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AD Interviews: Li Xiaodong / Li Xiaodong Atelier

09:30 - 11 July, 2015

During our last trip to Beijing we had the opportunity to visit Li Xiaodong at his recently opened extension for the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University. Li Xiaodong has become recognized worldwide thanks to his recent projects in rural China, which are deeply connected with the landscape and local community and use a mix of traditional and contemporary techniques.

His built works are strongly connected with his academic research. As a professor at Tsinghua University he has focused on understanding Chinese architecture, co-authoring publications such as “Form Making in Traditional Chinese Architecture” and “Chinese Conception of Space." His research has led him to develop a unique style, which he calls a “new regionalism," focusing on how the local can deal with the global in this era.

KUAN Architects Unveil Design for “The Antique Fish” Shopping Center in China

06:00 - 10 July, 2015
KUAN Architects Unveil Design for “The Antique Fish” Shopping Center in China , Courtesy of KUAN Architects
Courtesy of KUAN Architects

KUAN Architects (UCD) have unveiled their design for The Antique Fish, a shopping center, and the first large-scale commercial construction in Qinshui, a developing city in the Shanxi Province in China.

Located at the crossing of two rivers and surrounded by mountains, the project is designed to mimic its surroundings, as well as traditional Chinese art, taking on a long, fish-like shape and using traditional materials such as blue stones, green tiles, white jade, and wood.

Ports 1961 Shanghai Façade / UUfie

19:00 - 9 July, 2015
Ports 1961 Shanghai Façade / UUfie, © Su shengliang
© Su shengliang

© Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, Shanghai, China
  • Interior Designer

    Yabu Pushelberg
  • Area

    1145.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Cattle Back Mountain Volunteer House / dEEP Architects

05:00 - 8 July, 2015
 Cattle Back Mountain Volunteer House / dEEP Architects, Completed House. Image Courtesy of dEEP Architects
Completed House. Image Courtesy of dEEP Architects

Completed Roof Structure. Image Courtesy of dEEP Architects Rooftop Loft. Image Courtesy of dEEP Architects Roof Under Construction. Image Courtesy of dEEP Architects Under Construction. Image Courtesy of dEEP Architects +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pumaidi Village
  • Architect in Charge

    Daode Li
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of dEEP Architects

Yunnan Museum / Rocco Design Architects

20:00 - 6 July, 2015
Yunnan Museum / Rocco Design Architects, © WENMING CHU - Rocco Design Limited
© WENMING CHU - Rocco Design Limited

© WENMING CHU - Rocco Design Limited © WENMING CHU - Rocco Design Limited © WENMING CHU - Rocco Design Limited © WENMING CHU - Rocco Design Limited +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yunnan Museum, 118 Wu Yi Lu, Wuhua Qu, Kunming Shi, Yunnan Sheng, China, 650021
  • Design Team

    Rocco Yim, William Tam, Derrick Tsang, Martin Fung, Lucia Cheung, Ricky Wang, Gilles Chan, Benjamin Chan, Seah Li, Janes Liang
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

San Wayao Community Sports Center / CSWADI

19:00 - 29 June, 2015
San Wayao Community Sports Center / CSWADI, © ARCH-EXIST
© ARCH-EXIST

© ARCH-EXIST © ARCH-EXIST © ARCH-EXIST © ARCH-EXIST +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jin Gui Lu, Wuhou Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Liu Yi
  • Design Team

    Zhou Xuefeng, Sun Jing, Zhao Yenan, Shi Xiaoting, Zhu Wenlin, Xiang Ziyu, Zhao Mingzhu, Huang Liang, An Fei, Lu Ruofan, Ren Hongfei, Chen Yinjie
  • Area

    11936.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Call for Proposals: High-speed Railway Transportation Hub and CBD in Central Gui’an New District, China

07:50 - 29 June, 2015
The Gui’an comprehensive high-speed railway transportation hub and CBD covers an area of 464 hectares (Fig. 1)
The Gui’an comprehensive high-speed railway transportation hub and CBD covers an area of 464 hectares (Fig. 1)

The Gui’an New District, the eighth National New Districts in China, is located between Guiyang City and Anshun City, Guizhou Province with a planned area of 1,795 km2. The District, committed to the goal of “creating a city with pastoral landscapes”, will be built into a new leading area in inland economic development, a pilot area for innovation and development, an agglomeration of high-end service industries, an international area for leisure, vacation and tourism and a leading area for the construction of ecological civilization. The planning of a comprehensive high-speed railway transportation hub and CBD in central Gui’an New District strives to build it into an important transportation hub and central business district. The Management Committee of Guizhou Guian New District and the Planning and Construction Bureau of The Management Committee of Guizhou Guian New District hereby publicly call for the proposals for the planning of such a transportation hub and CBD as required, sincerely inviting the participation of experienced and qualified design agencies worldwide.

