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 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, 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

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

SND Fashion Store / 3GATTI

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Architects: 3GATTI
Location: Chongqing, Chongqing,
Architect In Charge: Francesco Gatti
Area: 180.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shen Qiang

Zhangjiagang Town River Reconstruction / Botao Landscape

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Architects: Botao Landscape
Location: Zhangjiagang City Price Control Bureau, 70 Renmin Middle Road, Zhangjiagang, , Jiangsu, , 215600
Area: 65000.0 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Botao Landscape

From the Ground Up: China and the New Vertical City

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By the end of 2015, one in three of the world’s tallest buildings will be in China. With its government planned , the Chinese policy often favors high-density development, and some of the most radical and experimental urban design ideas can be applied in China – take for example the recent joint winner of the Shenzhen Bay Super City competition, Cloud Citizen, which takes on a more integrated and interconnected approach to vertical cities. In this article on The Guardian, Nicola Davison investigates how at this critical time in the country’s development, architects and urban planners may choose to move away from previous urban models of isolated , towards a more humane environment that seeks to emulate nature and create diverse public spaces. Read the article in full here

TED Talk: How to Reinvent the Apartment Building / Moshe Safdie

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Nearly 50 years after realizing Habitat ’67, when the need for high quality affordable housing is at an all time high, is expanding on his ideas first explored in the stacked Montreal utopia to discover just how natural light and the feeling openness can be achieved in today’s megalopolises. Watch as Safdie makes a case to do away with the high-rise in the short TED Talk above.

Michael Graves School of Architecture to Open in 2015

Graves-designed University building planned for Wenzhou. Image © School of Architecture

Kean University has announced plans to open a new architecture school based on the design philosophy of Michael Graves. Following the footsteps of a man who laments the “loss of drawing,” the new Michael Graves School of Architecture will prioritize hand drawings as a key to design process.

“In our technologically savvy world, to this day, Michael Graves’ philosophy is to draw by hand first so that the students see, ‘feel’ and experience the new building spatially. Then, only after the drawing is complete will the students transfer the design to a computer so that the computer becomes an execution tool, not an ideation tool,” describes acting dean and former student of Graves, David Mohney.

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, , , 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

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“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 .

Waterfront Park of Aiyi River / BLVD International

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Architects: BLVD International
Location: Yinchuan, Ningxia,
Architect In Charge: Yun Du
Additional Manufacturer: Kesheng Liu, Wang Ning
Area: 192000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fang Jian

Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster Tapped to Design Luxury Hotels in China

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Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster have been tapped to design two luxury hotels for the Jumeirah Group’s newest properties in : Jumeirah Wuhan and Jumeirah Nanjing. Both properties will be adjacent to existing business districts and will provide luxury suites, specialty restaurants, executive club lounges, business centers, spas and more. 

Why China’s President Says “No More Weird Buildings”

The President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, has reportedly called for an end to the “weird buildings” being built in China, and particularly in the nation’s capital, . In a two hour speech at a literary symposium in Beijing last week, Mr Xi expressed his views that art should serve the people and be morally inspiring, identifying architectural projects such as OMA’s CCTV Headquarters as the kind of building that should no longer be constructed in Beijing.

With China’s construction boom being one of the most talked about features of today’s architecture scene – and many a Western practice relying on their extravagant projects to prop up their studios – the Chinese leader’s comments have the potential to affect the landscape of architectural practice worldwide. But what is behind these sentiments? Read on after the break to find out.