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Date: Saturday, October 22, 2005
Departure: 9:00 am

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A Trip to Visit the Charles Wang Center 

at Stony Brook

The Charles B. Wang Center , a celebration of both Asian and American cultures, is one of the most beautiful and inventive buildings given to any university. The 120,000-square-foot building was officially presented to Stony Brook University by Charles B. Wang, former CEO of Computer Associates, Inc, on October 22, 2002 . It was the largest single private gift ever received by the State University of New York 64-campus system. Filled with light and air, graced by gardens inside and out, the Wang Center is used for conferences, art exhibits, film festivals, lectures, seminars, and performances. Here you'll experience spaces of surprising traditional beauty juxtaposed with the latest in communications technology. The Center includes exhibit spaces, an interdenominational chapel, an Asian food court, a theater, two lecture halls, a series of interior and exterior pools and terraces, and more than 35,000 square feet of sprawling gardens. A fiber optic network will enable students and professors at Stony Brook to exchange ideas across the world in real time, regardless of their physical location.

On Saturday, October 22, 2005 , which is the third anniversary of the Center, the Learned (Renwen) Society at China Institute is organizing a trip to visit the Wang Center . Mr. P.H. Tuan, the architect who designed the Wang Center , will accompany us and provide a guide tour at the Center. Mr. P.H.Tuan was born in Shanghai China . He earned his degree in architecture from the University of Michigan in 1961. Mr. Tuan worked for many architectural firms in the U.S. before starting his own firm more than 30 years ago.  His practice has been unique in that his services usually include both design and construction management in the belief that the architect is responsible for the design and construction of a building from beginning to completion. Mr. Tuan has a diversified practice with projects in US and abroad.  He recently designed the new Suzhou University law school building in China for 2,000 students, which was completed in 2003 and in use since then. In recent years, Mr. Tuan has , in addition to his practice, devoted his time and energy to help develop and promote a credible new style of contemporary Chinese architecture in China and other parts of the world.  For this purpose, he has found the Institute for the Advancement of Contemporary Chinese Architecture (IACCA), a not-for-profit organization.  IAVCCA sponsored a national design competition in China recently.

Fees: $30/$25 members if you take the transportation provided and $5 if you drive on your own.

Lunch will be provided.

Departure: 9:00 am in front of China Institute.

To register, please fill out the following form and then send a check to:  

China Institute  
125 East 65th Street
New York
, NY 10021  

Attn: Renwen Society  

Please make out the check to China Institute.  

For directions to Stony Brook, please click Directions.

For inquiries, please call 212-744-8181 ext. 142 or email

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