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The Public Votes for Winners of Napavilion Design Competition

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Los Angeles, June 23, 2016__In an online vote, the public picked its top three entries in a competition to design prefabricated wood structures for Jade Valley Winery outside of Xi’an. Called “Napavilions,” these small constructions are designed to serve as vineyard retreats where guests and workers can take naps or enjoy views of the dramatic landscape. The competition was organized by the University of Southern California’s American Academy in China, which creates cross-cultural collaborations between the United States and China.

With nearly 19,000 votes cast, the most popular entry was “Rejuvenate  Solipsism,” a twisted sexagonal structure made of wood plates and metal rod joints. Designed by faculties from Daffodil International and Bangladesh Universities in Dhaka, this pavilion plays with notions of solids and voids by creating a round space for napping inside an angular enclosure.

Second place went to “PreHome,” a sleek, wood-frame building designed by The Primitives Group, a firm based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The entry with the third-most votes was “Spirit of a Tree,” a bent-bamboo structure designed by Yaojun Huang and Zi Liang from Guangdong Province.

Although the popular-vote winners will not be built this year, they will be promoted on the spamall.com website to give their designers greater visibility and worldwide attention. They will also be announced at a Nap Festival on July 23 hosted by Qingyun Ma, dean of USC’s School of Architecture and owner of Jade Valley Winery.

A professional jury of Dean Ma, AAC director Clifford Pearson, USC professor Gary Paige, and AAC research fellow and critic Michael Sorkin selected four other entries to be built at Jade Valley. Three of these will be built this summer and one at a later date.

AAC and Jade Valley also commissioned seven established architects—Lawrence Scarpa, Gary Paige, Scott Uriu, Geoffrey von Oeyen, Noreen Liu (NODE), Tiantian Xu (DnA), and SKEW Collaborative (H. Koon Wee and Eunice Seng)—to design Napavilions, which will be built this year and next.

“The goal of the Napavilion competition is to challenge designers to find solutions that have clear ideas behind them and can accommodate an uncertain site, since they may be built in other locations after Jade Valley,” said Dean Ma. For more than a decade, Dean Ma has been treating Jade Valley as an on-going experiment in the integration of Culture, Agriculture, and Nature, what he calls C.A.N. It has garnered much attention locally and internationally as an emerging force in agri-tourism and cultural tourism. According to Dean Ma, he aims to “define and redefine the landscape, combining nature with the man-made, while using architecture in a minimal, strategic way.” Artists and designers from around the world are welcome to build works at Jade Valley and take residence there.

Established under the auspices of USC’s School of Architecture, the American Academy in China (AAC) strives to promote dialogue around design, the built environment, and the arts. The AAC engages teachers, students, scholars, practicing architects, artists, filmmakers, planners, designers, business people, government officials, and the public in interdisciplinary explorations of the needs and challenges facing China in an era of rapid change.

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AAC@ALL【午觉亭】国际设计竞赛获胜者揭晓!

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Los Angeles, May 16, 2016__The University of Southern California’s American Academy in China (AAC) selected seven winners in an open competition to design prefabricated wood structures to be built at Jade Valley Winery outside of Xi’an in western China. Called “Napavilions,” these small constructions will be built in the vineyards, offering guests and workers ideal places to take naps or enjoy the views.

洛杉矶时间2016年5月16日,南加州美国中国学院(AAC)最终选出七个预制木结构设计竞赛获胜方案,并将在中国西安的玉川酒庄建造施工。午觉亭将在玉川葡萄园搭建,并给到访客人和工作人员一个午休和观景的理想地点。

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Three of the winners will be built in June and July and will be ready for snoozing at a Napavilion Festival on July 23 hosted by Qingyun Ma, dean of USC’s School of Architecture and owner of Jade Valley Winery. The other four designs will be built later.

其中前三名获胜作将在六月至七月施工组建并在七月二十三日的午觉节中向公众开放投入使用。这个节日聚会将由南加州大学建筑学院院长及玉川酒庄庄主,马清运先生主持。其余四个胜出作品也将陆续建成。

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The top three entries come from practices in very different places and take strikingly different approaches to the challenge of designing a small building that can be prefabricated and assembled quickly on-site. “Woodokan” by Hajime Yoshida Architecture in Osaka, Japan, is a horizontal cylinder wrapped in metal on the outside and wood on the inside.

竞赛前三名的作品从不同角度回应了预制组装建筑的设计要求,参赛者也是来自不同的地区。“Woodokan”是由日本大阪的吉田建筑事务所设计,作品是一个卧式筒体,外层由金属材料制作,内层为木材。

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“SkySleeper,” by the British/Romanian firm Estudio ESSE, is an A-frame structure that places the sleeping platform at the apex to maximize views and breezes.

