Design Cultures Urban Research and Design Methods in Europe and Asia
Friday, 31 March 2017

On the occasion of the opening of the exhibitions 
Mind Landscapes by Studio Zhu-Pei, Beijing and
 Augmenting the Invisible by Jakob + MacFarlane, Paris at Aedes Architecture Forum

Podium Discussion

The discussion introduced both architecture offices and their approach to design. Each of the offices base their design strategies on research in the urban context and topology as well as on traditional concepts to find a contemporary expression for their respective space- production. While both teams were partly educated in the US, the Chinese office Studio Zhu-Pei uses traditional tools like sketches, physical models and ink drawings in the context of a rich cultural history, the office of Jakob + MacFarlane uses high-end digital technology and computer augmented layers to create their projects and connect them to the site. The presentation of both approaches have been followed by an expert discussion on similarities and differences between the two design cultures in the context of architecture education and their respective social realm.

Hans Jürgen Commerell, Director, ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, Berlin

Zhu Pei, Studio Zhu-Pei, Beijing

Dominique Jakob and Brendan MacFarlane, Jakob + MacFarlane, Paris

Followed by a discussion with
Li Xiangning, Professor in History, Theory and Criticism, Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shanghai

Zhou Rong, Assistant Professor, Tsinghua University Architecture School, Beijing
Raymund Ryan, Architecture Curator, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Francis Rambert, Director, IFA (French Institute of Architecture), Paris

Moderated by
Eduard Kögel, Research Advisor and Programme Curator, ANCB, Berlin
Aric Chen, Lead Curator for Design and Architecture, M+, Hong Kong




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