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People's Daily HQ / Architects and Engineers Associates of Southeast University

22:00 - 4 February, 2016
People's Daily HQ / Architects and Engineers Associates of Southeast University, Courtesy of Architects and Engineers Associates of Southeast University
Courtesy of Architects and Engineers Associates of Southeast University

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Jintai West Road No.2 Courtyard Building 6, Chaoyang, Beijing, China, 100026
  • Design Team

    QIAN Feng, ZHANG Li, ZHUANG Fang, KONG Hui, WANG Wei, ZHOU Wenxiang, YU Han, LI Meng, ZHAO Ran
  • Area

    88856.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Architects and Engineers Associates of Southeast University

Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Gottlieb Paludan to Design World's Largest Waste-to-Energy Plant in Shenzhen

12:30 - 4 February, 2016
Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Gottlieb Paludan to Design World's Largest Waste-to-Energy Plant in Shenzhen, Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Gottlieb Paludan Architects have won an international competition to design the world's largest waste-to-energy plant on the outskirts of Shenzhen, China. The new "Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plan will be capable of incinerating 5000 tonnes of waste per day - "one third of the waste generated by Shenzhen's 20 million inhabitants every year," according to the team. In addition to incinerating waste and generating power, the plant will serve as a place to teach residents about its purpose. 

Harvard GSD Students Win International Urban Design Competition for Shanghai Rail Station

06:00 - 3 February, 2016
Harvard GSD Students Win International Urban Design Competition for Shanghai Rail Station, Courtesy of The Harvard Graduate School of Design
Courtesy of The Harvard Graduate School of Design

A team of urban design students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design has won first prize in UD Shanghai’s 2015 International Student Urban Design Competition for the Shanghai Railway Station Area. Through the competition, the team reimagined the “Shanghai Railway Station, one of the city’s four major railway stations and one of China’s major rail hubs, in the context of the next round of the Shanghai Master Plan (2020 to 2040). In particular, the competition asked teams to promote walkability and smoother traffic patterns,” where the station creates a topographical gap, “and to consider thee-dimensional urban development around the station.”

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The Folded Apartment / MoreDesignOffice

19:00 - 2 February, 2016
The Folded Apartment / MoreDesignOffice, © Raphael Olivier
© Raphael Olivier

© Raphael Olivier © Raphael Olivier © Raphael Olivier © Raphael Olivier +20

With "Ordos – A Failed Utopia," Raphael Olivier Captures the Contradictions of Chinese Construction

09:30 - 1 February, 2016
With "Ordos – A Failed Utopia," Raphael Olivier Captures the Contradictions of Chinese Construction, © Raphael Olivier
© Raphael Olivier

For the past quarter century, China’s rapidly expanding economy provided architects with an almost endless supply of building opportunities. Easy lending allowed for an exponential rise in infrastructure projects – China used more concrete in three years than the United States used in the entire twentieth century. But in a country where the number of cities with over a million inhabitants jumped from 16 in 1970 to 106 in 2015, the speed of development enabled high profile, but flawed, experiments alongside the many necessary building projects. There is perhaps no better example of this phenomenon than the city of Ordos. The Inner Mongolian metropolis – home to 100,000 – which sprang from the northern desert in the mid-2000s was designed for over a million inhabitants. The reality of the city came to public attention in 2009 when Al Jazeera wrote about an early uncertainty in the Chinese real estate market.

After living in China for a number of years, photographer Raphael Olivier finally gave in to the nagging urge to see Ordos for himself. Visiting last year, he found a well-maintained city that is still largely uninhabited. I interviewed Olivier about the project, his views on Ordos, Chinese prosperity, and what it means to photograph architecture.

Nerima House / Elding Oscarson

21:00 - 31 January, 2016
Nerima House / Elding Oscarson, © Kenichi Suzuki 
© Kenichi Suzuki 

© Kenichi Suzuki  © Kenichi Suzuki  © Kenichi Suzuki  © Kenichi Suzuki  +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Partners in Charge

    Jonas Elding, Johan Oscarson
  • Project Architect

    Yuko Maki
  • Area

    99.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

schmidt hammer lassen Win Competition for Mixed-Use Cultural Project in Shanghai

06:00 - 28 January, 2016
schmidt hammer lassen Win Competition for Mixed-Use Cultural Project in Shanghai, © Beauty & the Bit, Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
© Beauty & the Bit, Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

schmidt hammer lassen architects has won an international competition to design a new home for the West Shanghai Workers’ Cultural Palace. This project has been a widely popular destination for Shanghai’s Labor Union workers and local community since it opened in 1959. The new proposal will include a theater, cinema, art and exhibition spaces, as well as office, sports facilities, commercial spaces, and a transportation hub -- all settled within the eight hectare site.

