Prof. Lu Pinjing
Member of the Standing Committee of CAFA Party Committee, Deputy President,
and the head of VAII Cultural Rural Construction Studio of CAFA. His main social part-time jobs includes Director of the Architectural Art Committee of China Artists Association, Member of the Urban Design Expert Committee of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, and Member of the Higher Education Steering Subcommittee for the Discipline of Architecture of the Ministry of Education.
Interviewed: Lu Pinjing (Standing Committee Member, Deputy President of CAFA, and the head of VAII Cultural Rural Construction Studio)
Interviewer: Dong Huiping
Time: October 31, 2019
Location: Central Academy of Fine Arts
VAII: Hello, President Lu! As the person in charge of VAII Cultural Rural Construction Studio of CAFA, can you talk about the latest work plan and the results of the studio?
Group photo of the Architecture School “Rural Construction Senior Research Class” of CAFA, a 2019 Artists cultivation Grant Program funded by China National Arts Fund
Sketch of the “Countryside, The Future” exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 2020
Yubulu Village Reconstruction Project
VAII: What do you think should be the principles and connotation of the cultural rural construction in China''s rapid economic development today?
Lu Pinjing: The current research on rural construction has many perspectives, including agriculture, economics, sociology, high-tech, etc., and we hope to rely on CAFA’s platform to proceed the research from the perspective of humanities and arts. We have obvious advantages in the field of humanities and arts, as we have better research resources and talented personnels. The rural construction that we participate is in combination with our majors such as architecture, planning, and design. We can combine the tangible construction with the intangible, the physical and spatial construction with non-physical cultural and artistic, covering both the current protection and the future development. For example, while helping the rural areas to alleviate poverty and gain more economic income, we also focus on a long-term sustainable rural thriving. While preserving the traditional culture of the countryside, we hope to bring it into a good development of culture, education and people’s morale. This is the path to a healthy and sustainable rural development.
VAII: Have you encountered any difficulties during the project of cultural rural construction? How did you solve it?
National Rural Construction Research Talent Cultivation——a 2019 Artists cultivation Grant project funded by China National Arts Fund
The stage model in Banwan Village
Banwan Reconstruction Project
Group photo of guests of “Exchanging Seminar on Rural Thriving & Folk Art —- Poverty Alleviation with ICH ? Countryside Reviving” and villagers
VAII: As the head of VAII Cultural Rural Construction Studio of CAFA, the project you are conducting will probably become the wind arrow of the cultural rural construction nationwide. What do you expect for the future national rural construction?
Lu Pinjing: My expectation is that with the support of CAFA VAII, we could sort out and summarize what we have already done and draw some conclusions on the methods, theories, and results of rural construction from the perspective of culture and art.
An Ordinary Village——the Reconstruction Program of Guoyuan Village of Aiyuan Town
Chief Editor / Dong Huiping
Text/ Luan Ning
Layout Editor / Zhang Yueyan
Photo Source : CAFA VAII Cultural Rural Construction Studio