Ma Yansong x Thomas Heatherwick

Virtual World Tour – Opening Event 

Here we go! Now that we can not meet you and our speakers at a fully booked auditorium, we will bring the speakers directly to your homes and offices.

Starting in November, we will “visit” selected countries around the world and virtually meet some of their most relevant architects. The current list of countries includes Singapore, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Denmark, the Netherlands, South Korea, China, Estonia/Lithuania, South Africa, Mexico, and the United States.

For the opening event, we will have two of our most admired architects participating together on our virtual stage, who will talk about their personal experiences and important creative periods in their lives and, as always at “AnA“, not a word may be lost about their projects.  

Join us on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 live from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CET, Berlin time), to listen to the following inspiring architects:

Ma Yansong, MAD Architects, Beijing, www.i-mad.com
Thomas Heatherwick, Heatherwick Studio, London, www.heatherwick.com

There will be a rerun (not live) from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m (CET, Berlin time)

This event is kindly supported by JUNG.

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Programme live 

12:45 p.m. – “Doors open”
1:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. – Welcome
1:10 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. – Speakers (20-Minute talk & 10-Minute interview)
2:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Discussion with questions from the audience

Rerun stream (replay, not live)

6:45 p.m. – “Doors open”
7:00 p.m. – 7:10 p.m. – Welcome
7:10 p.m. – 8:10 p.m. – Speakers (20-Minute talk & 10-Minute interview)
8:10 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Discussion with questions from the audience

Information about the format Architects, not Architecture.

Architects, not Architecture aims to bring to the stage what we normally don’t see. We invite well-known architects, who instead of talking about their award winning international projects, are asked to talk about themselves. They speak about their path, their influences and experiences, and dive deeper into their intellectual biography. This makes possible a better understanding of their work, without them even mentioning it.

Information about the speakers

Ma Yansong, born in Beijing, is recognized as an important voice in the new generation of architects. He is the first Chinese architect to win an overseas landmark-building project. As the founder and principal of MAD Architects, Ma leads design across various scales. In recent years, many of Ma’s designs follow his conception of the “Shanshui City”, which is his vision to create a new balance among society, the city and the environment through architecture. Since designing the “Floating Island” in 2002, Ma has been exploring this idea through an international practice.

At MAD, Ma has created a series of imaginative works, including Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Absolute Towers, Harbin Opera House, Hutong Bubble 32, Ordos Museum, Chaoyang Park Plaza, Huangshan Mountain Village, etc. In 2014, Ma was selected as the principal designer for Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which made him the first Chinese architect to design overseas culture landmark. Parallel to his design practice, he has also been exploring with the public the cultural values of cities and architecture through domestic and international solo exhibitions, publications and art works. www.i-mad.com

Thomas Heatherwick, is a British designer whose prolific and varied work over two decades is characterised by its ingenuity, inventiveness and originality. Defying the conventional classification of design disciplines, Thomas founded Heatherwick studio in 1994 to bring the practices of design, architecture and urban planning together in a single workspace. Thomas’ unusual approach applies artistic thinking to the needs of each project, resulting in some of the most acclaimed designs of our time.

Based in London, Heatherwick Studio is currently working on approximately 30 projects in ten countries Following the Gold Award success of the UK Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo in 2010, Heatherwick Studio has gone on to win exciting design briefs including 1000 Trees, a mixed-use development in Shanghai; and new headquarters for Google in Silicon Valley and London (in collaboration with BIG, currently under construction). The studio has recently completed a new public centrepiece for Hudson Yards in New York; the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, the first museum of its kind on the continent; and Coal Drops Yard, a major new retail district in King’s Cross, London. Thomas has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, a Royal Academician and in 2004 became the youngest Royal Designer for Industry. www.heatherwick.com