Registration deadline for international teams is on July 10th, 2015. More details below:

Family Box / Crossboundaries

20:00 - 22 June, 2015
Family Box / Crossboundaries, © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries
© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries

© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Si Ping Lu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Binke Lenhardt, Dong Hao
  • Project Designers

    Anne-Charlotte Wiklander, Irene Solà, Gao Yang
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Zeller & Moye Designs "Flower Terraces" Housing in Ruichang

16:00 - 19 June, 2015
Zeller & Moye Designs "Flower Terraces" Housing in Ruichang, Courtesy of Zeller & Moye
Courtesy of Zeller & Moye

Mexico City and Berlin-based Zeller & Moye has won the international competition MOLEWA (Mount Lu Estate of World Architecture) to design new housing in Ruichang. Organized by UIA (Unión Internacional de Arquitectos) and Hua Yan Group, the competition received entries from more than 40 countries. 

With an "innovative housing design that sets new standards in low-energy use," Zeller & Moye's "Flower Terraces" will be built in the heart of the circular Chinese city by 2016.

Read on to learn more about the competition-winning project. 

Courtesy of Zeller & Moye Courtesy of Zeller & Moye Courtesy of Zeller & Moye Courtesy of Zeller & Moye +7

Rocco Yim Reveals the Key to Developing Cities for Low-Carbon Living

01:30 - 19 June, 2015
Rocco Yim Reveals the Key to Developing Cities for Low-Carbon Living, Rocco Yim speaks at the Alternatives for Low Carbon City Architecture and Life Forum. Image Courtesy of Shenzhen Design Center
Rocco Yim speaks at the Alternatives for Low Carbon City Architecture and Life Forum. Image Courtesy of Shenzhen Design Center

During this week’s “Alternatives for Low Carbon City Architecture and Life” conference in Shenzhen, China, we sat down with Rocco Yim to ask him how his work—driven by his interest in connecting cultures— is related to the pursuit of low-carbon or sustainable design. Yim explained the core values that motivate his approach to design, revealing his attitudes towards technologically-driven design solutions. Read on to see what Yim believes to be the essence of succesful urban spaces. 

Gallery: Mystical Photos of an Abandoned Chinese Village

06:00 - 18 June, 2015
Gallery: Mystical Photos of an Abandoned Chinese Village, © Jane Qing via Bored Panda
© Jane Qing via Bored Panda

Traces of human life lingering behind, forms carving their way through the land and sky, objects left in disuse and air that seems frozen in time -- whether morbid or sublime, abandoned buildings and settlements are an object of fascination and intrigue to architects and non-architects alike. As Shanghai-based photographer Jane Qing's photos of an abandoned village on Gouqi Island in China demonstrate, there is a rare kind of beauty to be found in the left-behind and the neglected.

See more photos after the break.

Nieto Sobejano Wins Competition to Design New Guangzhou Science Museum

15:18 - 16 June, 2015
Nieto Sobejano Wins Competition to Design New Guangzhou Science Museum, Guangzhou Science Museum. Image Courtesy of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
Guangzhou Science Museum. Image Courtesy of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos has been selected over MAD ArchitectsSteven HollGrimshaw and many others to design the Guangzhou Science Museum. 

Planned for the sprawling port city of Guangzhou (Canton), the new science museum will be realized on the south bank of the Pearl River, close to the Guangzhou Tower. It will form part of a new cultural hub, known as "Three Museums - One Square," which will include the future Guangzhou Museum, also won through a private-competition by gmp Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners.

Read on for a video and more information detailing the winning proposal.

BBC Profiles Zhang Yue: The Man Who Plans to Build the World’s Tallest Building in 7 Months

11:30 - 16 June, 2015
BBC Profiles Zhang Yue: The Man Who Plans to Build the World’s Tallest Building in 7 Months, Courtesy of Broad Group
Courtesy of Broad Group

BBC News has published a profile on the new projects and ambitions of Broad Sustainable Building’s Zhang Yue. A few months ago, Yue became known as the man behind Mini Sky City, a 57-story building that went up in 19 days. Now, Yue wants to further his idea of modular construction to build Sky City, which will be the world’s tallest skyscraper, stretching ten meters taller than the 828 meter-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and take only seven months to complete. In addition to being constructed from prefabricated parts, Sky City will be sustainable and built from steel to help prevent earthquake damage. Construction is expected to begin on the skyscraper in early 2016. Read more about Yue, his company, and their projects in the BBC News article.

