neri&hu opens 'reflective nostalgia' exhibition at aedes architecture forum in berlin

neri&hu opens 'reflective nostalgia' exhibition at aedes architecture forum in berlin

on view at aedes architecture forum

 

Neri&Hu celebrates the opening of Reflective Nostalgia, its solo exhibition at Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin. On view now until November 30th, 2022, the show spotlights the Shanghai-based architecture studio’s large body of work which ’embraces the contradictions of modernity and explore multifaceted plot lines, imaginary pasts and prospective futures.’

 

Across their decades-long careers and extensive travels, the architects note the trend of major cities across Asia becoming more and more alike. ‘From Shenzhen or Seoul to Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok, the army of glassy high rise towers marching through each of their CBDs nearly obliterates any perceivable differences between these cities,’ the group explains. ‘In China this phenomenon is exacerbated by the sheer scale at which its process of urbanization and modernization has occurred.

neri&hu reflective nostalgiaimages © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

 

 

‘reflective nostalgia’ through the lens of neri&hu

 

As demonstrated in the exhibition Neri&Hu: Reflective Nostalgia, the architects aim to harmonize ‘the optimization of advanced technology and the ever-present tendency to regress into nostalgic historicism.’ Seeking to be constructive, rather than dismissive, with the concept of nostalgia, the firm operates within an historic context to find productivity in the concept of ‘Reflective Nostalgia.’ 

 

This term, from which the show takes its name, was coined by scholar Svetlana Boym. According to Boym, restorative nostalgia is more literal; it attempts a ‘trans historical reconstruction of a lost home,’ and considers itself ‘as truth and tradition.’ In contrast, ‘reflective nostalgia thrives on algia (the longing itself) and delays the homecoming — wistfully, ironically, desperately. Reflective nostalgia does not follow a single plot but explores ways of inhabiting many places at once and imagining different time zones. It loves details, not symbols.’

 

The team elaborates: ‘In short, reflective nostalgia offers a critical distance that is less regressive than the former restorative nostalgia.’

neri&hu reflective nostalgia

 

 

balancing the old and new

 

Neri&Hu continue, describing the spirit of the ‘Reflective Nostalgia’ exhibition: ‘As a genre, the exhibited projects share similar strategies — using material contrast, tectonic differentiation, formal assemblage and surgical grafting. However, each project comes with its own set of unique issues related to how one engages a tumultuous concession-era heritage, resistance to the commercialization of faux historical relics, and the role of representation in the dialectics between past and present.

 

‘One can sense the delicate balance between the contrasts of new and old, smooth and textured, refined and raw. These projects also speak to an archeological approach of peeling back the layers, working with deletions as much as additions.’

neri&hu reflective nostalgia

 

 

 

‘On all scales of design, Neri&Hu embraces nostalgia as a productive lens, through which the team can consider an alternative reading of historical contexts as well as a different process of design within that context. It is a methodology that urges Neri&Hu to look closely at the details of the mundane, in hopes of achieving a deeper understanding of the heritage of those places that we want to not only participate in presently, but to extend to the future.’ neri&hu reflective nostalgia neri&hu reflective nostalgia

neri-hu-exhibition-reflective-nostalgia-aedes-architecture-forum-berlin-designboom-06a

neri&hu reflective nostalgia

neri-hu-exhibition-reflective-nostalgia-aedes-architecture-forum-berlin-designboom-08a

 

1/10
Chuan Malt Whiskey Distillery | image © Hao Chen
Chuan Malt Whiskey Distillery | image © Hao Chen
Chuan Malt Whiskey Distillery | image © Hao Chen
Chuan Malt Whiskey Distillery | image © Hao Chen
Fuzhou Teahouse | image © Hao Chen
Fuzhou Teahouse | image © Hao Chen
Nantou City Guesthouse | image © Hao Chen
Nantou City Guesthouse | image © Hao Chen
aranya art center | image © Pedro Pegenaute
aranya art center | image © Pedro Pegenaute
aranya art center | image © Pedro Pegenaute
aranya art center | image © Pedro Pegenaute
Design Republic Design Commune | image © Pedro Pegenaute
Design Republic Design Commune | image © Pedro Pegenaute
Suzhou Chapel | image © Pedro Pegenaute
Suzhou Chapel | image © Pedro Pegenaute
The Waterhouse at South Bund | image © Derryck Menere
The Waterhouse at South Bund | image © Derryck Menere
Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat | image © Pedro Pegenaute
Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat | image © Pedro Pegenaute

project info:

 

exhibition title: Neri&Hu: Reflective Nostalgia

architects: Neri&Hu @neriandhu
location: Aedes Architecture Forum @aedesberlin
Neri&Hu Design and Research Office team: Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu, Christine Chang, Federico Saralvo, Jan Lee, Yinzhu Shen, Luna Hong, Lyuqitiao Wang, Serein Liu, Amy Cao
Aedes Architecture Forum team: Julia Schlütsmeier-Hage, Hanna Düspohl
donors: Aranya, Youwell, De La Espada, La Manufacture
Aedes cooperation partners: Zumtobel, Cemex, Camerich, Erwin Hymer Group
on view: October 15 –- November 30, 2022
exhibition photography: © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

project photography: @ Hao Chen, Pedro Pegenaute, Derryck Menere

KEEP UP WITH OUR DAILY AND WEEKLY NEWSLETTERS
suscribe on designboom
- see sample
- see sample
suscribe on designboom
happening now! for over 50 years, florim ceramiche spa has been creating porcelain stoneware ceramic surfaces for all architecture, building industry and interior design needs – explore the new mystic luxe collection on designboom! 

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

designboom will always be there for you

milan, new york, beijing, tokyo,  since 1999
X
5