1911 Revolution Museum / CADI

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Architects: CADI
Location: Wuchang, , Hubei,
Architect In Charge: Lu Xiaoming, Ye Wei
Design Team: Lu Xiaoming, Ye Wei, Guo Lei, Ding Mao, Li Mingyu, Cai Xiaopeng, Wen Siqing, Wang Xin, Shao Guofen, Zhang Hao, Hu Wenjin, Lei Jianping, Sun Yanbo, Liu Bin, Ou Yangjian
Area: 22138.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Zhang Guangyuan

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 . 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

The Snow Apartment / penda

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Architects: penda
Location: , Hebei, China
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of penda

Axial Symphony / Design Systems Ltd.

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Architects: Design Systems Ltd.
Location: , Guangdong, China
Designers: Lam Wai Ming, Fanny Leung, Fang Huan Huan, Zhang Xing, Lansy Dai
Clients: Ms Sze
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Design Systems Ltd.

ABC Cooking Studio / Prism Design

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Architects: Prism Design
Location: Huangpu, , China
Architects In Charge: Tomohiro Katsuki, Masanori Kobayashi, Reiji Kobayashi
Area: 160 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Studio W – Wataru Ishida

John McAslan + Partners Selected for Chinese Biodome

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John McAslan + Partners has been selected to design a Botanical Gardens and Research Center in Dongguan, China. The scheme features a large gridshell biodome which engages with landscaped mounds both inside and outside the structure. Around the base of the roof structure, a ribbon of glass will provide views which connect these interior and exterior landscapes.

Read on for more detail on the design

Chenglu Villa / gad

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Architects:
Location: Lingshui, Hainan,
Architects In Charge: Zhang Wei, Cheng Yue, Kang Jian.
Area: 1200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zhao Qiang

Crafting Urban Life in Three Dimensions: An Interview with Adam Snow Frampton by James Schrader

Footbridge in Central, Hong Kong. Image by Adam Frampton

The following are excerpts from one of 41 interviews that student researchers at the Strelka Institute are publishing as part of the Future Urbanism Project. In this interview, James Schrader speaks with Adam Snow Frampton, the co-author of Cities Without Ground and the Principal of Only If, a New York City-based practice for architecture and urbanism. They discuss his work with OMA, the difference between Western and Asian , his experiences opening a new firm in New York, and the future of design on an urban scale.

James Schrader: Before we get to future urbanism, I thought it would be interesting to look a bit into your past. Could you tell me about where your interest in cities came from? Were there any formative moments that led to your fascination with cities?

Adam Snow Frampton: I was always interested in cities, but not necessarily exposed to much planning at school. When I went to work at OMA Rotterdam, I was engaged in a lot of large-scale projects, mostly in the Middle East and increasingly in Asia, where there was an opportunity to plan cities at a bigger scale. In the Netherlands, there’s not necessarily more construction than in the US, but there is a tradition of thinking big and a tendency to plan. For instance, many Dutch design offices like OMA, West 8, and MVRDV have done master plans for the whole country.

House in Dawanglu / Tsutsumi & Associates

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

5 Architects Envision New Port of Kinmen

First Prize: (Japan). Image Courtesy of Harbor Bureau

The culmination of an international competition for Kinmen County has resulted in five winning and honorable mention schemes that promise to use architecture as a means of elevating the county’s national identify as a maritime gateway. Responding to the need for expansion and the desire to establish the port as a tourism and recreation destination, the Kinmen Harbor Bureau challenged architects to a two-stage competition for an energy-smart, low-carbon, and possibly expandable port that could host a variety of passenger services.

Preview the winning results, after the break…

Aimé Patisserie / LUKSTUDIO

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Architects: LUKSTUDIO
Location: Huangpu,
Design Team: Christina Luk, Mavis Li, Wesley Shu, Scott Baker, Jaycee Chui
Area: 63 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Dixie

Tianhua to Transform 97-Year-Old Chinese Textile Mill into Art Gallery

Interior of the proposed renovation. Image © Tianhua

Repurposing antiquated buildings is on the rise in , and this proposal by Tianhua Architecture Design Company serves as a prime example. Planned for a site in the Hexi district of Tianjin, the -based practice will soon transform a 1917 textile mill into a contemporary art gallery and private museum. 

The architects, who have adapted their design to emphasize the gridded layout and high ceilings of the existing structure, plan to insert a garden courtyard deep into the building’s core. This will not only counterpoint the structure’s industrialized aesthetic, but will provide natural light deep into the interior while preserving the exiting cruciform layout. 

schmidt hammer lassen Designs Cultural Hub for Ningbo’s Labour Union

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schmidt hammer lassen architects has unveiled a new cultural hub for ’s Labour Union. Planned to serve both the city and the union’s nearly three million members, the “Home of Staff” will unite two stepped complexes of support, health, education, culture and leisure facilities with a half a kilometer long central park.

ZHOUSHI Culture & Sports Center / UDG YangZheng Studio

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Architects: UDG YangZheng Studio
Location: Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu,
Architect In Charge: Yang Zheng, Zhang Yu
Design Team: Team:Zhou Song、Liu Yanlin、Zhong Kai、Qian Qian
Area: 31,387 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Su Shengliang

City of Imagination: Kowloon Walled City 20 Years Later

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Twenty years ago, one of the world’s most unusual and unexpected pieces of architecture was razed to the ground: Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City, the most densely populated area on earth. Squalid, dark, and labyrinthine, the informal city was not only a hotbed for organized crime, but also a vibrant community of commerce and hope. Now, the Wall Street Journal has released this short , bringing the city back to life and revealing why it holds a special place in world culture today.

Fuzhou Wusibei Thaihot Plaza / Spark Architects

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Architects: Spark Architects
Location: Fuzhou, Fujian,
Project Director: Jan Felix Clostermann Team: Mingyin Tan, Christian Taeubert, Jian Yun Wu, Ben de Lange, Emer Loraine, Wang Haiyan Leo Micolta, Cary Cheng Client: Thaihot Group
Area: 300,000 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shu He

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

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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 China, 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.” 

Vanke New City Center Sales Gallery / Spark Architects

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Architects: Spark Architects
Location: , Jiangsu, China
Project Director: Stephen Pimbley
Area: 800 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shu He