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Xi’an Greenhouse / Plasma Studio

00:00 - 14 August, 2013
Xi’an Greenhouse / Plasma Studio, Courtesy of Plasma Studio
Courtesy of Plasma Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Eva Castro, Holger Kehne, Ulla Hell
  • Area

    4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Plasma Studio

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WKCDA Abandons West Kowloon Park Competition in Hong Kong

01:00 - 13 August, 2013
WKCDA Abandons West Kowloon Park Competition in Hong Kong, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

A major competition for a 40ha waterfront park in Hong Kong has been scrapped by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA). Thus, Foster + Partners' competition-winning City Park will be abandoned, despite its potential to transform the Victoria Harbour's reclaimed edge into an important Asian hub for artistic exchange.

Read on to find out why the WKCDA has called it quits.

Lintong Zhiyang Cultural Park / Lacime Architectural Design

01:00 - 13 August, 2013
Lintong Zhiyang Cultural Park / Lacime Architectural Design, © Yao Li
© Yao Li
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lintong, Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
  • Design Team

    Song Zhaoqing, Zhao Jingxin
  • Collaborators

    Chen Yan, Liu Xiaoli
  • Client

    Lingtong Committee
  • Area

    45107.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li +47

SOHO Hailun Plaza / UNStudio

00:00 - 11 August, 2013
SOHO Hailun Plaza / UNStudio, Courtesy of UNStudio
Courtesy of UNStudio

This 33-story SOHO Hailun Plaza is currently being constructed in the dense city of Shanghai. Located at the intersection of two metro lines, the plaza will include a 130-meter office tower and five mixed-use podiums. The design, by UNStudio, treats each structure as a set of objects shaped by the flow of commuters. Each facade will be cloaked in a similar, faceted texture that will “change in appearance when approached from different directions.” 

Video: Inside a Chinese, Parisian Ghost Town

00:00 - 11 August, 2013

This Parisian ghost town in Tianducheng, China has become the archetype of China's architectural copycat culture. Brought to light by the folks at The Atlantic Cities, this short video by German filmmaker Caspar Stracke accounts for an average day in this faux-Parisian development where less than 10,000 residents call home. 

Bayuquan Library / DSD

01:00 - 8 August, 2013
Bayuquan Library / DSD, Courtesy of DSD
Courtesy of DSD
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bayuquan, Yingkou, Liaoning, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Kege Ling
  • Assisted by

    Yin Qin, Ding Wu and Long Chen from Shanghai Zhongsen Architecture Design
  • Interior Design

    DSD, China Architecture Design & Research Group, Tsinghua Gongmei
  • Interior Designer

    Jianguo Wang, Ye Zhang
  • Acoustic Design

    China IPPR International Engineering Corporation
  • Stage Facility

    China PLA General Armament Department
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of DSD

Courtesy of DSD Courtesy of DSD Courtesy of DSD Courtesy of DSD +29

Gensler Tops Out on World's Second Tallest Skyscraper: Shanghai Tower

01:00 - 8 August, 2013
Courtesy of Gensler
Courtesy of Gensler

On schedule to be China’s tallest and the world’s second tallest skyscraper, the Gensler -designed Shanghai Tower has topped out at 632 meters (2,074 feet). Upon completion in 2014, the spiraling megastructure will complete a trio of towers - including the adjacent Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center - to become the centerpiece of the city’s Lujiazui commercial district - one of Asia’s leading financial centers which developed from farmland in just over 20 years. 

Defined by series of distinctive sky gardens, the state-of-the-art tower will house Class-A office and retail space, along with a luxury hotel and cultural venues. 

Continue reading to learn how the Shanghai Tower’s structure saved millions and why it will achieve LEED Gold.

Mianzhu Museum Fianl / Zhenggong Feng

01:00 - 6 August, 2013
Courtesy of Zhenggong Feng
Courtesy of Zhenggong Feng
  • Architects

  • Location

    Mianzhu, Deyang, Sichuan, China
  • Design

    Suzhou Industrial Park Design&Research Institute Co.,Ltd
  • Area

    3100.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Zhenggong Feng

Courtesy of Zhenggong Feng Courtesy of Zhenggong Feng Courtesy of Zhenggong Feng Courtesy of Zhenggong Feng +25

Does China's Urbanization Spell Doom or Salvation? Peter Calthorpe Weighs In...

01:00 - 2 August, 2013
Does China's Urbanization Spell Doom or Salvation? Peter Calthorpe Weighs In..., Peter Calthorpe. Image Courtesy of Metropolis Mag
Peter Calthorpe. Image Courtesy of Metropolis Mag

This article originally appeared on Metropolis Magazine's Point of View Blog as "Q&A: Peter Calthorpe."