“SkySleeper”是由英国/罗马尼亚事务所Estudio ESSE设计,是一个A字形状的结构固定悬挂休憩平台来确保最大景观角度及通风。

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“POD.NA (Portable Operational Deployable Napping Area),” which was designed by four undergraduate architecture students at USC, suspends a basket-like napping vessel from a multi-legged wood frame.

“POD.NA(便携式可伸展午睡亭)”是由南加州大学建筑学本科四年级学生设计,是一个在多条腿木结构支撑下悬挂的管状午睡空间。

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The competition jury was Dean Ma, AAC director Clifford Pearson, USC professor Gary Paige, and AAC research fellow and critic Michael Sorkin and made its selection without knowing the identities of the designers. Speaking of “SkySleeper,” Sorkin remarked, “That’s the one I want to nap in.” Dean Ma said he could imagine “POD.NA” engineered as a kit you could carry in a backpack and assemble quickly anywhere.” An elegant tube lined with wood, “Woodokan” provides a cave-like space that’s protected but open to views at its two ends, said Pearson.

竞赛评委会组成有院长马清运,AAC主任Clifford Pearson,南加州教授Gary Paige,以及AAC研究及评论员Michael Sorkin,评审全过程在作品完全匿名的情况下进行。Sorkin特别提出想要在“SkySleeper”亭子午睡。马院长评论道“他可以想象’POD.NA’可以加工成套件,随身携带在任何地方快速组装”。Pearson简述 “Woodokan”是由木条组合成的优雅管状,它提供了一个像洞穴的但可两端开口观景的空间。

The four entries to be built later are: “Mooring Pavilion” by a group of architects and engineers in Tianjin, China;

其余四个项目将陆续建造,它们是:中国天津建筑师及工程师设计的“Mooring Pavilion”;

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“Pillow” by Ida&Billy Architects in Hong Kong;

香港Ida&Billy建筑事务所设计的“Pillow”;

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“Pinocchio’s Whale” by Architect Andrea Falcon (aaf) in Bologna, Italy;

意大利博洛尼亚 Andrea Falcon建筑事务所(aaf)设计的“Pinocchio’s Whale”;

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And “Unlimited Expandable Pavilion” by Arbab &Associates architects, Farad Arbab, Fariba Arbab & Mercedeh Vazirian.及由伊朗马什哈德团队Arbab & Associates 建筑实所的”Unlimited Expandable Pavilion”。

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AAC and Jade Valley also commissioned six established architects—Lawrence Scarpa, Gary Paige, Scott Uriu, Geoffrey von Oeyen, Noreen Liu (NODE), and Tiantian Xu (DnA)—to design Napavilions, which will be built this summer.

同时,南加州美国中国学院和玉川酒庄共同邀请了Lawrence Scarpa, Gary Paige, Scott Uriu, Geoffrey von Oeyen, Noreen Liu (NODE)和徐甜甜 (DnA)等六位建筑师也进行了午觉亭的设计,他们的作品也将在今年暑期一同建成。

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“The goal of the Napavilion competition is to challenge designers to find solutions that have clear ideas behind them and can accommodate an uncertain site, since they may be built in other locations after Jade Valley,” said Dean Ma. For more than a decade, Dean Ma has been treating Jade Valley as an on-going experiment in the integration of Culture, Agriculture, and Nature, what he calls C.A.N. It has garnered much attention locally and internationally as an emerging force in agri-tourism and cultural tourism.

马清运院长指出“午觉亭竞赛的目标是让设计者提出明确的设计策略以应对不确定的场地情况,因为这些亭子会在玉川酒庄以外的任何其他地方建造。”在近十年的时间里,马院长一直以来将玉川酒庄作为融合文化,农业和自然的试验基地,他称之为C.A.N.项目。该项目作为农业及文化旅游先锋试验基地引来了众多国内外的关注。

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According to Dean Ma, he aims to “define and redefine the landscape, combining nature with the man-made, while using architecture in a minimal, strategic way.” Artists and designers from around the world are welcome to build works at Jade Valley and take residence there.

据马院长所说,玉川酒庄致力于“将建筑作为细节策略,定义及再定义融合自然与人文的景观环境。” 欢迎全世界的艺术家及设计师来玉川酒庄建造他们的作品并在这里居住。

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Established under the auspices of USC’s School of Architecture, the American Academy in China (AAC) strives to create cross-cultural collaboration between the United States and China by promoting dialogue around design, the built environment, and the arts. The AAC engages teachers, students, scholars, practicing architects, artists, filmmakers, planners, designers, business people, government officials, and the public in interdisciplinary explorations of the needs and challenges facing China in an era of rapid change.

