Hangzhou East Railway Station / CSADI

03:00 - 9 November, 2015
© Zheng Shi
© Zheng Shi
  • Architects

    CSADI
  • Location

    Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Peihuang Yuan, Chunfang Li, Li Wang, Guangping Qi, Nan Wang, Xin Fang
  • Architects Team

    CSADI Third Design Department
  • Client

    China/Hangzhou Jianggan area east new town Centre
  • Engineering

    Ting Li,Deliang Zhou, Dengwu Cao, Wei zhang,Yi Qian
  • Area

    321020.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Zheng Shi

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House U / MOVEDESIGN

02:00 - 9 November, 2015
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© Techni Staff

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Lyttelton Studio Retreat / Bull O’Sullivan Architecture

20:00 - 8 November, 2015
© Patrick Reynolds
© Patrick Reynolds

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Using Big Data to Determine the Extent of China's Ghost Cities

16:00 - 8 November, 2015
Chenggong. Image © Barnaby Chambers via Shutterstock.com
Chenggong. Image © Barnaby Chambers via Shutterstock.com

In recent decades, China has undergone the most dramatic urban migration in the history of the world, so you might be forgiven for thinking all that is required from urban planners is to "build it and they will come," so to speak. However, as the Western media often reports with much schadenfreude, China's unprecedented urban explosion has not come without a few missteps, and many new cities are widely claimed to be "ghost cities," empty of residents even as more gigantic apartment blocks are being built. Such stories are usually accompanied by anecdotes of empty public spaces and a rough count of the number of homes left in the dark at night, but little further empirical data. So exactly how underpopulated does a city have to be to be a "ghost city," and just how rife are such places in China?

As reported by MIT Technology Review, one Chinese web company has started looking for answers to just such questions. Baidu, effectively a Chinese version of Google, has used their "Big Data Lab" to investigate the commuting patterns of their 700 million users, establishing exactly which cities are dramatically underpopulated.

KHR Arkitekter, WHR Architects and Arup International Design Bispebjerg Somatic Hospital

14:00 - 8 November, 2015
Courtesy of KHR Arkitekter, WHR Architects, and Arup International Ltd.
Courtesy of KHR Arkitekter, WHR Architects, and Arup International Ltd.

After an international competition, the design by KHR Arkitekter, WHR Architects and Arup International Ltd. has been selected for the new Bispebjerg Somatic Hospital in the Bispebjerg region of Copenhagen, Denmark. Being added to an existing hospital campus project that will include a somatic hospital, a psychiatry hospital, laboratory/logistics building and a parking garage, the new hospital will help meet the region’s demands.

Tinkham Veale University Center / Perkins+Will

13:00 - 8 November, 2015
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© Steinkamp Photography

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Leaking Water Becomes Latest Setback for the World Trade Center Hub

12:00 - 8 November, 2015
© Joe Woolhead
© Joe Woolhead

Adding to the controversy surrounding its construction, Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center Hub - set to be the world’s most expensive transit hub with a now-estimated budget of $3.7 billion - has delayed its opening until the first half of 2016 due to leaking water, according to an article in The New York Times. The water, originating from the site of an office tower to-be at 3 World Trade Center has been traced back to workers constantly spraying water to handle dust while breaking up concrete, exposing the construction site of 3 World Trade Center to the elements. Though the centerpiece of the Hub, The Oculus, has nearly finished construction, several retail spaces of the Westfield World Trade Center luxury shopping centre have been affected by the leaking and the Westfield Corporation has decided to postpone the move-in of all stores until the problem has been fully addressed. Despite the problems, the Westfield Corporation remains optimistic of the final result that the Oculus will produce and are working aggressively to remedy the leaking.

Why NL Architects + BeL's Winning Proposal for Hamburg's St. Pauli Won't Win You Over With Glossy Renders

09:30 - 8 November, 2015
Courtesy of NL Architects
Courtesy of NL Architects

After the Bolsheviks secured power in Russia in the late 1910s and eventually created the Soviet Union in 1922, one of the first orders of business was a new campaign, Novyi bit (new everyday life), which sought to advance many of the most hallowed causes of their newly minted socialism. The initiative’s great success came from the bold designs of Constructivist artists such as Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and Lyubov Popova. Using a high-contrast visual language and a combination of words and symbols, the graphics were arresting and comprehensible in a post-tsarist country that was largely illiterate, and became some of the most recognizable examples of twentieth century graphics and political propaganda.

It's hard not to see the connection between the styles of the Constructivists and the unusual graphics created by NL Architects in association with BeL (Bernhardt und Leeser) Sozietät für Architektur BDA for their competition-winning proposal for Hamburg’s St. Pauli neighborhood, consisting of an urban plan of housing and other amenities at the former site of Esso Häuser on the Spielbudenplatz. And, while this stylistic connection may not have been intentionally drawn by the architects - the inspiration for the graphics is not mentioned in the four-page project description - it is oddly appropriate for this particular development.

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Amsterdam Urban Loft / Bureau Fraai

09:00 - 8 November, 2015
© Wim Hanenberg
© Wim Hanenberg

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Watch the Official Performance of “We Know How to Order” at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

08:00 - 8 November, 2015

The city of Chicago is an intersection of multiple systems – the organizational orders of its modernist buildings; the presence of the federal government; the negotiations and orders of the lives of its marginalized communities. “We Know How to Order”, conceived by Bryony Roberts, choreographed by Asher Waldron and performed by the South Shore Drill Team, brings these intersections to life in a vibrant street performance for the first ever Chicago Architecture Biennial. A series of drill routines with influences from street choreography, the project explicitly "super-imposes" its system of movement onto the organization of Mies van der Rohe’s Federal Center, calling "attention to the accessibility of public space in the US" and "how architectural systems alongside social expectations influence the occupation of common space," according to the Chicago Architecture Biennial guidebook.

JC House / JPS Atelier

05:00 - 8 November, 2015
© João Morgado - Architecture Photography
© João Morgado - Architecture Photography

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Small House with Floating Treehouse / Yuki Miyamoto Architect

02:00 - 8 November, 2015
© Masayoshi Ishii
© Masayoshi Ishii

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Shenzhen Dotwell Office Design / Elsedesign

20:00 - 7 November, 2015
© Wang Hui, Wang Zhengzhi
© Wang Hui, Wang Zhengzhi
  • Architects

    Elsedesign
  • Location

    No. 3676, Nanhai Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
  • Design Team

    Philip Fung, Wang Weiguo, Xu Jipeng, Li Minzhong
  • Area

    600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Wang Hui, Wang Zhengzhi

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A Parametric Devotion: Patrik Schumacher Discusses "Architecture and Freedom" at the Royal Academy

16:00 - 7 November, 2015

For its fall season of architecture events, the Royal Academy’s working theme is “Architecture and Freedom: a changing connection,” in a program conceived and organized by Architecture Programme Curator, Owen Hopkins. One of these events was a recent lecture by Patrik Schumacher, Director of Zaha Hadid Architects, and ardent promoter of Parametricism. In his lecture, what starts out with a brief exercise in damage control over the barrage of criticism recently endured by the firm, emerges as an impassioned discussion of architectural politics, design philosophies, and social imperatives.

The Grove / debartolo architects

13:00 - 7 November, 2015
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© Bill Timmerman

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2015 LEAF Awards Announced

12:00 - 7 November, 2015
Overall Winner: Ribbon Chapel / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co. Ltd. Image Courtesy of LEAF International
Overall Winner: Ribbon Chapel / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co. Ltd. Image Courtesy of LEAF International

The winners of the 2015 LEAF Awards have been announced. Founded in 2001, the awards ceremony honors innovative architecture projects in 13 different categories dedicated to various aspects of building, including best façade design and engineering, best future building, and public building of the year.

Find out which projects won the awards, after the break.

Juhani Pallasmaa on Writing, Teaching and Becoming a Phenomenologist

10:00 - 7 November, 2015
Sámi Lapp Museum, Inari, Lapland. 1998. Image © Rauno Träskelin
Sámi Lapp Museum, Inari, Lapland. 1998. Image © Rauno Träskelin

Few people in the architectural world have done more than Juhani Pallasmaa to make the complex ideas of phenomenology accessible to the uninitiated; his book "The Eyes of the Skin," for example, is recommended reading for students in countries the world over. In this interview, originally published in the October issue of Indian Architect & Builder which featured the theme of "the power of the hand," Pallasmaa talks about his similar approaches to designing and writing, and the early childhood experiences that led him to become a phenomenologist.

Indian Architect & Builder: Your practice is widely multidisciplinary; can you tell us a little about your academic journey towards the establishment of your practice?

Juhani Pallasmaa: In my country, Finland, it has been customary for students of architecture to work in architecture offices during their studies, usually from the second year onwards. I entered the Helsinki University of Technology (currently the Aalto University) in the fall of 1957. A year later, I was fortunate enough to be invited to work at the Museum of Finnish Architecture, established a year earlier, as an exhibition assistant. The Museum eventually became my real university, and also gave me the opportunity to travel the world designing exhibitions of Finnish architecture in thirty cities around the world.

Sculptured Central Nucleus / Sergi Pons architects

09:00 - 7 November, 2015
© Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula

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