Dezeen promotion: Japanese magazine a+u: Architecture and Urbanism has dedicated its 600th issue to the experimental work of international studio MAD, including its newly completed YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten in Beijing.
Dreamscape features a total of 22 projects by the studio, including architecture and designs produced by its studios across Beijing, Jiaxing, Los Angeles, and Rome.
The title and theme for the magazine, Dreamscape, was chosen to reflect MAD's experimental and futuristic approach to design, which a+u said "balances itself ambiguously between art and architecture".
"Since its beginning, the studio has been experimental and bold with its futuristic designs," a+u writes in the magazine preface.
"To MAD, it is also important that the environment they built maintains spiritual and emotional connections with people through nature," it continued.
"The result of this combination of technology and nature is a type of fiction-architecture that balances itself ambiguously between art and architecture."
Each project feature gives readers an insight into the studio's creative process, featuring early conceptual sketches and models to complete final designs.
There is also a written piece by MAD's architect Dang Qun, structural engineer Gao Ying and facade engineer Yu Hui that sheds light on the technicalities behind the studio's work.
Nanjo's essay explains that MAD has "redefined architecture as a new nature".
"The architecture that MAD creates is seen as a kind of landscape," he explained. "In terms of how it takes its starting point from architecture, the landscape undeniably seeks to become a city. Yet, it also represents a new kind of nature that surrounds and encircles us."
In the essay titled Convolutions, Migayrous cites the studio's Tunnel of Light as one of the most significant projects that give an insight into "Yansong's aesthetic quest".
"Ma Yansong's architecture is open, and its emerging morphologies resonate with the tensions induced by their sites," he explained.
The a+u publication was first issued in 1971 and is Japan's only monthly magazine dedicated to sharing architecture news and discourse from the world.
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