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Tim Franco Captures the Overscaled Urbanization of Chongqing

10:30 - 24 March, 2015
Tim Franco Captures the Overscaled Urbanization of Chongqing, © Tim Franco
© Tim Franco

These days, many of China's largest urban areas are easily recognizable to people from all over the world, with the skylines of coastal mega-cities such as Shanghai and Beijing taking their place in the global consciousness. Far less known though is the inland city of Chongqing - another of China's five top-tier "National Central Cities" - where in 2010 the Chinese government embarked on a plan to urbanize a further 10 million of the region's rural population, with around 1,300 people now moving into the city every day.

Since his first visit to the city in 2009 photographer Tim Franco has been on a mission to document the rapid change in what he believes is "maybe the most widely unknown megacity in the world." The result is Metamorpolis, a forthcoming photographic book by Franco with text by British journalist Richard Macauley, which documents the colossal scale of development juxtaposed against the people of Chongqing - many of whom still live an incongruous rural lifestyle among the concrete sprawl. Read on after the break for more images from the book and an interview with Franco about the experience of documenting one of the world's fastest-growing cities.

© Tim Franco © Tim Franco © Tim Franco © Tim Franco +10

Vanke Sales Office / FCHA

22:00 - 23 March, 2015
Vanke Sales Office / FCHA, Courtesy of FCHA
Courtesy of FCHA

Courtesy of FCHA Courtesy of FCHA Courtesy of FCHA Courtesy of FCHA +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dongguan, Guangdong, China
  • Principals-in-Charge

    Su Jinlefu and Chen Zetao
  • Design Team

    Matthew Marano, Su Jinlefu, Chen Zetao, Liang Jie, Guo Xusheng, Lu Zhiwei
  • Collaborators

    CCDI
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

An Interview with Zhu Pei, Pei-Zhu Studio

10:30 - 23 March, 2015
An Interview with Zhu Pei, Pei-Zhu Studio, OCT Design Museum / Pei-Zhu Studio. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi
OCT Design Museum / Pei-Zhu Studio. Image © Pier Alessio Rizzardi

“If we look at architecture from a cultural point of view, we see we are in a special moment where we are trying to figure out our identity. I think we are too focused on how to transform old Chinese architecture into contemporary architecture; but in no way can you transform it, you can see it with your own eyes. For instance you cannot transform a Roman building into today’s buildings! Sometimes you have to forget about history to create contemporary and unique architecture.”
- Zhu Pei, Beijing, 2013

OCT Design Museum / Pei-Zhu Studio. Image © Fang Zhenning Blur Hotel / Pei-Zhu Studio. Image © Pei-Zhu Studio Shenzhen Urban Planning Bureau / Urbanus. Image © Pei-Zhu Studio Blur Hotel / Pei-Zhu Studio. Image © Pei-Zhu Studio +13

Fangsuo Book Store in Chengdu / Chu Chih-Kang

22:00 - 19 March, 2015
Fangsuo Book Store in Chengdu / Chu Chih-Kang, Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design
Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design

Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design Courtesy of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Collaborators

    Fangsuo Culture Development Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    5280.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

Luo Fu Shan Shui Museum / ADARC Associates

23:00 - 18 March, 2015
Luo Fu Shan Shui Museum  / ADARC Associates, Courtesy of ADARC Associates
Courtesy of ADARC Associates

Courtesy of ADARC Associates Courtesy of ADARC Associates Courtesy of ADARC Associates Courtesy of ADARC Associates +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Luofu Mountain, 罗浮大道, Boluo Xian, Huizhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
  • Area

    6100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012

Baiyunting Culture and Art Center / Dushe Architectural Design Co

21:00 - 12 March, 2015
Baiyunting Culture and Art Center / Dushe Architectural Design Co, © Su Sheng Liang
© Su Sheng Liang

© Su Sheng Liang © Su Sheng Liang © Su Sheng Liang © Su Sheng Liang +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Architecture Director

    Zhang Qi Lin
  • Project Director

    Ling Ke Ge
  • Design Team

    Xu Qi, Zhang Ya Chao, Zhang Jia Qi
  • Area

    25000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Yue Restaurant / PANORAMA

21:00 - 10 March, 2015
Yue Restaurant / PANORAMA, © Ng Siu Fung
© Ng Siu Fung

© Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung © Ng Siu Fung +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Design Team

    Horace Pan, Nick Wong, Kenny Hung
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Interview: Büro Ole Scheeren Unveils Designs for Guardian Art Center in Beijing

05:00 - 9 March, 2015
Interview: Büro Ole Scheeren Unveils Designs for Guardian Art Center in Beijing, Guardian Art Center by Büro Ole Scheeren. Image Courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren
Guardian Art Center by Büro Ole Scheeren. Image Courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren

When he opened his practice in 2010, Ole Scheeren had the luxury of already being a rising star in the architecture world. The former partner of OMA made his name as partner-in-charge on landmark projects such as Beijing's CCTV Headquarters and the Interlace in Singapore, and has since made headlines with striking forms such as those in the MahaNakhon skyscraper in BangkokAngkasa Raya in Kuala Lumpur and DUO, again in Singapore. The unveiling of his latest design, the Guardian Art Center, is likely to get a lot of attention too - but for very different reasons to his previous projects.

