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Google Timelapse Shows the Rapid Expansion of the World’s Cities over 32 Years

12:00 - 2 December, 2016

Google Earth has released an update to its Timelapse feature, giving viewers a better look at the rapid expansion of the world’s urban areas between 1984 and 2016.

Originally released in 2013 in partnership with TIME and NASA, the update adds in four more years of data, as well as petabytes of imagery data from two new satellites, Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2, to provide clearer views of new developments and the recent effects of climate change on our natural environments.

EID Wins Competition for Stacked Block Mixed-Use Development in Chongqing

06:00 - 30 November, 2016
EID Wins Competition for Stacked Block Mixed-Use Development in Chongqing , Courtesy of EID Architecture
Courtesy of EID Architecture

China-based firm EID Architecture has been selected as the winner of a design competition for a mixed-use development, entitled Longfor Phase IV, in Chongqing, China. Designed as an exploration of vertical urbanism on a high-density scope, the project is composed of a “single tower and associated podium integrated as an assembled massing of stacked box-like volumes.”

Courtesy of EID Architecture Courtesy of EID Architecture Courtesy of EID Architecture Courtesy of EID Architecture +13

With a Bookstore at its Core Aedas Unveils Mix-use Project Inspired by Rolled Book Scrolls

16:00 - 27 August, 2016
 With a Bookstore at its Core Aedas Unveils Mix-use Project Inspired by Rolled Book Scrolls, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Aedas has unveiled the plans for its Chongqing Xinhua Bookstore Group Jiefangbei Book City mixed-use project, a complex of retail, residential, office, and hotel space with a Xinhua Bookstore at its core. Based on an ancient Chinese prose that states “knowledge brings wealth,” the project aims to integrate the concept of a book with the cultural elements of Chongqing to create an interactive commercial space.

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas +12

Call for Entries: Design a Sky Garden System for the Chong Qing Skyline

07:30 - 13 May, 2016
Call for Entries: Design a Sky Garden System for the Chong Qing Skyline, Courtesy of E-Lab Internet Technology Ltd.
Courtesy of E-Lab Internet Technology Ltd.

Competition Theme: Green – Eco - Future Building Systems and Lifestyle

The design intent is to create a system/network of eco-green elevated sky gardens within a soon to be realised super high-rise residential complex, with the aim of drastically improving the living environment and lifestyle of urban dwellers. This competition seeks young architects worldwide to provide innovative ideas to break the existing typology of the super high-rise and isolated lifestyles associated with high density urban living. 

BMW Chongqing / Crossboundaries

19:00 - 11 November, 2015
BMW Chongqing / Crossboundaries, Courtesy of Dong Hao - Crossboundaries
Courtesy of Dong Hao - Crossboundaries

Courtesy of Dong Hao - Crossboundaries Courtesy of Dong Hao - Crossboundaries Courtesy of Dong Hao - Crossboundaries Courtesy of Dong Hao - Crossboundaries +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongqing, Chongqing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Binke Lenhardt, Dong Hao
  • Design Team

    Irene Solà, Sidonie Kade
  • Area

    4800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Dong Hao - Crossboundaries

Chongqing Taoyuanju Community Center / Vector Architects

22:00 - 3 November, 2015
Chongqing Taoyuanju Community Center  / Vector Architects, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang +41

Yunyang Civil Activities Centre / TANGHUA ARCHITECT & ASSOCIATES

19:00 - 24 September, 2015
Yunyang Civil Activities Centre / TANGHUA ARCHITECT & ASSOCIATES, © Chen Yao
© Chen Yao

© Chen Yao © Chen Yao © Chen Yao © Chen Yao +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongqing, Chongqing, China
  • Design Team

    TANG HUA, Zhang Guang Hong, Liu Chang Ping, Liu Xin, Yang Ning, Wu Yun Hui, Hu Jing, Deng Yu, Cai Jie, Liu Ying Jun, Liu Zheng Rong, Xu Wan Qing , Li Ji Rui, Tan Jun Wei, He Si Feng
  • Client

    ChongQing YunYang county Urban Development and Investment Co., LTD
  • Area

    28857.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Library of Huxi / TANGHUA ARCHITECT & ASSOCIATES

22:00 - 21 September, 2015
Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Library of Huxi  / TANGHUA ARCHITECT & ASSOCIATES, © Dai Qiong
© Dai Qiong

© Fuxing Studio © Tang Hua © Fuxing Studio Courtesy of TANGHUA ARCHITECT & ASSOCIATES +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongqing, Chongqing, China
  • Design Team

    Tang Hua, Su Wei Dong, Hu Zheng, Tang Ke Zhi, Zhou Ying Zhi. Huang Jie, Cao Hua
  • Client

    Sichuan Fine Arts Institut
  • Area

    14259.44 sqm
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

    Dai Qiong, Fuxing Studio, Tang Hua, Courtesy of TANGHUA ARCHITECT & ASSOCIATES

Tim Franco Captures the Overscaled Urbanization of Chongqing

10:30 - 24 March, 2015
Tim Franco Captures the Overscaled Urbanization of Chongqing, © Tim Franco
© Tim Franco

These days, many of China's largest urban areas are easily recognizable to people from all over the world, with the skylines of coastal mega-cities such as Shanghai and Beijing taking their place in the global consciousness. Far less known though is the inland city of Chongqing - another of China's five top-tier "National Central Cities" - where in 2010 the Chinese government embarked on a plan to urbanize a further 10 million of the region's rural population, with around 1,300 people now moving into the city every day.

