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Video: Mini-Documentary Profiles Artists Who Are Shunning China's Urban Explosion

00:00 - 23 December, 2014

In 2011, China had more people living in urban areas than rural areas for the first time in its history, and recent government statistics show that around 300 villages disappear per day in China. Yet in the face of rapid urbanization, a “back to land movement” is now also emerging. A new mini-documentary by Sun Yunfan and Leah Thompson, Down to the Countryside, looks at urban residents who, fed up with city life, are looking to revitalize the countryside, while preserving local tradition. The documentary follows Ou Ning, an artist and curator, who moved from Beijing to the village of Bishan, in Anhui province, in 2013. Ning considers himself part of China’s “new rural reconstruction movement,” and the documentary shows his quest to develop the rural economy and bring arts and culture to the countryside.

Learn more about the film on China File and check out an interview with the directors on CityLab.

Yangzhou Jade Workshop / Atelier Xuk

01:00 - 21 December, 2014
© Lv Hengzhong
© Lv Hengzhong
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wantou Land Resources Institute, 783 Qin You Lu, Guangling Qu, Yangzhou Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, China, 225006
  • Project Team

    Liukenan Zhangxu, Lujun Zengyahan, Chenruizhi Dongxiao
  • Area

    6500.0 ft2
  • Photographs

© Lv Hengzhong © Lv Hengzhong © Lv Hengzhong © Lv Hengzhong +46

Aedas' Huasha Plaza Set to Complete Next Year

01:00 - 21 December, 2014
Aedas' Huasha Plaza Set to Complete Next Year, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas has unveiled designs for a mixed-use development in Xuzhou, China. Planned for a scenic reserve area between Yunlong Mountain and Lake, “Huasha Plaza” hopes to minimize its footprint by acting as an extension to the surrounding landscape. Once complete in 2015, the project will be comprised of a hotel, residential, office and retail. Read on for more details. 

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas +5

Waterfront Restaurant / Pro-Form Architects

01:00 - 18 December, 2014
Waterfront Restaurant / Pro-Form Architects, © LV Hengzhong
© LV Hengzhong
  • Architects

  • Location

    2801 Hu Yi Gong Lu, Jiading Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Architect in Charge

    WU Jing, LI Peng, HE Ru of Pro-Form Architects Limited
  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong +25

Reconfiguring Urban Spaces To Compensate For "Poisonous" Air

00:00 - 17 December, 2014
Reconfiguring Urban Spaces To Compensate For "Poisonous" Air, The CCTV Building, Beijing, cloaked by air pollution. Image © Kevin Frayer / Getty Images
The CCTV Building, Beijing, cloaked by air pollution. Image © Kevin Frayer / Getty Images

In an article for The Guardian, Oliver Wainwright steps "inside Beijing's apocalypse": the poisonous, polluted atmosphere that often clings to the Chinese capital. He explores ways in which those who live in this metropolis have started to redefine the spaces they frequent and the ways in which they live. Schools, he notes, are now building inflatable domes over play areas in order to "simulate a normal environment." The dangers were made clear when "this year’s Beijing marathon [...] saw many drop out when their face-mask filters turned a shade of grey after just a few kilometres." Now, in an attempt to improve the living conditions in the city, ecologists and environmental scientists are proposing new methods to filter the air en masse. Read about some of the methods here.

Huishan North Bund / EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company

01:00 - 16 December, 2014
Huishan North Bund  / EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company, © Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hongkou, Shanghai, China
  • Area

    255000.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Tim Griffith, Courtesy of Perkins Eastman, Gary Wei

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith +27

OMA Wins Competition for Shanghai Exhibition Center

01:00 - 15 December, 2014
OMA Wins Competition for Shanghai Exhibition Center, Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

OMA has won a competition to design the Lujiazui Exhibition Centre, a 1,500 square meter space in Shanghai Pudong on the site of the former "Shanghai Shipyard." The design aims to create a concentrated culture and event space within the surrounding financial district, on the edge of the Huangpu River, one of the most photographed waterfronts in the world.

More on the design after the break

Dissemination and Intervention: The Contemporary Role of Architectural Media

00:00 - 12 December, 2014
Dissemination and Intervention: The Contemporary Role of Architectural Media, Courtesy of School of Architecture, Tsinghua University
Courtesy of School of Architecture, Tsinghua University

This Sunday, December 14, ArchDaily founders David Assael and David Basulto will speaking at the day-long Tsinghua Thinking Architecture Forum in Beijing on the subject of architectural media. The event, Dissemination and Intervention: The Contemporary Role of Architectural Media, will bring together 15 of architecture's most influential editors from around the world to join in on the conversation. The forum is being organized by the World Architecture Magazine and School of Architecture, Tsinghua University. You can review the day's complete itinerary and full list of speakers, after the break.