The Guardian Art Center features none of the dramatic cantilevers and futuristic formal experimentation of Büro Ole Scheeren's other works. Instead the "hybrid art space" - located in the heart of Beijing, just a stone's throw from the Forbidden City - references the scale and materiality of the adjacent traditional buildings. The lower floors, containing an auction house and a museum with a 1,700 square meter exhibition-events space, comprise an aggregation of small "pixelated" blocks, clad in stone with a pattern of perforations derived from a 700-year-old Chinese landscape painting. Though the upper portion of the building, containing a 120-room hotel and a restaurant, is larger in scale, it is broken down by a facade of oversized glass "bricks," again a reference to the materials of the hutong next door and a "humble and non-elitist symbol in Chinese culture," according to the press release.

To find out more about this intriguing building, we spoke to Ole Scheeren, who assured us that in spite of its appearance, the Guardian Art Center is just as radical as his previous works. Read on after the break for the full interview.

Guardian Art Center by Büro Ole Scheeren. Image Courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren Guardian Art Center by Büro Ole Scheeren. Courtyard of upper levels with educational facilities in the center. Image Courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren Guardian Art Center by Büro Ole Scheeren. Image Courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren Guardian Art Center by Büro Ole Scheeren, hotel room interior. Image Courtesy of Büro Ole Scheeren +22

Songjiang Art Campus / Archi-Union Architects

21:00 - 4 March, 2015
Songjiang Art Campus  / Archi-Union Architects, Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects
Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects

Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects +43

  • Architects

  • Location

    Si Zhuan Nan Lu, Songjiang Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Philip F. Yuan
  • Area

    150000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

AR Issues: Architects Don't Invent, They Transform

09:30 - 2 March, 2015
AR Issues: Architects Don't Invent, They Transform, Courtesy of The Architectural Review
Courtesy of The Architectural Review

ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine’s monthly editions. In this editorial from AR’s February 2015 issue, AR Editor Catherine Slessor reflects on Álvaro Siza's ouevre, from his early work in Évora to his latest effort in China. Though the latter is admittedly elegant, Slessor concludes that in comparison to his older transformative designs the recent incarnation of "brand Siza" is a "predictable triumph of style over content."

The great Portuguese Modernist Fernando Távora once remarked "Style is not of importance; what counts is the relation between the work and life, style is only the consequence of it." His friend and protégé Álvaro Siza echoed this sentiment when he said: "Architecture does not have a pre-established language nor does it establish a language. It is a response to a concrete problem, a situation in transformation, in which I participate. In architecture, we have already passed the phase during which we thought that the unity of language would resolve everything. A pre-established language, pure, beautiful, does not interest me."

Xinglong Visitor Center / Atelier Alter

21:00 - 23 February, 2015
Xinglong Visitor Center / Atelier Alter, Courtesy of Atelier Alter
Courtesy of Atelier Alter

Courtesy of Atelier Alter Courtesy of Atelier Alter Courtesy of Atelier Alter Courtesy of Atelier Alter +42

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xing Long Cun, Gonghe Xian, Hainan Zangzuzizhizhou, Qinghai Sheng, China
  • Principals in charge

    Xiaojun Bu, Yingfan Zhang
  • Project Architect

    Luotao Bai, Xiaoli Sun (China Northeast Municipal Engineering Design & Research Institute Co. Ltd)
  • Design Team

    Yong Zhang, Rui Liu, Kai Qin,Tongwei Liu, Zhenwei Li, Bida Wei, Haifeng Zhang
  • Local Architect

    China Northeast Municipal Engineering Design & Research Institute Co.Ltd
  • Area

    168379.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

AD Interviews: Xiaodu Liu / URBANUS

01:00 - 23 February, 2015

At the end of 2014, we had the opportunity to catch up with Xiaodu Liu, one of the three founding partners of Chinese firm URBANUS. Telling us about the role of architects in today's society - especially in China - he discusses how the creativity which URBANUS is known for plays a part in the business of their practice: "Innovation is actually everything for URBANUS, because the firm is doing projects for very challenging jobs. That's the only way we do marketing; we have to do something creative, otherwise we don't have any marketing tools to get something more conventional... we push ourselves to the limit."

Connected to this, he sees intellectual exchange as the foundation of their success, a mechanism that has allowed them to eschew more traditional marketing: "We have some people similar to us, that are well connected, people understand our work and support our work and they like us. Then we have that network and people refer to us and they actually bring jobs to us... networking is more like in the academic level - a more intellectual exchange."

