The promise of a pioneering architecture, which is especially associated with East Asian countries, is the focus of the exhibition EASTERN PROMISES. China, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea are currently seeing architectural and urban projects that amalgamate social awareness, ecological strategies and artistic practices in new ways. The reflection on local traditions and conditions as well as a critical awareness of global media technologies lead to an architectural approach that is less interested in iconic objects and spectacular forms than in a structural realignment of society in its spatial dimensions. This development heralds the emergence of a social aesthetic of architecture in the East Asian cultural sphere, whose strategies and tactics could prove decisive for the way we deal with dwindling resources on a global scale.
5 June – 6 October, 2013