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Lecture: Bjarne Mastenbroek in Shanghai

00:00 - 20 April, 2014
 Lecture: Bjarne Mastenbroek in Shanghai

As part of the CA Group’s lecture series, “Architour,” one of the Executive Board of SeARCH, Bjarne Mastenbroek will give a lecture at 15:30 on April 25th at Tongji Architectual Design (Group) Co., Ltd.(TJAD) auditorium in Shanghai. For 2013 through 2015, “Architour” has as its theme “New Force of Architecture – Leading Young Architects”: each year, the CA Group will select nine young, global leaders in architecture (four from Asia and five from the West) to lecture on topics that cross typologies and disciplines, from architectural design, urban planning to interior design. Sou FujimotoChristian KerezThomas Heatherwick and Ensamble Studio were part of the series’ speakers.

Construction Begins on UDG China's Nanjing Office Tower

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
Construction Begins on UDG China's Nanjing Office Tower, Aerial. Image © Luxigon
Aerial. Image © Luxigon

Construction has begun on the new Nanjing Jianye District office tower in China. Designed by UDG China, the multi-level complex will house hundreds of government workers throughout almost 100,000 square meters of office space.

LITTLE Designs Locally-Inspired Cultural Campus for Anqiu

01:00 - 18 April, 2014
LITTLE Designs Locally-Inspired Cultural Campus for Anqiu, © LITTLE
© LITTLE

The fertile Anqiu region of China’s Shangdong Province is known locally as the land of “cultivation, stone hills, and creeks.” Thus, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting’s (LITTLE) design for Anqiu’s new cultural campus and fitness center is based upon these very elements.

Chinese Firm 3D Prints 10 Homes in 24 Hours

00:00 - 17 April, 2014
Chinese Firm 3D Prints 10 Homes in 24 Hours, Workmen assembling one of Winsun's printed walls.  Image courtesy of Wall Street Journal
Workmen assembling one of Winsun's printed walls. Image courtesy of Wall Street Journal

Winsun New Materials, a construction firm based in Suzhou, China, has successfully built ten small-scale houses using a massive 3-D printer. The 22 foot tall machine uses glass fibers and cement to produce building elements, such as walls, in successive layers. Winsun estimates that their printing process is approximately half as costly as traditional construction methods. Acknowledging China’s strict environmental policies, the company also has plans to use scrapped construction materials to print future buildings. You can read more about this ongoing project in this article from the Wall Street Journal.

Architecture Studio in Wujigeng Building / ISO workshop

01:00 - 14 April, 2014
Architecture Studio in Wujigeng Building / ISO workshop, © Yao Li
© Yao Li
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Qi Wei
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li +15

Chinese to Build "Dubai 2.0" in Kenya

00:00 - 14 April, 2014
Chinese to Build "Dubai 2.0" in Kenya, The new city is planned for land South-East of Kenya's Capital, Nairobi. Image © Flickr CC User DEMOSH
The new city is planned for land South-East of Kenya's Capital, Nairobi. Image © Flickr CC User DEMOSH

As reported by Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper, a group of Chinese investors has revealed plans for a new city in Kenya that will "match the splendour of Dubai". Though the investors are still resolving details with the Kenyan government, the city is planned for an area in Athi River, around 30km south-east of Nairobi, and is billed as a Chinese-controlled economic zone. At this early stage, the plans feature at least 20 skyscrapers. You can find more details of the proposal here.

UDG China Breaks Ground on Wuxi Kindergarten

01:00 - 13 April, 2014
Courtesy of UDG China
Courtesy of UDG China

The United Design Group (UDG) China has begun construction the “Xieli Garden” resettlement community kindergarten in Wuxi. The three-story building, designed as a “spiraling elliptical ring,” aims to create an ideal learning environment for children with ample natural light and a direct connection to outdoor space. 

"City of Dreams" Hotel Tower / Zaha Hadid Architects

01:00 - 12 April, 2014
"City of Dreams" Hotel Tower / Zaha Hadid Architects, North Elevation. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects; 2014 Melco Crown Entertainment Limited
North Elevation. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects; 2014 Melco Crown Entertainment Limited

Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a 40-story luxury hotel for Macau’s premier leisure and entertainment destination known as “City of Dreams.” Perceived as a single “sculptural element” united by an exposed exoskeleton mesh structure, the “simple volume” was extruded from its rectangular site as two towers connected at the podium and roof levels, with two organically-shaped bridges punctuating the tower’s center external void. This central void is then celebrated by a 40-meter tall, “grandiose atrium” that greets visitors as they enter the hotel. 

Take a digital tour through the building and into the atrium via a newly released video, after the break...

Tianjin Qiaoyuan Bridge Culture Museum / Sunlay

01:00 - 12 April, 2014
Tianjin Qiaoyuan Bridge Culture Museum / Sunlay, Courtesy of Sunlay
Courtesy of Sunlay
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tianjin, China
  • Design Team

    Zhang Hua
  • Area

    2220.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Sunlay

Courtesy of Sunlay Courtesy of Sunlay Courtesy of Sunlay Courtesy of Sunlay +18

Rafael de La-Hoz Unveils TEDA Monument in Tianjin

01:00 - 12 April, 2014
Rafael de La-Hoz Unveils TEDA Monument in Tianjin, Day 1. Image Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz
Day 1. Image Courtesy of Rafael de La-Hoz

Spanish architect Rafael de La-Hoz has designed a mirrored, 60-meter monument to commemorate the 30 anniversary of the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA). The design, titled “A Cut between heaven and earth”, was “driven by an effort to analyze the process of abstraction and reinterpretation of the site.” 

Basketball Stadium in Dongguan / gmp architekten

01:00 - 11 April, 2014
Basketball Stadium in Dongguan / gmp architekten, © Christian Gahl
© Christian Gahl
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dongguan, Guangdong, China
  • Design

    Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Stephan Rewolle
  • Project Manager

    Katina Roloff
  • Client

    Dongguan Civil Construction Administration Office
  • Seats

    14,730
  • Area

    60600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl +11

Kangka Zhouzhuang Tourist Resort Aquatic Club / UDG China

01:00 - 11 April, 2014
Kangka Zhouzhuang Tourist Resort Aquatic Club / UDG China, © Yao Li
© Yao Li
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhouzhuangzhen, Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, 215325
  • Architect in Charge

    Qian Qiang, Li Xiaojian, Bernd Lederle, Feng Haihua, Li Chencheng, Bi Yifei, Tanase yo shoji, Satoshi Morita, Chen Hongbin, Simone De Gradi
  • Area

    1800.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li +15

The Architecture of Kowloon Walled City: An Excerpt from 'City of Darkness Revisited'

01:00 - 10 April, 2014
The Architecture of Kowloon Walled City: An Excerpt from 'City of Darkness Revisited', Courtesy of 'City of Darkness Revisited'
Courtesy of 'City of Darkness Revisited'

In light of the release of a second, revised edition of City of Darkness -- the authoritative text on Kowloon Walled City, which you can help Kickstart here -- authors Greg Girard and Ian Lambot have shared an excerpt from City of Darkness Revisited

The early phases of the Walled City were characterised by predictable building typologies and the buildings were constructed on the principle of squatters’ rights, with random construction on spots of available land by whoever got there first. Alleyways and passages evolved – unplanned – into the established ‘map’ of the City, which would remain until it came down. A basic electric supply existed, increasingly burdened by illegal connections that frequently overloaded the system, and the few standpipes supplied the only water. As the need to accommodate the ever growing residential and commercial populations forced it to in the 1960s, the building typology of the Walled City made the leap from two- to three-storey residential structures to taller, six- to seven-storey ones. This represented an important threshold, because at these greater heights the buildings unavoidably became more complex and required greater labour to realise, reinforced concrete, more investment, and so on. They also required a different way of living. Water had to be transported up to the higher floors by hand. Likewise the propane gas canisters that furnished fuel to cook or heat water.

Courtesy of 'City of Darkness Revisited' Courtesy of 'City of Darkness Revisited' Courtesy of 'City of Darkness Revisited' Courtesy of 'City of Darkness Revisited' +10

HENN Wins Competition to Design Wenzhou High-Rise

00:00 - 10 April, 2014
HENN Wins Competition to Design Wenzhou High-Rise, © HENN
© HENN

HENN has been selected to design a 160-meter, mixed-use tower for a new Central Business District in the eastern China metropolis of Wenzhou. Located in close proximity to the Ou Jiang river, on the district’s southern edge, the Wenzhou Tower hopes to serve as the gateway to the new city development. 

Hangzhou Xixi National Wetland / Sunlay + RHINESCHEME GmbH

01:00 - 9 April, 2014
© Shu He Photography
© Shu He Photography
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Design Team

    Zhang Hua, Fan Li, Li Jiangyuan, wolf loebel, Li Ran, Lukasz Piasta, Zhang Xin
  • Area

    4722.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography +29

Museum of the Fangshang Geopark / BIAD

01:00 - 9 April, 2014
© Chaoying Yang
© Chaoying Yang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Fangshan, Beijing, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Yinong Li,Yaolei Sun
  • Design Institute

    Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, 6A8 Studio
  • Area

    10000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang +25

The Screen / Li Xiaodong Atelier

01:00 - 9 April, 2014
The Screen / Li Xiaodong Atelier , © Martijn de Geus
© Martijn de Geus
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ningbo, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Li Xiaodong
  • Design Team

    Martijn de Geus, Jerry Hau, Ying Xin, Renske van Dam
  • Cost

    8 million RMB
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Martijn de Geus © Martijn de Geus © Martijn de Geus © Martijn de Geus +20

Wuxi Memsic Semiconductor Headquarter / UDG China

01:00 - 8 April, 2014
Wuxi Memsic Semiconductor Headquarter / UDG China, Courtesy of UDG China
Courtesy of UDG China
  • Architects

  • Location

    Xishan, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Qian Qiang, Li Xiaojian, Chi Xiaoyu
  • Area

    14057.36 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of UDG China

Courtesy of UDG China Courtesy of UDG China Courtesy of UDG China Courtesy of UDG China +22