Ma Yansong: “Architects need to talk about what the future is”

In this video interview filmed at the RIBA International Conference, Chinese architect Ma Yansong of MAD spells out why he believes architects should be proposing visionary ideas for the future, rather than cozying up to developers.

Ma previously spoke to Dezeen about why he thinks architects have a role to play in solving the big problems facing the world. In this movie, the MAD founder goes into more detail about the projects he thinks they should be producing.

“I think architects are too practical now, compared to the generations before when young architects as a group had a social agenda,” Ma says in the movie, which Dezeen filmed for the Royal Institute of British Architects.

“When we talk about a city, we need to talk about what the future is. Whats the ideal scenario in the future?” he continues.

“Now it seems there is too much dialogue in between architects and developers, or capitalism and the authorities. Architects should be visionary.”

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