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Listening to Nature

Studio Pei Zhu

Zhu Pei studied architecture in the late 1980s when China’s architectural profession had just started opening up to the Western world. He therefore belongs to the generation for which the different dynamic of Chinese and Western cultures remains a perplexing and pressing issue. Unlike his peers who either neglect their own architectural tradition or simply copy the cultural images of the past, Zhu Pei tends to learn from China’s old environmental philosophy and treat nature as his inspirational design source. He believes that although our past can never be rebuilt, the reason why the new things we build echo the ways of our ancient master builders is not so much out of respect for form but rather for nature. 

Zhu Pei observes that nature does not always produce rational rectangular forms. Therefore when building on an open landform or natural terrain, he...

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