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 enrich your 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?
Bozar Ben Zeev 是来自荷兰的学生，目前就读于英国AA建筑学院，拥有该学院的ARB/RIBA Part 1学位；本科就读于荷兰代夫特科技大学，获得了建筑学士学位（优等毕业生）。
Bozar Ben Zeev is a Dutch student, currently studying in the Diploma School of the Architectural Association (AA). He holds an ARB/RIBA Part 1 Diploma from the Architectural Association, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree Cum Laude from the Delft Technical University.
Who is your favorite architect? Why?
Filippo Brunelleschi, for designing the dome of the Santa Maria del Fiore (Cathedral of Florence, Italy), which is not only a beautiful piece of architecture (and my favorite one), it is also a brilliant piece of engineering.
What is the major characteristic of your current school’s education?
The people at the Architectural Association (AA) have a very different approach to architecture compared to most other schools (I studied at theTechnical University of Delft in the Netherlands before). Their understanding of architecture, is much wider and more abstract, designing/constructing a building is just a very small part of architecture.
What have you gained during the MAD internship?
MAD has thought me the fine line between yet another crazy/organic design and a project that is just clever enough to be viable and buildable.
What are your thoughts and feelings upon Chinese Architecture and the environment? Any suggestion?
China’s political structure gives it the possibility to leap forwards at unprecedented pace, not just technologically but also in terms of urbanization.The rapid expansion of Chinese cities often leads to megalomaniac urban areas, that lack any notion of human scale. This transition not only resultsin modern cities that have lost their connection with nature, it also leads to an overall loss of the link with nature in contemporary society. It should be noted that this is not just a Chinese, but a global issue. But it can be extra devastating for a culture that used to have such strong connections withnature. Look to the west where this transition already took place, although not in such a quick pace, and learn from the mistakes made in urban planning and the role nature can play within a city.
What is your dream?
Creating architecture that inspires people and influences the architectural discourse and society in general.
What would you do if you were not an architect?
Either a politician or a physicist, although completely different fields from each other and from architecture, they both deeply interested me. One forgiving us a deeper understanding of the world and everything that exists around us, the other for its ability to influence society and change it for the better.
What is your dream project?
A project that inspires people and influences the architectural discourse and society in general.
What is your favorite project in your portfolio? Why?
– EUnique, for its design and the attempt to create an architectural object that embodies (be it very abstract) the common ground of European culture.
– The Office for Protest Architecture for its social agenda, the idea that architecture can be used as an activist tool in order to instigate change within
In these perilous times in which Europe seeks to achieve economic, legal and political unity within its continent, the resistance against the EU is ever increasing amongst its citizens as a result of the Euro Crisis and the subsequent spending cuts. In a society where the gap between the pro-European elite and the rest of the population has never been greater, there is a tremendous opportunity for European cultural institutions to
counteract this alienation. These cultural institutions should become the bridge between Europe and its people, and should exhibit the diverse cultural heritage that forms Europe, in order to bring more understanding of our common ground to every layer of society, and thus creating a more united Europe.
This design for a European Institute of Culture in Rotterdam, entitled EUnique, is a symbiosis between two principles. The first is, the almost paradoxical pursuit, to not only attract the cultural engaged social layer but also the cultural shallow group, who has its doubts as to “culture” andespecially a “European culture”. The most effective and engaging way to attract this target group is to create direct social functions (such as allotment gardens) with a wider attraction to the public, next to the traditional “cultural” functions (such as a library, an exhibition space and a concert hall).
The second idea is that a design for a cultural centre should not only facilitate culture, but should also express its own cultural context. The functionof a European Institute for Culture expresses itself within the architectural solutions present in this design. The most important and notable one is the shape of the building, it embodies how contemporary European society is founded on three eras of European history: Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire and Christianity.
THE CLOUD 云
Cloud Computing is an increasingly important phenomenon in our society. Now that the social contacts often shift to the Internet with services likeFacebook and Twitter, the concept of online privacy is becoming increasingly more present. Cloud computing encompasses any form of personal data storing on external servers, as is the case with Facebook and Twitter, as well as with e-mail and almost any online service. This shift of controlover our own data will have major implications for the privacy of the individual. Our medical files, bank transcripts, documents, pictures or any other secrets in digital form are becoming accessible to the outside world.
The Cloud is designed for the Science Centre in Delft and aims to stimulate awareness of the dangers and the merits of cloud computing. This design, which consists of a high-tech architectonic ‘’cloud’’, displays the online available personal information of each visitor on its translucent façade. In thisway the projection of the personal data is to be seen for everybody from the inside as well as the outside, literally embodying the ease in which our online personal information can be seen by everyone.
OFFICE FOR PROTEST ARCHITECTURE 维权建筑楼
The last decade has been marked by massive protests throughout the world. Rarely in history have so many people voiced their discontent with thecurrent political course of action. Yet rarely has mass protest resulted in so little change.
The Office for Protest Architecture was founded on the belief that architecture can be used as something more than just being another gift wrappingfor corporate or totalitarian impositions. Architecture can be used as a political tool, or even an activist tool in order to instigate change within society.
The Office for Protest Architecture is developing a number of inflatable devices to aid the millions of people around the world who protest for a moredemocratic society. The devices range from inflatable bombs that bring awareness to tourists, to bodysuits that protect against excessive police violence, and from zeppelins that bypass media censorship, to cars that turn into inflatable barricades.
RECYLCING THE CITY 城市中的循环利用
Commodities like copper, aluminium, steel and even oil are getting scarcer every day and prices are skyrocketing. The answer to the resource deprivation is urban mining, the city as a modern mine. Cell phones, computers, cars, buildings and other products are becoming the source for raw materials.
The Pavilion functions as an example of the future city, it is a travelling pavilion which is composed entirely out of urban waste. To be precise, it isconstructed out of the two biggest pollutants of the consumer society: plastic containers and cars. Plastic containers are recycled and reused as walland floor elements, steel and aluminium obtained from cars are used for the main construction.
This building doesn’t only represent urban mining by reusing materials, even the shape resembles a giant recycling symbol, creating a central courtaround which three ramps revolve. These slopes meet each other at the roof of the building, making it possible to walk from one to the other on boththe lowest and the highest level. This unusual design has the benefit of being simple to build and break down into small parts, making it easy to transport.
ELEVATED EARTH 伸出地面
该项目是位于Delftse Hout的观鸟台。 其设计基于形式化和实体化两种理念进行。Delftse Hout地区是荷兰Randstad大都市最后保留的自然区域之一，濒临灭绝的翠鸟栖息于此。观鸟台外形的灵感来自于翠鸟捕获猎物时的螺旋式潜水路线，象征翠鸟伸出地面的情景。周身布满繁茂苔藓的观鸟台仿佛成为大自然的一部分。为了在内部传达大自然的气息，观鸟台的墙壁内侧布满外部植物的根系。
Elevated Earth is the design for a bird observatory in the Delftse Hout. The design is based on two concepts: one relates to the shape and the other relates to the materialization. The Delftse Hout is one of the last remaining places within the Randstad metropolis where the Kingfisher, anendangered species still resides. The shape of the building is inspired by the special corkscrewing motion that a kingfisher makes when diving forits prey. This diving motion is captured within this shape, as to give the impression that a kingfisher majestically rises from the earth. By completelyovergrowing this shape with moss, this building seems to be part of nature itself. Even from the inside one should get the notion of walking within an extrusion of nature, which is why the walls on the inside consists entirely out of the roots of the outer vegetation.