Watch the full interview above and check out our past coverage of URBANUS below.

Nanshan Wedding Center. Image © Meng Yan & Wu Qiwei Maillen Hotel And Apartment. Image © Wu Qiwei Tulou Housing Guangzhou. Image © Iwan Baan Library of South University of Science and Technology of China. Image © Alex Chan +5

An Interview with Liu Xiaodu, Urbanus

10:30 - 19 February, 2015
An Interview with Liu Xiaodu, Urbanus, Nanshan Wedding Center/ Partner in charge: Meng Yan. Image © Meng Yan & Wu Qiwei
Nanshan Wedding Center/ Partner in charge: Meng Yan. Image © Meng Yan & Wu Qiwei

“If you don’t know or really didn’t study the local culture, do universal design. That’ll keep the quality. If you want to do something that you don’t know, there is a big chance that it’s going to fail and have a bad impact on the city and the people here. Do it in your own way. If you do something good and beautiful back home, you should do exactly the same type and put it here. That’s also a good contribution because you show good architecture quality… Do something universal!” - Liu Xiaodu, Shenzhen, 2013

Founded in 1999, Urbanus is led by its trio of partners Meng Yan, Wang Hui and Liu Xiaodu, all of whom studied first in China and then abroad in the USA before returning to their native country at the very beginning of its construction boom. In this interview Liu Xiaodu discusses the changing realities of Chinese architecture education, the beginnings of their firm and the positive side to the “chaos” of the country's current urban expansion.

Diwang Park/ Partner in charge: Meng Yan, Liu Xiaodu (now demolished). Image Courtesy of Urbanus Maillen Hotel And Apartment / Partner in charge: Meng Yan. Image © Wu Qiwei Maillen Hotel And Apartment / Partner in charge: Meng Yan. Image © Wu Qiwei OCT Loft Renovation / Partner in charge: Liu Xiaodu, Meng Yan. Image Courtesy of Urbanus +12

XJTLU Becomes First Chinese Architecture Course with Unconditional RIBA Accreditation

00:00 - 17 February, 2015
XJTLU Becomes First Chinese Architecture Course with Unconditional RIBA Accreditation , XJTLU's Administration Information Building, completed in 2013 by Aedas. Image Courtesy of Aedas
XJTLU's Administration Information Building, completed in 2013 by Aedas. Image Courtesy of Aedas

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has awarded unconditional RIBA Part 1 accreditation to the undergraduate program at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhou, making it the first Chinese architecture program to be certified by the UK architecture body. The accreditation marks another first for XJTLU's partner university at Liverpool, which pioneered the RIBA accreditation system by becoming the first certified course in the world in 1906, and officially marks the program at XJTLU as on a par with other architecture schools around the world.

Lone Ranger Hot Dog Shop / Linehouse

01:00 - 17 February, 2015
Lone Ranger Hot Dog Shop / Linehouse, © Benoit Florençon
© Benoit Florençon

© Benoit Florençon © Benoit Florençon © Benoit Florençon © Benoit Florençon +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wai Ma Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Area

    19.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

TaiwanGlass Donghai Office Building / WZWX Architecture Group

01:00 - 16 February, 2015
TaiwanGlass Donghai Office Building / WZWX Architecture Group , © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Ingmar Kurth © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG +23

  • Architects

    WZWX Architecture Group
  • Location

    Donghai, Lianyungang, Jiangsu, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Richard Wang, Stephen Wang
  • Project Team

    Chiou Huei Lin, Philip Kwong, Hao Li, Jian Fei Chen
  • Area

    3200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Construction Begins on OPEN's Pingshan Performing Arts Center in Shenzhen

01:00 - 15 February, 2015
Construction Begins on OPEN's Pingshan Performing Arts Center in Shenzhen, Courtesy of OPEN Architecture
Courtesy of OPEN Architecture

The winning entry in a competition for Pingshan's first theater, Beijing-based OPEN Architecture's Pingshan Performing Arts Center has broken ground in Shenzen. The 1350-capacity theatre is located in the city's new urban district, and slated for completion by the end of 2015.

Read more about the project and view selected images after the break.

Courtesy of OPEN Architecture Courtesy of OPEN Architecture Courtesy of OPEN Architecture Courtesy of OPEN Architecture +27

Kids Museum Of Glass / Coordination Asia

01:00 - 12 February, 2015
Kids Museum Of Glass  / Coordination Asia , Courtesy of Coordination Asia
Courtesy of Coordination Asia

Courtesy of Coordination Asia Courtesy of Coordination Asia Courtesy of Coordination Asia Courtesy of Coordination Asia +29

  • Architects

  • Location

    G+ Park, 685 Changjiang West Road, Baoshan, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Tilman Thürmer
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015