Zhu Pei delivered a lecture in 2018-19 Lecture Series at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
On the evening of January 28th, 2019, Mr. Zhu Pei was invited to deliver an academic lecture entitled “Root, rethinking of Chinese Contemporary” at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. In the speech, he only used the project of Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum as a case to describe how architecture integrates with history, culture and life, so as to explain the root and contemporary of architectural creation. He said:"The roots of a city have many factors, such as climate, nature, culture, and lifestyle. Of course, there are occasional, human preferences, etc. These superposition constitute our city today." For the city of Jingdezhen, Kilns, made by bricks, are not only the origin of this city, but also public and social spaces for citizens' daily life. Zhu said that he had thought about how to express the museum for a long time, and finally decided to use bricks and kiln. Because this architectural space has the characteristics of climate, local people's life, the ruins, and urban living space. The whole building reshapes the past ruins of kiln into a urban public space with new excitement. He believes that such a building expresses an experience, a relationship of similarity and acquaintance, roots and contemporary re-creation, only in this way can building be interesting.