Lecture by Wang Shu, Principal of Amateur Architecture Studio and Head of the Architecture School, China Academy of Art.
"Amateur Architecture Studio was founded in 1998 by Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu in Hangzhou, China. Their approach is based around a critique of the architectural profession which they view as complicit in the demolition of entire urban areas and the transformation of rural areas through excessive building. The practice first came to wider attention in Europe with their pavilion for the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006; a comment on the on-going demolitions, their installation 'Tiled Garden' was made from 66,000 recycled tiles salvaged from demolition sites.
"Rather than looking towards the West for inspiration, as many of their contemporaries do, the practice's work is embedded in the history and traditions of Chinese culture. In particular they reference everyday building tactics of ordinary people and the strong vernacular tradition of building in China. The name of their practice signals this commitment to learning from the 'amateur builder', focusing on craft skills and applying this to contemporary architecture. Wang Shu spent a number of years working on building sites with traditional craftsmen in order to learn from them. Combining this traditional knowledge with experimental building techniques and intensive research Amateur Architecture Studio respond to the ongoing challenges of the rapidly urbanising context of China. They do so with a site-specific architecture that valorises crafts and skill over professional knowledge and expertise." This text and more can be found here.
"Going back to the countryside, how to open a kind of architecture experiment which goes beyond the conflict between urban and countryside."
Wang Shu 王澍 Pritzker Prize-Winning Architect
Wang Shu is head of the architecture department of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou and founder of Amateur Architecture Studio which he runs with his wife, Lu Wenyu. Wang won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2012 and became the first Chinese citizen to win this prize. It is often referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture. In 2010, Wang and Lu Wenyu won the German Schelling Architecture Prize together, and in 2011 he received the gold medal from the French Academy of Architecture. His architecture has been described as "opening new horizons while at the same time resonating with place and memory" by the Pritzker Prize jury.
Wang Shu’s signature work included the Ningbo Contemporary Art Museum, the Ningbo History Museum.
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Recorded: April 2, 2013
In this excerpt from his 2013 Current Work lecture, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Wang Shu discusses the fundamental tenets of his practice and his close relationship to the region of Hangzhou in China. Recent projects discussed in the video include the Tile Garden pavilion for the 10th Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Ningbo History Museum in Ningbo, China, and the Traditional Dowry Museum in Ninghai.
The Architectural League’s Current Work series presents the work of significant international figures, who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment.
Dibattito 'Dialogue on Details' organizzato da Toshiko Mori con Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Raymund Ryan, Wang Shu, David Chipperfield.
Discussion 'Dialogue on Details' organized by Toshiko Mori with Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Raymund Ryan, Wang Shu, David Chipperfield.
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Wang Shu, Chinese architect and founder of Amateur Architecture Studio, has been just announced as the recipient of the 2012 Pritzker Prize.
The Pritzker Prize's purpose is "to honor a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture".
In my opinion Wang Shu's architecture presents a contemporary and progressive approach that acknowledges the rich tradition of Chinese architecture. As the future generations of Chinese architects are influenced by his architecture, a generation that will be an active part of China's growth, he will indirectly improve how millions will live in the next few years.
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