UNStudio Wins Yongjia World Trade Center Competition in Wenzhou

00:00 - 18 July, 2013
© moka-studio
© moka-studio

Dutch architecture firm UNStudio has announced that their proposal for the Yongjia World Trade Center Competition has been selected as the winning entry. Unlike the typical world trade center—which usually represents only a concentration business or financial programs—UNStudio has incorporated recreational and cultural facilities and residential units into their plan. For the site in the riverside city of Wenzhou, located in the southeastern Zhejiang province of China, UNStudio identified the driving force behind the project as the "notion of precious objects on a tray...where the continuous podium landscape occupies the entire site and serves as a tray-like, green plain for the towers."

Xuhui Binjian Media City 188S-G-1 Tower and Podium Winning Proposal / Aedas

01:00 - 18 July, 2013
Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas recently won the competition to design Xuhui Binjian Media City 188S-G-1 Tower and Podium with their very dynamic and unique shaped proposal. Located in Shanghai, their tower begins with an extruded rectangular plan, and independent from the podium, meets the ground to allow circulation around its base. More images and architects’ description after the break.

City in Sky / Mu Wei + Sam Cho + Yu Hui

00:00 - 17 July, 2013
© Li Xiao & Jiang Jiang
© Li Xiao & Jiang Jiang
  • Architects

    Mu Wei + Sam Cho + Yu Hui
  • Location

    Wuhan, Hubei, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Yu Hui
  • Contractor

    39 kids and families from Natur Organic Life, AaL volunteer students
  • Area

    100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Li Xiao & Jiang Jiang

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National Art Museum of China Entry / Gehry Partners

01:00 - 16 July, 2013
© Gehry Partners
© Gehry Partners

Gehry Partners have just released their highly anticipated proposal for the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) in Beijing. Though rumors from last year reported Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel as the competition’s top contenders, with Nouvel taking the lead, a winner has yet to be confirmed.

Gehry’s design, which is intended to promote cross cultural understanding and appreciation for Chinese contemporary art, aims at setting a new standard for 21st century Chinese architecture. Perhaps the most defining element of the design is the “translucent stone” facade, a new type of glass developed by Gehry Partners that is said to have the qualities of jade.

More images and the architect’s description after the break...

Dyv-net, Dynamic Vertical Networks Proposal / JAPA Architects

01:00 - 13 July, 2013
Courtesy of JAPA Architects
Courtesy of JAPA Architects

JAPA Architects shared with us their proposal, Dyv-net, Dynamic Vertical Networks, which deals with the development of modern, efficient and environmentally acceptable farming structures. Located in the Tai Po District, the second largest administrative district in Hong Kong, the architects foresee a paradigm shift to vertical agriculture structures which can be integrated into a territorial network along the country. More images and architects' description after the break.

Mercato / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office

00:00 - 11 July, 2013
© Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

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Gateway of Shenzhen Southern University of Science and Technology Proposal / penda

01:00 - 10 July, 2013
Courtesy of penda
Courtesy of penda

Titled 'Between earth and sky', this proposal for the new Gateway of Shenzhen Southern University of Science and Technology by penda is a metaphor of formal contrasts to design a campus landmark. Their design for an entrance sculpture at the University is a connection of 2 opposites: the fluid, lower part connects the gate to the gentle hills of the landscape in the background and carries a grid of lights, which can be seen as a connection to the cosmos - a contrast of the earth and the sky. More images and architects' description after the break.

The World’s Largest Building Opens in China

00:00 - 7 July, 2013
Courtesy of The Telegraph
Courtesy of The Telegraph

Although Dubai has held claim to the world’s tallest building for a few years, China is now claiming to now have the worlds largest building. Measuring at 500 meters long, 400 meters wide and 100 meters high, the newly constructed Century Global Center in Chengdu is reportedly capable of housing 20 Sydney Opera Houses in its 1.7 million square meter interior. 

Video: This is Shanghai

00:00 - 7 July, 2013

A little over thirty years ago, Shanghai was a fairly dense, mid-rise city with no skyscrapers. Now, Shanghai has been transformed into a global metropolis with over 4,000 skyscrapers - twice as many as New York. In an attempt to capture the “diversities and eccentricities of the metropolis that is Shanghai beyond the famous skyline,” photographer Rob Whitworth and urban identity expert JT Singh joined forces to create ‘This is Shanghai.’

