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5th Urbanism\Architecture Bi-City Biennale*Shenzhen Appoints Curatorial Teams

Courtesy of Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Organizer Committee
Courtesy of Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Organizer Committee

The Organizing Committee of Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture today officially announced the Chief Curatorship selection for the 5th Urbanism\Architecture Bi-City Biennale*Shenzhen. This biennale will be delivered by two curatorial teams, consisting of Team Ole Bouman and Team Li Xiangning + Jeffrey Johnson. Ole Bouman will act as Creative Director. He will collaborate with Stylepark on Urban Labs. Meanwhile, Li Xiangning + Jeffrey Johnson will be the Academic Directors. The 5th edition of UABB*Shenzhen will open in Shekou, Shenzhen at the end of 2013. More information after the break.

Lahas Zone / CROX International Co., LTD

© Ji-Shou Wang
© Ji-Shou Wang
  • Architects:
  • Location: Yiwu City, China
  • Design Team: Ben-Tao Li, Qiang Han, K. Kei
  • Photographs: Ji-Shou Wang

© Ji-Shou Wang © Ji-Shou Wang © Ji-Shou Wang © Ji-Shou Wang

Huaihua Theater and Exhibition Center Proposal / United Design Group

With the site of the proposed project characterized by a 7m height difference between the south west corner and the north east one and the fastest way to access to it is from the roads west and north of it, the Huaihua Theater and Exhibition Center will be managed by three different subjects adding further difficulties in organizing the layout. Designed by United Design Group, the 60,000 m² complex is equally subdivided between the theater/cinema part (30,000 m²) and exhibitions: 12,000 m² for the museum; 10,000 m² for the urban planning hall; 3000 m² for the fine arts museum and 1000 m² for the local history exhibition. An extra 6000 m² will host the art training center. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China / Bianca Bosker

A 108-meter high Eiffel Tower rises above Champs Elysées Square in Hangzhou. A Chengdu residential complex for 200,000 recreates Dorchester, England. An ersatz Queen’s Guard patrols Shanghai’s Thames Town, where pubs and statues of Winston Churchill abound. Gleaming replicas of the White House dot Chinese cities from Fuyang to Shenzhen. These examples are but a sampling of China’s most popular and startling architectural movement: the construction of monumental themed communities that replicate towns and cities in the West.

Beijing Agriculture University Library Winning Proposal / Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute

The competition winning proposal for the Beijing Agriculture University Library is a successful addition to the existing campus. Designed by Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute, their design takes care of all the functions while providing a comfortable environment for students to study and research. With a construction area of about 49,000m2, the library includes a self-study area, a restaurant, an auditorium, several offices and some meeting rooms. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Galaxay Mall / tvsdesign

  • Architects: tvsdesign
  • Location: Tianjin, China
  • Area: 213324.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of tvsdesign

Courtesy of tvsdesign Courtesy of tvsdesign Courtesy of tvsdesign Courtesy of tvsdesign

Shanghai Cultural Center Competition Entry / BKK Architects + Brearley Architects & Urbanists

Designed by BKK Architects, in collaboration with Brearley Architects & Urbanists, Shanghai Normal University’s new Cultural Center aims to create an intensive and richly mixed-use building by applying the lessons of the city and drawing upon the cloister typology. Arranged around an activated central courtyard, the project will provide a new focus for campus life, accommodating a broad range of cultural, retail, hospitality, and leisure activities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kunshan Middle School Proposal / United Design Group

Through United Design Group’s investigation of their context and analysis of the program, they identified, organized and prioritized the four functions inside the school with this “sequence”: public area, education area, living area, and sport facilities, in order to optimize the circulation and the time of students, teachers and guests. The main goal was the integration of the system with the landscape. To do so, they took into account as a valuable reference the Suzhou Gardens Style, in which the water plays a significant role, trying to interpret it in a modern way. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse / Harmony World Consulting & Design

  • Architects: Harmony World Consulting & Design
  • Location: ShiQiao, Yangzhou, China
  • Architect In Charge: Sun Wei
  • Design Team: Shi Jun, Peter Dykes, Zhang QianQian
  • Area: 400.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: T+E

© T+E © T+E © T+E © T+E

Jinan Contemporary Art Museum Proposal / United Design Group

Designed by United Design Group (UDG China), their proposal for the Contemporary Art Museum faces the main artery crossing the city of Jinan east to west. With the ambition to become the landmark of this urban sector, the first step of the process was to establish a relationship with the existing buildings; the main idea was to complete the sequence of boxes, maintaining the symmetry of the system. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Shanghai Wuzhou International Plaza Winning Proposal / Synthesis Design + Architecture Inc. & Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research

Synthesis Design + Architecture Inc. and Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research Co. Ltd have been awarded first place in the invited international design competition for the Shanghai Wuzhou International Plaza. Their scheme, entitled “Urban Canyon”, embodies the energy and vibrancy of the cities distinct urban environment. Inspired by traditional Chinese concepts of Yin and Yang, the project is organized as two nested rock-like volumes which have been broken apart to reveal a flowing canyon condition which connects the project to the urban fabric of the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza / Skidmore Owings & Merrill

  • Architects: Skidmore Owings & Merrill
  • Location: Zhengzhou, Henan, China
  • Area: 240,169 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: SOM | © Si-ye Zhang

© SOM | © Si-ye Zhang © SOM | © Si-ye Zhang © SOM | © Si-ye Zhang © SOM | © Si-ye Zhang

AD Interviews: Ma Yansong / MAD

While we were in Beijing, we had the opportunity to visit an architect who we have been following for quite some time: Ma Yansong, founder of MAD.

Steven Holl Architects' complete Sun-shaped Micro-City in Chengdu

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Four years after breaking ground, Steven Holl Architects’ have completed the Sliced Porosity Block in the heart of Chengdu, China. Located at the intersection of the first Ring Road and Ren Ming Nam Road, visitors are able to access the three million square foot complex without using private transport means as it is directly connected to Chengdu’s public transportation system. Stimulating a micro urbanism, the five towers offer offices, serviced apartments, retail, a hotel, cafes, and restaurants. Rather than being designed as object-icon skyscrapers, the Sliced Porosity Block identifies itself as a metropolitan public space with large plazas and a hybrid of different functions. 

More on Steven Holl’s Sliced Porosity Block after the break.

Tianjin Ecocity Ecology and Planning Museums / Steven Holl Architects

© Steven Holl Architects
© Steven Holl Architects

Rising from the reclaimed salt pan and polluted tide flats of Bohai Bay, China, a new city designed for 350,000 inhabitants is being constructed from scratch. The ambitious project is being realized as a collaboration between the governments of Singapore and China with an overarching goal of becoming a poster-city for state-of-the-art sustainable aspects. With nearly a third of this new “Eco-City” of Tianjin built and substantial completion projected for 2020, the internationally renowned practice Steven Holl Architects has been commissioned to design the first two buildings in the city’s cultural district: the Tianjin Ecocity Ecology and Planning Museums. Like the Chinese “Bau Gua” or “Yin Yang,” these forms are in reverse relations, as the Ecology Museum is the “additive” complement to the “subtractive” space of the Planning Museum. Learn more about Holl’s design after the break.