Aedes Architectural Forum, Berlin, China, Mind Lanscapes, Urban growth, Urbanisation, Zhu Pei

Chinese designer Zhu Pei offers alternatives to urbanisation

The “Mind Landscapes” of Beijing-based architect Zhu Pei, who is part of a growing trend among Chinese urbanists offering alternatives to dense cities, are to go on display in Berlin.

Five of his cultural buildings will be displayed in models, plans and films as well as ink drawings.

Zhu Pei studied architecture in Beijing and California and in 2005 founded Studio Zhu-Pei, known for its work on the Cai Guoqiang Courtyard House renovation in Beijing (2007), the OCT Design Museum in Shenzhen (2012) and, more recently, Beijing’s Minsheng Art Museum (2015).

While tackling urban growth, his work draws from concepts of space and structure, in order to create solutions that are specific to their location and region.

The result, say organisers of the upcoming exhibition, are buildings with “a specific character within a contemporary architectural form”.

“Mind Landscapes” runs from April 1 to May 28 at Berlin’s Aedes Architectural Forum, an institution devoted to contemporary architecture. The five buildings to be featured, all currently under construction in China, include the Yang Liping Performing Arts Centre and the Museum of Contemporary Art, both in Dali, the Shijingshan Cultural Center in Beijing, the Shou County Culture and Art Centre in Anhui province, and the Museum of Imperial Kiln in Jingdezhen.