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Bank of Shanghai Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia

  • Architects: Silvio d´Ascia
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Design Team: Silvio d’Ascia Architecture with AREP
  • Area: 76000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Yves Chan You

© Yves Chan You © Yves Chan You © Yves Chan You © Yves Chan You

LAND Experience Center / Aedas

  • Architects: Aedas
  • Location: Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
  • Area: 2110.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Aedas

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G9 Shangai / Atelier INDJ

  • Architects: Atelier INDJ
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Architect In Charge: Ian Douglas-Jones
  • Area: 270.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Bono Yan

© Bono Yan © Bono Yan © Bono Yan © Bono Yan

Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building / Aedas

  • Architects: Aedas
  • Location: Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 111 Ren'ai Road, 工业园区 Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, 215123
  • Project Design Director: Andy Wen
  • Client: Suzhou Industrial Park Education Investment Development Co. Ltd.
  • Area: 59893.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Aedas

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas

1911 Revolution Museum / CADI

  • Architects: CADI
  • Location: Wuchang, Wuhan, Hubei, China
  • Architect In Charge: Lu Xiaoming, Ye Wei
  • Design Team: Lu Xiaoming, Ye Wei, Guo Lei, Ding Mao, Li Mingyu, Cai Xiaopeng, Wen Siqing, Wang Xin, Shao Guofen, Zhang Hao, Hu Wenjin, Lei Jianping, Sun Yanbo, Liu Bin, Ou Yangjian
  • Area: 22138.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Zhang Guangyuan

© Zhang Guangyuan © Zhang Guangyuan © Zhang Guangyuan © Zhang Guangyuan

Lecture / Four Urban Models in China's Accelerated Urbanization: Local Public Space Implications

China's accelerated urbanization juxtaposes many local and global urban models in the contemporary urban space of the mega-city/metacity region. Since 1945 the global and local discourse on urban design and development has been dominated by four conceptual models. These four models, the metropolis, the megalopolis, the fragmented metropolis and the megacity/metacity have appeared in Asia with local characteristics and with special, hybrid characteristics. China's rapid urbanization has been based on an equally rapid industrialization that has telescoped the historical development pattern of western nations into 60 years. 

Vincent Callebaut Proposes “Wooden Orchids” Green Shopping Center for China

Vincent Callebaut Architectures have received honorary mention for their “Wooden Orchids” proposal in the International Union of Architects’ (UIA) Mount Lu Estate of World Architecture Competition. Based in Ruichang, China, the competition tasked participants with designing several cultural and commercial complexes near one of the world’s largest flower theme parks. Wooden Orchids consolidates these functions in a green shopping hub that speaks to the area’s demographic and climatic influences.

Pedestrian path. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures Bicycle path. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures View toward organic food court. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures Library. Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures

Axial Symphony / Design Systems Ltd.

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ABC Cooking Studio / Prism Design

  • Architects: Prism Design
  • Location: Huangpu, Shanghai, China
  • Architects In Charge: Tomohiro Katsuki, Masanori Kobayashi, Reiji Kobayashi
  • Area: 160.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Studio W – Wataru Ishida

© Studio W – Wataru Ishida © Studio W – Wataru Ishida © Studio W – Wataru Ishida © Studio W – Wataru Ishida

John McAslan + Partners Selected for Chinese Biodome

John McAslan + Partners has been selected to design a Botanical Gardens and Research Center in Dongguan, China. The scheme features a large gridshell biodome which engages with landscaped mounds both inside and outside the structure. Around the base of the roof structure, a ribbon of glass will provide views which connect these interior and exterior landscapes.

Read on for more detail on the design

Chenglu Villa / gad

© Zhao Qiang
© Zhao Qiang
  • Architects: gad
  • Location: Lingshui, Hainan, China
  • Architects In Charge: Zhang Wei, Cheng Yue, Kang Jian.
  • Area: 1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Zhao Qiang

© Zhao Qiang © Zhao Qiang © Zhao Qiang © Zhao Qiang

House in Dawanglu / Tsutsumi & Associates

  • Architects: Tsutsumi & Associates
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Architect In Charge: Yoshimasa Tsutsumi
  • Area: 93.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Misae Hiromatsu

© Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu © Misae Hiromatsu

Crafting Urban Life in Three Dimensions: An Interview with Adam Snow Frampton by James Schrader

The following are excerpts from one of 41 interviews that student researchers at the Strelka Institute are publishing as part of the Future Urbanism Project. In this interview, James Schrader speaks with Adam Snow Frampton, the co-author of Cities Without Ground and the Principal of Only If, a New York City-based practice for architecture and urbanism. They discuss his work with OMA, the difference between Western and Asian cities, his experiences opening a new firm in New York, and the future of design on an urban scale.

James Schrader: Before we get to future urbanism, I thought it would be interesting to look a bit into your past. Could you tell me about where your interest in cities came from? Were there any formative moments that led to your fascination with cities?

Adam Snow Frampton: I was always interested in cities, but not necessarily exposed to much planning at school. When I went to work at OMA Rotterdam, I was engaged in a lot of large-scale projects, mostly in the Middle East and increasingly in Asia, where there was an opportunity to plan cities at a bigger scale. In the Netherlands, there’s not necessarily more construction than in the US, but there is a tradition of thinking big and a tendency to plan. For instance, many Dutch design offices like OMA, West 8, and MVRDV have done master plans for the whole country.

5 Architects Envision New Port of Kinmen

The culmination of an international competition for Kinmen County has resulted in five winning and honorable mention schemes that promise to use architecture as a means of elevating the county’s national identify as a maritime gateway. Responding to the need for expansion and the desire to establish the port as a tourism and recreation destination, the Kinmen Harbor Bureau challenged architects to a two-stage competition for an energy-smart, low-carbon, and possibly expandable port that could host a variety of passenger services. 

Preview the winning results, after the break...