Lecture / Four Urban Models in China’s Accelerated Urbanization: Local Public Space Implications

’s accelerated urbanization juxtaposes many local and global urban models in the contemporary urban space of the mega-city/metacity region. Since 1945 the global and local discourse on urban design and development has been dominated by four conceptual models. These four models, the metropolis, the megalopolis, the fragmented metropolis and the megacity/metacity have appeared in Asia with local characteristics and with special, hybrid characteristics. ’s rapid urbanization has been based on an equally rapid industrialization that has telescoped the historical development pattern of western nations into 60 years.

David Grahame Shane, Adjunct Professor at GSAPP, Columbia University will give a public lecture at Studio-X Beijing. A panel discussion will accompany this lecture, in which Wang Hui from URBANUS will introduce and discuss the Urban Models in China’s Accelerated Urbanization and public space.

Title: Lecture / Four Urban Models in China’s Accelerated Urbanization: Local Public Space Implications
Website: http://studiox-beijing.tumblr.com/post/86991134814/x-talk-025-four-urban-models-in-chinas
From: Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:00
Until: Wed, 28 May 2014 21:00
Venue: Studio-X Beijing, GSAPP, Columbia University
Address: Andingmen Inner Street & Fangjia Hutong, Dongcheng, Beijing, China, 100009

House in Dawanglu / Tsutsumi & Associates

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Architects: Tsutsumi & Associates
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Yoshimasa Tsutsumi
Area: 93 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Misae Hiromatsu

MAD Breaks Ground on Complex that Redefines Beijing’s “City Landscape”

Site. Image © MAD

Construction has commenced on MAD’s Chaoyang Park Plaza within one of ’s largest public parks and central business district. A continuation of Ma Yansong’s “Shan-Shui City” concept, which aims reintroduce nature into the urban realm, the mixed-use complex reinterprets natural formations illustrated in traditional Chinese paintings as contemporary “city landscapes.” 

“Like the tall mountain cliffs and river landscapes of , a pair of asymmetrical towers creates a dramatic skyline in front of the park,” described MAD. “Ridges and valleys define the shape of the exterior glass facade, as if the natural forces of erosion wore down the tower into a few thin lines.” 

The Forbidden City Red-wall Teahouse / CutscapeArchitecture

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Architects: CutscapeArchitecture
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Hong ZHANG, Hetian ZHANG
Design Team: Cheng ZHANG, Hongbin PAN, Cheng LIAN, Ziyue LIU, Penghao AN, Jihua SUN, Jie JING, Xiaowei HAN
Area: 280.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Wang Yi, Zhang Hetian, Chen Su

Museum of the Fangshang Geopark / BIAD

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Architects: BIAD
Location: Fangshan, , China
Architects In Charge: Yinong Li,Yaolei Sun
Design Institute: Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, 6A8 Studio
Area: 10,000 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Chaoying Yang

An Interview with MAD Architects’ Ma Yansong: Constructing Icons, Identity & China’s Future Cities

Ma Yansong, MAD Architects. Image © Edoardo Giancola

I look into myself, trying to express myself. I think sometimes maybe you have an idea from a dream. It sounds ridiculous but you draw something out of your dream. Where does this dream come from? It must somehow relate to some situation. So what I’m interested in is to keep discovering what is really inside of me. I’m not a genius that from the first moment I already know what I want. - Ma Yansong -

Beixinqiao district, in , is changing fast: the ancient urban tissue is being demolished as new high-rises are growing.Located in this environment, Ma Yansong’s office sits within an old and anonymous construction. In contrast to its exterior, the inside is characterized by wood, white walls and plants that transform the place into a sophisticated environment.International young architects are busy modeling new organic-shaped buildings on the other side of the world; meanwhile a golden fish swims in the eternal loop of the “fish tank” in the centre of the room.

In the following interview, Ma Yansong explains contemporary cities as environments that are out-of-scale with nature. He believes a new approach must be used, one that breaks the monotonous “chessboard” of contemporary Urban and re-establishes the balance between human beings and the natural world.

Vanke Orange City Sales Center / Sunlay Design Group

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Architects: Sunlay Design Group
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Zhang Hua
Design Team: Fan Li, Tan Qingjun, Sun Rui, Zhang Yong
Area: 5,100 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shu He

Perspective on The Cube by Oyler Wu Collaborative

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From the architect. The Cube, a sixteen meter tall painted steel and rope installation designed for the 2013 Biennale by the Oyler Wu Collaborative, challenges the volumetric perception of its own archetypal geometry. The aspiration of the installation is to achieve the transcendence of the first dimension – the line – by simulating warping two-dimensional planes, which penetrate and populate the object framework, to create the perception of inhabitable three-dimensional space.