Since his first visit to the city in 2009 photographer Tim Franco has been on a mission to document the rapid change in what he believes is "maybe the most widely unknown megacity in the world." The result is Metamorpolis, a forthcoming photographic book by Franco with text by British journalist Richard Macauley, which documents the colossal scale of development juxtaposed against the people of Chongqing - many of whom still live an incongruous rural lifestyle among the concrete sprawl. Read on after the break for more images from the book and an interview with Franco about the experience of documenting one of the world's fastest-growing cities.

© Tim Franco © Tim Franco © Tim Franco © Tim Franco +10

SND Fashion Store / 3GATTI

01:00 - 10 November, 2014
SND Fashion Store / 3GATTI, © Shen Qiang
© Shen Qiang

© Shen Qiang © Shen Qiang © Shen Qiang © Shen Qiang +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongqing, Chongqing, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Francesco Gatti
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Zhongxun Times / 10 Design

01:00 - 26 March, 2014
Zhongxun Times / 10 Design, Courtesy of 10 Design
Courtesy of 10 Design

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongqing, China
  • Design Team

    Gordon Affleck, Brian Fok, Lukasz Wawrzenczyk, Frisly Colop Morales, Jason Easter, Nick Chan, Rita Pang, Ryan Leong, Dan Narita, Jon Martin
  • Area

    130000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of 10 Design

Chongqing Greenland Clubhouse / PURE Architecture

01:00 - 16 April, 2013
Chongqing Greenland Clubhouse / PURE Architecture, © Shu He Photography
© Shu He Photography

© Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography © Shu He Photography +23

Palm Island / Hassell

01:00 - 16 April, 2013
© Luo Wen
© Luo Wen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongqing, China
  • Area

    9600.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Luo Wen © Luo Wen © Luo Wen © Luo Wen +21

Forte Nanshan / SPARK

01:00 - 22 January, 2013
© Fernando Guerra
© Fernando Guerra
  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongqing, China
  • Project Director

    Jan Felix Clostermann
  • Team

    Eldine Heep, Leonardo Micolta, Javen Ho
  • Area

    5420.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Fernando Guerra © Fernando Guerra © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Fernando Guerra +25

Starlight Place / Aedas

01:00 - 15 May, 2012
Starlight Place / Aedas, Courtesy of  aedas
Courtesy of aedas

Courtesy of  aedas Courtesy of  aedas Courtesy of  aedas Courtesy of  aedas +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongqing, China
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of aedas

Houston Pavilion / Morris Architects

11:00 - 17 January, 2012
Courtesy of Morris Architects
Courtesy of Morris Architects

Morris Architects shared with us their Houston Pavilion for the 8th China International Garden Expo in Chongqing, China, which is a showcase for a variety of landscape typologies throughout China and the world. The theme, “Better Garden, Better City”, promotes harmony between landscaped and built spaces. The City of Houston is one of thirty-two international cities invited to participate in the Expo. Morris Architects partnered with SWA Group to design the Houston Pavilion. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Brownstone Bar / Kokaistudios

01:00 - 15 June, 2011
Brownstone Bar / Kokaistudios, © Charlie Xia
© Charlie Xia

© Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia © Charlie Xia +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yongjia Road, Wanzhou, Chongqing, China
  • Architects

    Kokaistudios
  • Interior Design

    Andrea Destefanis, Pietro Peyron, Carmen Lee
  • Client

    Blue Horizon Hospitality Group
  • Area

    130.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

New Jindai Elementary School / TEKTAO

01:00 - 20 May, 2011
New Jindai Elementary School / TEKTAO, © Lou Yongqi
© Lou Yongqi

© Lou Yongqi © Lou Yongqi © Yuval Zohar © Lou Yongqi +49

  • Architects

  • Location

    Chongqing, China
  • Architects

    TEKTAO/Tongji University
  • Project Team

    Lou Yongqi, Ji Xiang, Yuval Zohar LEED AP, Ruo Chen, Ding Chan, Wu Zhen, Guo Ling, Wang Ci Yin, Lu Lian Jie, Wang Ye, Xu Hang Yu
  • Area

    5000.0 sqm
  • Photographs