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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

TED Talk: How to Reinvent the Apartment Building / Moshe Safdie

00:00 - 3 November, 2014

Nearly 50 years after realizing Habitat ’67, when the need for high quality affordable housing is at an all time high, Moshe Safdie is expanding on his ideas first explored in the stacked Montreal utopia to discover just how natural light and the feeling openness can be achieved in today’s megalopolises. Watch as Safdie makes a case to do away with the high-rise in the short TED Talk above. 

Michael Graves School of Architecture to Open in 2015

00:00 - 30 October, 2014
Michael Graves School of Architecture to Open in 2015, Graves-designed University building planned for Wenzhou. Image © Michael Graves School of Architecture
Graves-designed University building planned for Wenzhou. Image © Michael Graves School of Architecture

Kean University has announced plans to open a new architecture school based on the design philosophy of Michael Graves. Following the footsteps of a man who laments the “loss of drawing,” the new Michael Graves School of Architecture will prioritize hand drawings as a key to design process. 

“In our technologically savvy world, to this day, Michael Graves’ philosophy is to draw by hand first so that the students see, ‘feel’ and experience the new building spatially. Then, only after the drawing is complete will the students transfer the design to a computer so that the computer becomes an execution tool, not an ideation tool,” describes acting dean and former student of Graves, David Mohney.

The Courtyard House Plugin / People's Architecture Office

01:00 - 24 October, 2014
The Courtyard House Plugin / People's Architecture Office, Courtesy of People's Architecture Office
Courtesy of People's Architecture Office

Courtesy of People's Architecture Office Courtesy of People's Architecture Office Courtesy of People's Architecture Office Courtesy of People's Architecture Office +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chamber of Commerce of Dashilar Liulichang of Xicheng District, Beijing, Xicheng, Beijing, China, 100000
  • Area

    60.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014

How I Built A New China: A talk with Expo 2010 Planner Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu

01:00 - 24 October, 2014
How I Built A New China: A talk with Expo 2010 Planner Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu, The main entrance of the Shanghai 2010 Expo. Image © Weixuan Wei
The main entrance of the Shanghai 2010 Expo. Image © Weixuan Wei

"We need a new generation of cities in China" - Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu

As the tide of urbanization sweeps across most of the developing areas in China, the building frenzy has become a Chinese phenomenon. Some people are making money from it, some people are getting power from it, and some people are worrying about it. Recently, a new set of policies and reports have been published by the Chinese central government, and the whole society seems to be boosted by the new talk of a Chinese Dream. But, what is really happening inside China? Can it absorb this enormous growth? And, will urbanization continue in a proper way?

As the chief planner of the 2010 Shanghai Expo, Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu has been deeply involved for years in many of China’s main urbanization projects. It was almost midnight when we met Professor Wu in Shanghai, and although Wu had just gotten off a night flight from Beijing, his passion, frankness and intelligence remained undoubtedly impressive. In the following edited talk with interviewer Juan Yan, Professor Wu discusses China's dramatic urbanization, its architectural culture and the future of smart cities.

Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International

01:00 - 23 October, 2014
Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International, © Fang Jian
© Fang Jian

© Fang Jian © Fang Jian © Fang Jian © Fang Jian +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yinchuan, Ningxia, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Yun Du
  • Additional manufacturer

    Kesheng Liu, Wang Ning
  • Area

    192000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Tapped to Design Luxury Hotels in China

00:00 - 21 October, 2014
Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Tapped to Design Luxury Hotels in China , Jumeirah Nanjing. Image Courtesy of Jumeirah Group
Jumeirah Nanjing. Image Courtesy of Jumeirah Group

Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster have been tapped to design two luxury hotels for the Jumeirah Group's newest properties in China: Jumeirah Wuhan and Jumeirah Nanjing. Both properties will be adjacent to existing business districts and will provide luxury suites, specialty restaurants, executive club lounges, business centers, spas and more. 

Why China's President Says "No More Weird Buildings"

00:00 - 21 October, 2014
Why China's President Says "No More Weird Buildings", Xi Jinping has criticized OMA's CCTV Headquarters. Image © OMA / Philippe Ruault
Xi Jinping has criticized OMA's CCTV Headquarters. Image © OMA / Philippe Ruault

The President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, has reportedly called for an end to the "weird buildings" being built in China, and particularly in the nation's capital, Beijing. In a two hour speech at a literary symposium in Beijing last week, Mr Xi expressed his views that art should serve the people and be morally inspiring, identifying architectural projects such as OMA's CCTV Headquarters as the kind of building that should no longer be constructed in Beijing.

