„In the next 20 years, China will add 350 million people to cities. That’s basically the population of the U.S.,“ says Eric Schuldenfrei. At DLD Moscow, the architect shared some of his first-hand experiences from building China from scratch. Fighting against the mere replication of the same concrete blocks over and over again - a routine that is especially dominant in the second-tier cities in the Chinese hinterland, unknown places that yet house 20 million people – he opts for a communicative alternative and rethinks how technology can be implemented.
Arguing against the separation of functionalities, he advocates to reconsider the ancient idea of a city that is intermixed instead. That includes to put he human being back into the centre: "You build the community first and then see what type of infrastructure supports that."
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His multi-disciplinary architecture studio ESKYIU explores how architecture intersects with transformative cultural landscapes, media, products, print, experimental fabrication systems, educational tools and social sustainability.