MAD World: Ma Yansong on Competitions, Organic Cities and China’s “Weird Architecture”

The 5th annual A+Awards — the world’s largest awards program for architecture and products — is open for entries! Click here to find out how to submit your project. Architizer’s A+Awards, the world’s largest awards program for architecture and products, is all about innovation. Every pioneering project — whether it is conceived by a well-known international firm or a small, local practice — gets its moment in the spotlight thanks to a fully public voting system, ensuring that standout designs are rewarded across every typology. Architectural ingenuity has double the chance of being recognized thanks to a cross-disciplinary jury of over 300 luminaries, including some of the world’s brightest designers, businesspeople, educators and entrepreneurs. Given this fact, it makes perfect sense that Ma Yansong of MAD Architects is one of many remarkable architects on the list of jurors for the 2017 awards. The Chinese architect is the very definition of an innovator, constantly challenging conventions — not just for the design of individual buildings, but also the material makeup of entire cities. Architizer sat down with Ma Yansong at the launch of his firm’s new monograph MAD Works, published by Phaidon, to discuss the firm’s vision, his personal inspirations and ...
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