AEDES Debate


Design Cultures Urban Research and Design Methods in Europe and Asia
Friday, 31 March 2017, 4.00 pm

The discussion will introduce both architecture offices and their approach to design. Each of the offices base their design strategies on research in the urban context and topology as well as on traditional concepts to find a contemporary expression for their respective space- production. While both teams were partly educated in the US, the Chinese office Studio Zhu-Pei uses traditional tools like sketches, physical models and ink drawings in the context of a rich cultural history, the office of Jakob + MacFarlane uses high-end digital technology and computer augmented layers to create their projects and connect them to the site. The presentation of both approaches will be followed by an expert discussion on similarities and differences between the two design cultures in the context of architecture education and their respective social realm. More information on the exhibitions here.

Hans Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin
Zhu Pei, Studio Zhu-Pei, Beijing
Dominique Jakob and Brendan MacFarlane, Jakob + MacFarlane, Paris

Followed by a discussion with
Li Xiangning, Professor in History, Theory and Criticism, Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shanghai
Zhou Rong, Assistant Professor, Tsinghua University Architecture School, Beijing
Raymund Ryan, Architecture Curator, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Francis Rambert, Director, IFA (French Institute of Architecture), Paris

Moderated by
Eduard Kögel, Research Advisor and Programme Curator, ANCB, Berlin
Aric Chen, Lead Curator for Design and Architecture, M+, Hong Kong

After the talk, at 6.30 pm, we cordially invite you to attend the Exhibition Opening at Aedes Architecture Forum next door.

Zhu Pei

Mind Landscapes – Studio Zhu-Pei

Mind Landscapes

Studio Zhu-Pei, Beijing


31. März 2017, 18:30 Uhr

Dr. h.c. Kristin Feireiss Aedes Berlin
Ping Chen Botschaftsrat für Kultur, Botschaft der Volksrepublik China
Dr. Eduard Kögel Kurator, ANCB, Berlin
Zhu Pei Studio Zhu-Pei, Beijing

Exhibition 1. April – 18. Mai 2017


Der Pekinger Architekt Zhu Pei gehört zur führenden Generation junger Architekten, die in China mit ihren substanziellen Beiträgen zur Lösung an drängenden Herausforderungen der wachsenden Urbanisierung beitragen. Die Ausstellung präsentiert die Arbeitsweise des Architekten auf der Suche nach den eigenen Wurzeln in traditionellen ästhetischen Konzepten, die er erfolgreich für die Implementierung in seine Projekte nutzt. Gezeigt werden fünf neue große Kulturbauten des Architekten, die sich zur Zeit im Bau be nden: das Yang Liping Performing Arts Centre und das neue Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst in Dali, das Shijingshan Cultural Centre in Beijing und andere. In zahlreichen Modellen, Plänen und Filmen erläutert die Ausstellungsinstallation die Bezugnahme der einzelnen Projekte auf den Ort, deren starke formale Ausdruckskraft vor dem Hintergrund expressiver Tuschepanoramen des Architekten deutlich wird.

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 exhibition demonstrates the architects set off in search of his own roots within traditional aesthetic concepts, successfully adapting them for implementation in his work. On display will be his ve large cultural buildings, which are currently under construction: the Yang Liping Performing Arts Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art/Dali, the Shijingshan Cultural Center/Beijing and others. The numerous models, plans, and lms on display illustrate the speci c relationships between the projects and their surrounding environment.The buildings’ powerful formal expression is revealed in an installation against a backlit panoramic background of the architect’s striking ink drawings.

China Museum Aedes

Museums in China


Sixteen Chinese Museums

Fifteen Chinese Architects


ALL 16 Videos here

An Aedes catalogue will be published for the exhibition.

An exhibition as part of the ANCB-Program:
A collaboration with Zumtobel


Exhibition: 27 August – 13 October 2016


Location: Aedes Architecture Forum
Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin


Opening Programme: Friday, 26 August 2016


Opening Lectures: 4pm at ANCB, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin

Curator Eduard Kögel will give an introduction to the exhibited projects. Qilan Shen, art critic and curator from Shanghai, will speak about the challenges of the Chinese museums and how this compares with the German museum landscape.