In recent times China has emerged as the global laboratory for urbanization where one might witness some of the most refined and modern townships attracting visitors from all across the world. Expanding the urban areas of China, MAD has come up with a masterplan to design the ‘Huaxi city center’ of Guiyang, in collaboration with Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning and Design Institute, Studio 6. MDA invited 11 international architects, including 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) and Sou Fujimoto Architects (Japan), to carry out the urban development in South Western China.
The Huaxi city center will not only boast a modern township but also help in preserving the dramatic and beautiful landscape of the area. Giving a glimpse of future architecture, which looks more responsive and meaningful, the township is based on an Eastern understanding of nature that promises to reconnect the natural and man-made world. Uniting latest technologies and global ideas, the city center will feature a series of organic individual buildings, growing from natural environment, designed by different architects separately to produce a compound of diverse urban activities. Unlike the townships of the Western World, the Huaxi city center is ‘a manmade symbiosis, in harmony with nature’, allowing the residents to develop their own independent urban experience.