Professor Zhu Pei was invited to the 11th Global Master Architects Forum and gave a keynote speech
On May 18th, 2021, Professor Zhu Pei was invited to participate in the 11th Global Master Architects Forum at the Xiamen Convention and Exhibition Center. More than 1,000 audiences join the forum in person. As one of the main speakers, Professor Zhu Pei gave a speech on "Architecture of Nature—the Experimental Work of 'Root and Innovation'" to the forum. He responded to the symposium's central theme, "How will the COVID-19 pandemic reshape architecture and city" by explaining the design concept of "Architecture of Nature" and interpreting the practice of the Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum.
"If people ask where porcelain comes from, I say it was born from a Chai Kiln,” Professor Zhu claimed. Because of the heat, the Chai Kiln will never be too large, nor too small. It needs 3000 degrees to fire the porcelain. If the kiln is too big, the heat can't go up, vise versa. So there is a kin relationship between humans, porcelain, and kiln. This kin relationship has grown from the cultural context, which is very significant. It could tell us the scale of the Imperial Kiln Museum and how our bodies feel in it. This is the wisdom of our ancestors.
A kiln is the cell of Jingdezhen city, and people will do many things under the kiln shed. If we want to discover the roots of Jingdezhen, the kiln is lingering in the memory of citizens in Jingdezhen because this is their daily scene and a means of survival.
Talking about the relationship between COVID-19 and the cities and architecture, he emphasized, COVID-19 is not only a kind of virus, but it is also a reflection of climate change. A communal enemy and challenge of the human being is not about cultural, economic, or ideological but about climate change. Nowadays, the relationship between our cities and architecture and nature has appeared in huge rifts. Human has much intelligence, which allows us to get huge returns with a small amount of effort. As a result, we should learn from our ancestors to build intelligent cities and buildings.
Since its inception in 2014, Global Master Architects Forum has been held ten times as a series of academic and professional forums. The Global Master Architects Forum organizers are: Xiamen Construction Bureau, Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Natural Resources and Urban Planning, Xiamen Daily; Co-organizers are: School of Architecture and Civil Engineering of Xiamen University, Xiamen Urban Planning Association, Xiamen Exploration, and Design Association.
The forum is based on the context of globalization, with diversity and humanism as the general principles, key-note speakers include Mr. Ryue Nishizawa, Mr. Yung Ho Chang, Mr. Bernardo Fort, Mr. Liu Jiakun, Mr. Hsieh Xie, Mr. Robert Terradas, Mr. Kazuhiro Kojima, Mr. Sou Fujimoto, Mr. Ma Yansong, Mr. Chris Yao, Mr. Seung H-Sang, and Mr. Sheng-Yuan Huang. So far, the Global Master Architects Forum has become one of the most influential events in the Chinese architecture community.