Biennale Exhibit Examines the “Chinese Condition” – What Happens When 1% of the World’s Architects Design 33% of its Buildings

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“Chinese architects account for 1% of the world total, but the turnover from building work is 1/10 of the world total. In other words, one hundredth of the world’s architects must design 33% of all buildings and they must do this for just 1/10 of the profit. How does this condition effect architecture?”

This is the question that motivates THECONDITIONOFCHINESEARCHITECTURE, the exposition TCA ThinkTank displayed within the Chinese Pavilion at this year’s . Read the curators’ description of their exposition’s look into the perceptions and reality of Chinese architecture, after the break.

China’s Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2014: Mountains Beyond Mountains

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From the Curators. By making space the manifestation of content and content an insight of the space, space and content are correlated in the Pavilion in that content provides an explicit timeline of ’s 100 years’ of architectural thinking (dual theme threads), while space presents an implicit theme of Yi Xiang (imagery-scape) through the history of Chinese architecture.

The Pre-Fabricated Skyscraper & The Clean-Tech Utopia: Two Game-Changing, Sustainable Proposals in China

How can the city be reinvented to save the world? Chinese business magnate Zhang Yue and Finnish professor Eero Paloheimo are two men with very contrasting answers to this loaded question. Zhang Yue’s answer puts trust in pre-fabricated, high-density vertical development, whereas Paloheimo envisions a built-from-scratch, clean-tech sprawling utopia. Their grand ideas, met with both skepticism and excitement, are documented in a new film by Anna-Karin Grönroos. To watch the trailer and learn more about the bold proposals, continue after the break.

Jia Du Clubhouse / U10

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Architects:
Location: Langfang, Hebei,
Area: 2,500 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zhang Guangyuan

Bank of Shanghai Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia

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Architects: Silvio d´Ascia
Location: ,
Design Team: Silvio d’Ascia Architecture with AREP
Area: 76000.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Yves Chan You

G9 Shangai / Atelier INDJ

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Architects: Atelier INDJ
Location: Shanghai,
Architect In Charge: Ian Douglas-Jones
Area: 270 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Bono Yan

LAND Experience Center / Aedas

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Architects: Aedas
Location: Xi’an, Shaanxi,
Area: 2110.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Aedas

Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion / UNStudio

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Architects: UNStudio
Location: , Shandong, China
Project Team: Ben van Berkel, Hannes Pfau, Gerard Loozekoot with Markus van Aalderen, Joerg Petri, Milena Stopic, Yu-Chen Liu and Cong Ye, Irina Bogdan, Xing Xiong, Maud van Hees, ShuoJiong Zhang, Philipp Mecke, Maya Alam, Junjie Yan, Gilles Greis, Subhajit Das, Erwin Horstmanshof, Faiz Zohri, Andrew Brown, Patrik Noomé, Amanda Chan, Nanang Santoso
Area: 35,000 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Edmon Leong

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration Information Building / Aedas

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Architects: Aedas
Location: Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 111 Ren’ai Road, 工业园区 , Jiangsu, , 215123
Project Design Director: Andy Wen
Client: Suzhou Industrial Park Education Investment Development Co. Ltd.
Area: 59893.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Aedas

Refurbishment of the Offset Printing Factory / Origin Architect

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Architects: Origin Architect
Location: Dongcheng, ,
Architect In Charge: Li Ji
Design Team: Zhang Hui, Lian Hui, Wang Jing
Year: 2014
Photographs: Xia Zhi

Library of South University of Science and Technology of China / Urbanus

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Architects: Urbanus
Location: , Guangdong,
Design Director: Meng Yan
Area: 10,728 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Alex Chan

1911 Revolution Museum / CADI

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Architects: CADI
Location: Wuchang, Wuhan, 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

China’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. China’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: Zhangjiakou, Hebei,
Year: 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of penda

Axial Symphony / Design Systems Ltd.

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Architects: Design Systems Ltd.
Location: , Guangdong,
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: gad
Location: , Hainan,
Architects In Charge: Zhang Wei, Cheng Yue, Kang Jian.
Area: 1200.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Zhao Qiang