马岩松通常被认为实现东西方之间价值的桥梁，他从中国和日本的传统方法，包括“结构，景观，光，植物，水”的建筑设计中发现重要的灵感; 换句话说，正如他在2016年向纽约时报解释的一样，“整个大环境”是基于建筑空间体验而言的。 尽管这些建筑外观展现出满满的未来感，但是马岩松的设计在景观和自然之间有着深刻的联系，试图缓解建筑和人们之间的互动。
2014年，马岩松被评为年度全球青年领袖，这也是中国第一个被授予该奖项的人。 “世界经济论坛”称赞马岩松是一个自我致力于探索建筑的未来，结合山水的城市密度，功能和精神，重新建立人与自然的情感联系的建筑师。 随着马岩松继续思考和设计这些城市，让人们“保持自然，回归自然”，世界将开始看到更多MAD设计的自然城市，以重新连接自然世界和我们的生活。
The World needs more people like him
Vernon Hunter only true architects do what he do whom only work with nature not against it
This may sound weird but seeing his multidimensional aquarium brought tears to my eyes. It was such a kind and caring way of design.
I love this guy.
Edited to add: Elon should have contracted Yansong to design his cyber truck ;-)
JamesThomas Yeah, no joke. That thing is hideous.
Yeah the problem is Elon was looking for 100% efficiency and functionality. The chinese guy himself says that these boxy buildings may have been functional and efficient but they are hella ugly, repetitive and blocks out nature. Elon needed something that's repetitive , easy , functional and efficient on resources to build.
@T. B. I think the cyber truck looks beautiful.
Only With Buts
This guy claims to be architect? That is too humble
He is an actual artist!
he copy's and pastes mountain design into buildings
Architect are better than an artist because building like that will have tons of technical issues.
Art is purely look. Architect is art + science + function + practicality
What is your definition of architect?
For someone who is studying architecture, this talk was extremely inspiring and full of hope! Thank you for providing us such great quality content, TED :-))
exactly me thought....it is so informative... such a great way of thinking
My country is filled with ugly, cheap, "practical" buildings that legitimately make me depressed to go outside. I already have depression as it is, so it's not helping.
So I've been thinking a lot about why architecture doesn't seem to take the human "spirit" into account and how our mood, moral and motivation can be easily affected by our surroundings. We need beautiful and interesting buildings/structures and nature all around us and within our modern cities and neighborhoods just as much as we need them to be practical, and it doesn't have to be a contradiction.
A happy, inspired person is less depressed and more productive. More motivated and compassionate and creative. Our brains need more than just practicality, and I think it should be considered just as crucial, basic and necessary.
The atmosphere surrounding us can change us and the world we live in.
That's why I've been hoping for architects like him to appear (although I still wish for more color as well. I'm sick of white and gray, which my country is full of).
Keep up the good work. I hope you keep designing buildings all around the world and inspire many others after you.
Not only your country. whole world.since Industrial age
If you don't mind me asking, what country do you live in?
3:30 I used to live near these buildings when I was 7 and was extremely fond of their unique shape. I was so shocked to find out that this was the person who designed them! I really wish more architects design buildings with an emphasis of nature with them, they are truly marvelous!
Mr.Yansong, you have created masterpieces and your buildings are beautiful
Make architecture great again. Modern architecture looks like somebody mashed together a bunch of geometric shapes, plastered the building with windows and hoped it would look futuristic. In reality it's just atrocious, architecture form the 19th, 18th, 17th, 16th centuries are a thousand times better then modern abominations.
And even older building as well. I too prefer old buildings and shops over anything we have today (accept some places where structures like this are still preserved), I understand that they are less sustainable and practical. Especially with today's large and ever growing population and the new alternatives offered by technology. Still, I think they are much lovelier and wish we could be surrounded with colorful and beautiful little buildings like that, made from natural materials (although with the amount necessary today, that would be bad news to nature and the ecosystem, unfortunately).
You are comparing a regular building to a super expensive building.
I got the exact same thaught:
If you look at gothic cathedrals everybody is amazed - but if you look at todays building it feels like backwards evolution in architecture.
