Zhang Ke, the Aga Khan Design Critic in Architecture in fall 2016, will present and discuss the work of his Beijing-based firm, ZAO/standardarchitecture, including the Micro Yuan’er project, which involves the conservation and adaptive reuse of a historic Hutong courtyard in the center of Beijing, close to a mosque and other buildings used by the Muslim community.
Born in 1970, Zhang Ke founded his studio ZAO/standardarchitecture “标准营造” in 2001. With a wide range of realized works over the past 15 years, the studio has emerged as one of the most critical and innovative protagonists among the new generation of Chinese architects. Recent works by the studio include the Novartis Campus Building in Shanghai, the main pavilion for the Garden Expo in Suzhou, a number of Hutong and courtyard transformation projects in the city center of Beijing, and various buildings imbedded in the landscape of Tibet. In 2015, the prestigious Aedes Architekturforum in Berlin presented a solo-exhibition on the works of ZAO/standarchtarchitecture.
Zhang Ke’s work has been featured at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the MAK in Vienna, the DAM in Frankfurt, the V&A in London, and published in Casabella, a+u, Domus, MARK, Detail, and the Architectural Record, amongst others. Zhang Ke has lectured at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Universidad Católica de Chile, and the Castelvecchio Museum in Verona.
He was a key speaker at the Architecture 2.0 Symposium in Rotterdam, Milan Design Week, Helsinki Design Week, the CERASIE in Bologna, and the Forum Architektur-Fenster-Fassade in Nuremberg. Many honors have been awarded to Zhang Ke and his studio, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2016; International Award Architecture in Stone, Verona, 2011; the Design Vanguard (Architecture Record), 2010; China Architecture Media Award (CAMA), Best Young Architect Prize, 2008; and WA Chinese Architecture Award, Winning Prize, 2010 and 2006. Zhang Ke received his Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1998 and his Master and Bachelor of Architecture from Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Lecture date: 2005-02-02
Reflecting on three years of working in Beijing, Ole Scheeren discusses OMA's present and past projects in China including the China Central Television Station and the Beijing Books Building.
Scheeren was educated at the AA and the universities of Lausanne and Karlsruhe, and received the RIBA Silver Medal. He became a partner at OMA in 2002 and, as well as establishing a branch office in Beijing, he is director of OMA Rotterdam.
This lecture by Jing Zhou takes the case of Tongzhou near Beijing as an example of the resulting mixture of planned and unplanned urban development. Zhou compares the situation there to Almere, one of the largest new towns in the Netherlands.
Cette conférence par Jing Zhou se penche sur le cas de Tongzhou, près de Beijing, qui illustre le mélange d'un aménagement urbain planifié et non planifié. Zhou compare cette situation à celle d'Almere, l'une des plus grandes villes-nouvelles des Pays-Bas.
Simon Lincoln, Make Architects, talks about his two years working in China, having just completed two years in Beijing. He discusses the importance of having local people involved and language skills when working overseas as well as having the right fit with the client.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
CEO and co-founder of SOHO China Zhang Xin presents her acclaimed work in China, including Zaha Hadid's recent Galaxy SOHO in Beijing, as well as her galvanizing social and political commentary, as captured in this recent 60 Minutes profile.
Recorded: April 2, 2014
Yung Ho Chang is a founding principal of the Beijing-based Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ), established in 1993. Since its inception FCJZ has pursued a multi-disciplinary practice, emphasizing the craft of design, whether through research or realized projects from large-scale urban design to decorative arts, creating work described by Beijing museum director Philip Tinari as “witty, thoughtful, and universal…inspired by distinctly Chinese problems and concepts.” Current and recent projects discussed in this video excerpt include the Vertical Glass House, Beijing; Audi House, Shanghai; Kings Joy Restaurant, Beijing; the 1966-1976 Major Events Pavilion (also known as the Museum-Bridge) in Anren, China; and The Bay residential complex, Shanghai.
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.
This lecture commemorates architect Raimund Abraham, who was teaching at SCI-Arc at the time of his death in 2010. In a talk specifically addressed to Abraham, Steven Holl reviews his recent work in terms of ambiguity of time, place, and scale, ambiguous systems, and programs, and the clarity of concepts.
Holl presents a mixed-use project Linked Hybrid, in Beijing; the Horizontal Skycraper–Vanke Center in Shenzhen; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; the Cité de l'Océan et du Surf museum in Biarritz; the Visigoth Museum competition entry; the World Design Park Complex; the Daeyang Gallery and Guest House; and the Queens West Library.
Urbanisms: Working with Doubt
Steven Holl Architects
Recorded on February 21, 2008
In these excerpts from his lecture at the Great Hall of Cooper Union in New York, Holl presents the eleven points that frame his book, Urbanisms: Working with Doubt, and discusses his design of the Linked Hybrid complex in Beijing.
The League's Current Work program highlights the work of major, international figures in architecture and design.
More information can be found at http://archleague.org/
After a brief homage to Raimund Abraham, Kenneth Frampton outlines the trajectory of critical regionalism, from the first edition of Modern Architecture: a critical history (1980), through “Critical Regionalism: Six Points for an Architecture of Resistance” (1983), and discusses some projects that illustrate his ideas by Álvaro Siza, Tadao Ando, and Jørn Utzon. Frampton discusses how he began to formulate his ideas on more recent architectural developments in the 1994 reprint of Modern Architecture. He emphatically rejects the Beijing CCTV Headquarters (2012) and National Stadium (2008) as irrational and unethical.
As an alternative to this kind of globalist practice, Frampton surveys contemporary projects by architects working in developing nations, including Jan Olav Jensen, Haikkinen-Komonen Architects, Hollmén-Reuter-Sandman Architects, Dick van Gameren Architecten, Richard Murphy Architects, and Siza’s Iberê Camargo Museum in Brazil (2008).
Frampton concludes by discussing Bijoy Jain and Studio Mumbai, stressing how projects such as the Palmyra house (2007) demonstrate a strategy of integrating design craft which might provide a viable path between globalist phantasmagoria and uncritical traditionalism.
Lecture date: 2007-05-18
Reflecting on architecture and politics in a no-longer American-led era of globalization, Rem Koolhaas takes a brief tour through recent work by OMA, discussing the CCTV building in Beijing, the Gazprom HQ in St Petersburg, and the technopolitan Almaty Science Campus in Kazakhstan. Questioning the Western bias that permeates much of the criticism of the architecture and urbanism of Dubai, Koolhaas introduces several recent projects primarily based in the UAE, including the Dubai Renaissance competition entry for Business Bay, the Al Manakh guide to the Gulf Region, and the RAK Convention and Exhibition Centre in Ras Al Khaimah. He concludes with a re-examination of the relationship between the infrastructure of Lagos and the city's complex patterns of organization, a process leading to the rewriting of previous narratives in the publication Lagos: How It Works (2007).
Rem Koolhaas is a former student and tutor at the AA and founder of OMA. He was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2000.