ZHA’s “Future Cities” Exhibit Examines the Company’s Innovations in Urban Design

ZHA’s “Future Cities” Exhibit Examines the Company’s Innovations in Urban Design

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The “Future Cites” exhibition recently opened at the Future Design Arts Center in Chengdu, examining how the work of Zaha Hadid Architects has redefined urban landscapes around the world. The monographic exhibition highlights the trends and innovations shaping contemporary urban planning and traces the ideas and concepts that have defined ZHA’s work. The exhibition showcases the office’s ongoing research and various approaches to urban design, presented through visualizations, architectural models and video projections.

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With more than 70 projects built and 60 more currently in development, ZHA has extensive experience in a wide range of urban environments, constantly adapting to technological advances and changes in the way we live, work and live. interact. The exhibition, which will be on view at the Future Design Arts Center until May 8, highlights the concepts behind these projects and how they reflect the ideas shaping 21st century urban design.

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The motivation for settling in cities, ever larger, ever denser cities, and in ever taller buildings is clear: we come together to network, synergize our knowledge, exchange and cooperate. The built environment becomes an information-rich, stimulating and exhilarating 360-degree interface for communication and networking. In the future, even more than is already evident today, this super-dense accumulation will be a mixed-use accumulation, where multiple life processes intersect. These vital processes must be ordered in a complex way which nevertheless remains legible and therefore rewarding – Patrik Schumacher, director of ZHA


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  • Exhibition curator: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Director of Zaha Hadid Architects: Patrick Schumacher
  • Design and graphics of the exhibition: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Overall design and organization of the ZHA exhibition: Satoshi Ohashi, Manon Janssens, Yang Jingwen, Juan Liu, Di Ding, Nan Jiang, Feifei Fan, Haotian Man, I-Chun Lin, Lianyuan Ye, Meng Zhao, Sanxing Zhao, Shuaiwei Li, Yanran Lu, Ziming He, Ziyan Xu
  • ZHA Multimedia: Henry Virgin
  • ZHA research teams: ZH VR, ZH Interiors, ZH AI, ZH Social, ZH Sustainability, ZH CODE
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Michael J. Chiaramonte