Arquitectura Viva 248: MAD Architects
Fluid Forms. By the time he had passed his 40s, the precocious Ma Yansong was already at the helm of a practice based in three countries and boasting a long list of works that demonstrate a fondness for buildings “flowing with people” and throbbing with an oneiric spatiality and a close bond with the territory: recurring motifs which Arquitectura Viva presents through four cultural projects located in his native land: the opera house of Harbin, the Cloudscape building in Haikou, a congress center in Yabuli, and a sports park in Quzhou.
Meanwhile, this issue’s dossier features six operations that have won the year’s Aga Khan Award for Architecture: the revamp of a riverside spot in Jhenaidah (Bangladesh) by Co.Creation Architects; a series of community spaces in Rohingya refugees camps in Bangladesh, by Rizvi Hassan, Khwaja Fatmi, and Saad Ben Mostafa; Banyuwangi International Airport in Blimbingsari (Indonesia) by andramatin; the Argo Museum in Tehran (Iran) by ASA North; the renovation of a house by Oscar Niemeyer in Tripoli (Libya), by East Architecture Studio; and finally the Kamanar Secondary School in Thionck Essyl (Senegal), by DAW Office.
In Art/Culture, Jorge Gorostiza analyzes the minimalist aesthetic of many recent movies and TV series, and Aida Navarro Redón explores how the development of video games has from the start had ties to architecture. The usual News and Books sections are complemented this time around by the speech that Juan Villoro delivered at his induction into Mexico’s National Academy of Architecture, and a tribute to the recently deceased Bruno Latour, written by Eduardo Prieto.