在南加州建筑学院主持下成立的美国中国学院(AAC)致力于通过促进设计,建筑和艺术的交流沟通,创造中美的跨文化合作。AAC将老师、学生、学者、职业建筑师、艺术家、电影制片人、策划人、设计师、商界人士、政府官员及公众一同融合于跨学科研究,并致力于面对回应中国快速变化的时代所面临的需求和挑战。

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Zao is a social act. It’s made by and benefit to society. We welcome participation from various interest groups and companies. We encourage hand-on experiences and physical interactions from students.

“造”是社会性活动,成于社会,慧于社会。欢迎社会各界:赞助、合作、分享。鼓励设计学子:参与、动手、群造。

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C.A.N. | The Master Architect BBS and C.A.N. project opened in Shenzhen

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Top_photo_1In July 23rd, the‘C.A.N.’ design exhibition opened in Shenzhen which invited teachers and students from 12 famous schools around the world. With the subject ‘exploring intermediate zone’, it was hosted by Zhonghangli City and designed by @ALL together with MAX office. The most important theme of this program is about the development pattern and future of the intermediate zone between city and village. The design concept like ‘Village in the city’, ‘From the giant blocks to agricultural area’, ‘Strategy of embedding urban and rural construction’ concentrate on ‘intermediate zone’ not only reflects the young people’s concerning for the trend of times and their yearn for better lives, but also indicates the future trend of urban and rural development.

‘C.A.N.’ is proposed by the famous Chinese architect, Qingyun Ma. It represents culture, agriculture and nature which aims at bringing in agriculture as the main power in order to explore the symbiosis system between civilization and nature. As the first party of ‘C.A.N.’, Zhonghangli City corporate with Qingyun Ma and bring this design feast to Shenzhen, the ‘Design City’. Based on Shenzhen’s advantages of city location, human resources and business, it could better arouse people’s thought and attention for the ‘intermediate zone’ between city and village.

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It is worth mentioning that ‘C.A.N.’ is not a Utopia on the blueprint, its motive power is reflected in real architectural projects. Among the huge amount of design works, the project ‘Rural Urban Prototype’ of USC studied Xingziguizong region at the foot of Lu Mountain. They tried to introduce the elements including architecture, agriculture, traditional folk art in order to active the local culture and tourism resources which could help explore the development pattern of rural and urban combination. Gary Paige, professor of USC architecture department, said that ‘During the process of reforming, we applied addition and subtraction. We suggest removing the things that are not belong to the local culture but introducing the folk custom which is much more related. Another way is that we can replace them with new structures which could help improve both their usefulness and the existing features.’ In June, Gary Paige came with the USC students to Guizong area in Lu Mountain, China. They reconstructed the local adobe houses to strengthen the living comfort while remaining their original appearance maximally.

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In order to respond to the attention of cultural elements of ‘C.A.N.’, ‘Chinese Culture Guardian’ Mr. Linxiang Guan held a splendid folk art exhibition at the same time. The intangible cultural heritages ‘Ruichang Bamboo Weaving’, ‘Xia Dynasty Fabric’, ‘Nuo Dance’, ‘Lian Si Paper’ with thousands years of history were displayed on the same stage. They showed Chinese people’s unique culture and lifestyle from an ancient civilization. Shuya Song, the successor of ‘Xia Dynasty Fabric’, showed this artistry in a special way during the exhibition. Watching the pure white ramie yarn poured from the loom, people still think that this spotless silk is so exquisite even under the modern perspective, but the truth is that it has a history over 1600 years and it was sold to France, Korea, Japan and Southeast Area during its golden age. Nowadays, because of the rising price of materials and the lack of human resources, ‘Xia Dynasty Fabric’ is facing the threat of lost. So protecting and inheriting folk arts, respecting craftsman’s work is not only the requirement for cultural identity but also the foundation for future development of precision manufacturing.

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As the sponsor and designer, the special guest Gary Paige emphasized that ‘Different from single solution or vision project, ‘C.A.N.’ is actually the highlights of methodology because of the diversity of ‘Intermediate Zone’. We hope that we can create a serious discussion platform for this subject which could be the catalyst for the innovation model for sustainable development.’ As an advanced and experimental theory, ‘C.A.N.’ was discussed widely during the 2014 Venice biennial exhibition and 2015 Bauhaus seminar.