Greenland Group Chengdu East Village CBED Plots Proposal / Aedas

01:00 - 6 July, 2013
Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Located inside Chengdu East village, Aedas recently unveiled their ice mountain-inspired design for the Greenland Group Chengdu East Village CBED Plots. Comprised of office, retail, residential spaces and a 486-meter-high tower, the design stayed in line with the ice mountain concept, which expands to the continuity of the mountain range and landscape terrain with fissures located on the foot of the mountain. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen Campus) Master Plan Winning Proposal / Rocco Design Architects

01:00 - 6 July, 2013
Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects
Courtesy of Rocco Design Architects

Rocco Design Architects Ltd., in collaboration with Gravity Partnership Ltd. and Wang Weijen Architecture, recently won the international competition for the new campus for the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Shenzhen. Currently in construction, the planning concept for the new campus is “Academic Clusters, Campus Green and Natural Terrain”. Phase one of the campus is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2015. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Administrative Office Building of South University Of Science And Technology Of China / Zhubo Design Zstudio

01:00 - 3 July, 2013
Courtesy of Zhubo Design Zstudio
Courtesy of Zhubo Design Zstudio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Guandong Province, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Li Jing
  • Design Team

    ZhongQiao
  • Area

    6500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Zhubo Design Zstudio

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Jiaotong University of Law / Kokaistudios

01:00 - 1 July, 2013
© Charlie Xia
© Charlie Xia

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Madong Masterplan Winning Proposal / HYHW Architects

01:00 - 30 June, 2013
Courtesy of HYHW & Space Syntax
Courtesy of HYHW & Space Syntax

Designed by HYHW Architects and Planners, the local development strategy and strategic focus of the Madong Masterplan is aimed at building upon history, automotive culture, sports culture, encouraging advances in manufacturing and modern services, with cultural charmand continual innovation in a technologically advanced green city. Serviced by a highway to the North and with Jiading Forest to the South-West, it benefits from convenient transport connections and the close proximity to the ecological landscape. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tonglin City Planning Exhibition Center Winning Proposal / Waa

01:00 - 29 June, 2013
Courtesy of Waa
Courtesy of Waa

Situated in the middle of the iron-copper-gold polymetallic metallogenic belt of the middle-lower reaches of the Yangtze River, Waa's winning entry for the Tonglin City Planning Exhibition Center houses the future aspirations for future generations. Focusing on their design through 'Making', they found inspiration of architectural language in the process of fabrication in this regions mining industry. More images and architects' description after the break.

'The Cola-Bow' Installation / penda

01:00 - 26 June, 2013
© penda
© penda

Designed by penda, the cola-bow installation is a public art installation made out of more than 17,000 recycled plastic bottles, which were braided to create a shape inspired by the swings of the Coca-Cola logo. Designed for the 2nd Beijing University Creation Expo, which turns into the Beijing Design Week, the installation aims to also serve as a statement against plastic pollution by taking trash and turning it into a shelter. More images and architects' description after the break.

The Indicator: China in 4D

00:00 - 26 June, 2013
© Guy Horton
© Guy Horton

The problem with articles like “China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities”, recently featured in The New York Times, is that they contribute to a misleading and simplistic narrative about China’s economic development, casting it as a story of “good” versus “evil”.

This was recently highlighted by a critique authored by the NYU Stern Urbanization Project in which The New York Times article in question was called out for being overly sensational and reductive in how it covered China’s policies concerning internal migration from the countryside to urban areas.

The New Music World / Lmyarch-studio

01:00 - 26 June, 2013
Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio
Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio
  • Architects

    Lmyarch-studio
  • Location

    Wuhan, Hubei, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Lmyarch-studio
  • Design Team

    Wei Li, Yuan yuan ,Fengxue Liu, Wenke Zhang,Meiyu Guo,Changqiong Li,Liang Li
  • Engineering

    Haisheng Wu,Yantao He,Xinxin Sun
  • Area

    195.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio

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