'Poly & Chai', installation by Yung Ho Chang

2 June–1 September 2008

To coincide with the V&A’s major exhibition China Design Now Yung Ho Chang, one of China’s leading architects, created a specially designed installation, 'Poly & Chai', in the V&A’s John Madejski Garden.

For the V&A’s summer garden commission, Chang devised a set of free standing screens inspired by traditional Chinese garden designs that are arranged around the space for visitors to walk through. The screens are made from green recyclable plastic paving blocks, commonly used in parking lots, driveways and construction sites all over China. With an extremely banal and utilitarian material, Yung Ho Chang created a sumptuous garden space.

Yung Ho Chang established China’s first private architecture firm, Atelier FCJZ, in 1993. As well as overseeing a number of high profile architectural projects in China, Chang is Head of Architecture at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). His work was presented in China Design Now, which showcased the latest in architecture, fashion and graphics to emerge from China.

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