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Badouzi Harbor / J.M. Lin Architect

  • Architects: J.M. Lin Architect
  • Location: Keelung City, Taiwan
  • Design Team: J.M. Lin Architect, P.C.
  • Area: 17052.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of J.M. Lin Architect

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TIT Creative Park / Atelier cnS

  • Architects: Atelier cnS
  • Location: Guangzhou, China
  • Architects : Gang Song, Guanqiu Zhong, Zhu Zhiyuan, Ben Dai
  • Area: 6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier cnS

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First Press Conference of Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

The Organizing Committee of the Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture recently announced that the 2013 Biennale, which will open December 6, will be delivered by two curatorial teams, consisting of Team Ole Bouman and Team Li Xiangning + Jefferey Johnson. Old Bouman wil act as curator, creative director. Li Xiangning + Jefferey Johnson will be the curators, academic directors. The main venues for the event are the former YAOPI float glass factory (venue A) and the old warehouse at Shekou ferry terminal (venue B). More information after the break.

Why China's Copy-Cats Are Good For Architecture

When we see another Eiffel Tower, idyllic English village, or, most recently, a Zaha Hadid shopping mall, copied in China, our first reaction is to scoff. Heartily. To suggest that it is - once again - evidence of China’s knock-off culture, its disregard for uniqueness, its staggering lack of innovation. 

Even I, reporting on the Chinese copy of the Austrian town of Halstatt, fell into the rhetorical trap: “The Chinese are well-known for their penchant for knock-offs, be it brand-name handbags or high-tech gadgets, but this time, they’ve taken it to a whole other level.” Moreover, as Guy Horton has noted, we are keen to describe designers in the West as “emulating,” “imitating,” and “borrowing”; those in the East are almost always “pirating.”

However, when we allow ourselves, even unconsciously, to settle into the role of superior scoffer, we do not just the Chinese, but ourselves, a disservice: first, we fail to recognize the fascinating complexity that lies behind China’s built experimentation with Western ideals; and, what’s more, we fail to look in the mirror at ourselves, and trouble our own unquestioned values and supposed superiority.

In the next few paragraphs, I’d like to do both. 

IFC Guangzhou / Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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XiXi Learning Community / Atelier Fronti

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New XIUYI Kindergarten Proposal / Studio 7 of Urban Architecture China

Designed by Studio 7 of Urban Architecture China, their proposal for the New XIUYI Kindergarten in Kunshan, China aims to strongly connect to the layout of the traditional village. They do this by spreading 30 classrooms into nine buildings and forming a relatively independent settlement type of a space. The organic arrangement creates both interesting private play areas and diversified public spaces, at a scale appropriate for children. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Lotus Courtyard / TM Studio

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  • Architects: TM Studio
  • Location: Jiading, Shanghai, China
  • Architect: Tong Ming, Huang Xiaoying
  • Area: 450.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of TM Studio

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Zhongwei Cultural Complex / hpa

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  • Architects: hpa
  • Location: Zhongwei, Ningxia, China
  • Area: 80000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Zhongwei Cultural Complex

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Sichang Road Teahouse / Miao Design Studio

  • Architects: Miao Design Studio
  • Location: Kunshan, China
  • Design Architect : Pu Miao
  • Local Architect: Shanghai Landscape Architecture Design Institute
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Pu Miao

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Xiangxiangxiang Boutique Container Hotel / Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co

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  • Architects: Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co
  • Location: Changzhi City, Shanxi, China
  • Design Team: Jiang Bo, MO keli, SUN Jie
  • Constructor: Dalian, CIMC
  • Area: 5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co

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Pearl River Beer Factory Landscape / Atelier cnS

  • Architects: Atelier cnS
  • Location: Guangzhou, China
  • Architect: Atelier cnS
  • Area: 25000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier cnS

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Amsterdam Block / CONTEXTURE ARCHITECTS

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Suquan Yuan / TM Studio

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  • Architects: TM Studio
  • Location: suzhou, china
  • Architect : Tong Ming
  • Area: 5600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Courtesy of TM Studio

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Tian Tai County ChiCheng No.2 Primary School / LYCS Architecture

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Designed by LYCS Architecture, their newly completed proposal for the Tian Tai County ChiCheng No.2 Primary School focuses on the relationship between architecture and site, site and city, form and function. Striving for a unique design to serve as a model school, their concept provides a beautiful environment for the cultivation of knowledge, culture, physical fitness, art and ethics for elementary school children. More images and architects' description after the break.

Endless Love Of Porcelain / Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co

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  • Architects: Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co
  • Location: Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China
  • Design Team: Bo Jiang, Chao Wang, Jie Sun, Xin Xu, Yan Wei, Yuan Zhang, Bo Li, Chenfei Wang, Dongke Li
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co

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