As a platform for exchanges and dissemination within the Department of Architectural Creation, the Observatory serves both to give wider prominence to contemporary Chinese architecture and architects and to bring an innovative perspective to 20th-century urban China.
The government-sponsored programme “150 Chinese architects and urbanists in France, 1998-2005” and the join programme dedicated the urban heritage of historic Chinese towns form the pillars of the Observatory’s long-term activities. By building on the extensive network of these programmes, the Observatory extends its activities to other areas, such as architecture education, and research or project support. It organises or partners in events with a focus on Chinese architecture, urbanism and cities.
Often in partnership, the Observatory organises conferences, seminars, and exhibitions and participates in publishing specialised works. Its collection of publications in Chinese and French on architecture and urbanism can be consulted by appointment.
By welcoming young Chinese architects and professionals into the world of architecture and urban development in France, the Observatory intends to stimulate greater interest for China on the part of its French partners.
The Observatory participates in continuing education programmes on China for architects and supports the projects of students, researchers, or architects who want to work on China.