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Using Big Data to Determine the Extent of China's Ghost Cities

16:00 - 8 November, 2015
Using Big Data to Determine the Extent of China's Ghost Cities, Chenggong. Image © Barnaby Chambers via Shutterstock.com
Chenggong. Image © Barnaby Chambers via Shutterstock.com

In recent decades, China has undergone the most dramatic urban migration in the history of the world, so you might be forgiven for thinking all that is required from urban planners is to "build it and they will come," so to speak. However, as the Western media often reports with much schadenfreude, China's unprecedented urban explosion has not come without a few missteps, and many new cities are widely claimed to be "ghost cities," empty of residents even as more gigantic apartment blocks are being built. Such stories are usually accompanied by anecdotes of empty public spaces and a rough count of the number of homes left in the dark at night, but little further empirical data. So exactly how underpopulated does a city have to be to be a "ghost city," and just how rife are such places in China?

As reported by MIT Technology Review, one Chinese web company has started looking for answers to just such questions. Baidu, effectively a Chinese version of Google, has used their "Big Data Lab" to investigate the commuting patterns of their 700 million users, establishing exactly which cities are dramatically underpopulated.

Shenzhen Dotwell Office Design / Elsedesign

20:00 - 7 November, 2015
Shenzhen Dotwell Office Design /  Elsedesign, © Wang Hui, Wang Zhengzhi
© Wang Hui, Wang Zhengzhi

© Wang Hui, Wang Zhengzhi © Wang Hui, Wang Zhengzhi © Wang Hui, Wang Zhengzhi © Wang Hui, Wang Zhengzhi +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    No. 3676, Nanhai Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
  • Design Team

    Philip Fung, Wang Weiguo, Xu Jipeng, Li Minzhong
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

OMA and Ole Scheeren's Interlace Named World Building of the Year 2015

13:01 - 6 November, 2015
OMA and Ole Scheeren's Interlace Named World Building of the Year 2015, World Building of the Year Winner: The Interlace (Singapore) / OMA and Ole Scheeren. Image © Iwan Baan
World Building of the Year Winner: The Interlace (Singapore) / OMA and Ole Scheeren. Image © Iwan Baan

OMA and Buro Ole Scheeren's vertical village in Singapore, The Interlace has been named the World Building of the Year 2015 at culmination of the World Architecture Festival (WAF). Celebrated for being "an example of bold, contemporary architectural thinking," as WAF Director Paul Finch described, the project is eighth building to ever win the illustrious award. It is considered to be a "radical new approach to contemporary living in a tropical environment."

Winners of the year's Future Project, Landscape, Small Project and Color Prize awards were also announced. Read on to see the who won with comments from the jury. 

Dayuan International Center / gmp Architekten

22:00 - 5 November, 2015
Dayuan International Center / gmp Architekten, © Christian Gahl
© Christian Gahl

© Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl +9

Büro Ole Scheeren Expands with New Offices in Berlin and Bangkok

12:00 - 4 November, 2015
Büro Ole Scheeren Expands with New Offices in Berlin and Bangkok, MahaNakhon tower in Thailand. Image © OMA / Büro Ole Scheeren 2009
MahaNakhon tower in Thailand. Image © OMA / Büro Ole Scheeren 2009

Hong Kong- and Beijing-based Büro Ole Scheeren is expanding with the opening of two new offices in Berlin and Bangkok. As its founder, German architect Ole Scheeren says, the expansion will extend the practice's range of work with projects in Europe and North America. "Büro Ole Scheeren’s Berlin studio will act as a European base for work across the western hemisphere, while Büro Ole Scheeren in Bangkok, together with its subsidiary HLS, is charged with the further design development and construction supervision of the MahaNakhon tower, soon to be completed as Thailand’s tallest skyscraper," says the practice. 

Housing L / in:Flux architecture

09:00 - 4 November, 2015
Housing L / in:Flux architecture, © Su shengliang
© Su shengliang

© Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Laiyang, Yantai, Shandong, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Xing Liang
  • Design Team

    Xinyue Chen, Huijiao Lu
  • Design Director

    Chien-Ho Hsu
  • Area

    15000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Chongqing Taoyuanju Community Center / Vector Architects

22:00 - 3 November, 2015
Chongqing Taoyuanju Community Center  / Vector Architects, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang +41

Penda Designs River-Inspired Landscape Pavilion for China’s Garden Expo

14:00 - 3 November, 2015
Penda Designs River-Inspired Landscape Pavilion for China’s Garden Expo, © penda architecture & design
© penda architecture & design

Selected as the winner of an international competition, Penda’s landscape pavilion for the 10th international Garden Expo in Wuhan, China seeks to highlight the importance of clean water and protecting the environment. Dubbed “Where the River Runs,” the pavilion takes visitors through a landscape of hills and valleys on a pathway resembling a river. Each visitor is given seeds to plant, taking over “the function of a river as they bring life to the pavilion.”

The 1,500-square-meter-pavilion is currently under construction and is set to be completed this year. Learn more about the design after the break. 

