The Amsterdam Agenda, a lecture series by the Academy of Architecture, invites special guests with international perspectives to present their best practices. What can Amsterdam learn from cities like New York, Paris, Shanghai or Istanbul? This evening, architect and urbanist Neville Mars (MARS Architects, Shanghai) will share his best practices on a sustainable urban future.
Architect and urban planner Neville Mars is the principal of MARS Architects in Shanghai, a sustainable planning and architecture studio with over thirteen years of experience in Asia. They have won national and international architecture competitions, including the winning entry for the national image museum in Chengdu, and the winning entry for a brand headquarters in Sofia, currently under construction. MARS has developed over a dozen integrated planning projects across Asia, including the Sino-Dutch Ecocity in Shenzhen, currently under construction, the Beijing 798 Art District, Vision United Mumbai, and the integral master plan for Caofeidian Ecocity.
Neville is also the director of the Dynamic City Foundation (DCF), a not-for-profit research platform investigating rapid urbanization in Asia. Working across scales and disciplines, DCF produces projects that bridge the traditional gap between theory and practice, art installations and technology, research and design.
Last but not least, Neville is known as the author of the book The Chinese Dream – a society under construction (010 Publishers, 2008): a prophetic analysis of the correlation between city building and society building in China. In 2018 Neville will publish his second book “Manifesto of Mistakes – urban solutions for the new world”. This ecocity design manual rethinks the fundamental principles of the urban discipline, to arrive at a comprehensive strategy for process-driven integrated urban planning.
During this lecture, he will discuss his planning proposals in China, the Philippines and India for a more sustainable urban future and see how urban theory and urban practice can come together. Which solutions are out there?