UpStarts: MAD office

UpStarts: MAD office

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In 2006, a group of young, mostly Chinese, architects working in China accomplished a feat most young architects can only dream of: MAD office won an international design competition to design a 50-story residential tower in the edge-city of Mississauga, Ontario. But not only had they won it, they had become the first Chinese-based architects to ever win a competition outside of China which made them instant media darlings. Now with several other international projects under their belts, MAD is poised to become the first international and global Chinese practice: opening an office in Tokyo and beginning projects in South America and Denmark. In light of such dramatic strides and other recent developments in China’s global position, one is left to wonder what happens when the Chinese start playing the game back?

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