MAD no doubt is one of the most recognized architectural practices in China and worldwide. Every year, MAD receives countless job and internship applications. To be able to work at MAD will definitely enrich your career as even though the people working here might have been lucky, but are undeniably outstanding. What could possibly be on the minds of the MAD interns?
Name: Jinjing Yu
Educational Institution：College of Science and Technology, Ningbo University
Year：fifth year bachelor degree
Who is your favorite architect? Why?
Frank Lloyd Wright. He was the one who introduced me to the world of Architecture. During High School, I read an article about him which ultimately led me towards studying Architecture. His Architecture is full of emotions, creating a sense of nature. There was a story that went like this: there once was a client who became angry because of an issue in the project. He went to Wright to argue his case, but as he walked from the entrance towards Wright’s office, he found his anger disappearing into thin air. That is what Architecture is capable of.
What is the major characteristic of your current school’s education?
It’s a really young University, extremely free.
What have you gained during the MAD internship?
I’ve met a lot friends and made improvements in my skills and ideas. The internship has made a great impact on myself.
What are your thoughts and feelings upon Chinese Architecture and the environment? Any suggestions?
From second year of my Bachelors degree, I’ve been in contact with several Commercial firms and has experienced the difference between reality and fantasy. Currently, architecture in China is undergoing a transformation from Quantity Architecture towards Quality Architecture, this raises the bar for Architects. For me, I wish for everyone to live in ‘Natural City’ rather than ‘Ice City’.
What is your favorite project in your portfolio? Why?
I major in Planning, minor in Architecture. I like all my projects since I designed them all. My favourite would be ‘The Evolution of Architecture’. From concept, form to function, it is my most satisfied work. More importantly, the project relates to many aspects of nature. It is an amalgamation of architecture, site and the natural elements.
What is your dream?
That people can live in ‘Natural City’ (a far away dream). To create spaces that will make people happy, to improve people’s lives and to enable others to live better.
What is your dream project?
I don’t know what it will be. It could be anything. What matters is what kind of space is created.
The Evolution of Architecture
Every creature in nature must face the process of natural selection. Through the baptism of natural conditions, only the ones who can adapt survive, creating unique forms and patterns.
If we then place Architecture in a natural environment, is it possible to create an optimum form for adapting to the surrounding environment?
From the view of Energy Conservation, an architect should analyse and evaluate all aspects of natural factors to reduce the building’s energy consumption in order to find the architecture with the minimum volume and least energy consumption that fits the climatic conditions of Ningbo.
Through the research of: wind, light, water, geothermal, site orientation and transformation of building form, the location and orientation of windows and functions are analysed to ensure the coherency between functional need and spatial qualities, creating a new culturally rich recreational centre for the citizens of Bingjiang.
Alongside the rapid development of Beijing are the consequences of Urban issues: traffic, population density, urban environment, etc.
The adjustment of urban spatial structure and metropolitan development has become a major area of study in Beijing. What is the role of high-rise buildings in the city? Is it possible to give a new meaning to these high-rise? Can it then solve the urban issues which are becoming more serious? When these skyscrapers inherent new meanings, are they then able to mitigate/adjust urban issues like individual trees planted into the city, forming ‘Urban Forest’, creating the ‘Urban Modem’.
Like many other cities, Beijing is separated by roads with each block interlocked by crosswalks, flyovers, underpasses, etc. If the Urban Modem is placed at intersections, it will readjust the entire structure of the city. It will be the city’s new urban public space with integrated transportation, residential, office, enertainment, restsaurants, shopping malls in one body.
Each building will meet 80% of the citizen’s social needs. Each building has a characteristic, targeted at a certain range of people to mediate urab issues, while it’s integrated features makes it into a micro-city in itself.
Architecture of Nature
I associate the state of people in the natural environment with an image of a person, standing between mountains and water. Is it then possible to create Architecture that seems a part of the landscape? Will it then alter the experience of the visitors?
The use of natural elements such as ‘branches’, ‘stones’ and ‘water’ blurrs the boundary of architecture, landscape and urban public space. The independence of the architecture is no longer important, rather, the natural environment takes the leading role, merging the architecture into the triangular site. The arrangement of stones interlocked with branches creates trans-interior/exterior spaces, with the branches seemingly growing out of the stones. The architecture reflects the oriental spirit of harmony with nature.
The rapid development of Ningbo City led the improvements in residents lives and the increasing needs for the immaterial/pschological. Developing at the same pace as Ningbo city is the development of the history and culture of Moon Lake District. Throughout a thousand years of history, the Moon Lake District has accumulated a rich cultural identity. With the migration of residents from all classes, the area suffered from deficiency in security and a gradual decay in history and cultural preservation. The result: lack of economic development at city central area.
Keywords: Public-Space Fort
A public space refers to an area or place in the city and edifices that is a development of space body among solid block. It is open and accessible place to all citizens for all kinds of activities whose purpose is for public service.
‘Fort’ is every public space in a condensed area which provides comprehensive functional public platform for communication, exhibition, recreation, management and personal protection, which has crucial significance and it is also an imaginary space for people to recollect the past and vision the future.
Curve is a space greater than 1 but smaller than 2, different curves can create very different feelings for different people.
Straight lines always create a sharp feeling. From the plan view, it has the function of blocking or passing whereas a curve always have a strong sense of connectivity visually, the optimum type of line for guiding. That is why it is widely used in exhibition spaces and tourist maps. At the same time, curves can easily create a semi open space; the circle always have the ability to converge, the reason why many designs for public squares implement the circle to gather audiences.
Due to the characteristics of curve mentioned in the above analysis, I chose curve as the basic element of form. The site at Bailu area was combined to minimise impact upon the natural environment and through the use of circular structures and curves to enable the integration of the environment, people and architecture.
Name: Jinjing Yu