However there is one thing that has to be considered:
when the room is round and maybe even the walls are bent: how do we put box shaped furniture in it?
Like: imagine a egg shaped floor... where do you put a box shaped wardrobe?
It can't be placed in any corner since there are no corners... so what is the next step here?
The answer can obviously only be: it needs furniture that fit perfectly to the bent wall.
But this comes with a very high price: first of all you can not move the furniture anymore because it only fits in one place.
So it becomes much less flexible if you want to move furniture around.. or buy new ones.
think of the costs of such building with shapes that have such bent walls and bent furniture:
it will cost SOOOO much more because ever bit needs to custom made...
I bet its more than 10 times the costs! - while at the same time housing less then half number of people inside...
so it becomes some elite uperclass thing...
Next look at his volcano park: imagine beeing a gardener that sits on a lawn mower driving up and down the weird shapes - it would soon drive you crazy I think... - so the challenge here is not just to make it look smooth, round and appealing but also keeping it A) practical B) functional C) structally stable D) efficent (to clean for example) and E) affordable ...
So while his buildnigs sure look fancy - I bet living inside of one is a nightmare.
@MrDQMYNATOR I like to add another thing, if one component of that building is damaged and needs replacement, that component will has to be custom made. And in my experience curvy building has tons of technical issues, especially with water.
Lol, someones been watching too much Paul Joseph Watson's videos.
Only credit you have is that the majority of developers/builders, particularly apartment builders, who fund the architects, only want to maximise their profits. Which is why there are so many cookie-cutter box buildings.
@MrDQMYNATOR Contextually speaking, cathedrals had access to a lot more resources and funding. It's a church, a place of gathering. What are you comparing a church to?
Also, many European regulations prevent neighbours from building taller; which is why they seem so amazing in their setting.
this is veeery beautiful , i am deeply interested in art and beauty , and always found the cubics architecture entities deprived from soul ,and as i merge them with nature they are brought to life , i ve seen some buildings only with conrete ,no coating color which i found veery beautiful as well !!
One day in the future we will look back on "modern architecture" (soulless boxes) as a mistake
LIU TIAN HUANG
In love with what he said...soulless match boxes and this reminded me of- the straight line belongs to men, the curved one to God.
That's some awesome star trek design there.
Great talk!! While looking at those beautifully and thoughtful designed building, surrounding boxes started to look especially ridiculous.
The “dancing” towers prove that you can build both organic, yet urban - for many people per small area. But what I see it requires time and effort. Not just copying one project again and again.
I’m from Kyiv, Ukraine and we have a lot left from Soviet Union invasion. You can google it, it looks terrible! Sometimes parts of the city looks like other... cities. Yeah.
But even new projects are still sometimes repeated throughout the town. I hope that we will change it in the future.
Very inspiring TED talk!
Volcano mountain matches with his talk. Other projects is not good enough. Need to be more natural
The fishes in the second tank would be like, “where the heck are we? I can’t find my way.”
Mellia Boom Bot
Amazing, when I started my Sociology degree in 1993 I remember reading in my first text book (Sociology Giddens) about Native Americans and how Teepees because of their angles, made for better perception. Interesting to hear this lovely man so many years later, beautiful buildings and kind to fish.
Stephanie Elizabeth Mann
Beautifully and serenely encapsulating the footprint of our life within the grandeur of the environment.
I wish this mindset existed 20 years ago when I was deciding my career. I wanted to do architecture, but was struggling with inspiration. What a great talk.
Being someone who was born and raised in China, I am very proud of this “back to the nature” concept, which China has abandoned for 70 years! What concern me is the reality, like the severe pollution, the real estate bubbles, and most of all, the currant political situation. Remember the “tofu-dreg project” led 6898 school buildings collapsed in 2008 during the earthquake, left over 5K school children dead? I admire the design, but my question is the quality of these new construction...
One of the many reasons I want to visit China
They bring purpose to their design . . .
Its totally inspiring TED! Thanks for uploading!
I love his designs. Very beautiful and inspiring.
