Re-thinking Shanghai 2012 Competition

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Architectural firm 10 Design from and Hong Kong is inviting anyone of all ages – architects, students artists, all who are interested – to take part at their recently started competition, Re-thinking Shanghai 2012.

Partly driven by social and ecological sustainability issues of today’s society, they are trying to change the way people perceive architecture in China by providing new solutions for areas witnessing major transformation in recent past. All entries must be submitted by March 28th. For more information, visit their official website here.

Gizmo / STUDIO UP

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Architects: Lea Pelivan + Toma Plejić / STUDIO UP
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Project team: Irena Bakić, Josipa Baričević, Nikola Brlek, Luka Cvitan, Jelena Martić, Marko Salopek, Hana Svatoš-Ražnjević, Vanda Trifunović
Collaboration: Velcon Projekt: Albert Pavlović, Veljko Nižetić, Lidija Nizić, Marko Sardelić (cosntruction design)
Photographs: Miljenko Bernfest, Marko Salopek

Dalian Public Library / Architects Collective

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The new library in by Architects Collective is designed to become the center and heart for the local community with a strong relationship to the ocean and the bay. The building is placed in a park setting and aims to be a landmark for locals and visitors and a symbol for the creative and environmentally friendly future of New Pulian. More images and project description after the break.

China Mobile Building / Synarchitects

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As the world’s largest mobile phone provider, Mobile is seeking for a universally valid company representation. A part of Mobiles company philosophy is the client company relationship, which is also reflected in the building configuration design by Synarchitects . The Pingdinshan China Mobile Building combines the company’s global image with local context and meaning, custom tailored for the location. The industrial and historical background of Pingdinshan is interlaced into the building and finds its representation in one of the two volumes standing for past, history and local tradition. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘And then it became a city…’ Film Series at the 2011 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

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‘And then it became a city…’ is a film series featured at the 2011 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture. The Biennale is curated by Terence Riley and just opened last week – on view in through February 18, 2012. And then it became a city… shows the everyday life and activity of six planned cities under sixty years old. The cities featured include Gabarone, Chandigarh, , Almere, Las Vegas, and Brasilia. More trailers on the films about their corresponding cities can be viewed after the break.

Video: Ultra Light Village / Clavel Arquitectos, by Cristobal Palma

Architectural photographer Cristobal Palma shared with us this short clip of the Ultra Light Village installation by , on view at the Civic Square. This is part of a series of installations for the 2011 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Urbanism / Architecture Biennale, open until February 18th, 2012.

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Ai Weiwei as TIME Person of the Year: Runner-Up

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was selected as one of the runner-up candidates for TIMES 2011 Person of the Year Award. is known in the architecture world for his collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron, serving as the artistic consultant for the Beijing National Stadium, otherwise known as the Bird’s Nest stadium.

Ai Weiwei is well-known for his political activism, being openly critical of the Chinese government’s stance on democracy and human rights. Following his arrest in earlier this year, Weiwei was detained and interrogated for over two months without any official charges. He was then fined $2.4 million for back taxes and penalties, which he believes to have been politically motivated.

When TIME journalists Hannah Beech and Austin Ramzy asked Weiwei about what motivated him to merge the Internet with political activism, he credited his involvement with architecture.

“I got involved with architecture. To work in architecture you are so much involved with society, with politics, with bureaucrats. It’s a very complicated process to do large projects. You start to see the society, how it functions, how it works. Then you have a lot of criticism about how it works.”

Read the entire TIME article and full interview with Ai Weiwei here.

Housing Development / Y Design Office

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Under rapid housing developments in the past years, has benefited much in terms of economy. However, important values such as value in sense of community and individual identity were lost. This thesis hereby critically reviews current and past housing projects in and stating the notion of verticality as the only solution. The ambition of Y Design Office is a new alternative high-rise residential typology, in which its inhabitants are given unique units and allocations in accordance to specific zoning strategy within a tower structure, thus creating a phenomenal living experience through bonding and acquiring needs by each and every single individual. It is a re-interpretation of the balance between genericity and specificity aiming at formulating an extraordinary democratic living concept. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Chinese/German Eco-Park / gmp Architekten

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An ecologically designed city quarter for living and working is currently being developed in ’s Qingdao, on the coast of the Yellow Sea, to plans by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). The construction of the Chinese/German Eco-Park in Qingdao goes back to an agreement between the two countries, which was signed by the Federal Ministry for Economics and the Federal Ministry for the Environment during Angela Merkel’s state visit in July 2010; it is scheduled for completion in 2015. More images and project description after the break.

Wuxi Xidong Park Bridge / L&A Design Group

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L&A Design Group has developed an exciting contemporary bridge design as an architectural highlight of Xidong Park, located in Jiangsu province, . The bridge is planned to be the main connection between the north and south foreshores of the parks lake and allows visitors access to a small island destination that commands views over the water as well as café facilities and pocket gardens. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Finland´s Participation at Shenzhen Hong Kong Biennale for Urbanism and Architecture

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From December 8th to February 12th at the OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, the cities of Shenzhen and are hosting the 7th Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture and this year, Finland will be participating in the biennale for the first time. Participants in the biennale include the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Design Forum Finland and the Newly Drawn project, which represents young Finnish architects.

The event takes a stand on modern phenomena in China, which is urbanising at an ever increasing pace. Running from December 2011 until February 2012, the biennale examines different aspects of urbanisation, including case studies of cities less than 60 years old, an exhibition on the development of urban public transport and current construction projects in Shenzhen. More information on the event after the break.

In Progress: Shenzhen Clubhouse / Richard Meier & Partners Architects

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Construction of Richard Meier’s Clubhouse is nearing completion. Unique geometry fully clad in white metal panels play with overlays of solid and void, unmistakably consistent with the Richard Meier signature style. Being located on an island in the center of OCT Bay, the facility is surrounded by large bodies of water and lush gardens. The Shenzhen Clubhouse is scheduled to be completed early next year.

Continue reading for the architects project description, photographs, renderings and drawings.

Architects: Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP
Location: Shenzhen,
Project Area: 11,000 sqm
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP

NW Beijing Inc. Research Center and Offices / Maxthreads Architectural Design

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The urban concept strategy by Maxthreads Architectural Design for the NW technology and research center pursues the maximization of open public space on the ground level of the site, including a canal walk area, open spaces and car park area. The mass of the new building is therefore raised into the first floor level. This open space is important to activate the site and the new research center. It is also important as an appropriate take off point or point of termination) for the overall site area sustainable mechanics. They are proposing a generous, diagonal underpass that emerges from the site environment and grand connective gesture. More images and project description after the break.

Rollercoaster / Interval Architects

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Architects: Interval Architects
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Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1200 sqm
Photographs: GU Yunduan

Alternative Car Park Tower Proposal / Mozhao Studio

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shared with us their first prize winning proposal for the Alternative Car Park Tower competition which was held by held by AC_CA. Their design integrates the Hong Kong City Hall, the second-floor pedestrian system and streets on the second-floor level, provid¬ing a convenient and enjoyable network of public spaces. Because of this strategy, the park tower presents the citizen¬ship, which relates and echoes to the Hong Kong City Hall nearby. More images and architects’ description after the break.

CEIBS Beijing Campus / ACXT Arquitectos

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Architects: ACXT Arquitectos / Iñaki Garai
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Collaborating Architects: Jose Cavallero (IDOM – ACXT), Inés López (IDOM – ACXT)
Collaborating Chinese Architects: Li Dongmei (IPPR), Chen Xuesong (IPPR), Li Huaisheng (Tsinghua Gongmei), Lin Junda (Tsinghua Gongmei) y Guo Wei (Tsinghua Gongmei)
Client: CEIBS
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 18,000 sqm
Photographs: Aitor Ortiz

CDB Tower & Minsheng Financial Tower Competition Proposal / Saraiva + Associados

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For the International Conceptual Design Competition of The Two Towers – CDB Tower & Minsheng Financial Tower, Saraiva + Associados focused on a unique and harmonious force, along with a modern and innovative approach to create a building of intense character. The essence found in this project was the result of an international competition in which Saraiva & Associados reached the six finalists: The Two Towers in . More images and architects’ description after the break.

Guangfa Securities Headquarters / Jaeger and Partner Architects

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The Guangfa Securities Headquarter, designed by Jaeger and Partner Architects, is a 308-meter tall class-A high-rise office building that will serve as the new landmark for the eastern portion of ’s new CBD. Its orientation is rotated slightly from the dominating orthogonal grid of the surrounding area to mark the site as a transformational pivot point of the urban fabric. More images and architects’ description after the break.