Zaha Hadid and Martin Knight Compete with Chinese Firms to Design Bridges in Guangzhou

14:00 - 27 January, 2016
Zaha Hadid and Martin Knight Compete with Chinese Firms to Design Bridges in Guangzhou, © Flickr CC User jo.sau
© Flickr CC User jo.sau

Guangzhou, China's third largest city, is planning to rebuild four bridges in its region - the Renmin, Jiangwan, Haiyin, and Liede Bridges. Three teams have been shortlisted for each bridge, all of which are Chinese practices with the exception of Zaha Hadid Architects, Knight Architects and NEXT Architects. As BDOnline reports, the finalists are expected to propose a range of options, from small upgrades to complete rebuilds. A winner for each will be selected in February, after the Chinese new year. 

The shortlisted practices for each bridge include...

Shan-Zhen: How a Small Irish Town Influenced the Mega-City Shenzhen

04:00 - 26 January, 2016
Shan-Zhen: How a Small Irish Town Influenced the Mega-City Shenzhen, Aerial photograph of Shannon Airport (1959) set within its rural context. Image Courtesy of Shannon Group plc
Aerial photograph of Shannon Airport (1959) set within its rural context. Image Courtesy of Shannon Group plc

At the dawn of the age of transatlantic commercial aviation, Shannon, a small town on the west coast of Ireland, was thrust into the spotlight. By 1959 it had been developed as the world’s first Free Trade Zone and New Town, providing a new—and persistent—business model for US multinationals seeking cheaper ways to operate in Europe. On the other side of the world, China was beginning to develop its urbanisation policy and was interested in how Shannon had successfully decentralised its administration from Dublin. After many visits in the early 1980s by Chinese leaders to study this model, under the direction of Deng Xiaoping, the Shannon planning system was used as a template in the formation of Shenzhen and has since been rolled across China.

New Horizon_architecture from Ireland is the flagship exhibition programme for Irish architecture and the built environment as part of Irish Design 2015. Shan-Zhen was first presented at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in 2015.

Antidote to Modernism: Feifei Feng's Bespoke Intervention on Slab Housing in Jinan

09:30 - 23 January, 2016

Modernism was a stylistic evolution meant to jettison the baggage that had moored culture to habits and historicism. But it was more than an architectural style: it was a new and universal way of life meant to eradicate variability, to relish in the ease of sameness and reproducibility. It’s easy to be seduced by Modernism when you’re talking about motel rooms, or Starbucks, or your shirt size at a favorite store, all instances where replication is reassuring. But the movement’s biggest advocates, governments and developers, pushed the style to its extreme in large housing blocks - a typology long out of fashion in the United States, but which continues to be de rigueur in countries intent on achieving rapid economic expansion and concentrating its populations in urban regions.

Look at an aerial photograph of the periphery of any Chinese city and you will see the monotony of towers that rise out of the ground like modules on a silicon circuit board. Viewing drabness with cautionary eyes, designer Feifei Feng’s project "Urban Playhouse: A Communal Drama in Seven Acts," proposes a series of interventions, or "acts," on a field of four and six-story slab housing buildings in Jinan, China, adding social spaces ("follies") that are intended to regenerate the spontaneity and theatricality of living in close quarters.

Courtesy of Feifei Feng Act 6: "A-Maze". Image Courtesy of Feifei Feng Act 7: "Ribbon Runway". Image Courtesy of Feifei Feng Act 5: "Cloud Commune". Image Courtesy of Feifei Feng +12

Teabank / Crossboundaries

17:00 - 22 January, 2016
Teabank / Crossboundaries, © Dong Hao / Crossboundaries
© Dong Hao / Crossboundaries

© Dong Hao / Crossboundaries © Dong Hao / Crossboundaries © Dong Hao / Crossboundaries © Dong Hao / Crossboundaries +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen Software Industry Base (Xuefu Road), Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Partners in Charge

    Binke Lenhardt, Dong Hao
  • Area

    1980.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Frozen Architecture: From Glistening Snow Shows to Multi-Colored Ice Festivals

09:30 - 21 January, 2016
Frozen Architecture: From Glistening Snow Shows to Multi-Colored Ice Festivals, Oblong Voidspace - Jene Highstein & Steven Holl. The Snow Show, Lapland, 2003 and 2004. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives, Photo Credit: Kostamoinen
Oblong Voidspace - Jene Highstein & Steven Holl. The Snow Show, Lapland, 2003 and 2004. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives, Photo Credit: Kostamoinen

