“Travel is for exchange – to understand different cultures, people and places. It is important for students to see the world and experience the architecture they have been studying. My hope is that through these cultural exchanges, students will see new things, experience something emotional, and generate new ideas that will help kickstart their architecture careers.” – Ma Yansong
▼2017MAD旅行基金回顾视频，review video of MAD Travel Fellowship 2017
Following the successful 2017 expansion of the “MAD Travel Fellowship” to include international students, MAD officially launches the 2018 global program. This 8th edition will support the travels of five undergraduate / graduate architecture students from across globe so that they can conduct field work and further research into their architecture topics of interest. Ma Yansong will select the candidates who will propose their travel destinations of choice, aligning with their thesis topics. We are now opening the call for applications for the 2018 MAD Travel Fellowship. For more information on how to apply, visit HERE
The “MAD Travel Fellowship” was initiated in 2009 by MAD Architects. The program has sponsored 45 students to date, supporting their travels so that they can freely explore the places and spaces that fascinate them, meet with architecture protagonists, and engage in new creative and cultural communities.
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You must submit:
1) A 500 word letter of intent outlining:
– Your personal ideas and perspectives on architecture;
– Your proposed travel destination(s), sites of interest, and architects you wish to meet;
– The research topic you will explore.
2) CV (with a profile including personal, education, and contact information)
3) Portfolio that presents a curated selection of your work.
Please submit the above materials as a single 6MB (max.) PDF, in A4 format (both horizontal and vertical layouts are accepted) to: email@example.com. The naming format of your file (and email subject line) should be: school_major_graduating year_name.pdf.
Application Deadline: June 8th, 2018
Announcement Date: June 13th, 2018
Review of MAD Travel Fellowship 2017
For the 2017 edition, the fellowship was extended to include five international students from Costa Rica, Greece, Iran, Italy, and Scotland who travelled to China to explore the deep culture and tradition in architecture and urban planning of the country; while Chinese students travelled abroad. As we kick-off the 2018 program, we look back on the travels of the 2017 MAD Travel Fellows who collectively visited 40+ cities in 10 countries; and through MAD’s assistance, met with famous architects in their studios, including Hermann Hertzberger, Philip Yuan, among others.
易喆 Issy Zhe Yi
Yale School of Architecture, Graduate Student
Research Topic: Newness in Architecture
Testimony: Maybe because of the limited allowance of space in Japan, the sense of distance is insistently maintained, among buildings, people and simultaneously between buildings and people. Infrastructure and architecture in symbiosis in such a brut but articulated way can’t be found anywhere other than Tokyo. Every inch of land is measured and every sliver of space is layered with a kind of calculatedness, with the clarity of boundaries heightening the sense of distance and alienation.
李启潍 Li Qiwei
Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Undergraduate Student
Research Topic: Futurist Architecture in the Former Soviet Union
Destinations: Armenia, Georgia, Russia
Testimony: Though it had a short, and turbulent history, Soviet architecture presented an ideological dream. Travelling through the former Soviet Union, I observed the numerous artistic experiments that emerged during the rise of the Stalin period, and witnessed architectural masterpieces and public buildings that express a sci-fi aesthetic – construction that looked to the future.
魏唐辰希 Wei Tangchenxi
Southeast University China, Graduate Student
Research Topic: Hero, construction and magic realism
Destinations: France, Spain, The Netherlands
▼拜访赫曼·赫兹伯格，visit Hermann Hertzberger
自述：上个世纪，荷兰人总是兴致勃勃充当建筑英雄“闹革命”：荷兰先锋派，蒙德里安，阿姆斯特丹学派，鹿特丹学派… 以及如今库哈斯，MVRDV… 他们兴奋地冲上舞台，义正言辞批判前辈，抛出诸多试验品…成功地推进了世界建筑的进化。反观中国，英雄气短。因此，去体验击退了“不朽”的“不朽”，去捕捉与绅士“英雄思潮”的优势，是我热血澎湃的初衷。
Testimony: During my visit to The Netherlands, I experienced a dynamic energy and realized that space, not just limited to architecture, has the ability to make a city more dynamic and harmonious, and empower humans and the way they engage with their surroundings and one another. There were so many occasions where I saw people just enjoying the public spaces they were in, basking in the sun, lounging on the park grasses. They created a scene full of artistic vitality, and allowed me to reflect on the cozy lifestyle of the inhabitants of this wonderful country.
