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Marine Urbanism: How China is Building Artificial Islands in the South China Sea

For a recent article in The New York Times, Derek Watkins examines "what China has been building in the South China Sea." Employing high resolution satellite imagery and diagrams, his article investigates why—and how—China have been dredging and dumping sand in a bid to construct inhabitable artificial islands. Political and diplomatic concerns aside, the article also touches upon the technical requirements necessary to reclaim land from the oceans. 

China in Flux: Mapping the Middle Zone

Students and faculty from the USC School of Architecture, in partnership with USC’s American Academy in China (AAC), have been engaged in a summer‐long program examining how the “middle zone,” or more rural, outlying areas in between cities, are growing. The program travelled to Beijing, Lushan, and Xian, and is currently in Shenzhen where it is staging the exhibition China in Flux: Mapping the Middle Zone.

Zi Bo The Great Wall Museum of Fine Art / ARCHSTUDIO

  • Architects: ARCHSTUDIO
  • Location: China, 淄博市张店区淄博 邮政编码: 255000
  • Design Team: Han Wen qiang, Cong Xiao, Huang Tao
  • Area: 3795.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of ARCHSTUDIO

Courtesy of ARCHSTUDIO Courtesy of ARCHSTUDIO Courtesy of ARCHSTUDIO Courtesy of ARCHSTUDIO

Lianjiang Butterfly Bay / NEXT architects

  • Architects: NEXT architects
  • Location: Lianjiang, Fuzhou, Fujian, China
  • Area: 120000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of NEXT architects

Courtesy of NEXT architects Courtesy of NEXT architects Courtesy of NEXT architects Courtesy of NEXT architects

Jordan Road Restaurant & Bar / CAA

  • Architects: CAA
  • Location: Yunnan, China
  • Design Team: Zhang Pinjie, Zhang Pan, Duan Lian, Xu Chuantianzi
  • Brand Stragegy: CAA Brand Team
  • Creative Director: Liu Haowei
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of CAA

Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA

Castello 4 / Millimeter Interior Design

  • Architects: Millimeter Interior Design
  • Location: Hong Kong
  • Architect in Charge: Michael Liu
  • Area: 2200.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Millimeter Interior Design

Courtesy of Millimeter Interior Design Courtesy of Millimeter Interior Design Courtesy of Millimeter Interior Design Courtesy of Millimeter Interior Design

Golf Club / Lmyarch-studio

  • Architect: Lmyarch-studio
  • Location: The bank of Tangxun Lake in Jiangxia District
  • Architects in Charge: Wei Li, Yuan yuan ,Fengxue Liu, Changqiong Li, Wenke Zhang,Meiyu Guo,Liang Li
  • Area: 1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Xiao Li, Chen Liu

© Xiao Li, Chen Liu © Xiao Li, Chen Liu © Xiao Li, Chen Liu © Xiao Li, Chen Liu

Fuzhou Shouxi Building / NEXT architects

  • Architects: NEXT architects
  • Address: Fuzhou City, Fuzhou Province, China, 350000
  • Design Team: NEXT architects
  • Area: 48000 m2
  • Year: 2015
  • Photography: Courtesy of NEXT architects

Courtesy of NEXT architects Courtesy of NEXT architects Courtesy of NEXT architects Courtesy of NEXT architects

Interaction - BWM Office / feeling Design

  • Architect: feeling Design
  • Location: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • Architect in Charge: Evan Wu
  • Area: 320.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: He Yuansheng

© He Yuansheng © He Yuansheng © He Yuansheng © He Yuansheng

Fangshan Tangshan National Geopark Museum / Studio Odile Decq

  • Architects: Studio Odile Decq
  • Location: Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Client: Nanjing Tangshan Investment and Development Company Limited
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Odile Decq

© Odile Decq © Odile Decq © Odile Decq © Odile Decq

Paper Folding Space - ELLE Office / feeling Brand Design Co. Ltd

  • Architects: feeling Design
  • Architect in Charge: Evan Wu
  • Design Team: He Yuansheng & feeling Design
  • Area: 205.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: He Yuansheng

© He Yuansheng © He Yuansheng © He Yuansheng © He Yuansheng

3Cubes Office Building / gmp Architekten

© Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl