Jinyun Quarries

Video: Jinyun Quarries

The mountainous landscape of Jinyun County in Zhejiang Province, China, has been shaped by the manual mining of natural stone. For the rugged and hard-to-access region, the Beijing architect Xu Tiantian and her team were asked to develop strategies for new uses for nine of the over 3000 small, abandoned quarries, which now provide a stage for cultural and social activities, and simultaneously strive for ecological improvements and create new economic perspectives for the rural population. The pits, provided with new functions, have become part of a public infrastructure that puts historical aspects extending back over a thousand years as well as the everyday culture heritage in a new context. The exhibition, which reached us from Beijing by the most sustainable means of transport possible, namely by train, communicates the breath-taking sense of space in the stone quarries of Jinyun in a large-scale installation. Spacious, translucent models, photos, plans, and films visualize the complex structure of the spaces carved into the rock.

urban ergonomics

Zhang Li / TeamMinus, Tsinghua University Beijing

In February 2022, China will host the XXIV Winter Olympic Games. The various sports events will be held in three locations; Beijing, Yanqing and Zhangjiakou. In Beijing, the games largely take place in the existing sports facilities built for the Summer Olympics in 2008. The only new project is the Big Air Shougang slope for freestyle skiing and snowboarding in Shougang Industrial Park designed by Brian Li Zhang’s design office TeamMinus at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Big Air Shougang is located at the once largest steel plants in the region. The Olympic Games will be used to sustainably transform the gigantic industrial relics for new uses. The exhibition focuses on the jumping track for the Big Air Shougang and encourages visitors to communicate ergonomically with the building through an interactive game. The office’s approach is presented in three other projects, where space for movement decisively shapes the architecture. The Jianamani Visitor Centre in Qinghai province, the underground cultural centre in the Piazza and Art Space Gujiaying Village in Yanqing and the Aranya Ideas Camp and Community Centre in Qinhuangdao. TeamMinus received the IUPA International Urban Project Award 2021, awarded by Bauwelt, Berlin and WA World Architecture, Beijing for the Big Air Shouguangtransformation project with the facility for free-style skiing and snowboarding, while the Jianamani Visitor Centre received the Zumtobel Group Award – Innovations for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment back in 2017.

Zhang Ke

Ying Zao Hutong Metabolism+


Zhang Ke, Beijing

AEDES Architecture Forum Berlin

Exhibition: 29 May – 8 July 2021


Olalekan Jeyifous



This publication brings together a series of five symposia that took place at ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory between June 2015 and April 2018. It was conceived in collaboration with the Schindler Transit Management Group to identify and understand the urban development patterns emerging in peripheries worldwide. For pdf of the publication see here.


Eduard Kögel: The Power of Unconventional Solutions from the Edge of the City, p.10–15.

Future Countryside in China

Fr, 17. Mai 2019, 17-18 Uhr

Building a Future Countryside in China

– mit Dr. Eduard Kögel

Eine Führung mit dem Architekturhistoriker Dr. Eduard Kögel gibt Einblicke und liefert Hintergrundinformationen zu „Building a Future Countryside in China“. Die von Li Xiangning kuratierte Ausstellung präsentiert eine Bandbreite innovativer Ansätze und Strategien zur Aufwertung ländlicher Regionen in China – darunter Bauten für Wohnen, Produktion und Bildung, Kultur und Tourismus, Gesundheit und Freizeit.

TUMU in Aedes

Aedes in China

Eduard Kögel: The Perception of Chinese Architecture in the West: TUMU – an Exhibition at Aedes Gallery in Berlin and its Context, in time + architecture (Shanghai) 2.2018, p. 26–30 (in Chinese).

Rural Moves

Video: Rural Moves

RURAL MOVES_The Songyang Story_Aedes Exhibition

Xu Tiantian & DnA, Beijing

Liu Jiakun: Selected Works


Liu Jiakun: Selected Works


Exhibition: 22 July – 31 August 2017

Opening: Friday, 21 July 2017, 6.30pm

Speaking at the opening:
Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss, Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin
Chen Ping, Cultural Councilor of the Chinese Embassy in Germany, Berlin
Dr. Eduard Kögel, Curator, ANCB, Berlin

Location: Aedes Architecture Forum
Christinenstr. 18–19
10119 Berlin

Opening Hours: Tue–Fr 11am–6.30pm; Su–Mo 1–5pm

An Aedes catalogue will be published.

Zhu Pei

Video: Zhu Pei

MIND LANDSCAPES: Studio Zhu-Pei, Beijing

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.