The titles of Peter Calthorpe’s books trace the recent history of urban design in its most vital and prescient manifestations, starting in 1986 with Sustainable Communities (with Sim Van der Ryn) and followed by The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl (with Bill Fulton), The Next American Metropolis: Ecology, Community and the American Dream, and Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change.

A founding member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a past winner of the Urban Land Institute’s prestigious J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, the Berkeley-based architect and planner has been at the forefront of urban design for more than three decades. In recent years, in addition to his firm’s continuing work in the United States, Calthorpe Associates has increasingly turned his attention to a country urbanizing at a pace unprecedented in world history: China.

Here Calthorpe talks about China’s unique planning process, the future of high-speed rail in California, and Architecture 2030’s new 2030 Palette, after the break...

Bayuquan Theatre / DSD

01:00 - 2 August, 2013
Bayuquan Theatre / DSD, Courtesy of DSD
Courtesy of DSD
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bayuquan, Yingkou, Liaoning, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Kege Ling, Qi Xu
  • Assisted by

    Yin Qin, Ding Wu and Long Chen from Shanghai Zhongsen Architecture Design
  • Interior Design

    DSD, China Architecture Design & Research Group, Tsinghua Gongmei
  • Interior Designer

    Jianguo Wang, Ye Zhang
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of DSD

Courtesy of DSD Courtesy of DSD Courtesy of DSD Courtesy of DSD +37

Matsu Flagship Store / EXH Design

00:00 - 2 August, 2013
Matsu Flagship Store / EXH Design, Courtesy of EXH Design
Courtesy of EXH Design
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, Shanghai, China
  • Area

    1800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of EXH Design

Courtesy of EXH Design Courtesy of EXH Design Courtesy of EXH Design Courtesy of EXH Design +17

K11 Art Mall Shanghai / Kokaistudios

01:00 - 2 August, 2013
K11 Art Mall Shanghai / Kokaistudios, © Charlie Xia
© Charlie Xia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    Andrea Destefanis, Filippo Gabbiani, Pietro Peyron, Li Wei, Carmen Lee, Wang Yun, Coco Cheng
  • Local Architect

    Tong Ji Architecture Design Research Institute
  • Area

    35500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia +24

Vanke Brand Center / Vector Architects

00:00 - 1 August, 2013
© Shu He & Su shengliang
© Shu He & Su shengliang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Yingkou, Liaoning, China
  • Design-partner-in-charge

    Gong Dong
  • Project Advisor

    Nan Wang, Yue Han, Xiangdong Kong
  • Project Architect

    Bin He
  • Design Team

    Chen Liang, Qifeng Wang, Zhimin Zhou, Jian Wang, Mary Jane Kwan, Pingdong Sun, Feng Xu, Qing Chang
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Shu He & Su shengliang © Shu He & Su shengliang © Shu He & Su shengliang © Shu He & Su shengliang +44

In Progress: Zhang ZhiDong And Modern Industrial Museum / Studio Daniel Libeskind

01:00 - 31 July, 2013
Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind
Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wuhan, China
  • Architect Of Record

    Zhong Nan Design Institute
  • Contractor

    G.C Wisco Construction
  • Area

    7240.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind

Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind Courtesy of Studio Daniel Libeskind +12

Family Box / Crossboundaries

00:00 - 31 July, 2013
Family Box  / Crossboundaries, © Chaoying Yang
© Chaoying Yang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Architect

    Crossboundaries Architects
  • Collaborating Architects & Engineers

    BIAD International Studio & BIAD TSH International Studio
  • Client

    Children Enterprise (UK) Limited
  • Area

    2300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang © Chaoying Yang +42

Shanghai Hongqiao CBD Office Headquarters Building / LYCS Architecture

01:00 - 29 July, 2013
Shanghai Hongqiao CBD Office Headquarters Building / LYCS Architecture, Courtesy of LYCS Architecture
Courtesy of LYCS Architecture

LYCS Architecture has shared drawings and renderings for their Shanghai Hongqiao CBD Office Headquarters Building, which broke ground this month.  Situated in a rapidly developing part of western Shanghai and at the center of a transportation hub, the project is scheduled to be completed in 2014. 

Courtesy of LYCS Architecture Courtesy of LYCS Architecture Courtesy of LYCS Architecture Courtesy of LYCS Architecture +15

River Heights Pavilion / People’s Architecture Office

01:00 - 28 July, 2013
Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office
Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office

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Shanghai Pudong International Airport / Paul Andreu

01:00 - 26 July, 2013
Shanghai Pudong International Airport / Paul Andreu, © Paul Maurer
© Paul Maurer
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    F.Tamisier, G.Andreu, P.Gonon, H.Boitard
  • Area

    220000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    1999
  • Photographs

© Paul Maurer © Paul Maurer © Paul Maurer © Paul Maurer +10