„In China, urbanization is being driven forward with gigantic projects that dwarf all previously known categories of city. With a radical separation of functions, monofunctional neighborhoods are being created, which are held together by large transport infrastructures. With a multifunctional urban block in the center of new high-rise residential quarters, Liu Jiakun from Jiakun Architects in Chengdu, southwest China, has created a lively place where different social groups come together. Stacked and layered functions strengthen a socio-cultural sustainability of the neighborhood, which can change constantly in an ongoing process of adaptation.“ Dr. Eduard Kögel
Veranstaltungsort: Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus
Zhu Pei is one of the leading architects in China providing substantial solutions to urgent challenges and questions of ongoing urbanization within the country. The rapid rate of urban growth, as well as the commercial pressures of mass consumer society, require well-considered concepts that also satisfy the need for authentic architectural expression. In the cacophony of urban collages and architectural super signs against the backdrop of the real megacity, Zhu Pei has set off in search of his own roots within traditional aesthetic concepts, successfully adapting them for implementation in his work. By drawing on traditional concepts of space and the built structure, he has been able to devise solutions that are specific to the location and region, while demonstrating great skill in terms of form, aesthetics, and materiality. Informed by an understanding of the global architectural discourse, he follows his own path to give each of his buildings a specific character within a contemporary architectural form.