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The World’s Largest Building Opens in China

00:00 - 7 July, 2013
The World’s Largest Building Opens in China, Courtesy of The Telegraph
Courtesy of The Telegraph

Although Dubai has held claim to the world’s tallest building for a few years, China is now claiming to now have the worlds largest building. Measuring at 500 meters long, 400 meters wide and 100 meters high, the newly constructed Century Global Center in Chengdu is reportedly capable of housing 20 Sydney Opera Houses in its 1.7 million square meter interior. 

Video: This is Shanghai

00:00 - 7 July, 2013

A little over thirty years ago, Shanghai was a fairly dense, mid-rise city with no skyscrapers. Now, Shanghai has been transformed into a global metropolis with over 4,000 skyscrapers - twice as many as New York. In an attempt to capture the “diversities and eccentricities of the metropolis that is Shanghai beyond the famous skyline,” photographer Rob Whitworth and urban identity expert JT Singh joined forces to create ‘This is Shanghai.’

Jiaotong University of Law / Kokaistudios

01:00 - 1 July, 2013
Jiaotong University of Law / Kokaistudios, © Charlie Xia
© Charlie Xia

© Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia +30

The New Music World / Lmyarch-studio

01:00 - 26 June, 2013
The New Music World / Lmyarch-studio, Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio
Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio

Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wuhan, Hubei, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Lmyarch-studio
  • Design Team

    Wei Li, Yuan yuan ,Fengxue Liu, Wenke Zhang,Meiyu Guo,Changqiong Li,Liang Li
  • Engineering

    Haisheng Wu,Yantao He,Xinxin Sun
  • Area

    195.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Lmyarch-studio

The Indicator: China in 4D

00:00 - 26 June, 2013
The Indicator: China in 4D, © Guy Horton
© Guy Horton

The problem with articles like “China’s Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities”, recently featured in The New York Times, is that they contribute to a misleading and simplistic narrative about China’s economic development, casting it as a story of “good” versus “evil”.

This was recently highlighted by a critique authored by the NYU Stern Urbanization Project in which The New York Times article in question was called out for being overly sensational and reductive in how it covered China’s policies concerning internal migration from the countryside to urban areas.

China Plans to Move 250 Million into Cities by 2025

00:00 - 19 June, 2013
China Plans to Move 250 Million into Cities by 2025, The old buildings under these high-rises in Chongqing have been marked for demolition. © Justin Jin for The New York Times
The old buildings under these high-rises in Chongqing have been marked for demolition. © Justin Jin for The New York Times

The Chinese government is pushing forward with a plan that will move 250 million Chinese people from rural communities into newly constructed towns and cities over the next 12 years. The government has been bulldozing ancient villages, temples and open-air theaters as well as paving over farmland to make way for mega-cities that will raise the number of city-dwellers in China to nearly the total urban population of the US

To find out how and why this is happening, keep reading. 

China's Pre-Fab Skyscraper: Revolutionary or Mad? Two Architects Debate...

00:00 - 18 June, 2013
China's Pre-Fab Skyscraper: Revolutionary or Mad? Two Architects Debate..., Courtesy of differentenergy via YouTube, via Business Insider
Courtesy of differentenergy via YouTube, via Business Insider

The architecture world has been abuzz over news that aChinese construction company plans to build the world's tallest building— and to do it in just 90 daysusing a proprietary prefabrication technique.

Construction on the 838-meter highrise in Changsha, called Sky City Oneis expected to begin this month.

After the project was announced, we reached out to Christian Sottile, the Dean of the School of Building Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design,who gave us his takeon why the project is a terrible step for architecture and urban living.

But not everyone is skeptical about Sky City One.Stan Klemanowicz,an architect and planner in Los Angeles with Project Development Associates, reached out to tell us why the project is actually revolutionary. He has allowed us to publish his response to Mr. Sottile's critique.

Read Sottile's and Klemanowicz's conflicting opinions, after the break...

'Shanshui City' Book Launch and Exhibition / Ma Yansong of MAD Architects

00:00 - 12 June, 2013
'Shanshui City' Book Launch and Exhibition / Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, © MAD Architects
© MAD Architects

Displayed earlier this month in a Qing Dynasty courtyard garden at Wu Hao in Beijing, Ma Yansong's 'Shanshui City exhibition featured more than twenty architectural models and works of art that are scattered around the ancient courtyard. Among rocks, screen walls, bamboo groves, pools of water and beneath the sky, the scale of each piece varies and collectively they form a futuristic utopian urban landscape. The newly issued book "Shanshui City" - released simultaneously with the exhibition - is an important turning point for Ma Yansong's ten years of architectural practice and theory. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Green Energy Laboratory / Archea

01:00 - 7 June, 2013
Green Energy Laboratory / Archea, © Charlie Xia
© Charlie Xia

© Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia +33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Laura Andreini, Marco Casamonti, Silvia Fabi, Giovanni Polazzi
  • Project Manager

    Enrico Ancilli
  • Building Site Assistance

    Andrea Antonucci, Wang Xinfang
  • Collaborators

    Andrea Destro, Eugenia Murialdo, Marco Zuttioni
  • Area

    4850.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

360 HQ office / edg Corporation Ltd.

01:00 - 4 June, 2013
360 HQ office / edg Corporation Ltd., © David Ho
© David Ho

© David Ho © David Ho © David Ho © David Ho +25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Chief Designer

    David Ho
  • Designer

    Echo Zhang, Serena Shu, Tian Ren
  • Area

    36000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

TAOA Studio / Tao Lei Architecture Studio

01:00 - 4 June, 2013
Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio
Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio
  • Architects

    Tao Lei Architecture Studio
  • Location

    798 Art Bridge Gallery, Chaoyang, Beijing, China, 100015
  • Architect in Charge

    Lei Tao Architecture Studio
  • Area

    200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio

Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio Courtesy of Tao Lei Architecture Studio +14

NTFSH Gymnasium / QLAB

01:00 - 26 May, 2013
NTFSH Gymnasium / QLAB, Courtesy of QLAB
Courtesy of QLAB

Courtesy of QLAB Courtesy of QLAB Courtesy of QLAB Courtesy of QLAB +49

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tainan, Taiwan
  • Architect in Charge

    QLAB
  • Area

    874329.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of QLAB

Lingzidi Bridge / Rural Urban Framework

01:00 - 25 May, 2013
Lingzidi Bridge / Rural Urban Framework, Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework
Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework

Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework +7

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shangzhou, China
  • Design Team

    Joshua Bolchover, John Lin
  • Project Manager

    Maggie K Y Ma
  • Project Team

    Jeffery Huang, Mark Kingsley, Kwan Kwok Ying, Wendy Huang
  • Collaborators

    Winview Building Materials & Services Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    65.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework

Henkel Asia-Pacific and China / HPP Hentrich-Petschnigg

01:00 - 23 May, 2013
Henkel Asia-Pacific and China / HPP Hentrich-Petschnigg, © H.G. Esch
© H.G. Esch

© H.G. Esch © H.G. Esch © H.G. Esch © H.G. Esch +16

Wuzhen Theater / Artech Architects

00:00 - 23 May, 2013
Wuzhen Theater / Artech Architects, © David Chen
© David Chen

© David Chen © Fei-Chung Ying © Fei-Chung Ying © Fei-Chung Ying +44

  • Architects

  • Location

    Zhejiang, China
  • Design Architect

    Kris Yao
  • Design Team Taipei

    Kuo-Chien Shen, Winnie Wang, Wen-Li Liu, Jake Sun, Andy Chang, Kevin Lin
  • Design Team Shanghai

    Wen-Hong Chu, Fei-Chun Ying, Nai-Wen Cheng, Chu-Yi Hsu, Qi-Shen Wu, Jane jiang, Lei Feng
  • Contractor

    Jujiang Construction Group
  • Area

    21750.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Ningbo Facade / LAB Architecture Studio

01:00 - 19 May, 2013
Ningbo Facade / LAB Architecture Studio, © Yu Wei
© Yu Wei

© Yu Wei © Yu Wei © Yu Wei © Yu Wei +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ningbo Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge

    LAB Architecture Studio, SIADR
  • Design Team

    Donald Bates, Alexander Adkins, Dean Boothroyd, John Doyle, Nicole Tang, Sam Kashuk, Tim Fowler, Kourosh Akbarza
  • Area

    18100.0 sqm
  • Photographs

Kemuri Shanghai Restaurant / Prism Design

01:00 - 9 May, 2013
Kemuri Shanghai Restaurant / Prism Design, Courtesy of PRISM DESIGN
Courtesy of PRISM DESIGN

© Nacasa & Partners Inc.”(Eiichi Kano) © Nacasa & Partners Inc.”(Eiichi Kano) Courtesy of PRISM DESIGN Courtesy of PRISM DESIGN +14

Films & Architecture: "24 City"

00:00 - 8 May, 2013
Films & Architecture: "24 City"

By the acclaimed director Jia Zhangke, 24 City cannot be considered a documentary, since actors perform in most of the scenes; however, this Chinese film realistically shows the dissociation between the rapid urban development and a population that seems to be victimized by globalisation.

The film is focused on the workers at Factory 420, a complex designed and deployed by the government for military purposes and used as a factory for producing and repairing mechanical elements for the army. This whole area became a city in itself, housing generations of factory workers. When the space is converted to 24 City, a complex to accomodate hundreds of luxury apartments, the entire site is demolished. 24 City tells the workers' stories in the midst of this transformation.

How should we consider these kinds of mono-functional cities and what could/should be their futures? Let us know in the comments below.