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Jianfei Zhu

University of Melbourne,

April 4, 2012, 5 pm
209 Pence Hall (map it)

Michael Speaks, Jianfei Zhu, and Aaron Betsky discuss the 2012 Pritzker Prize

Jianfei Zhu's lecture

The University of Kentucky College of Design and the Confucius Center are hosting a lecture and discussion on April 4 at 5:00 pm, in 209 Pence Hall. The lecture given by Jianfei Zhu, titled “Scale and Statehood: a Different Modernity,” will explore the scale of urbanization in China and how it might develop into a different kind of modernity. After the lecture the Dean of the College of Design, Michael Speaks, will lead a discussion about Wang Shu, the first Chinese architect to be awarded the Priztker Architecture Prize. The lecture and discussion will be followed by a reception in Pence Hall.

Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the Priztker Architecture Prize, discusses Wang Shu’s selection and China’s urbanization: “The fact that an architect from China has been selected by the jury, represents a significant step in acknowledging the role that China will play in the development of architectural ideals. In addition, over the coming decades China’s success at urbanization will be important to China and to the world. This urbanization, like urbanization around the world, needs to be in harmony with local needs and culture. China’s unprecedented opportunities for urban planning and design will want to be in harmony with both its long and unique traditions of the past and with its future needs for sustainable development.”

Jianfei Zhu studied architecture in China at Tianjin University, and in England at the University College London. He is currently teaching in Australia at the University of Melbourne. Dr. Zhu’s research centers on architecture and politics, the ‘political space’ of dynastic Beijing, episodes of modern Chinese architecture, spatial analysis, and various topics in China-West comparisons.

Dr. Zhu is the author of Chinese Spatial Strategies (Routledge, 2004) and Architecture of Modern China (Routledge, 2009). He is the editor of Sixty Years of Chinese Architecture 1949-2009 (Beijing: CABP, 2009) and two special issues of Time + Architecture (Tongji University, 2006, 2010). He has published more than sixty papers in English and Chinese, including ‘Criticality in between China and the West’ and ‘Robin Evans in 1978’ (Journal of Architecture, 2005, 2011).

Dr. Zhu’s current research concerns the change from traditional to contemporary construction technologies and urban forms in China, the difference between Renaissance and Chinese traditions, and the impact of the West upon China.

About the University of Kentucky’s Confucius Center: We are a Center for Chinese language and arts offering community classes, teacher preparation courses, and events and services for the public. With the support of our partner institution, Shanghai University, and Hanban, the Chinese Language Council of China's Ministry of Education, we seek to serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky in seeking greater understanding of China.