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Inside "Re-Creation" - Finland's Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2014

00:00 - 26 July, 2014
Inside "Re-Creation" - Finland's Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2014, Re-Creation. The Finnish Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh
Re-Creation. The Finnish Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.. Image © Nico Saieh

Re-Creation is a two-part installation based on a concept by Anssi Lassila. One part of the installation was constructed by a Finnish master carpenter and his team, and the other by a Chinese team. Together the two parts of the installation strike up a subtle and complex dialogue between the architects and local builders.

Presented by the pavilion designed by Alvar Aalto in 1956, the installation "takes a stand on our relationship with the modern legacy and its tradition of international dialogue, and represents a quintessential product of topical international dialogue while at the same time offering its own unique interpretation of the dynamic between tradition and modernity." See images of the pavilion and enjoy a statement from the curators after the break.

Le Meridien Zhengzhou / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

01:00 - 26 July, 2014
Le Meridien Zhengzhou / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, © Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

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Wuxi Sales Center / UDG China

01:00 - 25 July, 2014
Wuxi Sales Center / UDG China, © Yao Li
© Yao Li

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yangshan Avenue, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Qian Qiang
  • Design Team

    Simone De Gradi, Zhang Dan, Li Chencheng, Wang Shuliang, Gu Kewei
  • Area

    1337.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Qichun Catholic Church / Leekostudio

01:00 - 25 July, 2014
Qichun Catholic Church / Leekostudio, Courtesy of Leekostudio
Courtesy of Leekostudio

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Hubei, China
  • Design Team

    Li Yikao, Jin Xing
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Leekostudio

AD Interviews: Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas, on Appoaching Densification in London

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
AD Interviews: Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas, on Appoaching Densification in London, Keith Griffiths. Image Courtesy of Aedas
Keith Griffiths. Image Courtesy of Aedas

Following the recent announcement of Aedas' demerger into two separate companies - one retaining the Aedas name and the other now known as AHR - we spoke to Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas' global board and a practicing architect for close to three decades. The company, which was recently ranked by the Architects' Journal as the 5th largest and most influential practice in the world, have now moved their head office to London's Chandos Place and are championing a new approach to urban regeneration in the UK's capital. Alongside discussing how an international practice of Aedas' scale successfully operates, Griffiths offered his insight into how the future looks for European cities based on a tried and tested Asian model of densification.

To find out how Aedas approach sustainability in flourishing Asian markets, as well as the significance of the 'urban hub' typology for London's metropolitan future, read the interview in full after the break.

Nanfung Commercial, Hospitality and Exhibition Complex, Guangzhou, China. Image Courtesy of Aedas North Star Mixed-use Development, Beijing, China [Designed by Andrew Bromberg]. Image Courtesy of Aedas Hengqin International Financial Centre, Zhuhai, China. Image Courtesy of Aedas R&F Centre, Guangzhou, China {Project Design Director - Ken Wai, Aedas]. Image Courtesy of Aedas +7

How Chinese Urbanism Is Transforming African Cities

00:00 - 20 July, 2014
How Chinese Urbanism Is Transforming African Cities, The Great Wall Apartments, a Chinese style residential compound in Nairobi, Kenya. Image Courtesy of Go West Project
The Great Wall Apartments, a Chinese style residential compound in Nairobi, Kenya. Image Courtesy of Go West Project

This article from Metropolis delves into China’s urban development of many African cities, and the effect this has had on the architectural quality of those cities. Chinese contractors and architects are able to propel a city’s growth at lower cost and on schedule, but in doing so, they out-compete local companies and ignore cultural context. Is this an acceptable trade-off? Read the full article and decide for yourself.

The factory of the world has a new export: urbanism. More and more Chinese-made buildings, infrastructure, and urban districts are sprouting up across Africa, and this development is changing the face of the continent’s cities.

Or so says Dutch research studio Go West Project , who have been tracking this phenomenon for their on-going project about the export of the Chinese urban model to Africa. Since 2012, the group, made up of Shanghai-based architect Daan Roggeveen and Amsterdam-based journalist Michiel Hulshof, have visited six African cities to do research. Roggeveen and Hulshof recently released their preliminary report in an issue of Urban Chinaa magazine focusing on Chinese urban development. 

