International firms invited by MAD to design “Huaxi City Centre” in China

MAD recently organized a collaborative masterplanning project in South West China. Ten young international architects were invited to take part in an urban experiment, to design a new city centre on a scenic natural site close to the city of Guiyang. The participating architects were: Atelier Manferdini (USA), BIG (DENMARK), Dieguez Fridman (ARGENTINA), EMERGENT/Tom Wiscombe (USA), HouLiang Architecture (CHINA), JDS (DENMARK/BELGIUM), MAD (CHINA), Mass Studies (KOREA), Rojkind Arquitectos (MEXICO), Serie (UK/INDIA), Sou Fujimoto Architects (JAPAN).

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Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "International firms invited by MAD to design “Huaxi City Centre” in China" 17 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • birdie

    sou fujimoto steals the show!

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  • Katsudon

    Wow Catastrophic! Some people forgot the meaning of being an architect to take the opportunity to be a star here!
    Or maybe the goal of the experiment was precisely to show how silly it is to put a CBD in the most beautiful rice fields of China? Yeah! Destroy man! Skintecture is boring!

  • Improf

    I bet when you are invited, you would have a totally different perspective. Katsudon.

  • YS

    Do you think the Serie’s project looks like another version of MVRDV’s Silicon Hill? …
    (Silicon Hill:

  • dave

    YS–Serie’s project looks more like a colorless version of Future System’s library for Prague, no?

  • SL

    dave is right,it’s more like that.And Houliang’s project looks familiar too.

  • louisa

    ugliet clusters of monsterous forms ever existed.
    Please don’t pollute china and No more eye soar in china!!!!!
    don’t place your ugliest in our country

  • Ceno

    agree.. this is horrible, an elementary school kid could do this too

  • tommi

    Houliang’s proposal looks very similar to JDS’s Big Brother House of ordos 100.

  • simon

    Most of the projects here I’m sure have merit within their own individual investigations. However all of them seem to have completely ignored some fundamental considerations that are critical to being good architecture, or good development. In their own egotistical effort centralized on individual investigations that are exclusive of both the site and each other, they’ve managed to effectively destroy another beautiful piece of China and turn it into a pile of children’s toys. I mean, jimi hendrix is amazing, but you can’t make a band from a dozen jimi hendrixs.

  • chicago-g

    a very good example that “architect” tends to design only for image, for getting attention, for surprsing people. MAD started with copying ZAHA, and has not changed yet so far. not a surprise such a event organised by them ends up like a disaster.

  • Simon

    It’s a speculative project, simon et al. Nothing has been destroyed. I think at this time, projects of improvisation are very necessary. In a previous recession, and before he became the wise old man of the blogs, Woods had detractors flashing knives at his floating city drawings.

  • Keomi

    This disaster of a masterplan is the result of too many architects and no landscape architects, urban designers, planners and yes even engineers! For a sensible masterplan you need a multidisciplinary team lead by someone who understands the site, not a collection of egos trying to out-do each other. (Simon’s Jimi Hendrix annalogy is perfect.)

  • Xing

    a perfect destroy when crazy masses meet up with the agriculture contours.

  • mmedinah22

    Very amazing project.Nice to see something from Rojkind Arquitectos

  • xxx

    wow, what a waste of webspace. who wants to see this kind of “architecture”. total lack of masterplan or open space. the buildings themself all second or third grade student work. sometimes it would be better to have eiter skill or spend some work or effort on projects rather than knocking them out on a daily basis. freakish stuff. this dineylandish approach to architecture has reached the young hot guys and third grade architects. think of ordos 100, busan, now that. it’s getting worse and worse. looks like a graveyard for ugly towers.

    while real architecture firms are collapsing all over the world and people are sacked in the thousands every months we need to see how the big players turn worse and worse (check zahas and coop himmelb(l)au’s latest schemes if you want) and now those silly project mock and ridicule our education. maya can’t save the world guys, and rhino won’t either.

    architecture is going the wrong way. maybe we all need a crash to re-evaluate and rethink our profession.

    • Goag

      i totally agree……

  • Al

    geez…. this is ridiculous. these aren’t amazing projects and I don’t understand how this collaboration responds to the challenges of building in China or even functions as a masterplan. If this is the work and vision of young architects at their most imaginative and free-thinking, our profession has something to worry about. Not even nice eye candy in most proposals… pure self ingratiation. You participating ‘architects’ should really reexamine your motivations.

  • Juan

    I do really like Rojkind Arquitectos, not this project…

  • flip

    i think that, its too much for a communist country..

  • Danny

    This is a bad copy of an idea of a chinese garden which was given before by an Iranian designer ( Habibeh Madjdabadi ) in MOCAPE Shenzhen Competition

  • Alan

    Most of these projects are just an insult to the landscape…
    what happened to the 3500 years of China’s history? I bet none of these ‘architects’ had a look through China’s culture, history… What worries me the most is that most of cities around the world are starting to look like this ! I think our planet should be called ‘planet dump’ instead !

    On a positive side, there are a few of them worth having a closer look. The proposals by Serie and mass studies are interesting in my opinion, they both have a better gesture towards the landscape but still have a lot to improve !

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  • zhang ruizhi

    so disappointed to look at this kind

  • norman phung

    It is so irresponsible. I supposed by now we would have expected that from MAD. When will architects stand up and say no to developers doing project such as theses? Go dense in urban areas and waste any more of fertile land.