MAD no doubt is one of the most recognized architectural practices in China and worldwide. Every year,MAD receives countless job and internship applications. To be able to work at MAD will definitely enrichyour career as even though the people working here might have been lucky, but are undeniably outstanding. What could possibly be on the minds of the MAD interns?
Name: Susie Jiang
Educational Institution: Zhejiang University
Nationality: P. R. China
Who is your favourite architect? Why?
It is really hard to find a sparkling ass-kicking architect who can cause me goose bumps these days. But in general, I will focus on the architects who hold intensively distinct self-opinions to the world, like Zaha Hadid. Although nowadays her works have received various comments including both praises and criticisms, she in her early stage was definitely amazing in an irreplaceable way, and is also my first truly beloved architect.
What is the major characteristic of your current school’s education?
Zhejiang University has a very open and free environment, with a very wide platform, where some kind of self-designed college life is actually realizable. Of course, you will also pay a price for that; but this environment is not that good for the architectural education. Compared to the undergraduate phase, it is necessary for each teacher with his distinct pursuit and style to lead his students to conduct some designs that at least contain partial research property, rather than almost all the teachers prefer their students operating architectures in realistic and commercial directions, which pays too much attention to planar rationality and is lack of a freely exploring process from concepts to the eventual integral result. Certainly the market requires a large amount of such talents to be cultivated, whose influence is inevitable for the education in universities because they cannot be unrealistically required to exist in the world independently. After all, a lot of concerned problems are related to the development process of China, which I will not say more about in case this becomes too political. Anyhow, the support and tolerance my alma mater has offered me already make me very grateful.
What have you gained during the MAD internship?
MAD has given me a lot of opportunities beyond an “intern”. In fact, if you desire doing something and going hard, the company will make a certain degree of adjustment for you to do more and experience more. As it is the company who offered me my first official internship, I can hardly make comparison between MAD and other firms or companies. But I believe that the persistence and exploration of MAD for its own style are considerably admirable to everyone who has worked in it.
What are your thoughts and feelings upon Chinese Architecture and the environment?
This is a very large and in-depth issue, which I don’t think I can condescend to make any comment on. Having spent five years of my career in architecture, I only know about a tip of iceberg of this industry. I think my advice is: to study diligently, make some process day by day, and serve your motherland well when you grow up.
What is your dream?
In another two or even three decades, my parents and I will be able to make jokes in ease and peace, watch some movies, and talk about the life and work of each of us together, instead of letting my far-reached steps isolate us. This is my dream.
What would you do if you were not an architect?
A war correspondent, who took a number of pictures and adventures deep in the places full of war and gunpowder such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Africa, who wept a lot and were often heart-broken, lives a life full of bragging, article writing and movie watching when she gets back to his motherland.
What is your dream project?
Every project I can make decisions and designs about is my dream project. Especially after I stepped in society and started to work, I think having a chance like that is already realizing my dream.
What is your favourite project in your portfolio? Why?
When you haven’t done it yet, you always consider it pretty awesome. But several days later you will feel terrible, not knowing if the situation will be the same as your ability develops. Anyway, the child from another family is always better, while your own child always has a variety of problems.
ON THE ROAD
“The only people that interest me are the mad ones. The ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time. The ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing but burn, burn. Burn like fabulous roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”– Jack Kerouac
[CIRCULATION] • [OUTDOORS IN LONDON]• [UP IN THE AIR]
DEDICATED TO MY BELOVED MOTHER AND FATHER. TO THOSE WHO HAVE BELIEVED IN ME THROUGH HARD TIME. TO
THE GREAT ARCHITECTS. TO OUR TIME. TO MYSELF.
[循环] • [伦敦窗外]• [直冲云霄]
[循环]: 林间深处 书吧设计 本科学生作业
[ CIRCULATION ]: Deep In the Woods Book Bar Design Independent undergraduate project
时间: 9月- 11月2010
” 生老病死皆此有故，此生故彼生；此无故彼无，此灭故彼灭。” ——–佛说
Tutor: Hui Wang Solo work
Location: Hangzhou, China Time: September- November, 2010
” Through birth, dacay, death, lamentation, pain, are conditioned. When this is not, that is not; this is ceasing, that ceases. ”
内部空间受 Christopher Nolan导演的电影<Inception> 深深启发，我运用5*5 方格阵隐喻了电影中五层的意识空间，外围的16个方格有规律的高差变化隐喻了人们进入或离开某一层的意识，內围的9个方格则连接起外围相同高度的方格形成一层空间，试图重现荷兰画家M.C.Escher的名画 <Ascending and Descending>。循环的空间隐喻了人们在书海中无法自拔，隐喻了人类原始求知欲的强烈。
We live in circulation. From born to death, all things circulate, ending back to nature.