© penda architecture & design © penda architecture & design © penda architecture & design © penda architecture & design +19

6 Compete to Design World's Largest Waste-to-Energy Plant in Shenzhen

14:00 - 2 November, 2015
6 Compete to Design World's Largest Waste-to-Energy Plant in Shenzhen, Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Six teams have been shortlisted to design the world's largest waste-to-energy plant in Shenzhen, China: Arup, Atkins, AECOM, Gerber Architekten, Schmidt Hammer Lassen with Gottlieb Paludan Architects, and local firm Tanghua Architects. Aiming to manage Shenzhen's growing population (and waste accumulation), the "Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant" plans to incinerate 5000 tonnes of waste daily and generate an estimated 550 million kWh per year. 

Vanke Residential Culture Center / IROJE Architects & Planners

20:00 - 31 October, 2015
Vanke Residential Culture Center / IROJE Architects & Planners, ©  Jong Oh Kim
© Jong Oh Kim

©  Jong Oh Kim ©  Jong Oh Kim ©  Jong Oh Kim ©  Jong Oh Kim +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pingdu, Qingdao, Shandong, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Seung H-Sang
  • Gross Floor Area

    3000 m2
  • Area

    2340.8 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Zhoushan Sports Stadium Transformation / John Curran Architects

22:00 - 30 October, 2015
Zhoushan Sports Stadium Transformation / John Curran Architects, © Yu Jinsong
© Yu Jinsong

© Yu Jinsong © Yu Jinsong © Yu Jinsong © Yu Jinsong +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhoushan, Zhejiang, China
  • Design Team

    John Curran, Calvin Lim, Zhu Dan, AdelinaPopescu, Simone Casati
  • Project & Design Director

    John Curran
  • Project Architect

    Calvin Lim
  • Interior Designer

    Simone Casati
  • Collaborators

    Zhu Dan, Adelina Popescu
  • Client

    ZhoushanPutuo District Government
  • Structure & MEP Consultants

    Baosteel Group
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Courtyard House Plugin en Masse – Second Phase / People's Architecture Office

20:00 - 29 October, 2015
Courtyard House Plugin en Masse – Second Phase / People's Architecture Office, Courtesy of People's Architecture Office (PAO)
Courtesy of People's Architecture Office (PAO)

Courtesy of People's Architecture Office (PAO) Courtesy of People's Architecture Office (PAO) Courtesy of People's Architecture Office (PAO) Courtesy of People's Architecture Office (PAO) +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Da Shi Lan Xi Jie, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100051
  • Architect in Charge

    He Zhe, James Shen, Zang Feng
  • Design Team

    Cui Gangjian, Chen Yihuai, Gao Tianxia, Jiang Hao, Lin Tianquan, Liu Qianqian, Sun Liming, Wang Wei, Zhang Minghui, Zhou Ying
  • Client

    Dashilar Platform
  • Project Year

    2015

Fab-Union Space On The West Bund / Archi-Union Architects

21:00 - 27 October, 2015
Fab-Union Space On The West Bund / Archi-Union Architects, © Hao Chen
© Hao Chen

© Hao Chen © Su shengliang © Hao Chen © Hao Chen +32

Yun House Boutique Eco-Resort / Ares Partners + Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

18:00 - 27 October, 2015
Yun House Boutique Eco-Resort / Ares Partners + Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang +20

Flexible Landscape / GOA Architects

20:00 - 26 October, 2015
Flexible Landscape / GOA Architects, © LYU Hengzhong, Shen Bo
© LYU Hengzhong, Shen Bo

© LYU Hengzhong, Shen Bo © LYU Hengzhong, Shen Bo © LYU Hengzhong, Shen Bo © LYU Hengzhong, Shen Bo +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Co-designer

    CAUP
  • Designers

    Wang Yibo, Huang Weile, Zhu Xudong
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Janzi Box / Spark Architects

20:00 - 22 October, 2015
Janzi Box / Spark Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xicheng, Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Claire Yu
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Nanjing Hongfeng Technology Park, Building A1 / One Design

19:00 - 20 October, 2015
Nanjing Hongfeng Technology Park, Building A1 / One Design , © Shen Zhonghai
© Shen Zhonghai

© Shen Zhonghai © Shen Zhonghai © Shen Zhonghai © Shen Zhonghai +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jiu Long Shan Lu, Qixia Qu, Nanjing Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, China, 210034
  • Design Team

    Bu Bing, Qian Tongshen, Vincent Taupitz, Chen Ye, Wang Qing Qing, Liu Tengteng
  • Area

    56970.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Yaluntzangpu River Terminal / ZAO/standardarchitecture + Embaixada

20:00 - 19 October, 2015
Yaluntzangpu River Terminal / ZAO/standardarchitecture + Embaixada, © Chen Su
© Chen Su

© Chen Su © Chen Su © Chen Su © Chen Su +34

  • Architects

  • Design Team

    Hou Zhenghua, Zhang Ke, Zheng Hong, Claudia Taborda, Dong Lina, Sun Wei
  • Collaborate Design Institution

    China Academy of Building Research Architectural Design Institute & Tibet Youdao Architecture Associates
  • Site area

    1000 sqm
  • Area

    430.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs