Archinect - News 2014-10-25T03:55:28-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/111679285/end-of-weird-architecture-in-china End of weird architecture in China? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-10-20T11:44:00-04:00 >2014-10-24T13:55:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/moip4wwgkddu95py.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Art should serve the people, Xi Jinping says, and China's weird and wonderful buildings - including a mobile phone building, an excessivley blinged-up hotel, and a penis tower - are evidently not good examples of "morally inspiring art". Duh.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Is it possible&nbsp;Xi Jinping is using a diplomatic language to break loose from imported architecture? The so called elite star architecture now going to have third tier copies? Don't forget the elite post modernism was finally trickled down to strip mall architecture finally in early 90's.&nbsp;</p><p>This whole thing started with this link I got from my friend and continued with a conversation below.</p><p><a href="http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fshanghaiist.com%2F2014%2F10%2F18%2Feliminate_all_weird_architecture_in.php&amp;h=kAQFonHo0&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="https://fbexternal-a.akamaihd.net/safe_image.php?d=AQANV_rkGA-6x1aX&amp;w=158&amp;h=158&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fshanghaiist.com%2Fassets_c%2F2014%2F10%2Fweird-building-china-1-thumb-640xauto-864354.jpg"></a></p><p><a href="http://shanghaiist.com/2014/10/18/eliminate_all_weird_architecture_in.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eliminate all weird architecture in China, Xi Jinping declares</a></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.tectonicus.com/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben Lepley</a></strong>- Not sure what this means for MAD &gt;:l&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Orhan Ayyuce</strong>- Maybe he sees architecture as the poster child of socio-cultural threat?</p><p><strong>BL</strong>- Or a threat of power from investors who cant be controlled by state owned banks? Or both.</p><p><strong>OA</strong>- Are you back in China?</p><p><strong>BL</strong>- No, in Tucson still. Clean air here.&nbsp;but I keep in contact with those who are still there.&nbsp;I'm not sure if this statement from Xi was off the cuff, or an actual decision, but it could be big.&nbsp;If you want to know more I can introduce you to one of my old MAD co-workers who is still there...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/63404919/mad-completes-the-absolute-towers-in-mississauga MAD completes the Absolute Towers in Mississauga Archinect 2012-12-14T13:53:00-05:00 >2012-12-24T02:22:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a35ef0356b9a0f4edb932a04bd6faa54.jpg" width="514" height="773" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Encountered on the street, they are enigmatic and shifting, even voluptuous. They appear carefully controlled, but their underlying geometry is far from obvious. Driving or walking by causes the towers' profiles to change continuously, and it would require significant mental acrobatics to map the relationship between profiles and construct a complete mental model of the building. From a closer vantage point, the geometric enigma remains, but a feature at another scale begins to dominate.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/60925721/domus-on-mad-s-absolute-towers Domus on MAD's Absolute Towers Archinect 2012-11-07T18:52:00-05:00 >2012-11-12T09:21:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/50/5046e33ac9cbc76d224343287576b252.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For over a century, a simple dilemma has vexed architects. How to escape the formal monotony of a series of identical stacked plates, without losing the efficiency of the canonical high-rise formula? Through a series of astute formal moves, and by evoking empathy, Chinese architecture practice MAD has achieved a rare breakthrough.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/58168996/national-art-museum-of-china-entry-by-mad National Art Museum of China Entry by MAD Alexander Walter 2012-09-27T22:38:00-04:00 >2013-07-25T14:24:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4b/4bn9l4g1u6y873pt.jpg" width="514" height="239" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Only a few more weeks, and we will officially find out who has won the prestigious competition for NAMOC, the new National Art Museum of China in Beijing. Below is the entry of one of the twenty firms that were invited by the competition organizers to submit designs, Beijing-based firm MAD.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/55692367/jean-nouvel-said-to-edge-gehry-hadid-for-beijing-museum-job" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel Said To Edge Gehry, Hadid For Beijing Museum Job</a></p> <p> <strong>UPDATE: </strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77906976/jean-nouvel-confirmed-as-winner-of-the-national-art-museum-of-china-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel Confirmed as Winner of the National Art Museum of China Competition</a></p>