Curator Fang Zhenning and architects Ma Yansong and Meng Yan gave a brief overview of the urban development and architectural miracles that have taken place in China since the beginning of 21st century, which anticipated China becoming the turning point for development of world architecture.
Fang Zhenning is the most important architectural critic and curator in China. He was the chief curator of Chinese national pavilion during Venice Biennale in 2012. He also curated many international exhibitions regarding contemporary Chinese architecture all over the world, like "Go East" at MAXXI museum in Rome, 2011; "Architecture China: The 100 Contemporary Projects" in Mannheim, Germany 2012 and others.
Ma Yansong, MAD founding principal and Beijing-born architect. Ma Yansong is recognised as an important voice in the new generation of architects. Since the founding of MAD in 2004, his works in architecture and art have been widely published and exhibited. He graduated from the Beijing Institute of Civil Engineering and Architecture. Ma attended Yale University after receiving the American Institute of Architects Scholarship for Advanced Architecture Research in 2001 and holds a masters degree in Architecture from Yale. Ma Yansong was awarded the 2006 Architecture League Young Architects Award. In 2008 he was selected as one of the twenty most influential Young Architects today by ICON magazine, Fast Company named him one of the ten most creative people in architecture in 2009. In 2010 he became the first architect from China to receive a RIBA fellowship.
Meng Yan is a founding partner of Urbanus.He co-founded Urbanus with his partners Liu Xiaodu and Wang Hui in 1999, now Urbanus has become one of the most influential architectural design firms in China. More than a design practice, Urbanus is also a think-tank. It aims to formulate architectural strategy from the urban environment in general, and the ever changing urban conditions in specific locus. Urbanus always focuses on urban realities in China and seeks architectural solutions based on its research of the emerging urban problems. In 2009 Urbanus won the First Prize in the International Competition for Design Scheme of Crystal Island in Central District of Shenzhen in cooperation with OMA.
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