Ben Refuerzo, Advanced Topics Studio
Ben Refuerzo, Professor
Course: 401. Advanced Topics Studio
This long standing collaborative studio led by UCLA Professor Ben Refuerzo and Tianjin University Professor Xu Zhen to design a cultural arts district including a museum, artists studios, housing, and a community center on Yunbao Island outside of Tianjin recently held their final review. In their design work the students were asked to confront ideas of identity, tradition, and community in a modern China that is continually reinventing itself. Tianjin University hosted the UCLA group for a four-day workshop and mid-review in November, while the Tianjin University students traveled to Los Angeles for the final review in December.