In the lecture Xiaofeng Zhu will propose his idea of three fundamental forces that drive the evolution of architecture: body and mind, ontology and interaction, and three contemporary representatives of these three forces: settlement, type-form and technology. He will present Scenic Architecture’s recent works as an architectural reply to the present age in order to balance the domination of technological determinism. These works integrate technology with orders of settlement and type-form, and attempt to connect contemporary architecture with both past and future.
About the speaker
Zhu Xiaofeng is the founding partner and chief architect of Scenic Architecture Office based in Shanghai, and has been teaching at Tongji University School of Architecture and Urban Planning as guest professor since 2012. He graduated from Shenzhen University Department of Architecture and obtained his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He also takes adjunct roles of members of Shanghai Architecture Academy committee and Shanghai Expo District Jury committee. Rooted in contemporary and traditional Chinese culture, Scenic Architecture’s practice uses ontological language to respond to the needs of human being, nature and society, and consistently explores balanced and dynamic relevance and orders among them. Mr. Zhu has received various awards including WA Award of Chinese Architecture, Architizer+ Award, Far-East Architectural Award, China Architecture Media Award etc. His works was widely published and invited to various architectural exhibitions including NAI, V&A, AEDES, MAK, CIVA, Venice Architecture Biennale, Milan Triennial, New Trends of Architecture in Europe and Asia-Pacific (Tokyo), Shenzhen/Hong Kong Biennale, and SUSAS (Shanghai) etc.
By engaging in “Agendas for the South” for the Fall 2018 public lecture series, University of Hong Kong’s Department of Architecture invites architects and scholars to align their work and ideas with unique positions related to their locale and design subjects. These architects are presenting projects grounded in the core of the discipline, offering new perspectives on the knowledge of architecture. Through the register of building and discursive positioning, the lectures present particular readings of the programs for architecture and the concept of the South, taking into account the nuanced and diverse sociocultural, geographical, and political contexts.
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