温子申 Wen Zishen
Tsinghua University, Graduate Student
Research Topic: Japanese architecture: A Traditional and Modern Connection
Testimony: Japan is a cultural and artistic highland that embraces Western narratives, while maintaining the philosophies of the East. Through my travels I investigated how Japanese architecture exists between modernity and tradition, finding interesting comparisons and correlations between the two. Some of the impressive ones were the Sima Ryotaro Memorial Hall, Sanjusangendo Temple, Kyoto National Museum of Art, and Sumida Hokusai Museum. The faint parallels between these buildings led me to see another connection between tradition and modernity – one that goes beyond the pictograph.
吴有 Wu You
Princeton University, Graduate Student
Research Topic: The visual interpretation and translation of architecture
Destinations: Portugal, Spain
Testimony: Spanish architecture is a site of cultural and tectonic knowledge borrowed from both Christian high gothic and Arabic styles. It stores immense knowledge of making, material and symbolism, layered with cultural references. Visiting such historic works as the Great Mosque of Cordoba, I noted the theme of confliction present in Spanish architecture, which allowed me to see that architecture is just as much about establishing order as it is about dismantling it.
Federico Fauli (Italy)
Architectural Association, Graduate Student
Research Topic: The dichotomy of China’s two main rivers: the Yellow River and Yangtze River
Destinations: Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Guilin, Hong Kong, Xi’an, Zhangjiajie, Zhengzhou
▼拜访袁烽，visit Phillip Yuan
Testimony: My travels through China raised questions of culture and identity in an extremely rapidly developing country. Driven by my interests in local aesthetics, the notion of collage architecture and monumentality, I was able to look in particular at cultural objects and artefacts in a way that attempts to define a multicultural and multiethnic architecture in China – one that is driven by memories and identities.
Hossein Goudarzi (Iran)
University of New Mexico, Graduate Student
Research Topic: Analyzing and comparing the vernacular architecture of Iran and China
Destinations: Beijing and Shanghai
Testimony: Studying the traditional styles of classical Chinese architecture and how they can be constructed with different elements, scales and shapes, I observed how we can take the vernacular, rewrite and redefine it as a valuable conceptual source to form new constructs of contemporary architecture.
Kyrioki Goti (Greece)
University of Stuttgart, Graduate Student
Research Topic: The relationship between nature and technology in architecture
Destinations: Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou
Testimony: Each city I visited was diverse in terms of architecture, landscape, and lifestyle, but through their differences I saw a constant – the importance of nature in everyday Chinese life. Seeing the harmonic co-existence of nature and technology made me realize that by combining traditional materials and construction methods with cutting edge technology, architects can create new kinds of landscapes that do not compete with the natural ones, but complement them.
Roberto Vargas Calvo (Costa Rica)
Universidad Veritas, San José, Undergraduate Student
Research Topic: Analyzing the sounds and sensorial atmospheres of Chinese cities
Destinations: Beijing, Shanghai
▼拜访马岩松，visit Ma Yansong
Testimony: The way we design is just as important as what we design. What we see, smell, hear, touch and taste in our everyday lives should be a starting point for every creative process. Traveling has made me realize the importance of the sensorial experience as a turning point for design and critical thinking, and how to use this toolset to define a new role for the architect in the 21st century.
Shaun McCallum (Scotland)
University of Applied Arts Vienna, Graduate Student
Research Topic: The consumerism of the architectural object
Destinations: Beijing, Guangzhou, Tianducheng, Xi’an
Testimony: From the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing to The Great Wall, China appears to be consumed by the symbolic qualities of architectural objects. The nature in which these two worlds collide – the remnants of historicism and the remnants of cities yet to be completed – is a testament to its fascination with the architectural object as it undergoes rapid development.