Antidote to Modernism: Feifei Feng's Bespoke Intervention on Slab Housing in Jinan

09:30 - 23 January, 2016

Modernism was a stylistic evolution meant to jettison the baggage that had moored culture to habits and historicism. But it was more than an architectural style: it was a new and universal way of life meant to eradicate variability, to relish in the ease of sameness and reproducibility. It’s easy to be seduced by Modernism when you’re talking about motel rooms, or Starbucks, or your shirt size at a favorite store, all instances where replication is reassuring. But the movement’s biggest advocates, governments and developers, pushed the style to its extreme in large housing blocks - a typology long out of fashion in the United States, but which continues to be de rigueur in countries intent on achieving rapid economic expansion and concentrating its populations in urban regions.

Look at an aerial photograph of the periphery of any Chinese city and you will see the monotony of towers that rise out of the ground like modules on a silicon circuit board. Viewing drabness with cautionary eyes, designer Feifei Feng’s project "Urban Playhouse: A Communal Drama in Seven Acts," proposes a series of interventions, or "acts," on a field of four and six-story slab housing buildings in Jinan, China, adding social spaces ("follies") that are intended to regenerate the spontaneity and theatricality of living in close quarters.

Courtesy of Feifei Feng Act 6: "A-Maze". Image Courtesy of Feifei Feng Act 7: "Ribbon Runway". Image Courtesy of Feifei Feng Act 5: "Cloud Commune". Image Courtesy of Feifei Feng +12

Lanshi Xidi Clubhouse / WANG, CAI & ASSOCIATES

20:00 - 9 November, 2015
Lanshi Xidi Clubhouse / WANG, CAI & ASSOCIATES, © Xia Zhi, Wang Quan
© Xia Zhi, Wang Quan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Huaiyin, Jinan, Shandong, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Wang Quan, Cai Shanyi
  • Design Team

    Li Mianli, Xu Hailong, Wang Yimeng, Zhang Changqing, Xu Kun
  • Area

    1530.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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New Opera in Jinan / Paul Andreu Architecte

01:00 - 3 February, 2014
New Opera in Jinan / Paul Andreu Architecte, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jinan, Shandong, China
  • Design Team

    Katharina Kriener, Stephanie Boufflet, Pengzi Zhang, Riccardo Vanigli, Olivia Faury, Antoine Barbeyer, Yanfang Niu, Kasia Dudzik, Hailin Zhai, Chen Wei, Wei Dong, Guo Kun
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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Jinan Vanke Marketing Center / Tsushima Design Studio

01:00 - 5 January, 2014
Jinan Vanke Marketing Center / Tsushima Design Studio , © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

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In Progress: Jinan Cultural centre / Paul Andreu Architecte + Richez Associes + BIAD

01:00 - 23 July, 2013
In Progress: Jinan Cultural centre / Paul Andreu Architecte + Richez Associes + BIAD, Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte
Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jinan – China
  • Design Team

    Katharina Kriener, Stephanie Boufflet
  • Area

    70000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Paul Andreu Architecte

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Meng House / Tao Lei

01:00 - 20 April, 2011
Meng House / Tao Lei, © Tao Lei
© Tao Lei
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jinan, Shandong, China
  • Architects

    Tao Lei
  • Area

    580.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Tao Lei © Tao Lei © Tao Lei © Tao Lei +16