Truly an inspiring talk! I wish all building projects could be done this way, making the buildings fit the landscape instead of forcing the landscape to accommodate the buildings. There are currently several major building projects going on in my city, and instead of trying to blend them into the beautiful surrounding nature, they are blasting away all the rocks, cutting down the trees, and flattening the ground, covering everything with asphalt, gravel and perfectly square tiles. And all the new buildings are identical glass cubes that keep reaching higher and higher, menacingly looming over the tiny passersby like giant monsters. It makes me so sad.
Toàn Nguyễn Thanh
Perfect! Amazing and respect him architecture
Lovely dynamic buildings. Just make the cities more interesting.
I need to build one home in the shape of human
Definitely all visual marvels of design. As for skyscrapers, I find the concept itself grotesque from a housing and population perspective, so no matter what shape, they will always disgust me.
The volcano building and opera house were my favorites!!! They blended in so well I could hardly find the structure of them.
He changed my mind :))
Inspiring designs. Quite a union of the natural forms, landscape and functionality.
Nice looking. I have a few questions: 1. are they sustainable like nature? 2. are these buildings only for rich (always big capital needed)? These are questions about what his nature means: Is his nature defined by the outlook (nice looking)? Or does his nature include function/sustainability/changing/life..? He started a fish story, so I hope his concept about nature covers the latter. I hope there is a follow-up talk.
Good point. There are some grounds to cover yet between the real and the ideal. At this point though an engineer would have to carry the conversation
I would love to have a follow-up talk when practicing I find myself keep going back to cubicle shape because how efficient it's. From maintain to cost to produce and it's far easier to find interiors.
Now I know why there are weird buildings. We need more architects like him.
Su Nyein Nwe
Thank you for your initiative.
One day we can combine ourself with the nature again.
wow this is so amazing
Omar El Rifai
We need the cities to look more like this, and the cars to look more like the Cybertruck
Currently, it is critically important to live in harmony with nature. p.s. I wanted to visit China
I really liked his speech which gave me useful informations about architecture.And l reckon he is a perfect artist
I guess this is what Kenneth Frampton described as "arts (architecture) towards pure scenography."
Question: how would you make a safe and functional elevator that can be shaped as nature should be?
Finally, TED as it used to be. Thanks!
I think the way to test if the fish like the tank would be to connect the custom tank to the standard square one and see which tank they spend more time in.
These buildings look really awesome
So grateful he's taken his creative energy and put it out into the world!
this inspired me to finish my portfolio to apply to architecture school. this is amazing
Let me partly disagree. I, for instance, live in Kharkov, with standard "boxy" buildings built in Soviet Union, that most commenters would hate. Such natural design is, undisputably, beautiful and great. BUT. Is it a necessity? Is it cheap enough to build, to project? For cities like Kharkov, that suffers from severe financial shortages, is it really number one priority? Why isn't any way to make "boxy buildings" look more natural???
Loved this! Beautiful buildings. Completely inspiring.
I like The Mad architects Work and the Harbin opera really is a masterpiece, but these are still not fully sustainable buildings, the ambient impact is still big, they still use a huge source of water, electricity and harmful resources to construct this, I hope one day Mr. Yansong's work can be fully sustainable and still preserving the beauty of its design.
He has such an awesome perspective to merge architecture with nature!!!
Wonderful to see a unique and refined Chinese approach to architecture. High time this culture reassured a true architectural voice.
I feel like my life started after watching my first TED talk.
I work for the Developer that constructed the Marilyn Monroe buildings in Mississauga Toronto! Thumbs up to Mr Ma! My company - fernbrookhomes.com
我为在多伦多密西沙加（Mississauga Toronto）建造玛丽莲梦露（Marilyn Monroe）建筑的开发商工作！竖起大拇指给马先生！我的公司-fernbrookhomes.com
Wow this guy is miles ahead of the competition, And he is showin us the way we should be designing our future
Ma and Bjarke are the best architects of our times and their works will influence the future architecture. Thank you both for your work and vision!
So great to come back to organic architecture as did Frank Lloyd Wright!
