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Architects: MAD Location: Beijing, China Director in Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun Design Team: Dai Pu, Yu Kui, Stefanie Helga Paul, He Wei, Shen Jianghai Type: Courtyard Renovation Construction Engineers: Beijing Nade Environmental Art Design Co., Ltd. Construction Cost: 400,000RMB Project Year: 2009 Photographs: ShuHe, Fang Zhenning & Daniele Dainelli MAD’s proposal for the future Beijing 2050 was first revealed at its exhibition MAD IN CHINA in Venice during the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale. Beijing 2050 imagined three scenarios for the future of Beijing―a green public park in Tiananmen Square, a series of floating islands above the city’s CBD, and the “Future of Hutongs,” which featured metallic bubbles scattered over Beijing’s oldest neighborhoods. Three years later, the first hutong bubble has appeared in a small courtyard in Beijing. View more View full description
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