Soft Urbanism


New Silk Road, Portal to World Imagination on the East-West, facilitates the re-imagination of the cities along the Silk Road (One Belt One Route), refreshes the dialogue in an era of (post) modernity and fabricates spaces for cross-imagination.

Imagination is the prime source of knowledge, and in the late thirteenth centuries, the Italian voyager Marco Polo, wrote a half-documented and half-imagined travelogue, titled “Dong Fang Jian Wen Lu” (The Oriental Discovery), during his voyage to the Orient in the Yuan Dynasty. This inspired the Spanish navigator, Columbus’ re-imagination of China, to set sail and begin his sea adventures. With ideal and reality, illusion and delusion all in one, Columbus “discovered” a new continent, the North America in 1492.” (Andrew Lam)

9 September-3 October 2017

Xi’an Art Museum

Soft Urbanism, as a vision of the urban in the digital age, is based on a “Network Paradigm” approach, reinventing the historic networks, connecting them to today’s hybrid, combined urban and media, networks, accelerating them into the future.

With ideal and reality, illusion and delusion all in one, end of the 20th Century, “Soft Urbanism” was developed as a “speculative research” into the future of the Urban.
The exhibition in Xi’an Art Museum presents the “Soft Urbanism” vision in the context of reimagining the ancient networks that bound East and West, as a tools for creating hybrid civilizations.