The forum focused on the "Contemporary Value and Sustainable Development of Traditional Culture". According to GO ART founders Gianna Guo and Apple Zhou, the forum is designed to protect world heritage sites, while drawing attention to traditional garden culture and establishing a globally-inclusive creative platform based on its principles of globalization and diversification with the goal of discussing the forward-thinking experiment of organically integrating the classic garden with new materials, new technologies and new methods of communication. Forum panelists discussed developing contemporary projects with international influence across multiple dimensions based on the core value of traditional culture. Looking forward, GO ART plans to highlight a variety of cultural and artistic content, including visual art, animation-based games as well as music and film through the internal creative platform "Hi-Garden", focusing on the International Garden Contemporary Art Exhibition.
On the same day, the forum also held its award ceremony at which the international culture awards were presented. Hangzhou "Dong Yuan De Xin CHINOISERIE MANSION" was awarded the title as "Global Collectible Luxury House Award" for their efforts in using the language of modern architecture to express the essence of Chinese traditional garden culture, creating a collectable humanistic architecture.
Forum panelists featured Balazs Bognar, architect and partner at Kengo Kuma and Associates; Yumiko Saito, art consultant and former director at Cy Twombly Foundation; Everett Kennedy Brown, photographic artist, cultural producer and expert on Japanese garden; and Hiroshi Egatitsu, cultural critic, DJ, lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts. The four panelists discussed how to activate, use and connect traditional culture with a modern lifestyle, while exploring its value embodiment and sustainable development under the concept of globalization. Guests engaged in discussions with the panelists, including Gianna Guo, Apple Zhou, and Dong Yuan Real Estate Hangzhou Manager Han Peng. A special thanks to Nachi Das.
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