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Which Cities Have the Most Skyscrapers?

09:30 - 27 April, 2017
Which Cities Have the Most Skyscrapers?

There’s a lot that the presence of skyscrapers can say about a city. They can be indicators of anything from wealth to modernization to density, or a combination of all three, depending on where you look. This potential to observe trends in a city through the height of its buildings makes data on those buildings valuable to a multitude of industries, so companies like Emporis conduct and distribute research on topics like the newest, tallest, and most expensive buildings in the world. Keep reading to find out about the ten tall cities that are home to the largest number of skyscrapers—as defined by Emporis' definition of a building that is 100 meters or more.

This Photoseries Captures the State of China’s Renowned Architectural Icons

06:00 - 20 April, 2017
This Photoseries Captures the State of China’s Renowned Architectural Icons, © Kris Provoost
© Kris Provoost

A simultaneous celebration of their cultural iconicity and distillation from their various contexts, Beautified China is a photographic essay by Kris Provoost (one-half of the vlogging duo behind #donotsettle) that tracks the evolution of Chinese architectural landmarks over the course of the past 7 years. Beginning his investigation with the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, Provoost considers a decade of architecture proposed for China by the profession’s biggest names, many of which have been built now with monumental reputations in rising cities. 

“Most ‘starchitects’ had their chance to build, or to fulfill their wildest dreams,” explains Provoost. “Some of them became landmarks: CCTV headquarters by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren or the Bird’s Nest/National Stadium by Herzog and de Meuron for example. Others have turned a suburb into a new center, or have established a new city on its own.”

International Youth Centre / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Kris Provoost China Pavilion / JingTang. Image © Kris Provoost British Pavilion / Heatherwick Studio. Image © Kris Provoost Galaxy SOHO / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Kris Provoost +22

Shanghai Landmark Center / Aedas

20:00 - 15 April, 2017
Shanghai Landmark Center  / Aedas, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas Courtesy of Aedas +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Director

    Cary Lau
  • Area

    0.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Could Electric Cars Turn Gas Stations Into the Community Hubs of the Future?

09:30 - 15 April, 2017
Could Electric Cars Turn Gas Stations Into the Community Hubs of the Future?, Courtesy of Ennead Architects/Ennead Lab
Courtesy of Ennead Architects/Ennead Lab

One general trend in today's Information Age involves the absolute transmutation of downtime into productivity or engagement of any kind, however meaningless. We hear it all the time: we have lost our ability to be still. However, as a team at Ennead Lab has observed, some of the same technologies that are causing this shift in routine also have the potential to open new, empty pockets of time in our daily lives, and affect the built spaces with which we interact. 

Tasked with designing an electric car charging station for a development in Shanghai, Ennead realized that the five hours required to fill up a single standard charge necessitate a place for customers to wait. In an article on Metropolis Magazine, they show that the promise of transportation-less people to stick around in one place for such a period of time opens up a host of possibilities for what could fill the latency period; the Shanghai project, however, focuses on the opportunity to create a civic space. The team has imagined the modern "gas station" as a vertical charging tower that calls upon the functionality of urban parking elevators in the 20th century, this time clad in reflective silver to serve as a beacon for customers in search of a charge. Rather than standalone charge-park towers, the projects are integrated into a system that encourages patrons to walk to neighboring zones to eat, shop, and socialize while they wait. 

OMA to Regenerate Historic Columbia Circle in Shanghai

11:50 - 3 April, 2017
OMA to Regenerate Historic Columbia Circle in Shanghai, Photograph by Frans Parthesius, Courtesy of OMA
Photograph by Frans Parthesius, Courtesy of OMA

OMA, in collaboration with local architects ECADI and landscape architects West 8, has developed a new mixed-use masterplan for Columbia Circle in the center of Shanghai. Layered with rich history, the site contains preserved colonial monuments, former industrial buildings and 1920’s country club buildings by architect Elliott Hazzard – these elements will be renewed and transformed by the master plan to return Columbia Circle into one of Shanghai’s most prominent public spaces.

Photograph by Frans Parthesius, Courtesy of OMA Photograph by Frans Parthesius, Courtesy of OMA © OMA © OMA +12

Sasaki Unveils Design for Sunqiao, a 100-Hectare Urban Farming District in Shanghai

16:00 - 2 April, 2017
Sasaki Unveils Design for Sunqiao, a 100-Hectare Urban Farming District in Shanghai, Courtesy of Sasaki
Courtesy of Sasaki

With nearly 24 million inhabitants to feed and a decline in the availability and quality of agricultural land, the Chinese megacity of Shanghai is set to realize the Sunqiao Urban Agricultural District, a 100-hectare masterplan designed by US-based firm Sasaki Associates. Situated between Shanghai’s main international airport and the city center, Sunqiao will introduce large-scale vertical farming to the city of soaring skyscrapers. While primarily responding to the growing agricultural demand in the region, Sasaki’s vision goes further, using urban farming as a dynamic living laboratory for innovation, interaction, and education.

