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Waterfront Restaurant / Pro-Form Architects

01:00 - 18 December, 2014
Waterfront Restaurant / Pro-Form Architects, © LV Hengzhong
© LV Hengzhong

© LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    2801 Hu Yi Gong Lu, Jiading Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Architect in Charge

    WU Jing, LI Peng, HE Ru of Pro-Form Architects Limited
  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012

Reconfiguring Urban Spaces To Compensate For "Poisonous" Air

00:00 - 17 December, 2014
Reconfiguring Urban Spaces To Compensate For "Poisonous" Air, The CCTV Building, Beijing, cloaked by air pollution. Image © Kevin Frayer / Getty Images
The CCTV Building, Beijing, cloaked by air pollution. Image © Kevin Frayer / Getty Images

In an article for The Guardian, Oliver Wainwright steps "inside Beijing's apocalypse": the poisonous, polluted atmosphere that often clings to the Chinese capital. He explores ways in which those who live in this metropolis have started to redefine the spaces they frequent and the ways in which they live. Schools, he notes, are now building inflatable domes over play areas in order to "simulate a normal environment." The dangers were made clear when "this year’s Beijing marathon [...] saw many drop out when their face-mask filters turned a shade of grey after just a few kilometres." Now, in an attempt to improve the living conditions in the city, ecologists and environmental scientists are proposing new methods to filter the air en masse. Read about some of the methods here.

Huishan North Bund / EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company

01:00 - 16 December, 2014
Huishan North Bund  / EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company, © Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith +27

Encountering the “Weirdness” in China: A Talk with the Guangzhou Circle Architect Joseph di Pasquale

01:00 - 11 December, 2014
Encountering the “Weirdness” in China: A Talk with the Guangzhou Circle Architect Joseph di Pasquale, Courtesy of Joseph di Pasquale Architect
Courtesy of Joseph di Pasquale Architect

Recently, lots of controversial "Jumbos" have been erected on mainland China, leading most of their creators, architects from Western countries, to be placed at the centre of public discussion. Furthermore, China’s President Xi Jinping's recent comment about "no more weird buildings" has led the Chinese central government into this whirlpool. What can western landmark makers learn from all of this?

We met Joseph di Pasquale, architect of the Guangzhou Circle, in Milan some days after “weirdness” became the most used word in Chinese architecture. In the following edited talk with interviewer Yifan Zhang, the architect of the latest landmark in South China's largest city discusses his new project, the real circumstances in China, and the future for foreign architects.

Student Bathrooms / Wuyang Architecture

01:00 - 5 December, 2014
Student Bathrooms / 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
  • Architect

    FENG Lu
  • Engineering

    SRIBS
  • Area

    503.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Cipea Villa / Sanaksenaho Architects

01:00 - 1 December, 2014
Cipea Villa / Sanaksenaho Architects, © Tuomas Uusheimo
© Tuomas Uusheimo

© Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo © Tuomas Uusheimo +17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Design Team

    Matti Sanaksenaho,Pirjo Sanaksenaho, Jari Mänttäri, Maria Isotupa, Tommi Terästö, Jaana Hellinen
  • Structural Engineering

    Tero Aaltonen +local engineers
  • Area

    800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Passive House Bruck / Peter Ruge Architekten

01:00 - 26 November, 2014
Passive House Bruck / Peter Ruge Architekten, © Jan Siefke
© Jan Siefke

© Jan Siefke © Jan Siefke © Jan Siefke © Jan Siefke +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Changxing, Huzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Peter Ruge, Kayoko Uchiyama, Matthias Matschewski, Jan Müllender, Alejandra Pérez Siller, Duan Fu
  • Area

    2200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Salvaged Stadium: Harvard GSD Student Yaohua Wang's Proposal for Post-Olympic Adaptation

01:00 - 24 November, 2014
Salvaged Stadium: Harvard GSD Student Yaohua Wang's Proposal for Post-Olympic Adaptation, © Yaohua Wang
© Yaohua Wang

Olympic host cities around the world are increasingly facing issues of post-event sustainability, with many stadiums and arenas falling into disuse and dilapidation mere months after the games. The soaring costs associated with constructing Olympic facilities have plagued organizers for decades, resulting in an all-time low number of bids from host cities for the 2022 Winter Olympics, according to the International Olympic Committee. Yaohua Wang is a recent architecture graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a native of China - where facilities constructed for the 2008 Beijing Olympics are slowly being converted to new post-Olympic uses, typified by the transformation of the Watercube into the city's newest waterpark. Wang's thesis project, Salvaged Stadium, delves into the afterlife of Olympic facilities, providing a solution for arena reuse with potential for application worldwide. 

