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Video: Inside a Chinese, Parisian Ghost Town

This Parisian ghost town in Tianducheng, China has become the archetype of China's architectural copycat culture. Brought to light by the folks at The Atlantic Cities, this short video by German filmmaker Caspar Stracke accounts for an average day in this faux-Parisian development where less than 10,000 residents call home. 

Bayuquan Library / DSD

  • Architects: DSD
  • Location: Bayuquan, Yingkou, Liaoning, China
  • Architect In Charge: Kege Ling
  • Assisted By: Yin Qin, Ding Wu and Long Chen from Shanghai Zhongsen Architecture Design
  • Interior Design: DSD, China Architecture Design & Research Group, Tsinghua Gongmei
  • Interior Designer: Jianguo Wang, Ye Zhang
  • Acoustic Design: China IPPR International Engineering Corporation
  • Stage Facility: China PLA General Armament Department
  • Photographs: Courtesy of DSD

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Gensler Tops Out on World's Second Tallest Skyscraper: Shanghai Tower

Courtesy of Gensler
Courtesy of Gensler

On schedule to be China’s tallest and the world’s second tallest skyscraper, the Gensler -designed Shanghai Tower has topped out at 632 meters (2,074 feet). Upon completion in 2014, the spiraling megastructure will complete a trio of towers - including the adjacent Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center - to become the centerpiece of the city’s Lujiazui commercial district - one of Asia’s leading financial centers which developed from farmland in just over 20 years. 

Defined by series of distinctive sky gardens, the state-of-the-art tower will house Class-A office and retail space, along with a luxury hotel and cultural venues. 

Continue reading to learn how the Shanghai Tower’s structure saved millions and why it will achieve LEED Gold.

Mianzhu Museum Fianl / Zhenggong Feng

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Courtesy of Zhenggong Feng
  • Architects: Zhenggong Feng
  • Location: Mianzhu, Deyang, Sichuan, China
  • Design: Suzhou Industrial Park Design&Research Institute Co.,Ltd
  • Area: 3100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Zhenggong Feng

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Does China's Urbanization Spell Doom or Salvation? Peter Calthorpe Weighs In...

This article originally appeared on Metropolis Magazine's Point of View Blog as "Q&A: Peter Calthorpe."

The titles of Peter Calthorpe’s books trace the recent history of urban design in its most vital and prescient manifestations, starting in 1986 with Sustainable Communities (with Sim Van der Ryn) and followed by The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl (with Bill Fulton), The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community and the American Dream, and Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change.

A founding member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a past winner of the Urban Land Institute’s prestigious J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, the Berkeley-based architect and planner has been at the forefront of urban design for more than three decades. In recent years, in addition to his firm’s continuing work in the United States, Calthorpe Associates has increasingly turned his attention to a country urbanizing at a pace unprecedented in world history: China.

Here Calthorpe talks about China’s unique planning process, the future of high-speed rail in California, and Architecture 2030’s new 2030 Palette, after the break...

Bayuquan Theatre / DSD

  • Architects: DSD
  • Location: Bayuquan, Yingkou, Liaoning, China
  • Architect In Charge: Kege Ling, Qi Xu
  • Assisted By: Yin Qin, Ding Wu and Long Chen from Shanghai Zhongsen Architecture Design
  • Interior Design: DSD, China Architecture Design & Research Group, Tsinghua Gongmei
  • Interior Designer: Jianguo Wang, Ye Zhang
  • Photographs: Courtesy of DSD

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Matsu Flagship Store / EXH Design

  • Architects: EXH Design
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Area: 1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of EXH Design

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K11 Art Mall Shanghai / Kokaistudios

  • Architects: Kokaistudios
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Design Team: Andrea Destefanis, Filippo Gabbiani, Pietro Peyron, Li Wei, Carmen Lee, Wang Yun, Coco Cheng
  • Local Architect: Tong Ji Architecture Design Research Institute
  • Area: 35500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Charlie Xia

© Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia

Vanke Brand Center / Vector Architects

© Shu He & Shengliang Su
© Shu He & Shengliang Su
  • Architects: Vector Architects
  • Location: Yingkou, Liaoning, China
  • Design Partner In Charge: Gong Dong
  • Project Advisor: Nan Wang, Yue Han, Xiangdong Kong
  • Project Architect: Bin He
  • Design Team: Chen Liang, Qifeng Wang, Zhimin Zhou, Jian Wang, Mary Jane Kwan, Pingdong Sun, Feng Xu, Qing Chang
  • Area: 2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Shu He & Shengliang Su

© Shu He & Shengliang Su © Shu He & Shengliang Su © Shu He & Shengliang Su © Shu He & Shengliang Su

Family Box / Crossboundaries Architects

  • Architects: Crossboundaries Architects
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Architect: Crossboundaries Architects
  • Collaborating Architects & Engineers: BIAD International Studio & BIAD TSH International Studio
  • Client: Children Enterprise (UK) Limited
  • Area: 2300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Chaoying Yang

© Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang

In Progress: Zhang ZhiDong And Modern Industrial Museum / Studio Daniel Libeskind

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Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Location: Wuhan, China
  • Architect Of Record: Zhong Nan Design Institute
  • Contractor: G.C Wisco Construction
  • Area: 7240.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind

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Shanghai Hongqiao CBD Office Headquarters Building / LYCS Architecture

LYCS Architecture has shared drawings and renderings for their Shanghai Hongqiao CBD Office Headquarters Building, which broke ground this month.  Situated in a rapidly developing part of western Shanghai and at the center of a transportation hub, the project is scheduled to be completed in 2014. 

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River Heights Pavilion / People’s Architecture Office

Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office
Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office

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Shanghai Pudong International Airport / Paul Andreu

  • Architects: Paul Andreu
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Design Team: F.Tamisier, G.Andreu, P.Gonon, H.Boitard
  • Area: 220000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 1999
  • Photographs: Paul Maurer

© Paul Maurer © Paul Maurer © Paul Maurer © Paul Maurer

Jean Nouvel Named as Winner of National Art Museum of China Competition

The rumors are true: Jean Nouvel has been selected as the official winner of the highly acclaimed National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) competition in Beijing. According to Dezeen, the news has been confirmed by Nouvel’s adviser, Oliver Schmitt. Though little has been released about the winning design, earlier reports have described it as a “vast structure” based on the simplicity of a single line - “a single brush stroke.” 

In an interview with Financial Times, Nouvel quoted the Chinese artist Shi Tao (1642-1707): “A single line is the source of everything in existence. [...] We started with calligraphy. [...] Pupils used to spend half a year just on that first line with a brush. That first line contains all of Chinese culture – painting, writing and the energy of Chi.” 

CTS Temple of Heaven Performance Zone Winning Proposal / Aedas

Aedas recently unveiled their master plan proposal for the CTS Temple of Heaven Performance Zone. Located in Beijing, their concept consists of a trio of urban, garden and lake environments while aiming to become the capital’s core cultural and commercial district and establish an international modern city life standard. More images and architects’ description after the break.

China Bans Construction of Government Buildings Until 2019

In a move to tackle corruption and improve the image of the Communist Party (CPC), China's President Xi Jinping has banned the construction of government buildings for the next five years. The BBC reports that "Glitzy new government buildings, sometimes in impoverished areas, have been a source of public outrage." The ban also includes luxury renovations and expansions "done under the guise of repair work."

Pingtan Art Museum / MAD

Chinese firm MAD sends us their latest museum project: Pingtang Art Museum. With a projected area of over 40,000 square meters and as the largest private museum in Asia, the museum will display thousands of pieces of national treasures. 

© MAD © MAD © MAD © MAD