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Arthouse / Joey Ho Design

01:00 - 21 October, 2013
Arthouse / Joey Ho Design, © Yong Chang Wu
© Yong Chang Wu

© Yong Chang Wu © Yong Chang Wu © Yong Chang Wu © Yong Chang Wu +8

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Other Designer

    Yuki Leung, Momoko Lai
  • Area

    771.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Tsao & McKown: Developing a New Kind of Chinese City

00:00 - 19 October, 2013
Tsao & McKown: Developing a New Kind of Chinese City, Xiqu Urban Development, by Tsao & Mckown. Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 2010. Image Courtesy of Behance
Xiqu Urban Development, by Tsao & Mckown. Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, 2010. Image Courtesy of Behance

China's rapid urbanisation has meant not only the speedy growth of cities but also the disappearance of traditional Chinese architecture. Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown (of Tsao & McKown) find this particularly troubling and so developing a new kind of Chinese city. These pedestrian friendly live-work communities would exist in stark contrast to the high-rise cities that dot the contemporary Chinese landscape. But it hasn't all been easy. Read the full Wall Street Journal article here: "Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown Bring New Eco-Friendly Designs to China."

In Progress: The Qingdaobei Station / AREP Architect + MaP3 Structural Engineering

01:00 - 19 October, 2013
In Progress: The Qingdaobei Station / AREP Architect  + MaP3 Structural Engineering, Courtesy of MaP3
Courtesy of MaP3

Courtesy of MaP3 Courtesy of MaP3 Courtesy of MaP3 Courtesy of MaP3 +52

  • Architects

  • Location

    Licang, Qingdao, Shandong, China
  • Structural analysis and Inspection

    SSDI
  • Construction Documents

    BIAD
  • General Contractor

    CSCEC
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of MaP3

Apple Patents Glass Cylinder Design

00:00 - 10 October, 2013
Apple Patents Glass Cylinder Design, Courtesy of Apple
Courtesy of Apple

Apple has successfully secured a patent for the cylindrical, glass entrance to its Shanghai store. After trademarking the design and layout of its retail stores last January, this is one more battle Apple has won for copyrighting its signature look.

More on the patented design after the break.

Reviving Beijing's Hutongs with Micro Installations

00:00 - 9 October, 2013
Reviving Beijing's Hutongs with Micro Installations, Above Beijing's historic hutongs. Image © Ivan Walsh
Above Beijing's historic hutongs. Image © Ivan Walsh

The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright documents the current trend of micro-scale installations spurring new life into the historic hutongs of Beijing and gaining support from the local communities, eager to reject the economic pressures of destroying/rebuilding. The local government’s endorsement, however, comes as a surprise - especially considering its fervent impetus to raze these areas just a few years ago. Read the full article here: Designers Use 'Urban Acupuncture' to Revive Beijing's Historic Hutongs.

Tales Pavilion / Luca Nichetto

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
Tales Pavilion / Luca Nichetto, © Jonathan Leijonhufvud
© Jonathan Leijonhufvud

© Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud +27

HALO: Swedish Students' Solar Decathlon Entry

01:00 - 4 October, 2013
HALO: Swedish Students' Solar Decathlon Entry, Courtesy of Team Sweden
Courtesy of Team Sweden

Designed and built by 25 students from Chalmers University in Sweden, HALO is a socially sustainable home for four students, running on renewable energy from the sun. HALO was designed using one underlying concept: shared space is double space.  

Courtesy of Team Sweden Courtesy of Team Sweden Courtesy of Team Sweden Courtesy of Team Sweden +23

American Architects Win International Competition for "Cultural Mall" in China

00:00 - 4 October, 2013
American Architects Win International Competition for "Cultural Mall" in China, Courtesy of Joel Sanders Architect
Courtesy of Joel Sanders Architect

A looping mixture of culture and commerce has won Joel Sanders Architect and FreelandBuck first prize in the international competition hosted by the largest media and publishing company in China, Phoenix Publishing and Media Group (PPMG).

Their 80,000 square meter winning proposal for the new Kunshan Phoenix Cultural Mall divides a large urban block into four 'cultural cores,' each five stories high and respectively housing a theater, fitness club, education center, and exhibition halls. The podium, which sits upon the glass-clad cores, spirals the length of the perimeter (comprised of stores, restaurants and cafes) and ultimately plateaus at an open park where the public and Phoenix employees would share a common space. 

Deyang School for Deaf & Intellectually Disabled Children / China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute Corp. Ltd

01:00 - 3 October, 2013
Deyang School for Deaf & Intellectually Disabled Children  / China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute Corp. Ltd, © Liu Yi
© Liu Yi

© Liu Yi © Liu Yi © Liu Yi © Liu Yi +18

Red Wall / 3Gatti Architecture Studio

01:00 - 28 September, 2013
Red Wall / 3Gatti Architecture Studio, © Shen Qiang & Daniele Mattioli
© Shen Qiang & Daniele Mattioli

© Shen Qiang & Daniele Mattioli © Shen Qiang & Daniele Mattioli © Shen Qiang & Daniele Mattioli © Shen Qiang & Daniele Mattioli +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Chief architect

    Francesco Gatti
  • Project manager

    Summer Nie
  • Collaborators

    Zhengxin Ni, Michele Ruju, Charles Mariambourg, Yanmin Sun, Furion Huang, Karen Cheung
  • Structural engineer and local institute

    Shanghai Orient Architectural design & Research Institute CO. LTD.
  • Area

    14300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Pure Hardcore Icons Manifesto Exhibition

00:00 - 26 September, 2013
Pure Hardcore Icons Manifesto Exhibition

‘Pure Hardcore Icons Manifesto Exhibition’ will be on display from Sept 25 to October 7 as part of this year’s Beijing Design Week.