ACE Cafe 751 / dEEP Architects

01:00 - 11 December, 2014

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    LI Daode
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of dEEP

Courtesy of dEEP Courtesy of dEEP Courtesy of dEEP Courtesy of dEEP +44

Encountering the “Weirdness” in China: A Talk with the Guangzhou Circle Architect Joseph di Pasquale

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
Encountering the “Weirdness” in China: A Talk with the Guangzhou Circle Architect Joseph di Pasquale, Courtesy of Joseph di Pasquale Architect
Courtesy of Joseph di Pasquale Architect

Recently, lots of controversial "Jumbos" have been erected on mainland China, leading most of their creators, architects from Western countries, to be placed at the centre of public discussion. Furthermore, China’s President Xi Jinping's recent comment about "no more weird buildings" has led the Chinese central government into this whirlpool. What can western landmark makers learn from all of this?

We met Joseph di Pasquale, architect of the Guangzhou Circle, in Milan some days after “weirdness” became the most used word in Chinese architecture. In the following edited talk with interviewer Yifan Zhang, the architect of the latest landmark in South China's largest city discusses his new project, the real circumstances in China, and the future for foreign architects.

Student Bathrooms / Wuyang Architecture

01:00 - 5 December, 2014
Student Bathrooms / Wuyang Architecture, © SU Shengliang
© SU Shengliang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jian Chuan Lu, Minhang Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Architect

    FENG Lu
  • Engineering

    SRIBS
  • Area

    503.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    SU Shengliang, Courtesy of Wuyang Architecture

© SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang +12

Cipea Villa / Sanaksenaho Architects

01:00 - 1 December, 2014
Cipea Villa / Sanaksenaho Architects, © Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Design Team

    Matti Sanaksenaho,Pirjo Sanaksenaho, Jari Mänttäri, Maria Isotupa, Tommi Terästö, Jaana Hellinen
  • Structural Engineering

    Tero Aaltonen +local engineers
  • Area

    800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo +17

Passive House Bruck / Peter Ruge Architekten

01:00 - 26 November, 2014
Passive House Bruck / Peter Ruge Architekten, © Jan Siefke
© Jan Siefke
  • Architects

  • Location

    Changxing, Huzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Peter Ruge, Kayoko Uchiyama, Matthias Matschewski, Jan Müllender, Alejandra Pérez Siller, Duan Fu
  • Area

    2200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Jan Siefke © Jan Siefke © Jan Siefke © Jan Siefke +26

Vanke Sales Center Façade Renovation / Shenzhen Upright & Pure Architectural Design Co., Ltd

01:00 - 25 November, 2014
Vanke Sales Center Façade Renovation / Shenzhen Upright & Pure Architectural Design Co., Ltd, Courtesy of Shenzhen Upright & Pure Architectural Design
Courtesy of Shenzhen Upright & Pure Architectural Design

Salvaged Stadium: Harvard GSD Student Yaohua Wang's Proposal for Post-Olympic Adaptation

01:00 - 24 November, 2014
Salvaged Stadium: Harvard GSD Student Yaohua Wang's Proposal for Post-Olympic Adaptation, © Yaohua Wang
© Yaohua Wang

Olympic host cities around the world are increasingly facing issues of post-event sustainability, with many stadiums and arenas falling into disuse and dilapidation mere months after the games. The soaring costs associated with constructing Olympic facilities have plagued organizers for decades, resulting in an all-time low number of bids from host cities for the 2022 Winter Olympics, according to the International Olympic Committee. Yaohua Wang is a recent architecture graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a native of China - where facilities constructed for the 2008 Beijing Olympics are slowly being converted to new post-Olympic uses, typified by the transformation of the Watercube into the city's newest waterpark. Wang's thesis project, Salvaged Stadium, delves into the afterlife of Olympic facilities, providing a solution for arena reuse with potential for application worldwide. 

Find out how Wang re-evaluated the Olympic development problem after the break

© Yaohua Wang © Yaohua Wang © Yaohua Wang © Yaohua Wang +31

Container Sale Office / Atelier XÜK

01:00 - 24 November, 2014
Container Sale Office / Atelier XÜK, © Su shengliang
© Su shengliang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Qingpu, Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    Liukenan Zhangxu Lujun Sunwenliang Chenxiao Lizheyuan Liang Wangqian
  • Area

    260.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang +26

TCA Think Tank Creates "Parasite Pavilion" With Five-Day Workshop in Venice

01:00 - 23 November, 2014
© Marco Cappelletti
© Marco Cappelletti

Casting complex shadows and engulfing visitors in a series of maze-like spaces, the Parasite Pavilion was constructed as part of the Synergy & Symbiosis event at the 2014 Venice Biennale, which showcased the best of the UABB Shenzhen and Hong Kong Biennale from 2005 to 2014. Based on the Bug Dome pavilion, a similar experiment from Hong Kong 2009, constructed by Weak! Architects as an icon of "illegal architecture," this new pavilion is the product of an intensive five day workshop, with the cooperation of architects and students from Europe, Australia, and China. Read on after the break to learn more about the Pavilion and Workshop.

© Marco Cappelletti © Marco Cappelletti © Marco Cappelletti © Marco Cappelletti +22

Skytel / PANORAMA

01:00 - 18 November, 2014
Skytel  / PANORAMA, © Ng Siu Fung
© Ng Siu Fung
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Area

    850.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung +24