The Urban Renewal Special Exhibition – Answer to Yulin in 1993-2022, consists of four exhibition areas, namely “City”, “People”, “Lifestyle” and “Dwelling”, with a total of 16 units, covering various recording carriers such as text, photography, devices, films, illustrations, objects, music, models and books. The exhibition epitomizes Yulin in a three-dimensional, vivid and all-round way for the first time, giving visitors another experience of approaching Yulin.
▼展厅外观，exterior view of the exhibition ©ICYWORKS
Yulin is also the epitome of the 30-year history of changes in modern China, which is where its value lies. Preserving literature for Yulin is the keynote of this exhibition. There have been too many reports about the exhibition. As the exhibitor and designer of the exhibition space, Ge may be able to tell you more stories about the intentions of the exhibition in term of its design.
▼展览空间门厅，the entrance hall ©ICYWORKS
▼玻璃外立面部分，exterior view of the glass facade ©ICYWORKS
We hope that it looks concise as the exhibition area is not large. Visitors could focus more on what they see and how they feel in their exhibition tour. The main space is extremely simple and fully serves for the exhibition content. Only the entrance hall and the facade are added with dramatic settings.
▼门厅细部，details of the entrance hall ©ICYWORKS
The lobby looks like the old theater. When the visitor stands in the lobby, he will naturally walk to the doors on both sides of the ticket booth, and peep in through the round glass windows on the door with curiosity. Then he may find that the real entrance is not here after entering the room, and he has already been in the “Viewfinder of Time”.
▼旧时剧院般的门厅如同“时光的取景框”，the old theater liked lobby put people in a “Viewfinder of Time” ©ICYWORKS
“I will walk in the streets of the past in the future.”
Speaking of design, although the main body is minimalist, we also add some retro and modern elements to the material and color matching, such as ginger color carpet, antique bricks popular in the 1990s.
▼展览空间概览，overall of the exhibition ©ICYWORKS
▼“城市”展区，exhibition area of “City” ©ICYWORKS
▼“住居”与“生活方式”展区，exhibition area of “Dwelling” and “Lifestyle” ©ICYWORKS
▼展览空间细部，details of the exhibition ©ICYWORKS
As the space designer, Ge hopes that visitors to the exhibition can have more interesting interactions, which can be remembered and discussed, rather than forgotten after taking photos and sending wechat moments. Like the profound meaning of the exhibition, the design of the exhibition space is to experience “nearby” in an unconventional way, reviewing the city we live in with “another perspective”, and ask about the ideal city, community and life.
▼空间设计中采用了流行于90年代的仿古砖，the white tiles popular in the 1990s are used in the space design ©ICYWORKS
Answer to Yulin, the special exhibition, may be related to the history of population migration under the rapid development of urbanization in China in the past three decades – from the initial staffs living quarters to becoming the preferred community for young urban passers-by. It saw the common symptom of the imbalance of people’s self-awareness that China has become the world’s second largest economy repaidly since the early 1990s. It witnessed the scene of two generations of intellectuals and cultural creatives arguing and attempting to communicate, resulting “smoke free war” in the street corner. It is more likely to be a long-lasting social experiment in our search for a new way of life.
▼报告厅，lecture hall ©ICYWORKS
▼报告厅细部，details of the lecture hall ©ICYWORKS
▼互动装置与展览空间，interactive installation and exhibition space ©ICYWORKS
“I apologize for the brief answer to the huge question.” said Szymborska, a Polish poetess who has won the Nobel Laureate in literature. Compared with the answer, the question is larger, so the “answer” is just the beginning like a window.
▼设计在材料和颜色搭配上加入了些许复古摩登的味道，the design adds a bit of retro modern flavor to the material and color scheme ©ICYWORKS
Project Name: Urban Renewal Special Exhibition – Answer to Yulin in 1993-2022
Project Location: Chengdu, Sichuan
Project Area: 500 ㎡
Completion Time: May 2022
Design Team: Li Jia, Peng Qiuxia
Exhibition Planning: Yizhu Yishi
Exhibition Planning Consultant: He Duoling, Wang Hai, Zhai Yongming
Space Design: GE Space Design
Visual Design: ZSDC
Special Thanks: Zhuoyue· Yunmen Jinxiu