Beijing-based MAD Architects—which recently unveiled the Fifth Ring installation at the Salone del Mobile in Milan—announced the recipients of its annual travel fellowship earlier this month. Created by MAD Architects founder Ma Yansong in 2009, the fellowship offers college and university students the opportunity to travel to a destination of their choice to pursue individual research topics. Over the past nine years, the firm has supported a total of 40 students in pursuit of "a deeper insight into the practice of architecture," the firm writes on its website.

This year, the fellowship is awarded to six international students who will travel to England, Japan, Switzerland, China, Kazhakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, France, Germany, Italy, North Korea, Russia, Portugal, Spain, or Mexico.

The six winners of the 2018 MAD Travel Fellowship are:

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Courtesy MAD Architects

Space Organism—A Search for a New Invention in Contemporary Culture
Khao Vu, a graduate student from Harvard University, will travel to England, Japan, and Switzerland.

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How the Built Environment is a Key Mediator of Remembrance and a Tool to Preserve Repressed Cultural Identity
Tatiana Southey-Bassols, a graduate student at Bartlett School of Architecture in London, will travel to China, Kazhakstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.

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The Existence of Architectural Quietude in European Cities
Qi Peng, an undergraduate student at Wuhan University in China, will travel to France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.

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What is the Future of Chinese Architecture?
Zhang Xinyi, an undergraduate student at Architectural Association School of Architecture in London will travel to China, Japan, North Korea, and Russia.

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Provocative Mildness in Architecture
Tong Zhou, a graduate student at Columbia University will travel to Portugal and Spain.

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Courtesy MAD Architects

Beyond the White Wall: Colors, Nature and Materials in Traditional and Modern Mexican Architecture
Zhonghui Zhu, a graduate student at Princeton University will travel to Mexico.