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Madong Masterplan Winning Proposal / HYHW Architects

Designed by HYHW Architects and Planners, the local development strategy and strategic focus of the Madong Masterplan is aimed at building upon history, automotive culture, sports culture, encouraging advances in manufacturing and modern services, with cultural charmand continual innovation in a technologically advanced green city. Serviced by a highway to the North and with Jiading Forest to the South-West, it benefits from convenient transport connections and the close proximity to the ecological landscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tonglin City Planning Exhibition Center Winning Proposal / Waa

Situated in the middle of the iron-copper-gold polymetallic metallogenic belt of the middle-lower reaches of the Yangtze River, Waa's winning entry for the Tonglin City Planning Exhibition Center houses the future aspirations for future generations. Focusing on their design through 'Making', they found inspiration of architectural language in the process of fabrication in this regions mining industry. More images and architects' description after the break.

'The Cola-Bow' Installation / penda

Designed by penda, the cola-bow installation is a public art installation made out of more than 17,000 recycled plastic bottles, which were braided to create a shape inspired by the swings of the Coca-Cola logo. Designed for the 2nd Beijing University Creation Expo, which turns into the Beijing Design Week, the installation aims to also serve as a statement against plastic pollution by taking trash and turning it into a shelter. More images and architects' description after the break.

The New Music World / Lmyarch-studio

  • Architects: Lmyarch-studio
  • Location: Wuhan
  • Architect in Charge: Lmyarch-studio
  • Design Team: Wei Li, Yuan yuan ,Fengxue Liu, Wenke Zhang,Meiyu Guo,Changqiong Li,Liang Li
  • Engineering: Haisheng Wu,Yantao He,Xinxin Sun
  • Area: 195.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio

Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio

The Indicator: China in 4D

The problem with articles like “China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities”, recently featured in The New York Times, is that they contribute to a misleading and simplistic narrative about China’s economic development, casting it as a story of “good” versus “evil”.

This was recently highlighted by a critique authored by the NYU Stern Urbanization Project in which The New York Times article in question was called out for being overly sensational and reductive in how it covered China’s policies concerning internal migration from the countryside to urban areas.

Saboten Beijing The 1st / Doyle Collection

© Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners Inc
© Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners Inc

© Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners Inc © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners Inc © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners Inc © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners Inc

Huishang Bank Headquarters / Y Design Office

Y Design Office has released a proposal for the new headquarters of the Huishang Bank, located in the new financial district of Hefei, Anhui. The site is at the cross-section of two major roads, Yun Gu and the Luzhou Road. Yun Gu Road is the new financial street which connects directly to the new city center. Luzhou Road connects the site to the older city centers. 

China Plans to Move 250 Million into Cities by 2025

The Chinese government is pushing forward with a plan that will move 250 million Chinese people from rural communities into newly constructed towns and cities over the next 12 years. The government has been bulldozing ancient villages, temples and open-air theaters as well as paving over farmland to make way for mega-cities that will raise the number of city-dwellers in China to nearly the total urban population of the US

To find out how and why this is happening, keep reading. 

China's Pre-Fab Skyscraper: Revolutionary or Mad? Two Architects Debate...

The architecture world has been abuzz over news that aChinese construction company plans to build the world's tallest building— and to do it in just 90 daysusing a proprietary prefabrication technique.

Construction on the 838-meter highrise in Changsha, called Sky City Oneis expected to begin this month.

After the project was announced, we reached out to Christian Sottile, the Dean of the School of Building Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design,who gave us his takeon why the project is a terrible step for architecture and urban living.

But not everyone is skeptical about Sky City One.Stan Klemanowicz,an architect and planner in Los Angeles with Project Development Associates, reached out to tell us why the project is actually revolutionary. He has allowed us to publish his response to Mr. Sottile's critique.

Read Sottile's and Klemanowicz's conflicting opinions, after the break...

Viewing Pavilion on Hill / TAO - Trace Architecture Office

© YAO Li
© YAO Li
  • Architects: TAO - Trace Architecture Office
  • Location: Weihai, Shandong, China
  • Architect in Charge: Trace Architecture Office
  • Design Team: HUA Li, Jiang Nan, Yu Haiwen
  • Area: 256.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: YAO Li, Courtesy of Trace Architecture Office

© YAO Li Courtesy of Trace Architecture Office Courtesy of Trace Architecture Office © YAO Li

'Shanshui City' Book Launch and Exhibition / Ma Yansong of MAD Architects

Displayed earlier this month in a Qing Dynasty courtyard garden at Wu Hao in Beijing, Ma Yansong's 'Shanshui City exhibition featured more than twenty architectural models and works of art that are scattered around the ancient courtyard. Among rocks, screen walls, bamboo groves, pools of water and beneath the sky, the scale of each piece varies and collectively they form a futuristic utopian urban landscape. The newly issued book "Shanshui City" - released simultaneously with the exhibition - is an important turning point for Ma Yansong's ten years of architectural practice and theory. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Refurbishment of a Warehouse / TAO - Trace Architecture Office

©  SHU He
© SHU He
  • Architects: TAO - Trace Architecture Office
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge: HUA Li
  • Design Team: HUA Li, Guo Pengyu, Zhu Zhiyuan, Jiang Nan, Li Guofa
  • Area: 430.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: SHU He, Courtesy of TAO Architect’s Office

©  SHU He ©  SHU He ©  SHU He ©  SHU He

Elite Group Headquarters / Crossboundaries

© Lucas Zimmermann
© Lucas Zimmermann
  • Architects: Crossboundaries
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Architect: Crossboundaries Architects
  • Client: Elite Education and Communication Group, Beijing
  • Area: 750.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Lucas Zimmermann

© Lucas Zimmermann © Lucas Zimmermann © Lucas Zimmermann © Lucas Zimmermann

Green Health City Proposal / Peter Ruge Architekten

Designed to support and promote the condition of physical and emotional human health, the Green Health City proposal by Peter Ruge Architekten is an ecologically sustainable development located in China’s Hainan Province, in Boao Lecheng on the Wanquan River. By establishing a cross-disciplinary and inter-cultural approach to design that is routed in China’s long history, a comprehensive and well considered masterplan scheme is achieved. More images and architects’ description after the break.

360 HQ office / edg Corporation Ltd.

  • Architects: edg Corporation Ltd.
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Chief Designer: David Ho
  • Designer: Echo Zhang, Serena Shu, Tian Ren
  • Area: 36000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: David Ho

© David Ho © David Ho © David Ho © David Ho

TAOA Studio / Tao Lei Architecture Studio

Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio
Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio
  • Architects: Tao Lei Architecture Studio
  • Location: 798 Art Bridge Gallery, Chaoyang, Beijing, China, 100015
  • Architect in Charge: Lei Tao Architecture Studio
  • Area: 200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio

Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio

Micro-house / Studio Liu Lubin

Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin
Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin
  • Architects: Studio Liu Lubin
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Project Team: Liu Lubin, Wang Lin, Weng Jia, Wang Xiaofeng, Wan Li, Liang YIfan, Zhao Ye
  • Constructor: Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University CO.LTD Nanjing University Of Technology Advanced Engineering Composites Research Center
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin

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