Interview in Domus China

WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR CHINA’S ARCHITECTS

Markus Schaefer was interviewed by Brendan McGetrick for Domus China.

“Ten years into the new century, large parts of the world seem to be coalescing into two distinct but not completely dissimilar camps, neither of which appears to have much need for architects. On one side, in the developing world, years of rural-to-urban migration is producing cities without urban plans or architectural oversight, ad-hoc megalopolises that mutate according to need, independent of the infrastructure once considered essential to urban life. On the other, in world’s most modern societies, the importance of the built environment is steadily diminishing as new technologies entice more and more residents into a virtual realm that requires no physical proximity and minimal physical infrastructure. In both cases, the notion of the architect as an essential member of society, a provider of shelter and urban coherency, is growing more tenuous.

China, as is often pointed out, has a foot in each camp. It is simultaneously poor and rich, developed and developing. Here the architect is ascendent; his services are needed and, for the most part, appreciated. But for how long can this continue? How long before China’s architects face the threat of irrelevancy that now confronts their peers abroad?

For its 2010 interview series, Domus China will examine how developments in technology, ecology, and politics will alter the way cities work. Over the next twelve months we will speak with scientists and urbanists, academics, entrepreneurs, and inventors. The conversations will vary in subject but will retain a single focus: the future of architecture and urban life. Our hope is that, by imagining radical change advance, architects can prepare themselves. By focusing on current innovations and future forecasts, we can make change less surprising, develop strategies, and recognize modernity’s inevitable disruptions as a source of opportunity rather than pain.” Brendan McGetrick

Domus China, no. 049, December 2010, p. 112-129

Projects

Architecture

Station square and station roof in Herisau, Switzerland
Current state: preliminary design

Multi-family house in Binz, Switzerland
Current state: building permission

Interior design for an apartment in Park Tower, Zug
Recently completed

Innovative highrise on the countryside, Kanton Schwyz, Switzerland
Current state: concept

Parking garage with shop in Zug, Switzerland
Current state: preliminary design

Riedmatt Ebikon
Housing, retail, ateliers
Current state: concept design

Seegarten Altendorf
Family-living, elderly-living, retail
Current state: preliminary design phase

House Chile
Innovative single family home in forrest setting
Current state: building permit submission

Buchs Areal Fegeren
Building for precision-industry
Current state: study

Urban Design

Technologycluster Zug
Urban framework plan and design concept

Masterplan Industriestrasse Nord, Zug, Switzerland

Hafencity Elbbrückenquartier, Hamburg
Masterplan and urban framework plan

Wilhelmsburg Elbinselquartier, Hamburg
Masterplan, urban framework plan and typology studies

National Innovation Park Switzerland, Hub Zurich
Development studies

Innovation- and production park Patton Barracks, Heidelberg
Urban framework plan

Wil West, Kanton Thurgau, Switzerland
Urban design concept

Urban design concept for a site in Uzwil, Switzerland

Urban design concept for a site in Kanton Schwyz, Switzerland

Urban design concept with public participation for Neugasse Zürich

Masterplan Dierikon, Switzerland

Urban System Research

Mobiglobe Autostadt Wolfsburg, Volkswagen, Germany
Mobility research

Strelka Institute, Moscow
Teaching: Advanced Urban Design

Development strategy for 3 communities in the Kanton St. Gallen, Switzerland

Contact

Zürich office

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Kyoto office

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T. +81 (0)75 744 1503
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