回到有机建筑领域真是太好了，就像弗兰克·劳埃德·赖特（Frank Lloyd Wright）一样！
Box and rectangular-shaped buildings are commonly used n architecture because they are standard designs but it's also a visual representation of man's attempt to create order and control in nature, which is chaotic and random, so a more nature-inspired building does create a better sense of unity with nature
The reason we don't build buildings like that is because it is too expensive. If we built all our buildings like that in America, half the population would be homeless.
And so I wonder how homeownership works in China. Does anyone know?
Architecture should inspire itself from nature and the vernacular.
Hi, great city with beautiful buildings! Hopefully i will be able to forfill my entrepreneurs dreams in the future and drive to Bejing in my business Truck! (Being developed as we speak!) keep up the good work.
Where are you right now? I used to drive from Paris to Beijing 10 years ago and it was a great fun.
Wei thats cool! My truck is n the making. Finished next year spring.. approx! Trip Sounds like... a Challenge! Thx
@The SuitedTruckDriver Just read the Description on your page. Fascinating! I wish you good luck
Wei thanks, i will create updates and show the world our ambition on (truck) wheels!
Thank you Ma Yansong.
We need all architecture to follow our natural world.
Me as an architect and a concepts designer my aims and target not to do typical designs but only a unique shapes things than never been designed and be a generator for new idea for future architects
Too many people see a thousand buildings with the same face and don't identify any problems
Chinese people have a very interesting perspective on art
Nice sculptures, but unless it is able to create greater profit, it will not be mainstream. It takes money to make buildings, and those with money want their money back.
That's marvelous but I bet there are real engineering innovations behind the scene (like better computer simulation or better building material perhaps) that makes this now possible. It's not that people in the past love and prefer the box-type building but because they are practical (save money) and more importantly they are structurally safe. You don't want to invest millions of dollars in building a building that can collapse and kill a lot of people. What the artist can imagine requires an engineer to make possible. One day you will see a floating city in the sky and you asked why people in the past never thought of that before... Ah, yeah, that's because it's technologically impossible to do it before. Before the artist can be a revolutionary, you need a revolutionary engineer.
So talented. I also hate those cheap and ugly looking same squared buildings. His buildings have respect for the surrounding environment and landscape. This was pure art.
Sorry but the brown/black "mountain" looks like crap - especially placed next to boxy buildings! - worst possible placement ! - he should have build somewhere else maybe but this is just ridiculous.
Cool. But those designs don't look pedestrian friendly. They look great to visit and explore but how fast can you get from point A to point B if all the streets are squiggly and all the buildings look like hills. Old European cities, where architecture and urban design are built on a human scale, are still the prettiest and best cities in which to live.
I used to think that culture was separate from nature. Now, nature is becoming culture. Or is culture becoming nature?
Here we have my old dilemma: Do i downvote because i disagree with the speech or dislike the design? - or upvote to thank the uploader for maikng it publicly available? clearly TED did nothing wong...
And they say the Chinese only copy & not creative?? ....another myth western media would have you believe.
People are getting sick of all the contamination; also, are being depressed for all that grey and black cities, we really need more urban architecture inspired by mountains, clouds, and volcanoes!
Some designs seem good in concept phase but at execution turn out to look like tumors on healthy, functional tissue of urban space. Not cool.
Lovely concept however if material does not look earthy and instead shiny like ufo's the intention seems to be lost i.e. continuity with nature. Good luck!
It feels like the laugh is artificial, is not it?
Again Man getting inspiration from what God has created.
I used to be a huge fan of Ted Talks until I found out that they really are not an organization that promotes new ideas . It's a shame that anything that goes against what mainstream science gets deleted.One great example: If people still believe that the pyramids were built by Kufu...They need to do some research on their own. God forbid somebody has evidence to show thats not accurate.
Yea but it's so minimalist and boring though.
No detail just bland shapes.
Architecture died after 1938
Looks like a bunch of drunk fools designed a building. Nature teaches us a lot about design, pyramids mimic mountains in form AND FUNCTION, not this trash. Clouds? not really known for their structural values. When you put form over function you have failed to be an architect.
Translation: Let's make modern architecture as weird and tasteless as possible so we can try to pass ourselves off as "innovative".
please explain to me in smaller word so my simple mind can understand such greatness you just put forth
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