Find out how Wang re-evaluated the Olympic development problem after the break

© Yaohua Wang © Yaohua Wang © Yaohua Wang © Yaohua Wang +31

Container Sale Office / Atelier XÜK

01:00 - 24 November, 2014
Container Sale Office / Atelier XÜK, © Su shengliang
© Su shengliang

© Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Qingpu, Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    Liukenan Zhangxu Lujun Sunwenliang Chenxiao Lizheyuan Liang Wangqian
  • Area

    260.0 sqm

TCA Think Tank Creates "Parasite Pavilion" With Five-Day Workshop in Venice

01:00 - 23 November, 2014
© Marco Cappelletti
© Marco Cappelletti

Casting complex shadows and engulfing visitors in a series of maze-like spaces, the Parasite Pavilion was constructed as part of the Synergy & Symbiosis event at the 2014 Venice Biennale, which showcased the best of the UABB Shenzhen and Hong Kong Biennale from 2005 to 2014. Based on the Bug Dome pavilion, a similar experiment from Hong Kong 2009, constructed by Weak! Architects as an icon of "illegal architecture," this new pavilion is the product of an intensive five day workshop, with the cooperation of architects and students from Europe, Australia, and China. Read on after the break to learn more about the Pavilion and Workshop.

© Marco Cappelletti © Marco Cappelletti © Marco Cappelletti © Marco Cappelletti +22

Skytel / PANORAMA

01:00 - 18 November, 2014
Skytel  / PANORAMA, © Ng Siu Fung
© Ng Siu Fung

© Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Area

    850.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Stone Art Gallery / O- Office Architects

01:00 - 16 November, 2014
Stone Art Gallery / O- Office Architects, © LIKYFOTO
© LIKYFOTO

© LIKYFOTO © LIKYFOTO © LIKYFOTO © LIKYFOTO +22

Aedas' Leaf-Shaped Sales Gallery Nears Completion in Shanghai

01:00 - 16 November, 2014
Aedas' Leaf-Shaped Sales Gallery Nears Completion in Shanghai, Sales Gallery. Image Courtesy of Aedas
Sales Gallery. Image Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas is nearing completion on the sales gallery for the mixed-use Shanghai Greenland Qingpu Xujing District complex. The gallery, shaped as a leaf, is designed to fit with the "clover leaf" concept of the nearby Qingpu Xujing Conference and Exhibition Centre, in which it will be connected with by a pedestrian bridge. 

Overview. Image Courtesy of Aedas Shopping Mall. Image Courtesy of Aedas Shopping Mall. Image Courtesy of Aedas Hotel. Image Courtesy of Aedas +24

Vanke Daxing Sales Gallery / Spark Architects

01:00 - 13 November, 2014
Vanke Daxing Sales Gallery / Spark Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Daxing, Beijing, China
  • Project Director

    Jan Felix Clostermann
  • Project Architect

    Christian Taeubert
  • Team

    Hua Ye, Karl Nyqvist, Ben de Lange, Ali Yildrim, Duarte Nuno Silva, Katarzyna Irzyk, Huan Wang, Nuno Cardoso Dias, Elaine Kwong, Bing Han (landscape concept design)
  • Area

    391000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

Shenzhen Performing Arts Facility / ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates

01:00 - 11 November, 2014
Shenzhen Performing Arts Facility / ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates , Courtesy of ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates
Courtesy of ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates

Courtesy of ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates © Zang Chao Courtesy of ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates Courtesy of ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates +29

SND Fashion Store / 3GATTI

01:00 - 10 November, 2014
SND Fashion Store / 3GATTI, © Shen Qiang
© Shen Qiang

© Shen Qiang © Shen Qiang © Shen Qiang © Shen Qiang +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongqing, Chongqing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Francesco Gatti
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Zhangjiagang Town River Reconstruction / Botao Landscape

01:00 - 4 November, 2014
Zhangjiagang Town River Reconstruction / Botao Landscape, Courtesy of Botao Landscape
Courtesy of Botao Landscape

Courtesy of Botao Landscape Courtesy of Botao Landscape Courtesy of Botao Landscape Courtesy of Botao Landscape +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhangjiagang City Price Control Bureau, 70 Renmin Middle Road, Zhangjiagang, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, 215600
  • Area

    65000.0 sqm

From the Ground Up: China and the New Vertical City

00:00 - 4 November, 2014
From the Ground Up: China and the New Vertical City, Cloud Citizen. Image Courtesy of Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design
Cloud Citizen. Image Courtesy of Courtesy of Urban Future Organization and CR-Design

By the end of 2015, one in three of the world’s tallest buildings will be in China. With its government planned cities, the Chinese policy often favors high-density development, and some of the most radical and experimental urban design ideas can be applied in China - take for example the recent joint winner of the Shenzhen Bay Super City competition, Cloud Citizen, which takes on a more integrated and interconnected approach to vertical cities. In this article on The Guardian, Nicola Davison investigates how at this critical time in the country’s development, architects and urban planners may choose to move away from previous urban models of isolated skyscrapers, towards a more humane environment that seeks to emulate nature and create diverse public spaces. Read the article in full here