Due to my interdisciplinary background, I gradually find architecture reacts most passively to the changing surroundings. Rather than being advanced and provocative, it’s more like a simple representation tool for aesthetics or capital. However, architecture and the city should be designed as the foundation that provide a flexible framework to respond to the complexity and uncertainty of environment. And the project itself, as a knowledge producer, should become a powerful tool of architect approaching today’s important issues, which is more than a neutral mediator between subjects but a critical role among actors, subjects and places.
Chaoyue Zhang is a Master of Architecture candidate at the Pratt Institute. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from theJinling Institute of Technology in China.