With China's construction boom being one of the most talked about features of today's architecture scene - and many a Western practice relying on their extravagant projects to prop up their studios - the Chinese leader's comments have the potential to affect the landscape of architectural practice worldwide. But what is behind these sentiments? Read on after the break to find out.

1305 Studio Office / 1305 Studio

01:00 - 20 October, 2014
1305 Studio Office / 1305 Studio, © Shen Photography
© Shen Photography

© Shen Photography © Shen Photography © Shen Photography © Shen Photography +36

  • Architects

  • Location

    Changhua Road, Xuhui, Shanghai, China
  • Corporate Identity

    SHEN QIANG
  • Area

    306.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Family Box in Beijing / SAKO Architects

01:00 - 19 October, 2014
Family Box in Beijing / SAKO Architects, © Ruijing Photo
© Ruijing Photo

© Ruijing Photo © Ruijing Photo © Ruijing Photo © Ruijing Photo +7

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Keiichiro SAKO, Kumiko Fukasawa
  • Area

    4150.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

No. 18 Guan Shu Yuan Hutong / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

01:00 - 17 October, 2014
No. 18 Guan Shu Yuan Hutong / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects, © Jeremy San
© Jeremy San

© Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San +19

ChangSha Vanke Club House / Tsushima Design Studio

01:00 - 16 October, 2014
ChangSha Vanke Club House / Tsushima Design Studio, © Masao Nishikawa
© Masao Nishikawa

© Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa © Masao Nishikawa +9

Hainan Blue Bay Westin Resort Hotel / gad

01:00 - 16 October, 2014
Hainan Blue Bay Westin Resort Hotel / gad, © Yao Li
© Yao Li

© Zhao Qiang © Zhao Qiang © Yao Li © Zhao Qiang +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Lingshui, Hainan, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Zhang Wei, Jiang Fang
  • Design Team

    Shang Fei, Wang Jia, Xu Qin, Hu Damin, Li Baozhong, Tian Senyuan, Chen Yonghao, Li Zijie, Li Yanfeng, Lu Zhegang, Wu Wenjian, Chen Feiyan, Lao Xiaojing, Cui Daliang, Shen Fengqiang
  • Area

    62000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

CHEGS Campus Canteen / KNOWSPACE

01:00 - 15 October, 2014
CHEGS Campus Canteen / KNOWSPACE, © Lv Hengzhong
© Lv Hengzhong

© Lv Hengzhong © Lv Hengzhong © Lv Hengzhong © Lv Hengzhong +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Baoding, Hebei, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Erhard An-He Kinzelbach Architekt BDA
  • Area

    660.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize

01:00 - 13 October, 2014
Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize, The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio
The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio

The Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) have announced that Li Xiaodong has been awarded the inaugural Moriyama International Prize, named after esteemed Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama. The prize, which comes with a monetary value of CAD$100,000, has been established to recognise buildings that are judged to be "transformative, inspired as well as inspiring, and emblematic of the human values of respect and inclusiveness."

The jury deliberated projects submitted from nine countries: Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Tajikistan. According to the citation, the jury was "impressed by the breadth of international interest in the prize and encouraged by the high level of engagement with the aims and objectives of the program revealed in the submissions." The prize is open to all architects irrespective of nationality and location and seeks to recognise a single work of architecture (as opposed to a life’s work), celebrating buildings in use.

The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio The Liyuan Library - Interior. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Li Xiaodong Studio +12

Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus / OPEN Architecture

01:00 - 13 October, 2014
Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus / OPEN Architecture, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi

© Su Shengliang © Xia Zhi © Su Shengliang © Xia Zhi +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Changyang, Fangshan, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Li Hu, Huang Wenjing
  • Project Architect

    Daijiro Nakayama
  • Area

    57773.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects

01:00 - 12 October, 2014
Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects, © Yao Li
© Yao Li

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li +22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

ChenJiaShan Park Tea Lounge Renovation / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

01:00 - 9 October, 2014
ChenJiaShan Park Tea Lounge Renovation / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects, © Jeremy San
© Jeremy San

© Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jiading, Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    Liu Yuyang, Benson Chen, Jimmy Poek, Yongjiang Liang, Gang Zhao
  • Area

    850.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs