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MJH Gallery of iD Town / O-office Architects

  • Architects: O-office Architects
  • Location: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Architect in Charge: Jianxiang HE, Ying JIANG
  • Design Team: Jingyu DONG, Thomas ODORICO, xiaolin CHEN, Guixiong Feng
  • Area: 2800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Chaos.Z

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13 New Buildings Join the World's 100 Tallest List in Record-Breaking Year

This past year was a record-breaking season for skyscraper construction. According to a new survey by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), 2014 saw the completion of 97 buildings that were at least 200 meters tall. Of those, 11 were 300 meters or taller, earning them the classification of “supertall.” These are the highest figures on record, with 2011, for example, seeing only 87 200-meters-plus buildings completed.

In addition, in 2014 the total height of completed buildings (23,333 meters) broke the 2011 record of 19,852 meters. With major countries like China becoming increasingly urbanized, and the world economy recovering from recession, the CTBUH expects that these numbers will only increase. See the details of CTBUH’s report, and learn what the numbers may predict about the future of skyscraper construction, after the break.

Ole Bouman Appointed Director of V&A-Backed Shekou Design Museum

Ole Bouman, former director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi), has been appointed director of the new Victoria and Albert Museum-backed Shekou Design Museum in Shenzhen, China. Set to open at the end of 2016 in a Fumihiko Maki-designed building within the Sea World Arts and Culture Center, the new design museum aims to serve as an international platform for Chinese design. 

“We wanted to offer the local residents an internationally important museum that would help promote the development of China’s creative industries and further progress design in China,” stated China Merchants Group (CMG) vice president Sun Chengming. CMG is collaborating with London’s V&A to realize the project. 

More about Bouman’s appointment, after the break.

Wanda Movie Park / Stufish Entertainment Architects

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Office Around a Tree / Lukstudio

  • Architects: Lukstudio
  • Location: Shanghai, Shanghai, China
  • Design Team: Christina Luk, Wesley Shu, Scott Baker, Mavis Li
  • Area: 133.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Peter Dixie

© Peter Dixie © Peter Dixie © Peter Dixie © Peter Dixie

The Platform / Lukstudio

  • Architects: Lukstudio
  • Location: Nan Jing Dong Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
  • Design Team: Christina Luk, Scott Baker, Wesley Shu
  • Area: 50.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Peter Dixie

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Video: Mini-Documentary Profiles Artists Who Are Shunning China's Urban Explosion

In 2011, China had more people living in urban areas than rural areas for the first time in its history, and recent government statistics show that around 300 villages disappear per day in China. Yet in the face of rapid urbanization, a “back to land movement” is now also emerging. A new mini-documentary by Sun Yunfan and Leah Thompson, Down to the Countryside, looks at urban residents who, fed up with city life, are looking to revitalize the countryside, while preserving local tradition. The documentary follows Ou Ning, an artist and curator, who moved from Beijing to the village of Bishan, in Anhui province, in 2013. Ning considers himself part of China’s “new rural reconstruction movement,” and the documentary shows his quest to develop the rural economy and bring arts and culture to the countryside.

Learn more about the film on China File and check out an interview with the directors on CityLab.

Yangzhou Jade Workshop / Atelier Xuk

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© Lv Hengzhong
  • Architects: Atelier Xuk
  • Location: Wantou Land Resources Institute, 783 Qin You Lu, Guangling Qu, Yangzhou Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, China, 225006
  • Project Team: Liukenan Zhangxu, Lujun Zengyahan, Chenruizhi Dongxiao
  • Area: 6500.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Lv Hengzhong

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Aedas' Huasha Plaza Set to Complete Next Year

Aedas has unveiled designs for a mixed-use development in Xuzhou, China. Planned for a scenic reserve area between Yunlong Mountain and Lake, “Huasha Plaza” hopes to minimize its footprint by acting as an extension to the surrounding landscape. Once complete in 2015, the project will be comprised of a hotel, residential, office and retail. Read on for more details. 

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Waterfront Restaurant / Pro-Form Architects

  • Architects: Pro-Form Architects
  • Location: 2801 Hu Yi Gong Lu, Jiading Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Architect in Charge: WU Jing, LI Peng, HE Ru of Pro-Form Architects Limited
  • Area: 1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: LV Hengzhong

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Reconfiguring Urban Spaces To Compensate For "Poisonous" Air

In an article for The Guardian, Oliver Wainwright steps "inside Beijing's apocalypse": the poisonous, polluted atmosphere that often clings to the Chinese capital. He explores ways in which those who live in this metropolis have started to redefine the spaces they frequent and the ways in which they live. Schools, he notes, are now building inflatable domes over play areas in order to "simulate a normal environment." The dangers were made clear when "this year’s Beijing marathon [...] saw many drop out when their face-mask filters turned a shade of grey after just a few kilometres." Now, in an attempt to improve the living conditions in the city, ecologists and environmental scientists are proposing new methods to filter the air en masse. Read about some of the methods here.

Huishan North Bund / EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company

  • Architects: EE&K
  • Location: Hongkou, Shanghai, China
  • Area: 255000.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Tim Griffith, Courtesy of Perkins Eastman, Gary Wei

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith

OMA Wins Competition for Shanghai Exhibition Center

OMA has won a competition to design the Lujiazui Exhibition Centre, a 1,500 square meter space in Shanghai Pudong on the site of the former "Shanghai Shipyard." The design aims to create a concentrated culture and event space within the surrounding financial district, on the edge of the Huangpu River, one of the most photographed waterfronts in the world.

More on the design after the break

Dissemination and Intervention: The Contemporary Role of Architectural Media

This Sunday, December 14, ArchDaily founders David Assael and David Basulto will speaking at the day-long Tsinghua Thinking Architecture Forum in Beijing on the subject of architectural media. The event, Dissemination and Intervention: The Contemporary Role of Architectural Media, will bring together 15 of architecture's most influential editors from around the world to join in on the conversation. The forum is being organized by the World Architecture Magazine and School of Architecture, Tsinghua University. You can review the day's complete itinerary and full list of speakers, after the break.

Encountering the “Weirdness” in China: A Talk with the Guangzhou Circle Architect Joseph di Pasquale

Recently, lots of controversial "Jumbos" have been erected on mainland China, leading most of their creators, architects from Western countries, to be placed at the centre of public discussion. Furthermore, China’s President Xi Jinping's recent comment about "no more weird buildings" has led the Chinese central government into this whirlpool. What can western landmark makers learn from all of this?

We met Joseph di Pasquale, architect of the Guangzhou Circle, in Milan some days after “weirdness” became the most used word in Chinese architecture. In the following edited talk with interviewer Yifan Zhang, the architect of the latest landmark in South China's largest city discusses his new project, the real circumstances in China, and the future for foreign architects.

ACE Cafe 751 / dEEP Architects

  • Architects: dEEP Architects
  • Location: Beijing, Beijing, China
  • Architect in Charge: LI Daode
  • Area: 600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of dEEP

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