Our architectural creation originates from a type of intuitive response to the site. This intuitive response is based on a specific site, a segment of history, a scene of life, an atmosphere and even a simple synthetic intuitive response of sense and body feelings specific to this particular solely site. This intuitive response was originally rooted in the life experiences, i.e. in the experiences of current life, also in the memories of the past. Without life, there would be no perception nor such intuition, and our architectural creation would be based on nowhere.
For us, the rationality of architecture is a process that sorts, selects, organizes the intuitive materials via logical tools as well as that converts abstract intuitions concretely. At beginning the intuition is obviously personalized as well as one-sided, which is based on an intuition of certain segment and even certain instant. It is not comprehensive, nor of the significance of being clearly logical and descriptive at the outset. By logical tools, this intuitive material is ultimately transformed into effective architectural practice.
The rationality of architecture is based on thinking and choices are made carefully on the reflections: no central answers exist in architecture no matter it is in the name of culture, of history, or of thinking. This does not mean that there is no definite answer for architecture. The most precise answer to architecture rests in the denial of architectural answer. The representation of architecture is generally resultant from multiple strengths. The possibility of a certain strain rendered among such various strengths, which is deemed valuable by us. We consider the transformation of such strain is more meaningful than its falling into silence.
Such concepts as intuition, rationality, life, manifestation, use that hide behind architecture are of timeliness. Actually, the time from that before formation to formation to completion to use of architecture is a dynamic process in the dimensionality of time whereas timeliness is an attribute that architecture cannot transcend. Moreover, compared with static objects of other types, this attribute is particularly complex and obvious. The profession of architects is precisely the job that masters the link of ‘manifestation’ in the overall context of architecture.
The profession of architects is to convert presupposed designs in the physical world through applicable techniques. Hence, the coordination of construction site is a link of essence to architectural creation. From the selection of materials to the adjustment of details, to possible design adjustment in accordance with the actual experiences on site, all are indispensable parts of our practice.
In the end, the life of architecture is just beginning when people live in it.
For UrbanTect, architecture is a practice that derives from life yet goes on with life.
Urbantect Architecture was founded by Ji Yuji in Sydney and Beijing in 2010. Ji graduated from The University of Sydney with a master’s degree in architecture with all distinction. The projects directed and participated by Ji Yuji have received multiple awards internationally. His major works include the scheme of Zhengzhou Citizens’ Activity Center, projects such as Banan Sports Hall in Chongqing and the stadium reconstruction, National Maritime Museum of China that he participates in as the chief architectural consultant in China. The team of UrbanTect is composed of architects of various cultural backgrounds with abundant experience and creativity.UrbanTect devotes itself to the exploration of cutting-edge and diversified architectural practices and encourages the creative thinking of its team members.