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Porterhouse by Laris / Kokaistudios

  • Architects: Kokaistudios
  • Location: 7/F, California Tower, Central
  • Architect in Charge: Filippo Gabbiani, Andrea Destefanis
  • Design Team: QU Fengyu,Nolwenn Burban,GU Ruixue,HUANG Bingbing
  • Design Director: SHAO Shuwen
  • Lighting: Kokaistudios
  • Client: Eclipse Hospitality Group
  • Area: 590.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Edmon Leong

© Edmon Leong © Edmon Leong © Edmon Leong © Edmon Leong

TUVE / Design Systems

  • Architects: Design Systems
  • Location: 16 Tsing Fung St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
  • Project Team: LAM, Wai Ming; WONG, Wing Kin Kent; CHU, Wai Fung Phoebe; ZHANG, Xing; CHUNG, Kin Lung Kurt; FANG, Huanhuan
  • Photographs: Matteo Carcelli

© Matteo Carcelli © Matteo Carcelli © Matteo Carcelli © Matteo Carcelli

Pixel Wall / HKU Department of Architecture

  • Architects: HKU Department of Architecture
  • Location: Tuen Mun Park, Hong Kong S.A.R.
  • Design Team: Abdul Yeung, Cheng Xiao Thomas, Guo Jia Jeff, Mao Yiqing Tim, Tiffany Leung of HKU Department of Architecture
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Abdul Yeung, Cheng Xiao Thomas, Guo Jia Jeff, Mao Yiqing Tim

© Cheng Xiao Thomas © Guo Jia Jeff © Cheng Xiao Thomas © Cheng Xiao Thomas

Büro Ole Scheeren Expands with New Offices in Berlin and Bangkok

Hong Kong- and Beijing-based Büro Ole Scheeren is expanding with the opening of two new offices in Berlin and Bangkok. As its founder, German architect Ole Scheeren says, the expansion will extend the practice's range of work with projects in Europe and North America. "Büro Ole Scheeren’s Berlin studio will act as a European base for work across the western hemisphere, while Büro Ole Scheeren in Bangkok, together with its subsidiary HLS, is charged with the further design development and construction supervision of the MahaNakhon tower, soon to be completed as Thailand’s tallest skyscraper," says the practice. 

New Website Visualizes Human Activity in Cities Across the World

The SENSEable City Laboratory at MIT has developed a new tool with Ericsson to better understand human behavior. "ManyCities" is a new website that "explores the spatio-temporal patterns of mobile phone activity in cities across the world," including London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Taking complex data and organizing it in a intuitive way, the application allows users to quickly visualize patterns of human movement within the urban context down to the neighborhood scale. You can imagine how useful a tool like this can be for urban planners or even daily commuters, especially once real time analytics come into play. Take a look at ManyCities yourself, here

2015 Restaurant & Bar Design Award Winners Announced

The winners of the seventh annual Restaurant & Bar Design Awards—the only awards in the world dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces—have been announced in London. Out of over 860 entries from the United Kingdom and 70 other countries, 36 designs were awarded, with two grand prize winners.

The winners of the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards are:

Campus Hong Kong / LYCS Architecture

  • Architects: LYCS Architecture
  • Location: Hong Kong
  • Design Team: RUAN Hao, HE Yulou, JIN Cheng, LIU Qi, WU Miao, XU Weizhuo
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Baybridge Hotel

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7 Buildings That Show Norman Foster's Architecture Has Always Been Ahead of the Curve

If Norman Foster were a household item, he would surely be a Swiss Army Knife. Foster, who turned 80 this year, is unrelenting in producing architectural solutions to problems that other architects can only theorize - just last Wednesday, for example, his firm released their design for a previously-unheard-of building typology, a droneport in Rwanda.

It is surprising then to find the man or his eponymous firm Foster + Partners absent from a list like Fast Company’s “The World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Architecture,” organized into superlatives: MMA Architects, “for thinking outside the big box,” Heatherwick Studio, “for reimagining green space,” or C.F. Møller Architects, “for rethinking high-rise living.” This is not to say that Foster or his firm should be substituted for any of these deserved accolades, but rather that for five decades Foster and his firm have ceaselessly worked to enhance and expand on the human experience with architectural solutions that are both inventive and practical - a fact that is perhaps lost as a result of his position within the architectural establishment.

With that in mind, we thought it was worth highlighting the many occasions over the decades where Foster + Partners has shown themselves to be among the world's most innovative practices. Read on for more.

