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Encountering the “Weirdness” in China: A Talk with the Guangzhou Circle Architect Joseph di Pasquale

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
Encountering the “Weirdness” in China: A Talk with the Guangzhou Circle Architect Joseph di Pasquale, Courtesy of Joseph di Pasquale Architect
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Recently, lots of controversial "Jumbos" have been erected on mainland China, leading most of their creators, architects from Western countries, to be placed at the centre of public discussion. Furthermore, China’s President Xi Jinping's recent comment about "no more weird buildings" has led the Chinese central government into this whirlpool. What can western landmark makers learn from all of this?

We met Joseph di Pasquale, architect of the Guangzhou Circle, in Milan some days after “weirdness” became the most used word in Chinese architecture. In the following edited talk with interviewer Yifan Zhang, the architect of the latest landmark in South China's largest city discusses his new project, the real circumstances in China, and the future for foreign architects.

Guangzhou Circle / Joseph di Pasquale architect

01:00 - 7 January, 2014
Guangzhou Circle / Joseph di Pasquale architect, Courtesy of Joseph di Pasquale architect
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • Design Team

    Alessandro Tonassi, Nazareno Cerquaglia, Ma Jun, Zhang Hong Ge, Ma Chong, Wang Ying, Yi Ji Xuan, Peng Hui Fang, Cui Hong
  • Structural

    SIGGMA engineering, Politecnico di Milano
  • Enginering

    SCUT, South China University of Technology
  • Building site Engineer

    Wang Zhan Shan, Chen Jing Qian
  • Area

    85000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013