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Open Call: PINGDI 1.1 Alternatives for Low Carbon Architecture

19:00 - 1 May, 2015
Open Call: PINGDI 1.1 Alternatives for Low Carbon Architecture, © PINGDI Pilot Zone
© PINGDI Pilot Zone

In order to effectively guide and improve the development and construction of the low-carbon pilot zone and to strength its international influence, Shenzhen Public Art Center, under the request from the Planning and Construction Management Office of Shenzhen International Low-carbon City and Shenzhen SEZ Construction and Development Co., Ltd., has organized an international competition for the PINGDI Pilot Zone – the urban design for the zone’s one square kilometer and the architectural design for its 0.1 square kilometer. The number in PINGDI 1.1 is the numerical sum of one and 0.1 square kilometers, and also represents the improvement and exploration of the low-carbon development method.

Shanghai Natural History Museum / Perkins+Will

23:00 - 23 April, 2015
Shanghai Natural History Museum / Perkins+Will, © James and Connor Steinkamp
© James and Connor Steinkamp

© James and Connor Steinkamp © James and Connor Steinkamp © James and Connor Steinkamp © James and Connor Steinkamp +22

Santiago Calatrava Commissioned to Design His First Bridge in China

13:00 - 23 April, 2015
Santiago Calatrava Commissioned to Design His First Bridge in China, Rendering of Huashan. Image Courtesy of AECOM
Rendering of Huashan. Image Courtesy of AECOM

The Hubei United Investment Group (HUIG) has commissioned Santiago Calatrava to design three major highway and pedestrian bridges in the AECOM-masterplanned city of Huashan, 12 miles east of downtown Wuhan. The bridges will be Calatrava's first project in China. They will span a new man-made canal that bisects Huashan's urban center and connects two lakes that feed the Yangtze River. 

“It gives me great personal satisfaction and represents a grand challenge that I face with great enthusiasm to help develop this ambitious project that enables me to design my first bridges in the Far East," says Calatrava. 

Poggenpohl Shanghai Studio / OFA

20:00 - 22 April, 2015
Poggenpohl Shanghai Studio / OFA, © Nacasa & Partners
© Nacasa & Partners

© Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    NGS (Wanrong Road), Zhabei, Shanghai, China, 200072
  • Cost

    CNY15,000,000
  • Area

    2200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Liyuan Middle School / Minax Architects

21:00 - 21 April, 2015
Liyuan Middle School  / Minax Architects, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang +48

OMA Designs Chinese Pavilion for 2015 Venice Art Biennale

13:00 - 21 April, 2015
OMA Designs Chinese Pavilion for 2015 Venice Art Biennale, © OMA
© OMA

The Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation has commissioned OMA to design the Chinese Pavilion at the 56th Venice Art Biennale, just a year after Rem Koolhaas served as director of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. The exhibition, "Other Future" will feature the work of composer Tan Dun, architect Liu Jiakun, artist Lu Yang, filmmaker Wu Wenguang / Caochangdi Work Station and choreographer Wen Hui / Living Dance Studio in an "immersive environment where artworks are juxtaposed in a field of projections and stages connecting the interior and exterior works."

A Look at China's "Nail Houses"

15:00 - 17 April, 2015
A Look at China's "Nail Houses", © Reuters / Image via The Atlantic
© Reuters / Image via The Atlantic

China's rapid growth has led to some unusual situations; shocking images of so-called "nail houses" continue to circle the internet, depicting defiant homeowners refusing to give up their homes for low compensation in the name of "progress." Standalone homes, and even some graves, are being surrounded by high-rise development and roadways, as land disputes play out in court. The Atlantic has just published a fascinating round-up of these peculiar situations. You can view them all, here.  

The Soundwave / Penda

03:00 - 17 April, 2015
The Soundwave  / Penda, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi

© Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xiangyang, Hubei, China
  • Area

    5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

A Rare Look Inside OMA's CCTV Building in Beijing

09:00 - 16 April, 2015
A Rare Look Inside OMA's CCTV Building in Beijing

Since the building's construction concluded in 2012, images of OMA's CCTV Headquarters have permeated the media. But inside views of this mutant skyscraper -- characterized by a soaring 72 meter cantilever -- have remained rare. Until now, that is. Images originally published by International Design and shared on WeChat by 广电独家 reveal the interior of OMA's CCTV Headquarters, including Emmy-winning set designer Jim Fenhagen's news studios. 

Take a peek inside the meeting rooms, hallways and control centers of CTBUH's 2013 Best Tall Building Worldwide. 

Morphosis Breaks Ground on Shenzhen Office Tower

18:50 - 14 April, 2015
Morphosis Breaks Ground on Shenzhen Office Tower, © Morphosis Architects
© Morphosis Architects

Construction is underway on a striking new tower by Morphosis Architects in Shenzhen. "A departure from conventional towers," as the practice describes, the "Hanking Center Tower" merges commercial retail with private office space through the folding of its steel structure. Beyond that, tenants are connected via a series communal sky gardens and a massive sun-lit atrium that occupies the building's core. 

Plaza. Image © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects Lobby. Image © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects Retail. Image © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects © Luxigon, courtesy of Morphosis Architects +23

Jordan Road Restaurant & Bar / CAA

23:00 - 9 April, 2015
Jordan Road Restaurant & Bar / CAA, Courtesy of CAA
Courtesy of CAA

Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA Courtesy of CAA +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yunnan, China
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Yangtai Shan Villa / Design Crew for Architecture

20:00 - 6 April, 2015
Yangtai Shan Villa / Design Crew for Architecture, © Jinpeng YUAN
© Jinpeng YUAN

© Jinpeng YUAN © Jinpeng YUAN © Jinpeng YUAN © Jinpeng YUAN +18

Geology Museum / LeeMundwiler Architects

03:00 - 6 April, 2015
Geology Museum / LeeMundwiler Architects, © Yujiang Peng
© Yujiang Peng

© Yujiang Peng © Yujiang Peng © Yujiang Peng © Yujiang Peng +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    大鹏半岛, Longgang, Shenzhen, China
  • Consultants

    BLY Landscape Architecture Planning & Design Institute; Huayi Design.
  • Area

    6200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

Xiang Jing + Qu Guangci Sculpture Studio / aterlier100s+1

20:00 - 5 April, 2015
Xiang Jing + Qu Guangci Sculpture Studio / aterlier100s+1, © Zeng Renzhen
© Zeng Renzhen

© Zeng Renzhen © Zeng Renzhen © Zeng Renzhen © Zeng Renzhen +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Peng Lele, Zeng Renzhen, Yang Guang, Ling Lin
  • Area

    1257.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Earthly Pond Service Center of International Horticultural Exposition / HHD_FUN

03:00 - 5 April, 2015
Earthly Pond Service Center of International Horticultural Exposition  / HHD_FUN, © DuoCai Photograph
© DuoCai Photograph

© Zhenfei Wang © Zhenfei Wang © Zhenfei Wang © Zhenfei Wang +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Qingdao, Shandong, China
  • Area

    23000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Student Accommodation / Wuyang Architecture

21:00 - 2 April, 2015
Student Accommodation / Wuyang Architecture, © SU Shengliang
© SU Shengliang

© SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jian Chuan Lu, Minhang Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Project Architect

    FENG Lu
  • Engineering

    SRIBS
  • Area

    975.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Façade Renovation for No. 8 Building / Atelier Archmixing

22:00 - 24 March, 2015
Façade Renovation for No. 8 Building / Atelier Archmixing, © Tang Yu
© Tang Yu

© Tang Yu © Tang Yu © Tang Yu © Tang Yu +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hengshan Road, Xuhui, China, 200031
  • Architects in Charge

    Zhuang Shen, Ren Hao, Tang Yu, Zhu Jie
  • Area

    274.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Chinese Company Builds 57-Story Skyscraper in 19 Days

17:10 - 24 March, 2015
Chinese Company Builds 57-Story Skyscraper in 19 Days, via BSB
via BSB

“Three floors in a day is China’s new normal,” says a representative for this 57-floor skyscraper that was built in just 19 days. Known as the “Mini Sky City” tower in Changsha, the 180,000-square-meter mixed-use building was built in record speed with modular, “LEGO-like” blocks. The process also claimed to have required less materials and significantly reduced the amount of air pollution commonly caused by dusty construction sites. 

A time-lapse of the construction process, after the break.