In the process of Western urbanization, skyscrapers were the symbol of technological mastery, abundant capital, and a stratified society, ignoring an intuitive longing to reengage with nature. Deep in the woods calls for the memory of nature and the artificial in oriental philosophy and reconnects urbanity to the natural realm.
The inner space was Inspired by the film <Inception> directed by Christopher Nolan.I used 5 * 5 cube arrays to represent the 5 layers in the sense of space in the movie. While the regular elevation changes for 16 cubes in the periphery means people entering or leaving a layer of consciousness, the inner 9 cubes connected with the cube with the same height in the periphery forms a layer of space. I tried to represent the Dutch painter M.C.Escher’s famous painting “Ascending and Descending”. The looped space is a metaphor of people in a sea of books, reflecting the strong curiosity of mankind. It was later chosen as one of the most distinguished designs of the year.(2011)
Bar in the woods and Woods in the bar
Deep In the Woods provides a space where one can read, walk, sit, explore, and experience the feeling to be in nature. Its reflected part of the exterior hides itself deep in the woods, its transparent part lets the wood in.
By using different materials, which lead to different influences. Deep in the Woods provides a solution for the contradiction betweenmodern architecture and nature.
[OUT DOOR[S] IN LONDON ]:
EXPLORING LONDON’S PRIVATE SPACE & PUBLIC SPACE
英国伦敦大学巴特雷特建筑学院暑期课程 指导教师: Hugh McEwen 合作作业
地点: Bartlett School of Architecture, Wates House, 22 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0QB
The Bartlett School of Architecture Summer School Tutor: Hugh McEwen Team work Location: Bartlett School of Architecture, Wates House, 22 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0QB
Having field trip exploring notable public and private spaces from Westminster, through the Southbank to Bank, I’ve been able to observe and explore outdoor life in London. Based on this observation and research, my fellows and I used waste rubbish to model the private space and public space in London.
From The Shard to The South Bank
“Not long ago, a high-rise building named ‘ The Shard ‘ rose in London. The height – 300 meters makes it the highest building in European Union, while the shape – a sword towards the sky makes local residents very uncomfortable. It reminds me of Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea. Both of them represented an ambition of power, a sick worship in the extreme. All the ‘ faiths ‘ those buildings conveyed that have nothing to do with the people’s living in contemporary cities. Perhaps that’s the reason people feel awful about certain buildings in the city.”
—- Ma Yansong’s special column “Cities’ ambitions and dreams” , New Art, the monthly issue of The Beijing News, on May 8, 2013.
While South Bank, on the other hand, is quite enjoyable not only for tourists, but also for those who actually live in London. I found quite a few places that are quite interesting. Small playgrounds for kids are everywhere: so that children can really have places to stay when they go out with their family; cafe and restaurants tend to set the bounds more “outdoor”, so that people can go out, enjoying the sunshine, coffee or beer, chatting with their friends.
Here are some of my interests.
Public Space Focused upon the kinetic device ‘merry-go-around/carousel’, the device is used by children, riding on miniature cars; this space is open to all. Although the device is situated or anchored into one position, this public space/movement is temporary, and can be relocated at will. It engages all members of the public into an indirect conversation of enjoyment/fun. The merry-go-around is circled/enclosed by a boundary ‘metal fencing’ (control of space) this is also temporary and adaptable and moveable by members of the public to gain access to the merry-go-around. Private Space Small agricultural structures, dotted the Southbank, exhibiting how nature can co-exist in the city and within these structures, were sitting areas/benches where individuals could sit/read/talk or small groups could do the same. These areas of solitude/privacy broke up the traffic of people walking up and down along the Southbank. Small reading spaces, and this exchange of ideas, of one to one, to one to many, where enhanced through how space can be defined or controlled and/or expanded/manipulated to fit a small to a large browsing/larger reading areas on the Southbank.
[ 直冲云霄 ]:
[ UP IN THE AIR ]:
2012 TSINGHUA PARAMETRIC WORKSHOP
票选优秀设计第二名 合作者: 吴心怡（浙江大学）
指导教师: 黄蔚欣，覃菘，Michael Hansmeyer 地点: 巴丹吉林沙漠 时间:7月 – 8月, 2012
Voted Second Place excellent work Partner: Xinyi Wu（Zhejiang University） Tutor: Michael Hansmeyer, Weixin Huang, Song Qing
Type: experimental design Location: Badain Jaran Desert, Western China Time: July – August, 2012
Totem Culture Research
Name: Susie Jiang 姜雪竹
Educational Institution: Zhejiang University
Nationality: P. R. China