“Architects should be more critical and visionary” says Ma Yansong

Architects have become too close to the commercial world and should instead be proposing visionary ideas for the future, according to Chinese architect Ma Yansong of MAD.

The profession needs to learn from past movements including the modernists, the metabolists and deconstructivists, Ma said, and form movements capable of influencing society.

“Architecture in society today is too collaborative to the commercial world,” Ma told Dezeen. “We should be more critical and be more visionary.”

Ma, founder of Beijing-based practice MAD, was in London this week for the RIBAInternational Conference, which Dezeen live streamed.

After the conference he said that architects had a role to play in solving the big problems facing the world, including climate change and the future of cities, but were failing to find a collective voice to influence the debate.

“I think architects have a major role in being responsible for illustrating what the future could be,” Ma said. “Because of the very strong political and commercial climate, many architects are trying very hard to solve everyday issues, to respond to the authorities.”

“For sure those are important issues but we have a higher role, to be visionary.”

Ma said that young architects today often leave their visionary ideas behind when they leave architecture school, when “they have to do very practical things and get jobs.”

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