Dashun Pavilion / Pro-Form Architects

01:00 - 19 July, 2014
Dashun Pavilion / Pro-Form Architects, © LV Hengzhong
© LV Hengzhong

© LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    WANG Fangji, YIN Wei, SONG Zhuoer, XIAO Xiao, NIE Xin
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Interview with Rocco Yim of Rocco Design

01:00 - 18 July, 2014
Interview with Rocco Yim of Rocco Design, Guanzhou Museum. Image Courtesy of Rocco Design
Guanzhou Museum. Image Courtesy of Rocco Design

"In the ancient culture identity is a touch of spatiality. Our use of space is psychological, you line up sequences of courtyards and buildings in order of importance so it prepares your mood, they get a sense of anticipation. We could reuse this spatially in today’s different types of buildings to achieve different purposes, but it originates from the past — that makes it Chinese." -- Rocco S. K. Yim, Hong Kong, 2013

On the 38th floor of the AIA Tower, Rocco Yim’s office faces the bay, from which you see the quintessential view of the city: the Hong Kong skyline. Rocco Yim is the founder of Rocco Design Architects Limited (founded in 1982) and responsible for the design of iconic buildings like the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong. In this conversation he talks about the importance of the density created and supported by the urban flow in China, and his unique point of view on iconic architecture in relation to ancient culture.

HKSAR Government Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Rocco Design HKSAR Government Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Rocco Design HKSAR Government Headquarters. Image Courtesy of Rocco Design Guanzhou Museum. Image Courtesy of Rocco Design +10

Thousands of Inhabitants May Be Relocated As Chinese Bankers Eye Venezuela's Torre David

00:00 - 17 July, 2014
Thousands of Inhabitants May Be Relocated As Chinese Bankers Eye Venezuela's Torre David, © Vía 'The Atlantic'
© Vía 'The Atlantic'

Torre de David (the Tower of David) - the world's tallest slum and the subject of Urban-Think TankJustin McGuirk, and Iwan Baan's Golden Lion-winning Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2012 - is once again making headlines. Venezuelan newspaper TalCual reports that the Venezuelan government is in negotiations with Chinese banks interested in purchasing the building.

Tower of David is an unfinished financial skyscraper in downtown Caracas. Construction began on the tower in 1990, but the death of the principal investor in 1993 and the subsequent banking crisis that hit the country in 1994 froze construction; by the end of the year, the tower was in the hands of the state. Nevertheless, in 2007 two thousand homeless citizens took over and inhabited the skyscraper, making it the tallest vertical slum in the world.

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Daidai Pavilion / Pro-Form Architects

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Daidai Pavilion / Pro-Form Architects, © LV Hengzhong
© LV Hengzhong

© LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jiading, Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    WANG Fangji, XUE Jun, SONG Zhuoer, LI Peng
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Kale Café / YAMO Design

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Kale Café / YAMO Design, Courtesy of YAMO Design
Courtesy of YAMO Design

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Binjiang, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of YAMO Design

Jiangyin Primary & Secondary School / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists

01:00 - 14 July, 2014
Jiangyin Primary & Secondary School / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +19

Zhangmiao Exercise Park / Archi-Union Architects

01:00 - 14 July, 2014
Zhangmiao Exercise Park / Archi-Union Architects, Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects
Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Baoshan Road, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Philip F. Yuan
  • Schematic Design

    Alex Han, Shaoliang Hua, Fuzi He
  • Construction Design

    Fuzi He, Weiwei Zhao
  • Area

    4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Suzhou School / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists

01:00 - 11 July, 2014
Suzhou School / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    James Brearley, Fang Qun, Jiang Han, ,Lin Donghui, Richard Tam, Olga Mladenovic, Nicky Chang, Mao Jie, Zhou Yinying, Chen Lei
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Hangzhou Duolan Commercial Complex / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
Hangzhou Duolan Commercial Complex / BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xiasha, Jianggan, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Archtiecture Team

    Jiang Han, James Brearley, Huang Fan, Lin Youzhen, Zhen Lili, Cao Xizhen
  • Landscape Team

    Huang Fang, Xiong Juan, Li Shuyun
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

The Lotus Building and People's Park / studio505

01:00 - 7 July, 2014
The Lotus Building and People's Park / studio505, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

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Phoenix Valley / studio505

01:00 - 4 July, 2014
Phoenix Valley / studio505, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +16

Kunshan Visitor Center / Vector Architects

00:00 - 3 July, 2014
Kunshan Visitor Center / Vector Architects, © Su shengliang
© Su shengliang

© Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Gong Dong
  • Project Architects

    Zhimin Zhou, Xiangdong Kong, Feng Xu, Ran Huo
  • Project Advisor

    Nan Wang
  • Area

    280.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs