Investigating the 'Scalelessness' of Contemporary Chinese Architecture and Urbanism

04:00 - 10 March, 2016
A traditional siheyuan in Pingyao (p. 389), now operating as a hostel. Image © Evan Chakroff
A traditional siheyuan in Pingyao (p. 389), now operating as a hostel. Image © Evan Chakroff

The Architectural Guide China is a travel book which covers cities primarily located on China’s eastern coast. These cities—such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong—have become centers for forward-thinking urban design and architecture. The guide offers maps, drawings, photographs, historical background, and essays describing Chinese architecture at all scales – ranging from small temples to the organization of major metropoli.

Based on the authors' experiences of directing study abroad trips throughout the country, Evan Chakroff, Addison Godel, and Jacqueline Gargus, have carefully curated a selection of contemporary architectural sites while also discussing significant historical structures. Each author has written an introductory essay, each of which contextualizes the historical and global socioeconomic influences, as well as the stylistic longevity of the chosen sites in this book. One such essay, by Chakroff, has been made available exclusively on ArchDaily.

CCTV New Headquarters (p.088) as iconic urban landmark. Image © Evan Chakroff Framed and layered spaces in a dense zone of Suzhou’s Lingering Garden (p. 244). Note rockery in the far distance.. Image © Evan Chakroff Ai Wei Wei’s Archaeological Archive (p. 283), from different vantage points. Image © Evan Chakroff Taihu stone on display in the Garden of the Humble Administrator (p. 218). Image © Evan Chakroff +17

'View' Public Toilet / LiZhu

19:00 - 8 March, 2016
'View' Public Toilet  / LiZhu, © ZhongNing
© ZhongNing
  • Architects

  • Location

    Niushou Mountain Scenic Spot, Jiangning Qu, Nanjing Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, China
  • Design Team

    ATA studio, Architects & Engineers Co. , LTD of Southeast University
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© ZhongNing © ZhongNing © ZhongNing © ZhongNing +27

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Breaks Ground on GaoYao Clubhouse and Gallery

14:00 - 7 March, 2016
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Breaks Ground on GaoYao Clubhouse and Gallery, © Luxigon
© Luxigon

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects (SHL) has broken ground on a new clubhouse and gallery in GaoYao, China - a mountainous district 100 kilometers west of Guangzhou. The project, focused on "space, light, view and program," was designed for a new development of luxury villas at the base of a nearby mountain. It will be built in the center of a lake by early 2017. 

"The sculptural project was designed in collaboration with a Feng Shu Master to respect angles of approach and its location on the site," says SHL.

Shanghai Tower / Gensler

20:00 - 6 March, 2016
Shanghai Tower  / Gensler, © Gensler/Shen Zhonghai
© Gensler/Shen Zhonghai
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ru Jia Kuai Jie Jiu Dian ( Lu Jia Zui Jin Rong Zhong Xin Dian ), LuJiaZui, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200122
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Gensler/Shen Zhonghai, Blackstation, Courtesy of Arch Record

© Gensler/Shen Zhonghai ©  Blackstation ©  Blackstation Courtesy of Arch Record +39

Vasily Klyukin Proposes Asian Cobra Tower

14:00 - 4 March, 2016
Vasily Klyukin Proposes Asian Cobra Tower, © Vasily Klyukin
© Vasily Klyukin

Russian designer Vasily Klyukin has envisioned the "Asian Cobra Tower." Just as its name suggests, the gold-plated tower takes the shape of a snake, offering offices and apartments in its body and a restaurant, night club and terrace in its jaws. 

"In Japan telling someone that he is a snake means a compliment. In China snakes and dragons often mean the same," says Klyukin. "The symbol of wisdom and eternal life, this tower would embellish any Eastern city."

Shunyi House / reMIX Studio

23:00 - 2 March, 2016
Shunyi House / reMIX Studio, © Xia Zhi
© Xia Zhi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, China
  • Design Team

    Chen Chen, Federico Ruberto, Nicola Saladino, Liu Yifu ,Aniruddha Mukherjee, Xue Yang , Xu Kuanxin
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Xia Zhi, Courtesy of reMIX Studio

Courtesy of reMIX Studio © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi © Xia Zhi +33

Abbaye Belgium Resturant / MRDA Architects

19:00 - 2 March, 2016
Abbaye Belgium Resturant / MRDA Architects, Courtesy of MRDA
Courtesy of MRDA
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chengdu, SIchuan, China
  • Design Team

    Ma Jun, He Zhi, Lu Yun, Zhang Ying, Zhao Zhiyang
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of MRDA

Courtesy of MRDA Courtesy of MRDA Courtesy of MRDA Courtesy of MRDA +17

Cities in Asia Summer Programme: Studio SEL-SHA

15:03 - 2 March, 2016
Cities in Asia Summer Programme: Studio SEL-SHA

This credit-bearing HKU course was established in 2010 to focus on urgent architectural and urban issues confronting Asian cities today. It is an immersive course designed to expose students to daily learning activities including lectures, seminars, studio crits, field work, firm visits, and design reviews.

Octave Living Room / Tsao & McKown Architects

22:00 - 1 March, 2016
Octave Living Room / Tsao & McKown Architects , © Seth Powers
© Seth Powers

Courtesy of Tsao & McKown Architects © Seth Powers © Seth Powers Courtesy of Tsao & McKown Architects +27

School with an Open Space / Beijing Institute of Architectural Design 6th Division

20:00 - 28 February, 2016
School with an Open Space / Beijing Institute of Architectural Design 6th Division, © XIA Zhi
© XIA Zhi

© XIA Zhi © XIA Zhi © XIA Zhi © XIA Zhi +40

Winners of the Inaugural China Tall Building Awards

14:00 - 26 February, 2016
Winners of the Inaugural China Tall Building Awards, Best Tall Building China: Wangjing SOHO, Beijing / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © CCDI
Best Tall Building China: Wangjing SOHO, Beijing / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © CCDI

The China International Exchange Committee for Tall Buildings (CITAB) and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) have announced the winners of their inaugural China Tall Building Awards. Four buildings, including two designed by Zaha Hadid and Kengo Kuma, were chosen as China's best tall buildings. Other winners were recognized for their innovation, success within the urban environment, and construction excellence. 

"With the support of the Architectural Society of China and the Architectural Society of China Shanghai, the first year of this regionally focused awards program was very successful, with numerous high-quality projects entering into the running under six categories of recognition," said CITAB and CTBUH.

China Takes Steps to Stop its "Weird Architecture"

06:00 - 26 February, 2016
China Takes Steps to Stop its "Weird Architecture", CCTV by OMA. Image Courtesy of OMA
CCTV by OMA. Image Courtesy of OMA

China has become home to some of the world’s most outlandish architectural landmarks of the 21st century. Hangzhou is home to a replica of the Eiffel Tower, located in a luxury real estate development, and Shanghai’s World Financial Center is often referred to as “The World’s Largest Bottle Opener.” However, all of these zany designs may soon come to a halt following a directive issued by the State Council, China’s cabinet, and the Communist Party’s Central Committee on Sunday, reports the New York Times.

The directive says “no” to any architecture considered “oversized, xenocentric, weird, and devoid of cultural tradition.” In their place should be buildings designed as “suitable, economic, green, and pleasing to the eye.”

Midwest Inland Port Financial Town / Hallucinate Design Office

20:00 - 24 February, 2016
Midwest Inland Port Financial Town / Hallucinate Design Office, © Javier Callejas Sevilla
© Javier Callejas Sevilla

© Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla © Javier Callejas Sevilla +15

BIAD's Proposal for Shekou Sea World Culture and Arts Center

12:00 - 23 February, 2016
BIAD's Proposal for Shekou Sea World Culture and Arts Center, Courtesy of 2A2 Design Department, BIAD
Courtesy of 2A2 Design Department, BIAD

Beijing Institute of Architectural Design's (BIAD) 2A2 Design Department has unveiled their proposal for the Culture and Arts Center serving the newly developed Shekou Sea World area in Shenzhen. The design takes a rare attempt to optimize the interaction between commercial and cultural spaces, by taking advantage of the surrounding seascape.

Courtesy of 2A2 Design Department, BIAD Courtesy of 2A2 Design Department, BIAD Courtesy of 2A2 Design Department, BIAD Courtesy of 2A2 Design Department, BIAD +10

V+ Lounge by the West Lake / LYCS Architecture + Studio Waffles

20:00 - 22 February, 2016
V+ Lounge by the West Lake / LYCS Architecture + Studio Waffles, Courtesy of Studio Waffles, LYCS Architecture
Courtesy of Studio Waffles, LYCS Architecture
  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Design Team (Studio Waffles)

    Oscar Wang,Evan Wen,MI Anyu,Nissa Zhang
  • Design Team (LYCS Architecture)

    RUAN Hao, HE Yulou, LAI Zhenyu,ZHANG Qiuyan, WU Miao, XU Weizhuo,XU Jing,LUO Jingzhong
  • Area

    2779.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Studio Waffles, LYCS Architecture

Courtesy of Studio Waffles, LYCS Architecture Courtesy of Studio Waffles, LYCS Architecture Courtesy of Studio Waffles, LYCS Architecture Courtesy of Studio Waffles, LYCS Architecture +21

Exhibition: Radical Cairo at the Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Architecture

09:23 - 22 February, 2016
Exhibition: Radical Cairo at the Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Architecture

The 2015 Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism exhibits, makes, and discusses architecture that reflects the reuse and rethinking of existing buildings, the re-imagination of our cities, and the remaking of our daily lives by design. It is be a biennale of fragments, not abstract plans; of collage, not grids; of tactical urbanism, not top-down strategies. The ETH Zurich Master of Advanced Studies Program in Urban Design – chaired by Marc Angélil and directed by Charlotte Malterre-Barthes – has investigated informal settlements in Cairo, looking into designs for affordable housing units in the neighborhood of Ard-el-Liwa.

DCA Workspace Renovation / DCA

22:00 - 19 February, 2016
DCA Workspace Renovation / DCA, © Chen Qiang, Chen Jianru
© Chen Qiang, Chen Jianru
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai,China
  • Design Team

    Chen Qiang, Chen Jianru, Feng Xuepeng
  • Area

    73.6 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Chen Qiang, Chen Jianru © Chen Qiang, Chen Jianru © Chen Qiang, Chen Jianru DCA Workspace Renovation / DCA +20

China Academy of Arts’ Folk Art Museum / Kengo Kuma & Associates

22:00 - 17 February, 2016
China Academy of Arts’ Folk Art Museum / Kengo Kuma & Associates, © Eiichi Kano
© Eiichi Kano

© Eiichi Kano © Eiichi Kano © Eiichi Kano © Eiichi Kano +25