We’ve collected the best Ma Yansong Quotes. Use them as an inspiration.
A lot of ancient poetry sees in nature a reflection of human emotions, and in a post-industrialized era, once people have become more aware of the necessity of a more harmonious relation between man and nature, we need to build cities which can connect with human spiritual needs instead of being merely functional.
We need architects to be visionaries.
The shan-shui city idea is trying to bring traditional values and ways of living to modern high-rise architecture.
Architects think that beauty is a crime.
When I was young and used to look at Chinese architecture, there was no clear definition between what was landscaping and what was architecture.
The difficulty with big cities does not lie in skyscrapers or high-rises per se; rather, it is the values concealed within those buildings which lead to the loss of our humanity and our sense of spiritual emptiness.
If we’re talking about the urban landscape as an advanced, forward-thinking art form, there must be some intellectual thinking involved.
Architects like to work in a problematic environment.
I don’t like to talk about sustainability, because sometimes I see green buildings that don’t appear any different from those in the past.
Historically, sci-fi movies have played an important role in inspiring young people.
I’m trying to express nature in big cities.
What if we treat the high-rise like a mountain, or we have gardens in the sky, or waterfalls? I think that’s the most challenging thing I want to try in my architecture.