An Interview with Xu Tian Tian, DnA Design and Architecture

09:30 - 16 June, 2015
An Interview with Xu Tian Tian, DnA Design and Architecture, Ordos Art Museum. Image © Ruogu Zhou
Ordos Art Museum. Image © Ruogu Zhou

"In China there’s history but there’s no existing context. All the contexts are made for the future. Most of the designs, most of the buildings are only designed for a planning scenario lasting five or ten years. And in that case, first of all, you need to accommodate functions for the future, for the planned purpose. I’d say even though the current project is in a very rural area, it could soon, let’s say in just one or two years, become a populated area. So that’s a different challenge here when you are designing in China."
- Xu Tian Tian, Beijing 2013

Spontaneous Artist Community

Xu Tian Tian: What condition is Songzhuang in, in general? I haven’t been there for quite a while.

Pier Alessio Rizzardi: Songzhuang is developing very rapidly, everything was under construction, and especially in the areas around your three projects the residential buildings were growing fast… I must say that all the projects you designed [Songzhuang Artists’ Residence, Museum and Cultural Centre] were extremely damaged.

Xu Tian Tian: That’s quite disappointing...

Songzhuang Artist Residence. Image © Iwan Baan Songzhuang Art Museum. Image © Ruogu Zhou Xiaopu Culture Center in Songzhuang. Image © Ruogu Zhou Xiaopu Culture Center in Songzhuang. Image © Ruogu Zhou +15

Foster + Partners Win Planning for Yuexiu International Financial City in Wuhan

12:10 - 11 June, 2015
© Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has won planning permission to realize the new Yuexiu International Financial City in Wuhan. Sited near Jingwu Road, once famous for its street vendors, the 147,000 square-meter masterplan aims regenerate the city's core by becoming a "walkable, highly permeable" new district that is seamlessly integrated into the surrounding context. 

“Our aim has been to create a new urban model for Wuhan – a unique and exciting new destination, with a sustainable mixture of commercial and residential uses, but which feels familiar and of its place. Rather than create an enclosed ‘city within a city’, we have stitched this new quarter into the surrounding streets. It will have a distinctive new identity, but one that is inspired by local architecture, history and culture,” says Luke Fox, Senior Executive Partner, Studio Head of Foster + Partners. 

Opportunities Available at the Forthcoming Shekou Design Museum in Shenzhen

04:00 - 11 June, 2015
Opportunities Available at the Forthcoming Shekou Design Museum in Shenzhen, Site in Shekou as of mid-2015. Image © China Merchants Property Development, Maki & Associates
Site in Shekou as of mid-2015. Image © China Merchants Property Development, Maki & Associates

With the new Shekou Design Museum in Shenzhen edging ever nearer to its opening in 2017, the China Merchants Group and the Victoria and Albert Museum have begun the search for a Senior Curator, a Communication Specialist, and a Project Manager proficient in both Mandarin and English. The museum, which has been designed by Fumihiko Maki and is being directed by Ole Bouman, is slated to become "a place of wonders as well as an engine of new ideas." Located in Shekou, described as the cradle of China’s pioneering spirit, this new institution "has potential to become the platform for international design to enter China and the window for Chinese design to go global."

Facing East: Chinese Urbanism in Africa

19:30 - 10 June, 2015
Facing East: Chinese Urbanism in Africa, Kilamba Kiaxi in Luanda, Angola
Kilamba Kiaxi in Luanda, Angola

Storefront for Art and Architecture hosts Facing East: Chinese Urbanism in Africa, an exhibition by journalist Michiel Hulshof (Tertium, Amsterdam) and architect Daan Roggeveen (MORE Architecture, Shanghai). Facing East investigates the impact of Chinese development on fast-growing African cities, and is built around personal stories of individuals involved in the urbanization process.

Call for Exhibitors: 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism Architecture in Hong Kong and Shenzhen

03:01 - 10 June, 2015
Call for Exhibitors: 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism Architecture in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, 2013 UABB entrance pavilion at the Value Factory. Image © ArchDaily
2013 UABB entrance pavilion at the Value Factory. Image © ArchDaily

The 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism Architecture (UABB) has launched an open call for exhibitors. Co-organized by Shenzhen and Hong Kong, UABB is the only biennial exhibition in the world that is based exclusively on the themes of urbanism and urbanization. This year's edition, which will run from December 2015 to February 2016, will be based around the themes "Re-Living the City" and "Visions 2050 - Lifestyle & The City." All those who are interested in participating as an exhibitor should submit their proposals to the organizers of the Shenzhen curatorial team (here) and Hong Kong curatorial team (here) before June 30, 2015. See our past coverage on the 2013 UABB to learn more about the event.