Harbin Cultural Center / MAD Architects

01:00 - 18 September, 2013
Harbin Cultural Center / MAD Architects, © MAD Architects
© MAD Architects

Render. Image © MAD Architects © MAD Architects Render. Image © MAD Architects © MAD Architects +34

  • Architects

  • Location

    Harbin Xiangfang Cultural Center, Zhujiang Road, Xiangfang, Haerbin, Heilongjiang, China, 150090
  • Directors

    Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano
  • Area

    1800000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

China Now, from Nowness

00:00 - 7 September, 2013

China Now on Nowness.com

In the latest video from Nowness, director Thomas Rhazi documents the complicated architectural scene in China - focusing on how the country holds onto its identity despite the "frenetic" pace of its expansion and globalization. Shaway Yeh sums up the situation nicely: "what does China really look like, what does China represent? No one knows, because it's a place that's still in flux, it's constantly reshaping." Lyndon Neri, however, points to Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu as a possible answer, saying that he "created something quite amazing in Ningbo, it had a new way of looking at a building in a Chinese way... what he actually did was a modern interpretation of Chinese architecture." No matter where you stand on China's modernization, the video is a beautiful depiction of the historical meeting the modern.

How to Bring China's Ghost Towns Back to Life

00:00 - 6 September, 2013
How to Bring China's Ghost Towns Back to Life, The empty development of Kangbashi/Ordos in Inner Mongolia (China). Image © Tim Franco, Flickr User shanghaisoundbites
The empty development of Kangbashi/Ordos in Inner Mongolia (China). Image © Tim Franco, Flickr User shanghaisoundbites

In this article, originally published in Metropolis Magazine's Point of View blog as "The Real Problem with China's Ghost Towns" , author Peter Calthorpe explains the problems of these cities, predicts their grim future, and explores how the thoughtful planning behind the city of Chenggong could provide a more sustainable alternative. 

 We’ve all seen the reports on “ghost town” developments in China, showing acres of empty high-rise apartments and vacant shopping malls. These barren towns seem particularly ironic in a country planning to move 250 million people from the countryside to cities in the next 20 years. But this massive, unprecedented demand has been distorted by a number of factors unique to China. Flawed financial incentives for cities and developers, along with the poor phasing of services, amenities, and jobs create most of the problems. In addition, China’s emerging middle class is very comfortable (perhaps too comfortable) investing in real estate, so people often buy apartments in incomplete communities but don't move in, expecting that values will rise, or that they will live there someday. The result is a string of large, empty developments that remain speculative investments rather than real homes and communities. [See-through buildings are the worry now, but the real problems may come when they are full.]

While it’s hard to get data on vacancy levels in China, there are certainly many anecdotal examples across the country. An all-too-typical example is Chenggong, the new town planned for 1.5 million just outside of Kunming in the west. This freshly minted city boasts the growing Yunnan University, currently with 170,000 students and faculty; a new government center; and an emerging light industrial area. Under construction are the city’s new high-speed rail station and two metro lines connecting the historic city center.

Tapered House / Index Architecture

01:00 - 3 September, 2013
Tapered House  / Index Architecture, © Hunga Chan
© Hunga Chan

© Hunga Chan © Hunga Chan © Hunga Chan © Hunga Chan +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shunde, Foshan, Guangdong, China
  • Designer

    Anderson Lee
  • Design Team

    Yung Sai Chun, Bart Kwok, Ronnie Chui
  • Area

    670.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

ADEPT Selected to Construct “Green Loops City” in China

01:00 - 29 August, 2013
ADEPT Selected to Construct “Green Loops City” in China, Courtesy of ADEPT
Courtesy of ADEPT

Danish practice ADEPT has won an international, invited competition to master plan the 17KM2 site of Laiyan New Town and Binjian District in Hengyang, China. Their winning proposal, “Green Loops City” was lauded for developing an innovative and sustainable way to accommodate rapid urban growth while preserving Hengyang’s cultural heritage and lush surrounding landscape. 

Aidi Su from ADEPT stated: “Much of Hengyang’s cultural and natural resources are still very much intact when compared to other Chinese cities facing rapid urban development. This is an incredible opportunity for us to make a difference in Chinese cities.”

The Commune Social / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

00:00 - 28 August, 2013
The Commune Social / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, ©  Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

©  Pedro Pegenaute ©  Pedro Pegenaute ©  Pedro Pegenaute ©  Pedro Pegenaute +9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Jiang Ning Lu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu
  • Associate in Charge

    Cai Chun Yan
  • Project Team

    Wang Yan, Guo Peng, Fu Ying
  • Graphic Team

    Christine Neri, Siwei Ren, Ivo Toplak
  • Product Team

    Brian Lo, Nicolas Fardet, Chen Xiaowen
  • Area

    495.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Design Republic Design Commune / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

01:00 - 20 August, 2013
Design Republic Design Commune  / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, © Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

© Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute © Pedro Pegenaute +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Partners in Charge

    Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu
  • Associate in Charge

    Cai Chun Yan
  • Design Team

    Wang Yan, Fu Ying, Guo Peng, Peter Eland, Jonas Hultman, Markus Stoecklein, Christina Cho, Jeongyon Mimi Kim, Ella Ye Lu, Federico Saralvo, Zhao Lei, Xiao Lei, Darcy Tang
  • Product Team

    Brian Lo, Zhao Yun, Nicolas Fardet, Chen Xiaowen
  • Graphic Team

    Christine Neri, Hao Zhou, Evelyn Chiu, Siwei Ren
  • Area

    2400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs