Zhu Pei was invited to attend 2020 domus forum “the future of cities” and give a keynote speech
On the afternoon of November 20th, 2020, the theme of the forum, “Between Apart and Together Re-build Better Life in Future”, held by domus China in collaboration with well-known Italian brand Scavolini at Scavolini’s exhibition hall in Shanghai.
There are three main chapters in the forum: “Nature--Coexistence”， “Connection-Cofusion”， “Multielement--Sharing”,aiming at enlightening us to think deeply for the future development of our cities through communication between architects and artists. In the “Nature--Coexistence” chapter, Zhu Pei was invited to give a keynote speech named as Root and Contemporaneity, and give a thorough explanation on his understanding of the connection between architecture of nature and urban living, by analyzing the comprehensive interpretation on the newly-built Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum. As Zhu Pei said, “There are many grey spaces between the museum and nature. They are interwoven between reality and imagination, inside and outside, reflecting the unique oriental aesthetic characteristics of traditional Chinese architecture: Hide, Rest, Cultivate and Tour”. Similarly, “not only do kilns as architectural types blend into the history of the city, but the materials used to build kilns are also perceived and felt. Kiln bricks are removed from the kiln after they reach a certain life cycle and decay in heat storage performance, and they can be reused as materials for residential buildings” . On that day, nearly 70 famous architects, designers and artists gathered together to witness a dialogue between architecture and music. After listening to Zhu Pei's speech, a well-known Chinese pianist, Kong Xiangdong improvised a piano song named as “To Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum” from the perspective of music. He hoped his music can make people in the museum feel the space design and the tension of life, thus making construction real flow of music.
From the left: Domus-China Publisher & Cheif Editor Yu Bing, Founder of Kokaistudio Filippo Gabbiani, Famous Pianist Kong Xiangdong, Zhu Pei, ENOCH Shanghai Director Xu Kejia.
Zhu Pei and Kong Xiangdong