Archinect - News 2014-04-17T17:46:04-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/56259458/challenging-the-standard-conversation-with-zhang-ke Challenging the Standard / Conversation with Zhang Ke croixe 2012-08-30T13:53:00-04:00 >2012-09-06T10:16:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wc/wczwiniv3xmfwsgb.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>More than ten years at the center of the Chinese architectural avant-garde, the role of standardarchitecture as an architectural paradigm solidifies more and more on international ground. Not interested in defining the new Chinese, nor to perpetuate the role of the status quo of the architecture of the spectacle, its focus consistently remains to present a challenge to the establishment. Everything from a growing extensive oeuvre that goes from building contemporary masterpieces in&nbsp; Tibet, to the design of exquisite trays made in Milan, to the way that the office operates seem to be following no other direction than its own.</strong></p> <p> <strong><a href="http://waithinktank.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WAI Architecture Think Tank</a> sat down with <a href="http://standardarchitecture.cn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">standardarchitecture</a>&rsquo;s founding partner Zhang Ke to converse about the origins of standardarchitecture, its critical role in contemporary China, and how to challenge the standard.</strong></p> <p> <strong>WAI: We would like to ask you to draw us a picture of the conditions in which you had your education.</strong></p> <p> Zhang Ke: Now looking retrospect...</p>