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“Architecture Should be Able to Connect the Past and the Future”: In Conversation with Xu Tiantian

09:00 - 31 March, 2019
“Architecture Should be Able to Connect the Past and the Future”: In Conversation with Xu Tiantian, Bamboo Theatre. Image © Wang Ziling
Bamboo Theatre. Image © Wang Ziling

It is the end of May 2016, Alejandro Aravena’s “Reporting from the Front” Biennale is about to kick off the next day and I just landed at Venice airport. Vaporetto waterbuses are no longer running at this late hour, so I am heading for a water taxi, thinking that it will cost me a bundle to get to the city. But maybe not! I see a lonely figure, “Are you going to Venice? Would you like to share a taxi?” A young Chinese woman agrees without hesitation. As soon as the boat leaves I keep pressing my luck, “Are you an architect, by any chance?” Yes! The next hour flew unnoticed, as we discussed our discipline and common friends. Two years passed, and I am back to Venice Biennale. At the opening of the Chinese Pavilion, I am hopping from conversation to conversation until I am introduced to Xu Tiantian, “China’s most promising female architect.” We looked at each other and said in unison, “The taxi girl/guy!” We finally exchanged contacts and on my next trip to Beijing we met at Xu’s DnA Design and Architecture studio. What follows, after a brief introduction, is an excerpt from that conversation.

Pine Pavilion. Image © Wang Ziling Brown Sugar Factory. Image © Wang Ziling Hakka Indenture Museum. Image © Wang Ziling Tea House. Image © Wang Ziling + 50

Jiaxing Innovation Park Exhibition Center / BIAD

20:00 - 9 January, 2018
Jiaxing Innovation Park Exhibition Center / BIAD, © Zhou Ruogu
© Zhou Ruogu

© Zhou Ruogu © Zhou Ruogu © Zhou Ruogu © Zhou Ruogu + 38

Lake Shore Artist Studio / Praxis d’Architecture

19:00 - 18 July, 2017
Lake Shore Artist Studio / Praxis d’Architecture, © Zhou Ruogu
© Zhou Ruogu

© Zhou Ruogu © Zhou Ruogu © Zhou Ruogu © Zhou Ruogu + 22

Spring Art Museum / Praxis d'Architecture

02:00 - 7 January, 2016
Spring Art Museum / Praxis d'Architecture, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi

© Xia Zhi © Jin Fengzhe © Xia Zhi Courtesy of Praxis d'Architecture + 42

Baita Italia / SLOW Architects

01:00 - 10 February, 2015
Baita Italia / SLOW Architects, © Zhou Ruogu
© Zhou Ruogu

© Zhou Ruogu © Zhou Ruogu © Zhou Ruogu © Zhou Ruogu + 19

Beijing South Station / TFP Farrells

00:00 - 18 September, 2012
Beijing South Station / TFP Farrells, © Fu Xing
© Fu Xing

© Zhou Ruogu © Fu Xing © Fu Xing © Zhou Ruogu + 12