Waterfront Restaurant / Pro-Form Architects

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

Reconfiguring Urban Spaces To Compensate For “Poisonous” Air

The CCTV Building, Beijing, cloaked by air pollution. Image © Kevin Frayer / Getty Images

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

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

OMA Wins Competition for Shanghai Exhibition Center

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OMA has won a competition to design the Lujiazui Exhibition Centre, a 1,500 square meter space in Shanghai  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

ACE Cafe 751 / dEEP Architects

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

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

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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.

Student Bathrooms / Wuyang Architecture

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Architects:
Location: Jian Chuan Lu, Minhang Qu, Shi, China
Architect: FENG Lu
Engineering: SRIBS
Area: 503.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: SU Shengliang, Courtesy of Wuyang Architecture

Cipea Villa / Sanaksenaho Architects

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Architects: Sanaksenaho Architects
Location: , Jiangsu,
Design Team: Matti Sanaksenaho,Pirjo Sanaksenaho, Jari Mänttäri, Maria Isotupa, Tommi Terästö, Jaana Hellinen
Structural Engineering: Tero Aaltonen +local engineers
Area: 800.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tuomas Uusheimo

Passive House Bruck / Peter Ruge Architekten

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Architects: Peter Ruge Architekten
Location: Changxing, , Zhejiang,
Architect In Charge: Peter Ruge, Kayoko Uchiyama, Matthias Matschewski, Jan Müllender, Alejandra Pérez Siller, Duan Fu
Area: 2200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jan Siefke

Vanke Sales Center Façade Renovation / Shenzhen Upright & Pure Architectural Design Co., Ltd

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Architects: Shenzhen Upright & Pure Architectural Design Co., Ltd.
Location: , Henan, China
Area: 4600.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Shenzhen Upright & Pure Architectural Design

Container Sale Office / Atelier XÜK

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Architects: Atelier XÜK
Location: Qingpu, ,
Design Team: Liukenan Zhangxu Lujun Sunwenliang Chenxiao Lizheyuan Liang Wangqian
Area: 260.0 sqm
Photographs: Su shengliang

Salvaged Stadium: Harvard GSD Student Yaohua Wang’s Proposal for Post-Olympic Adaptation

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Olympic host cities around the world are increasingly facing issues of post-event sustainability, with many stadiums and arenas falling into disuse and dilapidation mere months after the games. The soaring costs associated with constructing Olympic facilities have plagued organizers for decades, resulting in an all-time low number of bids from host cities for the 2022 Winter Olympics, according to the International Olympic Committee. Yaohua Wang is a recent architecture graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a native of China - where facilities constructed for the 2008 Beijing Olympics are slowly being converted to new post-Olympic uses, typified by the transformation of the Watercube into the city’s newest waterpark. Wang’s thesis project, Salvaged Stadium, delves into the afterlife of Olympic facilities, providing a solution for arena reuse with potential for application worldwide.

Find out how Wang re-evaluated the Olympic development problem after the break

TCA Think Tank Creates “Parasite Pavilion” With Five-Day Workshop in Venice

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Casting complex shadows and engulfing visitors in a series of maze-like spaces, the Parasite Pavilion was constructed as part of the Synergy & Symbiosis event at the 2014 Venice Biennale, which showcased the best of the UABB and Hong Kong Biennale from 2005 to 2014. Based on the Bug Dome pavilion, a similar experiment from Hong Kong 2009, constructed by Weak! Architects as an icon of “illegal architecture,” this new pavilion is the product of an intensive five day workshop, with the cooperation of architects and students from Europe, Australia, and China. Read on after the break to learn more about the Pavilion and Workshop.

Skytel / PANORAMA

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Architects: PANORAMA
Location: Chengdu, Sichuan,
Area: 850.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ng Siu Fung

Stone Art Gallery / O- Office Architects

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Architects: O- Office architects
Location: , Guangdong,
Area: 1270.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: LIKYFOTO , Courtesy of O- Office

Aedas’ Leaf-Shaped Sales Gallery Nears Completion in Shanghai

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Aedas is nearing completion on the sales gallery for the mixed-use Shanghai Greenland Qingpu Xujing District complex. The gallery, shaped as a leaf, is designed to fit with the “clover leaf” concept of the nearby Qingpu Xujing Conference and Exhibition Centre, in which it will be connected with by a pedestrian bridge.

Vanke Daxing Sales Gallery / Spark Architects

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Architects: Spark Architects
Location: Daxing, ,
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

Shenzhen Performing Arts Facility / ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates

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Architects: ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates
Location: , Guangdong,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of ZOBOKI-DEMETER & Associates , Zang Chao