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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

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

  • 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

Cipea Villa / Sanaksenaho Architects

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

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

  • 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

Passive House Bruck / Peter Ruge Architekten

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

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

  • 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

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

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Qingpu, Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    Liukenan Zhangxu Lujun Sunwenliang Chenxiao Lizheyuan Liang Wangqian
  • Area

    260.0 sqm
  • Photographs

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

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

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Area

    850.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Stone Art Gallery / O- Office Architects

01:00 - 16 November, 2014
Stone Art Gallery / O- Office Architects, © LIKYFOTO
© LIKYFOTO

© LIKYFOTO © LIKYFOTO © LIKYFOTO © LIKYFOTO +22

Vanke Daxing Sales Gallery / Spark Architects

01:00 - 13 November, 2014
Vanke Daxing Sales Gallery / Spark Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Daxing, Beijing, China
  • Project Director

    Jan Felix Clostermann
  • Project Architect

    Christian Taeubert
  • Team

    Hua Ye, Karl Nyqvist, Ben de Lange, Ali Yildrim, Duarte Nuno Silva, Katarzyna Irzyk, Huan Wang, Nuno Cardoso Dias, Elaine Kwong, Bing Han (landscape concept design)
  • Area

    391000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Shenzhen Performing Arts Facility / ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates

01:00 - 11 November, 2014
Shenzhen Performing Arts Facility / ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates , Courtesy of ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates
Courtesy of ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates

Courtesy of ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates © Zang Chao Courtesy of ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates Courtesy of ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates +29

SND Fashion Store / 3GATTI

01:00 - 10 November, 2014
SND Fashion Store / 3GATTI, © Shen Qiang
© Shen Qiang

© Shen Qiang © Shen Qiang © Shen Qiang © Shen Qiang +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongqing, Chongqing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Francesco Gatti
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Zhangjiagang Town River Reconstruction / Botao Landscape

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Zhangjiagang Town River Reconstruction / Botao Landscape, Courtesy of Botao Landscape
Courtesy of Botao Landscape

Courtesy of Botao Landscape Courtesy of Botao Landscape Courtesy of Botao Landscape Courtesy of Botao Landscape +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhangjiagang City Price Control Bureau, 70 Renmin Middle Road, Zhangjiagang, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, 215600
  • Area

    65000.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Botao Landscape

From the Ground Up: China and the New Vertical City

00:00 - 4 November, 2014
From the Ground Up: China and the New Vertical City, Cloud Citizen. Image Courtesy of Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design
Cloud Citizen. Image Courtesy of Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design

By the end of 2015, one in three of the world’s tallest buildings will be in China. With its government planned cities, the Chinese policy often favors high-density development, and some of the most radical and experimental urban design ideas can be applied in China - take for example the recent joint winner of the Shenzhen Bay Super City competition, Cloud Citizen, which takes on a more integrated and interconnected approach to vertical cities. In this article on The Guardian, Nicola Davison investigates how at this critical time in the country’s development, architects and urban planners may choose to move away from previous urban models of isolated skyscrapers, towards a more humane environment that seeks to emulate nature and create diverse public spaces. Read the article in full here

TED Talk: How to Reinvent the Apartment Building / Moshe Safdie

00:00 - 3 November, 2014

Nearly 50 years after realizing Habitat ’67, when the need for high quality affordable housing is at an all time high, Moshe Safdie is expanding on his ideas first explored in the stacked Montreal utopia to discover just how natural light and the feeling openness can be achieved in today’s megalopolises. Watch as Safdie makes a case to do away with the high-rise in the short TED Talk above. 

Michael Graves School of Architecture to Open in 2015

00:00 - 30 October, 2014
Michael Graves School of Architecture to Open in 2015, Graves-designed University building planned for Wenzhou. Image © Michael Graves School of Architecture
Graves-designed University building planned for Wenzhou. Image © Michael Graves School of Architecture

Kean University has announced plans to open a new architecture school based on the design philosophy of Michael Graves. Following the footsteps of a man who laments the “loss of drawing,” the new Michael Graves School of Architecture will prioritize hand drawings as a key to design process. 

“In our technologically savvy world, to this day, Michael Graves’ philosophy is to draw by hand first so that the students see, ‘feel’ and experience the new building spatially. Then, only after the drawing is complete will the students transfer the design to a computer so that the computer becomes an execution tool, not an ideation tool,” describes acting dean and former student of Graves, David Mohney.

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

Courtesy of People's Architecture Office Courtesy of People's Architecture Office Courtesy of People's Architecture Office Courtesy of People's Architecture Office +28

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.