Latitude Studio Designs “Future Mall” Exhibition Space in Beijing

Entrance Facade (night). Image Courtesy of

Latitude Studio, based in Barcelona and , have unveiled designs for a showroom exhibition centre in China’s capital city. Integral to the design is how visitors circulate and interact with the spaces centred around the “future shopping mall”. Including an auditorium, model spaces and views onto an area which is expected to see enormous retail development, the building’s central atrium and “thematic sightseeing walk” offer a unique journey for the visitor.

Guodian New Energy Technology Research Institute Beijing / BIAD 3A2 Studio

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Architects: 3A2 Studio
Location: Changping, , China
Design Team: Ye Yiqian, Liu Weigang, Xue Jun, Duan Wei, Cong Zhen, Huo Jianjun, Wang Yazhao, Xu Xiaoying
Area: 240,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Yang Chaoying

Hongkun Art Gallery / penda

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Architects: penda
Location: ,
Area: 2000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Xia Zhi

1/2 Stadium / Interval Architects

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Architects: Interval Architects
Location: Huangzhuang Vocational Senior High School Branch School, Shijingshan, , China, 100040
Project Architect: Oscar KO, GU Yunduan
Area: 17000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: GU Yunduan

OPEN Prototype for Temporary Sales Pavilion / OPEN Architecture

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Architects: OPEN Architecture
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Li Hu, Huang Wenjing
Area: 1115.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Su Shengliang

Green Design for the Future: Tsinghua-ECGB Asia Architecture Summit & Exhibition

Tsinghua-ECGB Asia Architecture Summit & Exhibition will be held December 12-13, 2013 at Tsinghua University in City. Jointly sponsored by School of Architecture, , Tsinghua Holdings Human Settlements Construction (Group) Co., Ltd, Editorial Office of Eco-city and Green Building (ECGB) magazine, the Summit will bring together eight award winning Asian architects to share their design thinking and key projects on creative sustainability. Keynote speakers include Vo Trong Nghia, Principal Architect of Vo Trong Nghia Architects and Shigeru Ban, Founder of Shigeru Ban Architects.

The exhibition will cover various sustainable projects, namely WNW Bar and Dailai Conference Hall by Vo Trong Nghia, Beitou Public Library and Taipei Flora Expo Pavilions by Bio Architecture Formosana, Green School at Bali in Indonesia by John Hardy, A House for all Seasons by John Lin, Innhouse and KPMG-CCTF community centre by Dr. Lin Hao, Paper Church and Post Tsunami Housing for Kirinda Sri Lanka, House of Outlook by Prof. Kazuo Iwamura and other projects.

More than 500 developers, designers, architects, academia experts and government officials are expected to join the Summit, providing a feast of splendid architectural works, dialogue among renowned Asian architects, sharing of views of green design for the future.

Title: Green Design for the Future: Tsinghua-ECGB Asia Architecture Summit & Exhibition
Organizers: Tsinghua University
From: Thu, 12 Dec 2013
Until: Fri, 13 Dec 2013
Venue: Tsinghua University
Address: Haidian, Beijing, China

Daxing Factory Conversion / Nie Yong + Yoshimasa Tsutsumi

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Architects:
Location: Daxing, Beijing,
Area: 4964.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Misae Hiromatsu

Outdoor Room / MODU

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Architects: MODU
Location: ,
Collaborators: Ho-Yan Cheung, Arup
Year: 2013
Photographs: Matthew Niederhauser

An Interview with Yung Ho Chang, Atelier FCJZ

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“When you find a piece of stone which is three or four hundreds years old, then you understand the notion of time as more than what we can experience as human beings. At that moment the old thing might be beautiful, it might be ugly. It doesn’t matter, but it gives you a sense of profound time, and then you understand your history and ancestors that lived in a different world, different from the one we are in now.”-Yung Ho Chang

Located in Beijing’s Yuanming Yuan Park, next to the ruins of the mixed-style Baroque Palace, Yung Ho Chang’s office is in an ancient wooden dwelling, surrounded by vegetable gardens grown by the architects of the studio.

In this conversation, Yung Ho, who established China’s first independent architectural office, Atelier FCJZ in 1993, laying the foundation of contemporary practice in China, talks about his story, describing a Beijing which has disappeared as well as the contemporary Beijing and its “New Beijing Sky.” He talks about architecture using references from movies, literature, art and artists, describing his approach to architecture in accordance with his philosophy of life.

West Street Number 1 / 6A2 Studio, Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University

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Architects: 6A2 Studio, Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University
Location: Wudaokou, Haidian, ,
Architect In Charge: Wenqing Li
Design Team: Wenqing Li, Guodong Yin, Zhe Li, Yijun Qiao, Jintao Jia
Collaborators: Yan Zhang, Hongyan Li, Zhixin Xu
Area: 1,200 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Archexist