Nanjing Government invites Deep Blue to the Nanjing Design Week & Pukou Project
Flying directly from Chengdu we were honored to join the likes of Peter Dixon and Zaha Hadid Architects at the Nanjing Design Week. The week started with a visit to the Pukou Jinjiang project, a hugely ambitious development that will bring creative disciplines into the Jinjiang area and is like purpose building an entire city! The museum tour and round table forum discussions were interesting conversations that threw up more questions than there were answers for, but never the less was very interesting. The ceremony that evening was a very well organized event and we all felt it was a very ‘cool’ evening for designers.
The talks the next day were varied and interesting with Peter Dixon giving an outstanding presentation on branding and a local
Architect showed his incredible sensitivity to environments and solutions making his work highly considerate of their context. In stark contrast, Zaha Hadid Architects gave an over teaching talk in the history of city architecture and I felt were disappointing not only because they ran out of time, but because the idea of imposing a rigid philosophy across projects regardless of their context, doesn’t really work for us as a solution to a problem. I have a distinct feeling that several years from now, the Zaha Hadid projects may look as dated and ridiculous as the early modernist ideas for utopia city’s look to us today. They seem to be just as much cookie cutter building and have forgotten that cookies come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. John Hall architects were somewhere in between and there work had more human elements that were visually interesting.