Ma Yansong Featuring ‘NanjingZendaiThumbPlaza’ in BI-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture 2013 in Shenzhen
Ma Yansong presented its work, ‘ Shanshui Experiment Complex’ in the Border Warehouse of BI-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture
2013 in Shenzhen. This is an artwork in-between architecture model and landscape installation, created based on MAD’s latest project,
‘Nanjing Zendai Thumb Plaza’. The total area of this urban design project is about 600,000 sqm and it is expected to be completed in
The historic city Nanjing is famous for the mountain and water landscape around the city, as well as its modern prosperities. With the
culture, nature and history considered, we need to rethink how to define the boundary between the nature and the urban on this piece
of empty plot in the new city development area. Is it possible to combine the high-density city with the atmosphere of the nature to create
an energetic urban public space for the future, so people will re-connected their emotion with the nature?
The installation approaches those issues by creating a green open space spreading on the ground level of the city, where the natural
and man-made landscape cross over with each other, existing in different dimensions both indoors and outdoors. The clear boundary of
the site thus becomes blurred. While walking to their urban destination, people will feel as if they are sometimes walking in the nature.
Above that, a series of buildings rise in the fog with flowing lines, changing smoothly as integrity, resolving the vertical power and the
height competition, and the city skyline that used to be controlled by technology and power is now back to the artistic mood of
faraway-so-close that our ancients have perceived in the nature.