with a valid student ID; $10 non-members