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"I Believe in Questions that are Eternal": Dong Gong of Vector Architects

Posted On: Jan 14, 2019   |   Posted By: Arch Daily

"I Believe in Questions that are Eternal": Dong Gong of Vector Architects

Alila Yangshuo, Guangxi / Vector Architects. Image © Vector Architects, Su Shengliang
It is now expected of architects to turn away from designing iconic buildings/objects and focus instead on creating engaging built environments; from imagining idealistic, form-driven projects driven by the artistic pursuit to focusing on downright pragmatic solutions. China, of course, holds a large mirror to these tendencies, as so many Chinese architects quickly produced exactly the kind of projects that critics favor - modest in scale, straightforward in their expressions, reliant on indigenous construction techniques, and with inventive use of traditional materials. The results, however appealing, seem to lack both variety and risk-taking. There must be another way, not so formulaic. I liked it right away when Dong Gong of Vector Architects told me that architecture is a struggle for him. There is no substitute for working things out, trying numerous options, relying on his very own gut feeling. Dong Gong received his...

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