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Awards and Fellowships

There are some awards or fellowships established by architecture magazines, institutions or universities that  encourages young architects  and introduces built architectural works that possess architecture criticality and/or innovative value.

For example, 2008 saw the start of the China Architecture Media Awards (CAMA) – an award for architecture works that are related to “Civil Architecture”; the selection committee, some juries, and winners are part of a new generation that is represented mainly by smaller private firms and academia-related practices.

Exhibitions

The first Architecture Biennale Beijing (ABB) took place in 2004 and was jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture and (former) Ministry of Construction, together with developers support. While the educational sector sponsored architecture schools to present their works, the private architectural design firms had to pay a fee to exhibit; leading criticism to be voiced over the poor curatorial framework - as bigger firms and LDI s dominated the show. In 2006 and 2008 the 2nd and 3rd ABBeijing took place. In 2005, the 1st Shenzhen Architecture Biennale was organized. The show was sponsored by the Municipal government, and coordinated by the city s Urban Planning Bureau, Culture Bureau, University, Newspaper Corporation, Radio, Film & TV Group. This, followed by the 2nd edition in 2007, when the biennale set-up collaboration with Hong Kong and was accordingly renamed as the Shenzhen/Hong Kong Architecture Biennale.

In Beijing, the Today Art Museum organized an exhibition called Mapping Games. At display in June 2008, the exhibit combined visual art + architecture projects that reflected on rapid changes influencing the dynamics of Beijing. From the Netherlands, Winy Maas / MVRDV participated with SPACEFIGHTERS lounge / THE EVOLUTIONARY CITY (GAMES).

Opening in May 2009, Beijing s CAFA museum (designed by Arata Isozaki) featured a collective exhibition of Dutch architecture. It celebrated the Chinese edition of the book A Hundred Years of Dutch Architecture, 1901-2000 [Umberto S. Barbieri; Leen van Duin (ed.)] by presenting a calendar, models and posters of the highlights of the Dutch 20th century.