Archinect - Features 2014-08-02T04:51:37-04:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/100175622/a-new-nature-interview-with-ma-yansong-of-mad-architecture A new nature: Interview with Ma Yansong of MAD Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-22T13:05:00-04:00 >2014-06-05T13:46:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dp/dp9t9yh89308vmts.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ma Yansong is a trailblazing figure for Chinese architecture, having made a name for himself around the world as a business leader and innovative architect. Recently named <a href="http://www.i-mad.com/ennews_details.aspx?id=145" target="_blank">2014's Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum</a> and one of <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3029521/most-creative-people-2014/ma-yansong" target="_blank">Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business</a>, Yansong founded MAD Architecture ten years ago in Beijing, and earlier this year announced the opening of another office in Los Angeles.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/98099301/what-is-the-los-angeles-biennale-of-architecture-urbanism What is the Los Angeles Biennale of Architecture / Urbanism? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-06T11:04:00-04:00 >2014-05-15T11:42:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1o/1om99rslys1yxud1.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For three days this past February, eight loosely-affiliated individuals sat around a makeshift table in Shenzhen and talked about Los Angeles. This is the purely pragmatic explanation of what the Los Angeles Biennale was, in its inaugural form at 2013&rsquo;s Bi-City Biennale of Architecture / Urbanism, taking place in Hong Kong and Shenzhen.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/87376636/aftershock-2-serendipity-machines-and-the-future-of-workplace-design Aftershock #2: "Serendipity Machines" and the Future of Workplace Design Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-27T17:59:00-05:00 >2014-01-26T23:25:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lv/lv04qs1u2c6fqs3w.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/330501/aftershock" target="_blank"><strong>AfterShock </strong></a>is a non-conclusive series that grapples with the impact and responsibility of contemporary architectural design, hoping to instigate dialogues on how to make architecture more accountable.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/59982286/showcase-liyuan-library-by-li-xiaodong-atelier ShowCase: Liyuan Library by Li Xiaodong/Atelier Archinect 2012-10-24T19:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T00:44:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2e/2ezoc4sbxbducqbs.jpg" width="514" height="773" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1518/showcase" target="_blank"><strong>ShowCase</strong></a> is an on-going feature series on Archinect, presenting exciting new work from designers representing all creative fields and all geographies.</p> <p> <em>We are always accepting nominations for upcoming ShowCase features - if you would like to suggest a project, <a href="http://archinect.com/about/contact.php" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/features/article/41080183/amateur-architecture-a-new-vernacular Amateur Architecture: A New Vernacular? Evan Chakroff 2012-03-11T20:20:00-04:00 >2013-03-09T21:03:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wx/wx8ebhtqk6yxdnjc.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Wang Shu may be a surprising choice for this year&rsquo;s Pritzker Prize, but it&rsquo;s an excellent one, and well-deserved. In recent years the Pritzker Committee has gravitated towards architects who produce work with an innate understanding of place, allowing their ties to local culture to infuse their work. The choice of Wang Shu (and, by extension, of Amateur Architecture and partner Lu Wenyu) continues this trend: his work is as culturally-sensitive and contextually responsive as it is aesthetically stunning.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/7706563/op-ed-sticks-and-stones-ai-weiwei-and-the-uses-of-architecture Op-Ed: Sticks and Stones; Ai Weiwei and the Uses of Architecture Fred Scharmen 2011-05-26T12:39:00-04:00 >2013-01-28T14:16:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dt/dtmszdv4oaoq69h7.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> This op-ed was initially conceived as a series of critical Twitter messages by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2752895/fred-scharmen" target="_blank">Fred Scharmen</a>, aka <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/sevensixfive" target="_blank">sevensixfive</a>, directed at blogs (including Archinect) that have been providing ongoing exposure of new architecture projects in China, considering China's unfair capture and treatment of artist/activist Ai Weiwei. In an effort to investigate this issue further, and hopefully spark a little productive debate, we invited Fred to pen this op-ed.</p> <p> Should the media protest the treatment of Ai Weiwei by ceasing promotion of all new architectural work in China? Should architects refuse to take on new work in China? Should we continue to support the work of architects and artists in China, but only with a disclaimer? Please share your thoughts in the comments.</p>