Beijiao Sports Center / Decode Urbanism Office

01:00 - 22 April, 2013
Beijiao Sports Center / Decode Urbanism Office, Courtesy of Decode Urbanism Office
Courtesy of Decode Urbanism Office

The main purpose of Beijiao Sports Center is to serve the surrounding neighbourhoods, thus it was extremely important to design it as a multi-functional and friendly place. The typical image of traditional sports architecture is abandoned, in place for an activity space full of energy during or after sports events, both day and night. The intent of the architecture is to create a community space for activity, one that enlivens its immediate vicinities. 

Zhujiajiao Museum of Humanities & Arts / Scenic Architecture Office

01:00 - 20 April, 2013
Zhujiajiao Museum of Humanities & Arts / Scenic Architecture Office, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai
  • Architect in Charge

    Zhu Xiaofeng
  • Design Team

    Li Qitong, Xu Lei, Dong Zhiping, Zhang Hao
  • Client

    Shanghai Dianshanhu Newtown Development Ltd.
  • Structural & MEP

    Shanghai Xiandai Huagai Architectural Design Ltd.
  • Area

    1818.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +20

National Maritime Museum Competition Entry / Holm Architecture Office (HAO) + AI

01:00 - 20 April, 2013
National Maritime Museum Competition Entry / Holm Architecture Office (HAO) + AI, Courtesy of Holm Architecture Office (HAO) + AI
Courtesy of Holm Architecture Office (HAO) + AI

Situated outside the city of Tianjin in Northern China, the proposal for the new National Maritime Museum is designed to house both new and old maritime items with a focus on celebrating the historical achievements of Chinese naval exploration through out time. Designed by Holm Architecture Offce (HAO) + AI the museum combines all aspects of the maritime world, from aquarium to sailing to education, combining a series of unique visitor experiences under one roof. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Iberia Center for Contemporary Art / Approach Architecture Studio

01:00 - 20 April, 2013
Iberia Center for Contemporary Art / Approach Architecture Studio, Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio
Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Beijing
  • Architect in Charge

    Liang Jingyu
  • Art Director

    Lu Qiong
  • Design Team

    Peng Xiaohu, Zhao Ning, Li Honglei, Yang Jieqing, Zhou Yuan, Gu Wei
  • Engineers

    Beijing Jiuyuan Tri-Star Architects Partnership
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio

Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio Courtesy of Approach Architecture Studio +9

Tree Art Museum / Daipu Architects

01:00 - 19 April, 2013
Tree Art Museum / Daipu Architects, © Shu He
© Shu He
  • Architects

  • Location

    Song Zhuang, Mentougou Qu, Beijing Shi, China
  • Design Team

    Dai Pu, Feng Jing, Liu Yi
  • Area

    3200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

© Shu He © Shu He © Shu He © Shu He +24

Infographic: Life Inside The Kowloon Walled City

00:00 - 18 April, 2013
Infographic: Life Inside The Kowloon Walled City, Courtesy of South China Morning Post
Courtesy of South China Morning Post

It has been twenty years since the demolition of the Kowloon Walled City. To mark this, the South China Morning Post has created an info-graphic that details the facts and figures of what life was like inside this architectural oddity. 

Read more about the madness that was KWC after the break...

MOCA Chengdu / Jiakun Architects

01:00 - 17 April, 2013
Courtesy of Jiakun Architects
Courtesy of Jiakun Architects
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Liu Jiakun, Wang Lun, Luo Hong, Fang Xianhao, Luo Ming
  • Landscape Designers

    Liu Jiakun, Luo Ming, Li Jing
  • Contactor

    Sichuan Fourth Construction, Engineering Company
  • Area

    8027.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Jiakun Architects

Courtesy of Jiakun Architects Courtesy of Jiakun Architects Courtesy of Jiakun Architects Courtesy of Jiakun Architects +10

The Green Pine Garden / Scenic Architecture

01:00 - 17 April, 2013
Courtesy of Scenic Architecture
Courtesy of Scenic Architecture

Courtesy of Scenic Architecture Courtesy of Scenic Architecture Courtesy of Scenic Architecture Courtesy of Scenic Architecture +18

Hebei University Library Winning Proposal / Damian Donze (Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute)

01:00 - 17 April, 2013
Hebei University Library Winning Proposal / Damian Donze (Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute) , Courtesy of Damian Donze
Courtesy of Damian Donze

With an area of 48,636m2, the site of the Hebei University Library is located in the center of the new Beicheng Campus. This competition winning proposal by Damian Donze, of the Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute, is clearly divided. The base of the building is designated for some offices, an archive, a network center, a convention center and an exhibitions center. This way, the West entrance is reserved for the offices and the the network center while the East entrance is reserved for the convention center and the exhibition center. More images and architect's description after the break.

The Lushi Hill Club / Atelier Fronti

01:00 - 17 April, 2013
The Lushi Hill Club / Atelier Fronti, Courtesy of Atelier Fronti
Courtesy of Atelier Fronti

Courtesy of Atelier Fronti Courtesy of Atelier Fronti Courtesy of Atelier Fronti Courtesy of Atelier Fronti +25

Zhou Chunya Art Studio / TM Studio

01:00 - 17 April, 2013
Courtesy of TM Studio
Courtesy of TM Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Project Architects

    Tong Ming, Huang Xiaoying
  • Client

    Zhou Chunya
  • Area

    3000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of TM Studio

Courtesy of TM Studio Courtesy of TM Studio Courtesy of TM Studio Courtesy of TM Studio +20

Chongqing Greenland Clubhouse / PURE Architecture

01:00 - 16 April, 2013
Chongqing Greenland Clubhouse / PURE Architecture, © Shu He Photography
© Shu He Photography

© Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography +23

Palm Island / Hassell

01:00 - 16 April, 2013
© Luo Wen
© Luo Wen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongqing, China
  • Area

    9600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Luo Wen © Luo Wen © Luo Wen © Luo Wen +21

Badouzi Harbor / J.M. Lin Architect

01:00 - 12 April, 2013
Badouzi Harbor / J.M. Lin Architect, Courtesy of J.M. Lin Architect
Courtesy of J.M. Lin Architect
  • Architects

  • Location

    Keelung City, Taiwan
  • Design Team

    J.M. Lin Architect, P.C.
  • Area

    17052.0 sqm
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of J.M. Lin Architect

Courtesy of J.M. Lin Architect Courtesy of J.M. Lin Architect Courtesy of J.M. Lin Architect Courtesy of J.M. Lin Architect +18

China Wood Sculpture Museum / MAD Architects

01:00 - 11 April, 2013
China Wood Sculpture Museum / MAD Architects, © Xiazhi
© Xiazhi
  • Architects

  • Location

    Harbin, China
  • Director in Charge

    Ma Yansong, Dang Qun
  • Design Team

    Yu Kui, Daniel Gillen, Bas van Wylick, Diego Perez, Jordan Kanter, Huang Wei, Julian Sattler, Liu Weiwei, Tang Liu, Mao Peihong, Maria Alejandra Obregon, Nickolas Urano, Gus Chan, Shin Park, Alejandro Gonzalez
  • Area

    12959.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Xiazhi +18

TIT Creative Park / Atelier cnS

01:00 - 11 April, 2013
TIT Creative Park / Atelier cnS, Courtesy of Atelier cnS
Courtesy of Atelier cnS
  • Architects

  • Location

    Guangzhou, China
  • Architects

    Gang Song, Guanqiu Zhong, Zhu Zhiyuan, Ben Dai
  • Area

    6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Atelier cnS

Courtesy of Atelier cnS Courtesy of Atelier cnS Courtesy of Atelier cnS Courtesy of Atelier cnS +27

First Press Conference of Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

00:00 - 10 April, 2013
First Press Conference of Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Courtesy of Organizing Committee of Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture
Courtesy of Organizing Committee of Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

The Organizing Committee of the Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture recently announced that the 2013 Biennale, which will open December 6, will be delivered by two curatorial teams, consisting of Team Ole Bouman and Team Li Xiangning + Jefferey Johnson. Old Bouman wil act as curator, creative director. Li Xiangning + Jefferey Johnson will be the curators, academic directors. The main venues for the event are the former YAOPI float glass factory (venue A) and the old warehouse at Shekou ferry terminal (venue B). More information after the break.

Why China's Copy-Cats Are Good For Architecture

00:00 - 9 April, 2013
Why China's Copy-Cats Are Good For Architecture, Wangjing SOHO: Northwest Aerial © Zaha Hadid Architects
Wangjing SOHO: Northwest Aerial © Zaha Hadid Architects

When we see another Eiffel Tower, idyllic English village, or, most recently, a Zaha Hadid shopping mall, copied in China, our first reaction is to scoff. Heartily. To suggest that it is - once again - evidence of China’s knock-off culture, its disregard for uniqueness, its staggering lack of innovation. 

Even I, reporting on the Chinese copy of the Austrian town of Halstatt, fell into the rhetorical trap: “The Chinese are well-known for their penchant for knock-offs, be it brand-name handbags or high-tech gadgets, but this time, they’ve taken it to a whole other level.” Moreover, as Guy Horton has noted, we are keen to describe designers in the West as “emulating,” “imitating,” and “borrowing”; those in the East are almost always “pirating.”

However, when we allow ourselves, even unconsciously, to settle into the role of superior scoffer, we do not just the Chinese, but ourselves, a disservice: first, we fail to recognize the fascinating complexity that lies behind China’s built experimentation with Western ideals; and, what’s more, we fail to look in the mirror at ourselves, and trouble our own unquestioned values and supposed superiority.

In the next few paragraphs, I’d like to do both.