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Zhonghangli City has been cooperating with ‘C.A.N.’ all the time, as the practice party, they always push forward the project to make the theory happen. ‘Lu Mountain Guizong Project is Zhonghangli City’s masterpiece, as the object of study, it brings us abundant thoughts and association. As the developer of this project, we look forward to the cooperation between educational circles and business circles and we hope that it could bring in new ideas for the future development of urban and rural area.’ Mr. Nan Xiao said, the executive director of Zhonghangli City.

About C.A.N.

C.A.N. aims at exploring the symbiosis between civilization and nature. The modernization and globalization are pushing the civilization and nature in adverse directions. We have met serious consequence during the 20th century because of this extreme situation especially in the fast developing countries like China. In order to reverse this trend, we must redefine and introduce a third character, agriculture (including agricultural economic formation). Agriculture is the catalyst for regulating and combining civilization and nature: it improves civilization by nature and use civilization to nourish nature. So C.A.N. focuses on the beauty of nature and the goodwill of humans, which represents a new era’s great ambition and a better future. It consists of many organizations and combines researches and developments which is not only an academic activity but also an entrepreneur’s mental enterprise.

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C.A.N.@Venice exhibition opened in 2014 September 10th in the China pavilion of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennial Exhibition. The exhibition answered to the chief curator Koolhaas’s proposal ‘fundamentality’ and rethought Chinese agriculture in 100 years. At the same time, Qingyun MA’s project ‘Yuchuan Chateau’ was displayed together and started discussing C.A.N. from the practical aspects in order to reverse the critical situation. Qingyun Ma hoped that the exhibition could show the problems and crisis of Chinese agriculture to the world and he also hoped that more and more experts could join in the discussion to explore the solution to Agri-urbanism.

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C.A.N. exhibition and the master BBS

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We sincerely invite you to be present in the Lu Mountain C.A.N. Exhibition (in Shenzhen) and USC/AAC ‘Intermediate Zone’ International Famous Schools Design Exhibition held in Shenzhen Southern Mountain on July 23rd.

C.A.N. ‘Intermediate Zone’ International Famous Schools of Design Exhibition has invited 17 famous architecture schools including Harvard and Yale University. They will present design proposals from multiple perspectives based on the theme ‘Intermediate Zone’, their proposals and observations will provide us with many valuable ideas for further development.

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We sincerely look forward to your attendance!

 

What did Qingyun Ma do in Yushan Town ten years ago that attracted the famous Spanish architects here today?

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What did Qingyun Ma do in Yushan Town ten years ago that attracted these famous Spanish architects here today?

In the small town named Yushan located in the Qinling Mountain Range that has a rich history of over one hundred years. The people in Xi’an have heard about it but what we are going to talk about is not the famous jade article there, instead, we will focus on the architecture! First, look at this picture, it is not the warehouse of Tmall but actually an internationally famous building which applies the characteristics of Guanzhong dwellings. It took three years to design and build the architecture which was finished in the summer of 2014.

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After all, the Tmall figure was born since March 29th 2012! But this is not enough, let us take a look at this stone house. It is called Father’s House designed by Qingyun Ma. You must know this great architect, who is much more famous than Yun Ma in the architecture field, the dean of architecture department at the University of Southern California. He is also one of the founders of MADAs.p.a.m.,  expert for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the judge of the best guild hall in the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, and founder of Jade Valley!

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You must be curious that how could he invite the famous Spanish catalonia architects Jaime Font Furest and Pedro García Hernández! In June 30th 2015, accompany with Qingyun Ma, Zheng Wang, Jiaxiang Liang and Yan Luo(principles of He Fu Hui Huang Company), Dahai Sun(principle of Di Yi Real Estate) and representatives of Northwest Community Alliance, our foreign friends visit the buildings in Yushan Town. We also tasted the great red wine made by Jade Valley, visited the red brick dwellings and enjoyed the natural scenery far away from the urban area.

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Our foreign friends seem to see the rural buildings and the traditional drinking in Spain. They experience the feeling of hometown and they went to the site for a field trip. After exchanging their views with Dean Ma on his private vineyard architectural design, they had dinner together.

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This is a cross subject, cross border cooperation initiated by Jade Valley. These two Spanish architects not only hope that they can bring some new ideas for the Yushan buildings but also hope that they can participate in the future development of the private vineyard and show the culture, architecture and nature of the world together in the International Red Wine Exhibition next year in Yuchuan. We believe that with the help of so many great architects and principles of real estate , Yushan Town will have a bright future.

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