In the Name of Architecture
Pan–design Practice of Atelier FCJZ
In the Name of Architecture offers a comprehensive survey of Atelier FCJZ’s most recent design practice and artistic creation. The exhibition, presented through seven mediums – architecture, furniture, product, apparel, jewelry, video, publication -- explores the possibilities of the notion of pan-design that comes from an architectural way of thinking.
This very space where we are right now, along with the display furniture, marks the starting point of the exhibition, in that it represents the latest output of Atelier FCJZ, but also the new multipurpose design center of PSA. The emphasis of the design is on the interface between the museum and the street, an interface populated with shops with a purpose to attract visitors to enter the museum through these “storefronts,” and stop off in the design center before they proceed toward the depths of the museum. The first exhibition held in this new project, In the Name of Architecture reveals recent architectural designs by Atelier FCJZ and its pan-design practice.
Pan-design throughout history has often involved designing a lifestyle in a holistic approach. Man is always the protagonist of and reference for design. Human scale determines the criteria of “appropriate;” human needs open imaginations about “function;” and the notion of people gives “culture” its earliest form. In a way, we can decode a man’s space from inside to outside: from clothing to furniture to building。
For a designer/maker, this inside-out approach should also be deployed to examine material, technique and structure. In the exhibition, the “Bend It like Yoga” furniture series and “Folds” clothing both departed from material. The logic of this inside-out approach to design is founded on Atelier FCJZ’s understanding developed through years of architectural practice, that aesthetic value derives from the “sine qua non” -- site, function, cost, etc. -- given to the architect. Architectural projects included in the exhibition are all basic structures that points to an ontological architecture: design solutions that proceed from a certain lifestyle, like riding a bike, or from a certain spatial structure, like a courtyard, and result in a “bike apartment” that breaks conventions or a “courtyard house” that moves beyond traditions.
Exploring the possibilities of pan-design anchored in an architectural way of thinking: this is precisely the theme of In the Name of Architecture, an exhibition that operates across mediums, including architecture, furniture, product, apparel, jewelry, video and publication.
A Architectural models
Using 13 architectural designs to focus on the core issues that Atelier FCJZ has long been paying attention to: structure, material, construction, space, and use
Starting with materials and structural forms, and pushing specific furniture-making technology, such as bending plywood, to its ultimate limits
Exploring the properties and techniques of different materials, from stainless steel to bone china to bent plywood, as well as digital technologies to design utensils with representational and abstract forms.
FCJZ pays attention to the functionality, performance and cultural properties of clothing from the perspectives of materials and tailoring. The practice regards apparel as a form of architecture on the human body. It has also designed costumes for the playSeven Sages of the Bamboo Grove.
For Atelier FCJZ, jewelry is a miniature architecture that can be worn. The designs take inspirations directly from architectural sections, domestic scenarios and classic furniture
Atelier FCJZ has been using the traditional paper medium to engage extensively in topics related to architecture and design
Atelier FCJZ regards video as an important mode of visual expression, and has tried various forms of short films, including still-image films, stop-motion puppet animation, and hand-paint animation. The exhibition will also screen segments of the play Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove, for which Atelier FCJZ was the stage and costume designer
Launched in March 2016, psD (power station of DESIGN) is the creative extension of PSA. Based on various workshops, psD will integrate education, exhibition production, and leasurement into one organic production chain, and become a self-learning and self-ruling experience space.
With a perspective based on design and consumption, psD will observe art, review the life we’re already accustomed to, and explore cultural and social reasons behind designs. Through systematic exploration and discussion, it will encourage thoughts about future lifestyles.
psD will utilize the idea of China’s traditional street-side shops, and connect internal and external spaces through a binocular-style layout and four transparent metal boxes to form active space interactions. The internal design was the brainchild of renowned Chinese architect Yung Ho Chang.
As a creative space affiliated to PSA, psD will break the enclosed pattern of contemporary art institutions through interactive forms of education and consumption. It will be a productive space that involves workshops, exhibitions, a shop and a café.
psD will explore the existence, intersection and changes of various design boundaries, review life from the design’s perspective, and explore cultural and social reasons behind designs. Through systematic exploration and discussion, it will also encourage thoughts about future lifestyles.
psD’s Space Concept
The space of psD is modified from an old factory plant, and renowned Chinese architect Yung Ho Chang was responsible for its internal design. psD will utilize the idea of China’s traditional street-side shops, and connect internal and external spaces through a binocular-style layout and four transparent metal boxes to form proactive space interactions. It hopes to create a clear, flexible, changeable yet versatile space for art events and life experiences.
Yung Ho Chang, AIA, Founder，Principal Architect of Atelier Feichang Jianzhu, Professor, Tongji University.
Originally from Beijing, Chang received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984. He has been practicing in China since 1992 and established Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (FCJZ) with Lijia Lu in 1993. He has won a number of prizes, such as First Place in the Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition in 1987, a Progressive Architecture Citation Award in 1996, the 2000 UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts, and the Academy Award in Architecture from American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006. He has published several books and monographs so far, including Graphic FCJZ ,Yung Ho Chang Draws，Yung Ho Chang Writes, Yung Ho Chang / Atelier Feichang Jianzhu: A Chinese Practice in English/French, Yung Ho Chang：Luce chiara，camera oscura in Italian and Feichang Jianzhu, etc. He participated in many international exhibitions of art and architecture, including five times in the Venice Biennale since 2000, and curated/co-curated the 1st West Bund Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary Art in Shanghai in 2013, the China Pavilion at Venice Biennale in 2008, the 1st Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture in 2005. He has taught at various architecture schools in the USA and China; he is presently a professor at Tongji and MIT where he served as the head of Architecture Department from 2005 to 2010, founded the Peking University Graduate Center for Architecture in 1999, and was the Kenzo Tange Chair Professor at Harvard in 2002 and the Eliel Saarinen Chair Professor at Michigan in 2004. In 2009 he was bestowed the honorary membership by AIA Hong Kong. Since 2011, he became a Pritzker Prize Jury member.