An exhibition has opened at the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin featuring models of the work of Chinese architecture firm Neri&Hu.
The title, Reflective Nostalgia, aims to highlight a theme that has underpinned Neri and Hu's practice.
At a time when Asian cities are developing at a rapid pace, the architects hope to produce buildings and spaces that look to the past as well as the future.
"What you see today is a reflection of 18 years of work," said Neri at the exhibition launch event.
"It represents our obsessions in response to the conditions of the city we live in – issues of dwelling, public and private, interiority, recasting what we conceive as vernacular, nostalgia or a lack of it, and how we deal with history and objects."
Neri said that Reflective Nostalgia – as coined by theorist Svetlana Boym – offers an opportunity to design within the context of different places and time zones, rather than following "a straight line".
"We humbly propose a condition of uncertainty, perhaps a point of experimentation, humility, a sense of primitive detailing," he said.
The models are displayed on a huge table made out of wooden pallets. The exhibition also includes a film that shows Neri&Hu's buildings in use.
Neri&Hu: Reflective Nostalgia runs from 14 October to 30 November 2022 at the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.
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