MAD architects present a new urban scheme for nanjing
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dec 08, 2013
MAD architects present a new urban scheme for nanjing

MAD architects present a new urban scheme for nanjing
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chinese practice MAD architects explore a new relationship between the dense urban environments quickly dominating many landscapes around the world and untouched nature in ‘shanshui experiment complex’, an exhibition presented in the border warehouse of bi-city biennale of urbanism\architecture 2013 in shenzhen. based on their newest project, the ‘nanjing zendai thumb plaza’ slated for completion in 2017, the architecture/art installation presents nanjing as a fabric where contemporary built structures weave together with pockets of nature allowing citizens to cross blurred thresholds within their daily commutes, re-imagining and re-defining the boundary between nature and the urban space with this city development.


see designboom’s conversation with ma yasong in beijing 2012, where he introduced his initial ideas about ‘shan shui city’ here.


ma yansong of MAD architects
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the installation approaches issues related to green open space throughout the ground level of nanjing, where the natural and man-made landscape cross over with each other, in relation to both indoor and outdoor dimensions. visitors to the installation will experience the feeling of walking in nature, with a series of buildings rising out of the fog.



general view of ‘nanjing zendai thumb plaza’
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installation view of the scheme
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structures are embedded within pockets of nature, giving people a variety of experiences within a city
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the plan approaches issues related to green space
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the installation sees the creation of an energetic public space at the heart of the development
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up close of the mountain-like towers
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detail view of the organization of green areas
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view of the curving pathways
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the complex is a representation of mountains and water
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physical model of ‘shanshui experiement complex’ at the bi-city biennale of urbanism\architecture 2013 in shenzhen
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ma yansong explains the ideas behind the ‘nanjing zendai thumb plaza’
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