The Courtyard House Plugin / People's Architecture Office

01:00 - 24 October, 2014
The Courtyard House Plugin / People's Architecture Office, Courtesy of People's Architecture Office
Courtesy of People's Architecture Office

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How I Built A New China: A talk with Expo 2010 Planner Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu

01:00 - 24 October, 2014
How I Built A New China: A talk with Expo 2010 Planner Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu, The main entrance of the Shanghai 2010 Expo. Image © Weixuan Wei
The main entrance of the Shanghai 2010 Expo. Image © Weixuan Wei

"We need a new generation of cities in China" - Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu

As the tide of urbanization sweeps across most of the developing areas in China, the building frenzy has become a Chinese phenomenon. Some people are making money from it, some people are getting power from it, and some people are worrying about it. Recently, a new set of policies and reports have been published by the Chinese central government, and the whole society seems to be boosted by the new talk of a Chinese Dream. But, what is really happening inside China? Can it absorb this enormous growth? And, will urbanization continue in a proper way?

As the chief planner of the 2010 Shanghai Expo, Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu has been deeply involved for years in many of China’s main urbanization projects. It was almost midnight when we met Professor Wu in Shanghai, and although Wu had just gotten off a night flight from Beijing, his passion, frankness and intelligence remained undoubtedly impressive. In the following edited talk with interviewer Juan Yan, Professor Wu discusses China's dramatic urbanization, its architectural culture and the future of smart cities.

Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International, © Fang Jian
© Fang Jian
  • Architects

  • Location

    Yinchuan, Ningxia, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Yun Du
  • Additional manufacturer

    Kesheng Liu, Wang Ning
  • Area

    192000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Fang Jian © Fang Jian © Fang Jian © Fang Jian +33

Why China's President Says "No More Weird Buildings"

00:00 - 21 October, 2014
Why China's President Says "No More Weird Buildings", Xi Jinping has criticized OMA's CCTV Headquarters. Image © OMA / Philippe Ruault
Xi Jinping has criticized OMA's CCTV Headquarters. Image © OMA / Philippe Ruault

The President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, has reportedly called for an end to the "weird buildings" being built in China, and particularly in the nation's capital, Beijing. In a two hour speech at a literary symposium in Beijing last week, Mr Xi expressed his views that art should serve the people and be morally inspiring, identifying architectural projects such as OMA's CCTV Headquarters as the kind of building that should no longer be constructed in Beijing.

With China's construction boom being one of the most talked about features of today's architecture scene - and many a Western practice relying on their extravagant projects to prop up their studios - the Chinese leader's comments have the potential to affect the landscape of architectural practice worldwide. But what is behind these sentiments? Read on after the break to find out.

Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Tapped to Design Luxury Hotels in China

00:00 - 21 October, 2014
Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Tapped to Design Luxury Hotels in China , Jumeirah Nanjing. Image Courtesy of Jumeirah Group
Jumeirah Nanjing. Image Courtesy of Jumeirah Group

Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster have been tapped to design two luxury hotels for the Jumeirah Group's newest properties in China: Jumeirah Wuhan and Jumeirah Nanjing. Both properties will be adjacent to existing business districts and will provide luxury suites, specialty restaurants, executive club lounges, business centers, spas and more. 

1305 Studio Office / 1305 Studio

01:00 - 20 October, 2014
1305 Studio Office / 1305 Studio, © Shen Photography
© Shen Photography
  • Architects

  • Location

    Changhua Road, Xuhui, Shanghai, China
  • Corporate Identity

    SHEN QIANG
  • Area

    306.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Shen Photography © Shen Photography © Shen Photography © Shen Photography +36

Family Box in Beijing / SAKO Architects

01:00 - 19 October, 2014
Family Box in Beijing / SAKO Architects, © Ruijing Photo
© Ruijing Photo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Keiichiro SAKO, Kumiko Fukasawa
  • Area

    4150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Ruijing Photo © Ruijing Photo © Ruijing Photo © Ruijing Photo +7

No. 18 Guan Shu Yuan Hutong / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

01:00 - 17 October, 2014
No. 18 Guan Shu Yuan Hutong / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects, © Jeremy San
© Jeremy San

© Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San +19

playze and Schmidhuber Selected to Design Ningbo's Urban Planning Museum

01:00 - 17 October, 2014
playze and Schmidhuber Selected to Design Ningbo's Urban Planning Museum, © playze and Schmidhuber
© playze and Schmidhuber

playze and Schmidhuber have been selected as winners of an invited competition to design the Urban Planning Exhibition Center in Ningbo, China. Inspired by the ancient artform of the Chinese ribbon dance, the exhibition center aims to “blur the lines” between citizens and decision makers in a way that grants the public “rare access into the inner-workings of the city” in an effort to strengthen the relationship between local government and community. 

