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19:00 - 29 December, 2015
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© Shannon Fagan

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Aedas-Designed Project in Shanghai Deemed World's Best Mixed-Use Project

14:00 - 29 December, 2015
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© Aedas

Aedas' Mapletree Business City Shanghai and VivoCity Shanghai has been named the "ultimate world's Best International Mixed-Use Architecture" of 2015, according to the International Property Awards that were announced in London. The mixed-use development merged retail, dining and entertainment with Grade A offices to "create a dynamic environment for both business and leisure." All facilities are seamlessly connected and share a number of amenities, thus providing a "new benchmark" of 'live, work and play' in Shanghai

WHY Hotel / ELEVATION WORKSHOP / WEI architects

20:00 - 28 December, 2015
© Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi
  • Architects

  • Location

    235 Qianquhe Village, Gaoliying Town, Shunyi District, Beijing, China
  • Area

    990.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Xia Zhi, Ying XING Team, Tingting HU, Liang ZHENG

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Yuanyang Express We+ Co-working Space / MAT Office

02:00 - 27 December, 2015
© Kangshuo Tang
© Kangshuo Tang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sanyuanqiao, Sanyuan Bridge, Chaoyang, China, 100028
  • Design Team

    Kangshuo Tang, Miao Zhang, Guat Hong Chua, Yunzhu Ji
  • Client

    We+
  • Area

    800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Kangshuo Tang

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Heatherwick-Designed Shanghai Development Conceived as Two "Tree-Covered Mountains"

11:30 - 22 December, 2015
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© Heatherwick Studio

Heatherwick Studio has designed a mountainous mixed use plan for Shanghai's main arts district. Named M50, the 300,000-square-meter project was conceived as "a piece of topography" that takes the shape of "two tree-covered mountains" populated by "400 terraces" and "1000 structural columns." 

“Normally, the large-scale projects that we are quite used to seeing have big boxes, and the role of the designer is figuring out what pattern of architectural wrapping paper to put on these boxes,” said Thomas Heatherwick, according to Architectural Digest. “We wondered if there was a way to make better working spaces by also making access to outdoors.” 

Steven Holl Architects Unveil Proposal for Shenzhen Art Museum and Library

06:00 - 21 December, 2015
© Steven Holl Architects
© Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects has unveiled their design for a new public library and museum in a developing area of Shenzhen, China. With the goal of creating a public space with two buildings connected below the plaza level, the massing concept is based on a three-part removal. While the design did win the most votes from the jury in the overall competition, city officials chose a different scheme to continue with.

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Harbin Opera House / MAD Architects

10:45 - 16 December, 2015
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© Hufton+Crow

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Cloud Odeum / Aether Architects + Futurelab

02:00 - 14 December, 2015
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Courtesy of Futurelab

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Santiago Calatrava Designs 3 New Bridges for Huashan

12:00 - 9 December, 2015
View of the canal. Image © Santiago Calatrava LLC
View of the canal. Image © Santiago Calatrava LLC

Santiago Calatrava has been commissioned to design a trio of bridges in the Chinese city of Huashan, east of Wuhan. The three steel bridges - Xihu, Xianbi and Lincong - will span 1.5 kilometers of the city's new Yangtze River canal, providing access to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. 

“Architecture is one of the art forms best able to improve and revitalize cities both artistically and functionally,” said Calatrava. “The Huashan project is a clear example of how an urban element, key to the successful growth of the city, can at the same time improve the quality of life for its citizens, thanks to an integration of all three bridges and the creation of boulevards on the banks of the canal.”

Ennead Architects Announces Plans for New Tech District in China

08:00 - 8 December, 2015
Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Courtesy of Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has unveiled the plans for its new project, the Qilin Technology Innovation Park, located in Nanjing, China. The 468,000 square meter project seeks to give a new direction to Chinese urbanism, as it moves away from the trend of “individual architectural trophies,” and towards “creating a holistic district identity and memorable urban space on a human scale.”

Inspired by Silicon Valley, the new science and technology district will create a “24-7 mixed-use urban research hub,” with commercial and government office space, conference facilities, residential buildings, hotels, retail environments, and public open space.

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PIFO New Art Gallery / archstudio

20:00 - 7 December, 2015
© Lv Yuntao
© Lv Yuntao
  • Architects

  • Location

    798 Art Bridge Gallery, Chaoyang, Beijing, China, 100015
  • Architect in Charge

    Han Wenqiang
  • Area

    864.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Lv Yuntao, Wang Ning

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23:00 - 6 December, 2015

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Video: Garden School / OPEN Architecture

18:00 - 4 December, 2015

"A counteraction to what is happening today in China," OPEN Architecture's Garden School in Beijing seeks to reconnect its students with nature. Located in a new town that, as founding partner Li Hu says, was built "too fast," the school serves as one of the few spaces students can interact with nature. The school is designed like a garden, from its sloping "floor zero" to rooftop gardens, offering unconventional spaces for teaching and inviting public areas that encourage social interaction. 

“What is problematic is that these new towns are designed too fast, without much thinking about how the spaces are going to be used, and what kind of space they are going to create. I think it is a problem for human psychology. Living in a new town with not enough good green space, good social space, we’ll become very problematic urban animals,” Hu told Spirit of Space.

Read on for a conversation with the architects. 

Wanda Vista Xishuangbanna / OAD

17:00 - 4 December, 2015
© Chen He
© Chen He
  • Architects

  • Location

    Xishuangbanna, China
  • Design Team

    Eric Lee, Helder Santos, Chen Jiang, Chen Yingnan
  • Area

    46149.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Chen He

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HeFei No.10 Secondary School / Di Ping Xian

19:00 - 3 December, 2015
© Shi Shichao
© Shi Shichao
  • Architects

    Horizon Architectural Design Co. Ltd
  • Location

    Hefei, Anhui, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Jiang Haidong
  • Design Director

    Zhang Bing
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Shi Shichao

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The World’s Largest Current Construction Projects

08:00 - 2 December, 2015
via Foam Fabricators
via Foam Fabricators

All over the world, projects are being built. From pavilions to skyscrapers, the range of scales is tremendous, and even among the multitude, some projects stand head and shoulders above the rest in terms of sheer size, cost, and ambition. The following infographic collects eight of the largest projects that are currently in construction all over the world. With countries like Egypt, the United Kingdom, China, and The United Arab Emirates represented, they showcase a definite diversity while supporting the trend of extreme growth throughout Asia and the Middle-East that has been prevalent in the past decade - the UAE alone hosting three of the eight projects.

Some projects comprise multiple buildings – the Yas Island Complex in Abu Dhabi already features landmarks like the Yas Island Yacht Club and the Yas Hotel - while others are a single, massive piece of infrastructure like the Great Man-Made River Project in Libya. See them all after the break.

Chinese Artist Makes Bricks from Beijing's Smog

16:00 - 1 December, 2015
Day 98. Image via Quartz / Supplied by Nut Brother
Day 98. Image via Quartz / Supplied by Nut Brother

From the Bird’s Nest to the CCTV headquarters, for the past 100 days Chinese performance artist "Nut Brother" has been wandering the streets of Beijing collecting smog with an industrial vacuum so that he can eventually turn it into bricks. He has now began to form his bricks by mixing a combination of the collected "dust and smog" with clay. As he told Quartz, the project is meant to be a symbol. Read the whole story here

Reading Room / SLOW Architects

20:00 - 30 November, 2015
© Chuanchen Li(SLOW Architects)
© Chuanchen Li(SLOW Architects)

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