Ground Level View of Lunar Habitation. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners Interior Concourse of Chek Lap Kok Airport. Image Courtesy of Flickr CC user Jorge Láscar Hearst Tower. Image © Chuck Choi Aerial View of Willis Faber and Dumas Headquarters. Image © Wikimedia CC user Mato zilincik

Art Loft Chai Wan / Mass Operations

  • Architects: Mass Operations
  • Location: Chai Wan, Hong Kong
  • Design Team: Viviano Villarreal-Buerón
  • General Contractor: Hung Limited
  • Area: 220.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Jonathan Maloney

© Jonathan Maloney © Jonathan Maloney © Jonathan Maloney © Jonathan Maloney

Leo Burnett HQ / Bean Buro

  • Architects: Bean Buro
  • Location: Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
  • Architects in Charge: Lorene Faure, Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui
  • Area: 35000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Bean Buro

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The Legacy of Dictatorial Architecture in our Cities

For the latest edition of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team travel to Moscow, Portugal and Hong Kong to examine how "architecture has always been the unfortunate sidekick of any dictatorial regime." In the process they ask what these buildings actually stand for, and explore the legacy of the architecture of Fascist, Imperial and Brutalist regimes from around the world today. From the Seven Sisters in Moscow to António de Oliveira Salazar's Ministry of Internal Affairs in Lisbon, this episode asks how colonial, dictatorial and power-obsessed architecture has shaped our cities.

Castello 4 / Millimeter Interior Design

  • Architects: Millimeter Interior Design
  • Location: Hong Kong
  • Architect in Charge: Michael Liu
  • Area: 2200.0 ft2
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Millimeter Interior Design

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Monocle 24's 'The Urbanist' Investigates the Influence of Politics in the City

For this edition of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," the team investigate politics in global "power cities." Visiting Brussels, capital of Belgium and administrative capital of the European Union, they explore how politics have changed the city over the last four decades. Further south, they travel to Vienna which, "diplomatically remains very important and wields power." Yet even though the UN have an outpost there, is the Austrian capital still a stage for international diplomacy? The episode also makes a quick stop at Embassy Row in Washington D.C. to examine the architecture of diplomatic design.

Rendering the City Accessible

The way our buildings and public spaces are planned has a significant impact on our quality of life. In the latest edition of The UrbanistMonocle 24's weekly "guide to making better cities," Tom Edwards and his team explore urban accessibility and inclusivity: from how best to create and incorporate inclusive design, to a cab service in Hong Kong which has been designed especially for wheelchair passengers. They also discover what happens when technology and sound come together to create a map of the city, and why New York has introduced mental respite centres.

Create a Mini Metropolis with Sticky Page Markers

Building a city has never been so easy. With Duncan Shotton Design Studio's Sticky Page Markers you can create your own urban landscape, while marking the pages of your books, catalogues, or notes.

The Top 10 Most Impactful Skylines

Emporis, a German company that collects and distributes information on construction and the built environment, has released a ranking of the world’s 100 most visually impactful skylines, using statistical analysis to address a topic often made frustratingly subjective by civic pride. 

To create the rankings, Emporis used data from its archives to determine the number of high-rise buildings in the cities it studied, and applied a points system that gave each building a numerical value determined by the number of floors it has. To standardize their ranking process, the points system ignores spires and other ornament, and does not include television or antenna towers, masts, bridges, or similar architecture. 

Of the top 10 most impactful skylines, seven are in Asia, while North and South America combined have the other three. Notably, cities filled with rich architectural history fail to make the list, or fall surprisingly low in the rankings; London is number 44, Paris is ranked 66, and Rome does not make the cut. 

To see the top ten skylines, read on after the break, and click here to see Emporis' complete list.

Monocle 24 Travels to Tokyo, Vienna and Melbourne Examining 'Quality of Life'

For this week's editions of Section DMonocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, and The Urbanist, their weekly "guide to making better cities," the Monocle team travel across three continents exploring the seemingly illusive question of 'quality of life.'

In this week's edition of The Urbanist, and to coincide with Monocle's annual Quality of Life survey, Andrew Tuck examines why Tokyo is at the forefront of an urban-garden revolution, how the Austrian capital is planning on self-facilitating its development as a major business hub, and talks to Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, about the apparent cultural boom currently taking place in his city. In Section D, Josh Fehnert transports listeners to the UK's "post-industrial heartland" to talk to the people behind this year's Sheffield Design Week, plus more.

Listen to both episodes after the break.

Call for Exhibitors: 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism Architecture in Hong Kong and Shenzhen

The 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism Architecture (UABB) has launched an open call for exhibitors. Co-organized by Shenzhen and Hong Kong, UABB is the only biennial exhibition in the world that is based exclusively on the themes of urbanism and urbanization. This year's edition, which will run from December 2015 to February 2016, will be based around the themes "Re-Living the City" and "Visions 2050 - Lifestyle & The City." All those who are interested in participating as an exhibitor should submit their proposals to the organizers of the Shenzhen curatorial team (here) and Hong Kong curatorial team (here) before June 30, 2015. See our past coverage on the 2013 UABB to learn more about the event.