Winter is the perfect time to build structures with ice, a time and a technique that together offer the possibility of a pure white architecture. With a cloudy sky the condition culminates into an impressive whiteout: white architecture, the landscape and the sky dissolve into a diffuse unity without a visible horizon. If clear skies emerge a subtle contrast of warm and cool white appears with yellowish sunrays against the blue sky. However, the ice itself has striking effects as well: The surface appearance ranges from crystal clear glass to soft opaque impressions. And, for the long nights, illumination achieves an additional magical glow and extends the short daylight time.

Worldwide, snow shows, ice hotels and festivals have attracted numerous visitors with glistening snows and stunning lighting solutions. Futhermore, this frozen water strategy presents a sustainable solution par excellence, where the manufacturing and even disposal causes no harm to the environment. Read on to explore the coolest projects and events featuring architects and artists from Finland to China.

Art Suite 2016. Under the Arctic Skin by Rob Harding & Timsam Harding. Image © Icehotel, Asaf Kliger. www.icehotel.com Icehotel 25 by Anja Kilian, Sebastian Andreas Scheller, Wolfgang-A. Lüchow. Image © Icehotel, Paulina Holmgren. www.icehotel.com Oblong Voidspace - Jene Highstein & Steven Holl. The Snow Show, Lapland, 2003 and 2004. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives, Photo Credit: Menne Stenros Ice Time Tunnel - Tatsuo Miyajima & Tadao Ando. The Snow Show, Lapland, 2003 and 2004. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives, Photo Credit: Jeff DeBany +7

HENN Wins Competition to Design Kingdee Tower in China

06:00 - 21 January, 2016
HENN Wins Competition to Design Kingdee Tower in China, © HENN
© HENN

HENN has won first place in the competition to design Kingdee Tower, the headquarters for software company Kingdee in Shenzhen, China. The 44-story glazed tower will be the central building for the new headquarters, rising from an irregular pentagon plan situated between two existing nine-story blocks.

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Foshan New City Village Walkway Bridge / ADARC Associates

19:00 - 20 January, 2016
Foshan New City Village Walkway Bridge  / ADARC Associates, © Yuansheng Studio
© Yuansheng Studio

© Yuansheng Studio © Yuansheng Studio © Yuansheng Studio © Yuansheng Studio +48

  • Architects

  • Location

    China Mobile (Nanhai Ping Chau Service Hall), Nanhai, Foshan, Guangdong, China, 528251
  • Design Principal

    Allan Ting
  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Tales CBD Kindergarten Renovation / Spacework Architects

22:00 - 18 January, 2016
Tales CBD Kindergarten Renovation / Spacework Architects, © Spacework Architects
© Spacework Architects

© Spacework Architects © Spacework Architects © Spacework Architects © Spacework Architects +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Liu Hongwei, Zhang Hong, Fu Haoran, Ma Liangcheng, Yang Huiyong, Zhang Lifang, Yang Yixin
  • Client

    Tales Education Group
  • Area

    3500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

TaiYuan South Railway Station / CSADI

03:00 - 18 January, 2016
TaiYuan South Railway Station / CSADI, © Shuo Ding, Chunfang Li
© Shuo Ding, Chunfang Li

Courtesy of CSADI © Shuo Ding, Chunfang Li © Shuo Ding, Chunfang Li © Shuo Ding, Chunfang Li +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Taiyuan, Shanxi, China
  • Architects Team

    CSADI - the 3rdarchitectural and structuraldepartment
  • Architects In Charge

    Li, Li Wang, Ji Zhang, Xing Sun, Guo Fu
  • Engineering

    Deliang Zhou, Dengwu Cao,Wei Zhang
  • Area

    183952.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Shuo Ding, Chunfang Li, Courtesy of CSADI

Shenzhen Software Industry Base / gmp architekten

19:00 - 14 January, 2016
Shenzhen Software Industry Base / gmp architekten, © Christan Gahl
© Christan Gahl

© Christan Gahl © Christan Gahl © Christan Gahl © Christan Gahl +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Design

    Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Nicolas Pomränke
  • Area

    137900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Hefei No.45 Middle School / VolumeOne

22:00 - 13 January, 2016
Hefei No.45 Middle School / VolumeOne, © neo Studio
© neo Studio

© neo Studio © neo Studio © neo Studio © neo Studio +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hefei, Anhui, China
  • Area

    33844.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs