Zhu Pei Interviewed by Architecture China Magazine
In August 2019, Zhu Pei had an exclusive interview with Architecture China Magazine, on his new-built project Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum. Besides an in-depth conversation with the writer about some of the key concepts such as "architecture of nature", "rootedness", "reinvention", "architecture imagery", and "translation", Zhu Pei also further clarifies how these concepts are merged with his experience, together being utilized organically into the design and construction of the architecture itself. Starting off from the Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum, this interview gives the reader a comprehensive picture of Zhu Pei's architectural experience, thoughts, and practices from recent years.
ABOUT ARCHITECTURE CHINA:
Architecture China is a journal founded in Spring 2018 in New York City, dedicated to promoting Chinese architecture and architects to the world. This is the Fall 2018 issue of Architecture China.
EDITOR'S NOTE: BUILDING FOR A NEW CULTURE
Professor, College of Architecture and Urban Planing, Tongji University
A new pattern has slowly emerged in contemporary China following a 30-year construction boom. Architecture and culture are becoming increasingly intertwined, perhaps in response to two decisive factors: slowing economic growth and greater cultural awareness. The growing connection has resulted in innumerable art galleries, museums, and cultural centers emerging across contemporary Chinese cities. The selected works in this issue of Architecture China are exceptional in their attention to displaying, respecting, and representing culture, as well as their design and construction. There is no weak mimicry of the elements or images found in traditional Chinese architecture. Under the theme of "Building for a New Culture", this series of art galleries, museums, and cultural centers demonstrates the developmentof a new contemporary culture; a culture built upon the foundations of China's reawakened cultural consciousness and a thorough reflection on environment, location, resources, and history.