The idea of the Chinese “Urban Planning Museums” is the nation’s response to the rapid urban growth occurring in many of its major cities. The museums are intended to communicate city planning and development issues to the public. You can learn more about playze and Schmidhuber’s design, after the break. 

© playze and Schmidhuber © playze and Schmidhuber © playze and Schmidhuber © playze and Schmidhuber +16

ChangSha Vanke Club House / Tsushima Design Studio

01:00 - 16 October, 2014
ChangSha Vanke Club House / Tsushima Design Studio, © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +9

Hainan Blue Bay Westin Resort Hotel / gad·Zhejiang Greenton Architectural Design

01:00 - 16 October, 2014
Hainan Blue Bay Westin Resort Hotel / gad·Zhejiang Greenton Architectural Design, © Yao Li
© Yao Li

© Zhao Qiang © Zhao Qiang © Yao Li © Zhao Qiang +23

CHEGS Campus Canteen / KNOWSPACE

01:00 - 15 October, 2014
CHEGS Campus Canteen / KNOWSPACE, © Lv Hengzhong
© Lv Hengzhong
  • Architects

  • Location

    Baoding, Hebei, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Erhard An-He Kinzelbach Architekt BDA
  • Area

    660.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Lv Hengzhong © Lv Hengzhong © Lv Hengzhong © Lv Hengzhong +32

Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize

01:00 - 13 October, 2014
Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize, The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio
The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio

The Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) have announced that Li Xiaodong has been awarded the inaugural Moriyama International Prize, named after esteemed Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama. The prize, which comes with a monetary value of CAD$100,000, has been established to recognise buildings that are judged to be "transformative, inspired as well as inspiring, and emblematic of the human values of respect and inclusiveness."

The jury deliberated projects submitted from nine countries: Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Tajikistan. According to the citation, the jury was "impressed by the breadth of international interest in the prize and encouraged by the high level of engagement with the aims and objectives of the program revealed in the submissions." The prize is open to all architects irrespective of nationality and location and seeks to recognise a single work of architecture (as opposed to a life’s work), celebrating buildings in use.

The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio The Liyuan Library - Interior. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio +12

Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus / OPEN Architecture

01:00 - 13 October, 2014
Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus / OPEN Architecture, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Changyang, Fangshan, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Li Hu, Huang Wenjing
  • Project Architect

    Daijiro Nakayama
  • Area

    57773.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Su Shengliang © Xia Zhi © Su Shengliang © Xia Zhi +37

Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects

01:00 - 12 October, 2014
Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects, © Yao Li
© Yao Li
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li +22

ChenJiaShan Park Tea Lounge Renovation / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

01:00 - 9 October, 2014
ChenJiaShan Park Tea Lounge Renovation / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects, © Jeremy San
© Jeremy San
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jiading, Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    Liu Yuyang, Benson Chen, Jimmy Poek, Yongjiang Liang, Gang Zhao
  • Area

    850.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San +18

Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus

01:00 - 8 October, 2014
Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Longteng Avenue, Xuhui, Shanghai, China, 200231
  • Architect in Charge

    Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng
  • Design Team

    Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng, Wang Longhai, Wang Weishi, Wu Zhenghui, Wang Xuepei, Chen Kun
  • Area

    33007.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Xia Zhi +36

Angdong Hospital Project / Rural Urban Framework

01:00 - 7 October, 2014
Angdong Hospital Project / Rural Urban Framework, Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF)
Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF)
  • Architects

  • Location

    Baojing, Xiangxi, Hunan, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Joshua Bolchover and John Lin
  • Design Team

    Joshua Bolchover and John Lin, Rural Urban Framework (RUF)
  • Project team

    Mark Kingsley, Jeffery Huang, Crystal Kwan, Huang Zhiyun, Tiffany Leung, Johnny Cullinan, Tanya Tsui, Joyce Ip
  • Area

    1450.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF)

Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF) Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF) Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF) Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework (RUF) +24