In this issue, we explore the global politics of Chinese eco-cities. Plus Ou Ning, Shanghai deco, propaganda posters and the V&A in Shenzhen
Mad Architects draws on traditional Chinese painting and sensitivity to landscape to realise two contrasting landmark projects
MAD has landed an abstract metallic object in the middle of the Inner Mongolian desert, hoping to shape the barren region’s cultural identity.
Ma Yansong shot to fame when he became the first Chinese architect to win a major international competition. Now, with those winning towers approaching completion, he reflects on what it means to represent a country and a generation – and keep from becoming stale.
A preoccupation with public space has always been at the heart of Olafur Eliasson’s work. Now the Danish-Icelandic artist is designing his first solo building. “The mistake,” he says, “is claiming that what I’m doing is architecture”.
For the cover of our April issue, we commissioned London-based linocut illustrator Nick Morley to make a print of MAD’s Absolute Towers in Toronto. We asked him to take us through the process behind the artwork.
Olafur Eliasson and Ma Yansong’s smoke-filled room in Beijing sends Johanna Agerman on a journey of blind, misplaced faith.