Photography Panels Become “Pop-Up Habitats” in this Exhibition by People’s Architecture Office

Pop-Up Gallery.Times Museum, Guangzhou. Image Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office (PAO)

Inspired by the recent popularity of amateur photography in China, People’s Architecture Office (PAO) + People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO) repurposed reflective photography panels to create multipurpose Pop-Up Habitats. Incredibly lightweight and comprised of only flexible steel rings and a soft fabric, the Pop-Up Habitats can fold quickly and form self-supporting structures when expanded.

The Pop-Up Habitat has been exhibited in numerous architecture and design festivals around the world — including Beijing Design Week and the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in Shenzhen – and in numerous forms. The Pop-Up Habitats have been turned into an auditorium, a gallery and a canopy, in addition to “an unintended but apt backdrop for selfies” at one exhibition. A consumer version has also been developed as a “weatherproof modular tent.”

Check out some of the exhibitions the Pop-Up Habitats have been featured in after the break.

ACE Cafe 751 / dEEP Architects

Architects: dEEP Architects
Location: , , China
Architect In Charge: LI Daode
Area: 600.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of dEEP

Vanke Daxing Sales Gallery / Spark Architects

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Architects: Spark Architects
Location: , Beijing,
Project Director: Jan Felix Clostermann
Project Architect: Christian Taeubert
Team: Hua Ye, Karl Nyqvist, Ben de Lange, Ali Yildrim, Duarte Nuno Silva, Katarzyna Irzyk, Huan Wang, Nuno Cardoso Dias, Elaine Kwong, Bing Han (landscape concept design)
Area: 391000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shu He

The Courtyard House Plugin / People’s Architecture Office

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Architects: People’s Architecture Office
Location: Chamber of Commerce of Dashilar Liulichang of Xicheng District, , Xicheng, , China, 100000
Area: 60.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of People’s Architecture Office

How I Built A New China: A talk with Expo 2010 Planner Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu

The main entrance of the 2010 Expo. Image © Weixuan Wei

“We need a new generation of cities in China” - Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu

As the tide of urbanization sweeps across most of the developing areas in China, the building frenzy has become a Chinese phenomenon. Some people are making money from it, some people are getting power from it, and some people are worrying about it. Recently, a new set of policies and reports have been published by the Chinese central government, and the whole society seems to be boosted by the new talk of a Chinese Dream. But, what is really happening inside China? Can it absorb this enormous growth? And, will urbanization continue in a proper way?

As the chief planner of the 2010 Shanghai Expo, Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu has been deeply involved for years in many of China’s main urbanization projects. It was almost midnight when we met Professor Wu in Shanghai, and although Wu had just gotten off a night flight from Beijing, his passion, frankness and intelligence remained undoubtedly impressive. In the following edited talk with interviewer Juan Yan, Professor Wu discusses China’s dramatic urbanization, its architectural culture and the future of .

Family Box in Beijing / SAKO Architects

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Architects: SAKO Architects
Location: , , China
Architect In Charge: Keiichiro SAKO, Kumiko Fukasawa
Area: 4150.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ruijing Photo

No. 18 Guan Shu Yuan Hutong / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

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Architects: Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects
Location: , ,
Area: 160.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Jeremy San

Li Xiaodong Wins The Inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize

The Liyuan Library. Image Courtesy of RAIC / Studio

The Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) have announced that Li Xiaodong has been awarded the inaugural Moriyama International Prize, named after esteemed Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama. The prize, which comes with a monetary value of CAD$100,000, has been established to recognise buildings that are judged to be “transformative, inspired as well as inspiring, and emblematic of the human values of respect and inclusiveness.”

The jury deliberated projects submitted from nine countries: Canada, , France, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Tajikistan. According to the citation, the jury was “impressed by the breadth of international interest in the prize and encouraged by the high level of engagement with the aims and objectives of the program revealed in the submissions.” The prize is open to all architects irrespective of nationality and location and seeks to recognise a single work of architecture (as opposed to a life’s work), celebrating buildings in use.

ADPI Beats Foster + Partners to Land Beijing’s Daxing Airport Competition

Foster + Partners completed Terminal 3 at Capital International Airport in 2008. Image © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

ADP Ingénierie (ADPI), part of the French airport authority Aéroports de Paris (ADP), has won the competition to design Terminal 1 at Beijing‘s new Daxing Airport, beating both Foster + Partners, and a team composed of the  Civil Aviation Construction Group Corporation (CACC) and the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design. The design competition for the 700,000 square meter airport was announced in July 2011, with Beijing New Airport Construction Headquarters (BNAH) putting the submissions through “a long and rigorous selection process,” according to ADP.

Foster lost out on the competition despite having designed Terminal 3 at Beijing’s main airport, which at the time of completion in 2008 was the largest airport terminal in the world. However owing to the rapid rise in use of air transport in China that airport is already running at full capacity, necessitating the creation of another airport at Daxing, 60 kilometres south of Beijing.

Jing Mian Xin Cheng / Spark Architects

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Architects: Spark Architects
Location: Beijing, Beijing,
Project Director: Jan Felix Clostermann
Project Architect: Phi Wenhui Lu
Desing Team: Andrew Ng, Chris Taeubert
Area: 87800.0 sqm
Photographs: ShuHe

Emerging Objects Design 3D Printed Salt House

Interior. Image ©

The architects of Emerging Objects have devised a scheme for a 3D printed house made from locally harvested salt and concrete. Known as the “3D Printed House 1.0,” the case study residence was commissioned by the Jin Hai Lake Resort . It integrates traditional construction methods with renewable 3D printed materials, manufactured by Emerging Objects, to build a house that is sustainable, structurally sound and beautiful.

Jean Nouvel Releases Official Design for National Art Museum of China

To the East, a fusion of sky and gardens. Image © Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel has unveiled the official design for the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC). Originally inspired by the simplicity of “a single brush stroke,” the 21st century art and calligraphy museum will become the centerpiece of a new cultural district at Olympic Park, rising next to the historic axis of Beijing and symbolically connecting to the Forbidden City.

New images of the and more from Nouvel, after the break… 

70 Documentaries By Spanish And Portuguese Architects To Be Exhibited In Beijing

LaMIPA, a non-profit “architectural exchange platform” dedicated to exhibiting art and culture, will be part of the 2014 Design Week (BJDW) with a launch event on September 25th 2014 and following events on the 26th and 28th. Exhibiting seventy documentaries by Spanish and Portuguese architects, and organised in conjunction with the Spanish and Portuguese Embassies to , the unique audiovisual LaMIPA collection will be part of the main section of the Beijing Design Week festival. Alongside the exhibition a series of lectures from a number of renowned practices including Souto de Moura and OAB Ferrater will also be taking place.

Home Cafes / Penda

© Zhi Xia

Architects: Penda
Location: Beijing, Beijing,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zhi Xia, Fei Tang Precht

Emperor Qianmen Hotel / asap

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Architects: asap
Location: Dongcheng, , China
Lead Architect: Adam Sokol
Area: 7500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Fortune Plaza / P&T Group

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Architects: P&T Group
Location: , ,
Associate Architect: CERI Ltd
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of P&T Group

R&D Center “Looks Towards Beijing” With Calligraphic, Symbolic Form

View from Ground Level. Image © J. J. Pan & Partners

The Beijing city district of Wanjing has traditionally been a gateway for people entering the city. Its name literally translates as “Looking Towards .” J. J. Pan and Partners seek to renew that title with the design of Beijing Automotive Group’s new Research and Development Center. Taking inspiration from the character 北 (bei), which signifies openness, as well as Beijing itself, this mixed use building is meant to become a symbolic landmark both for Wanjing and for the company it houses.

Refurbishment of the Offset Printing Factory / Origin Architect

© Xia Zhi

Architects: Origin Architect
Location: Dongcheng, ,
Architect In Charge: Li Ji
Design Team: Zhang Hui, Lian Hui, Wang Jing
Year: 2014
Photographs: Xia Zhi