Courtesy of Sasaki Courtesy of Sasaki Courtesy of Sasaki Courtesy of Sasaki +17

Eight Tenths Garden / Wutopia Lab

02:00 - 27 March, 2017
Eight Tenths Garden / Wutopia Lab, © CreatAR
© CreatAR

© CreatAR © CreatAR © CreatAR © CreatAR +25

Calligraphy-Inspired Lakeside Hotel Proposed as the Centerpiece of Shanghai's Fengxian District

16:00 - 26 March, 2017
Calligraphy-Inspired Lakeside Hotel Proposed as the Centerpiece of Shanghai's Fengxian District, Courtesy of GroupGSA
Courtesy of GroupGSA

With their design approach treating the site as a work of art, GroupGSA’s proposal for a new hotel in Shanghai’s Fengxian District has been awarded 2nd prize in a recent competition. Located in the predominantly undeveloped Nangiao New City and part of the Yangtze River delta in south Shanghai, the Wanda Jinhai Lake Hotel aims to garner new interest in the region through the creation of a new social, cultural, and economic landmark. 

At the center of the Jinhai Lake, the new hotel integrates into the site and provides scenic vistas of the surrounding waterscape. “Inspiration stemmed from the concept of Chinese Calligraphy, the stroke of a brush with its ink dripping in the water,” say the architects. “Our site is merely a piece of art and we plan to leave our mark via our architecture which is painted on the site following the lines and the movement of the surrounding context.”

Courtesy of GroupGSA Courtesy of GroupGSA Courtesy of GroupGSA Courtesy of GroupGSA +22

NIKE + RUN CLUB Hubs Land in Shanghai / Coordination Asia

20:00 - 4 March, 2017
NIKE + RUN CLUB Hubs Land in Shanghai / Coordination Asia, © Coordination Asia
© Coordination Asia

© Coordination Asia © Coordination Asia © Coordination Asia © Coordination Asia +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai Times Square, 99 Huaihai Middle Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    Tilman Thürmer, Manuela Mappa, Vega Li, Yu Yin, Wang Jin Jin
  • Area

    270.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Steven Holl Architects Unveils Plans for Cloud-Like Cultural and Health Center in Shanghai

12:15 - 25 January, 2017
Steven Holl Architects Unveils Plans for Cloud-Like Cultural and Health Center in Shanghai, Overal Aerial. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Overal Aerial. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects has revealed plans for a new Cultural and Health Center to be located in Shanghai’s Fengxian District. Set into the public landscape, the two buildings will serve as a “social condenser” aimed at integrating the community of surrounding housing blocks together into a park along the Punan Canal.

Cultural Center Water View. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Cultural Center Interior Court. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Cultural Center Interior. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects Watercolor - Landscape. Image Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects +30

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Design New Shanghai Library

04:00 - 16 December, 2016
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Design New Shanghai Library, © Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
© Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

With nearly 25 million inhabitants the Chinese city of Shanghai is currently the most populous city in the world and, in addition, has a central library system that dates back to the mid 19th Century. A new city library, designed by Danish practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen and won following a two-stage international competition, will provide 110,000 square meters of space in the Pudong District and adjacent to Century Park – the largest green space in the city.

© D&W / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects © Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects © Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects © BATB / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects +13

Ennead Architects Breaks Ground on Shanghai Planetarium

14:00 - 20 November, 2016
Ennead Architects Breaks Ground on Shanghai Planetarium, Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Courtesy of Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has broken ground on the Shanghai Planetarium, a new 38,000-square-meter project that will define a new identity for the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum (SSTM) in the Lingang district of Shanghai, China

Inspired by astronomical principles, the design is centered on the concept of orbital motion. “Each of the building’s three principal forma—the oculus, the inverted dome, and the sphere—acts as an astronomical instrument, tracking sun, moon, and stars, and reminding visitors that our concept of time originates in distant astronomical objects."

Courtesy of Ennead Architects Courtesy of Ennead Architects Courtesy of Ennead Architects Courtesy of Ennead Architects +12

Aedas' "Cloud on Terrace" Will Bring Vertical Public Space to the Heart of Shanghai

06:15 - 8 November, 2016
Aedas' "Cloud on Terrace" Will Bring Vertical Public Space to the Heart of Shanghai, © AsymmetricA
© AsymmetricA

Aedas has unveiled plans for Gemdale Changshou Road, a new mixed-use project located within Shanghai’s urban city ring that will add 45,000 square meters (484,000 square feet) of terraced office and retail space within close proximity of a planned residential development.

Designed by Andrew Bromberg at Aedas, the design is nicknamed “Cloud on Terrace,” as it uses a series of green terraces as a visual and occupiable “bridge between the low-rise, residential developments to the south and Changshou Road to the north.”

© AsymmetricA © AsymmetricA © AsymmetricA Section. Image Courtesy of Aedas +9

7 Slope Studios / NAN Architects

22:00 - 4 November, 2016
7 Slope Studios / NAN Architects, © XIAO Xiao
© XIAO Xiao

© XIAO Xiao © XIAO Xiao © XIAO Xiao © XIAO Xiao +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    NAN Xu, Guo Qiwei, Zhu Zhaoyu
  • Structure

    Xia Bin
  • Area

    780.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Gensler's Shanghai Tower Named CTBUH's Best Tall Building Worldwide for 2016

15:00 - 4 November, 2016
Gensler's Shanghai Tower Named CTBUH's Best Tall Building Worldwide for 2016, © Connie Zhou
© Connie Zhou

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has named Gensler’s Shanghai Tower as the 2016 Best Tall Building Worldwide, citing its “innovative design scheme in traditional Shanghainese architectural traditions.” The building was selected from among four regional winners, which included BIG’s VIA 57 West (Americas), Jean Nouvel’s The White Walls (Europe) and Orange Architects’ The Cube (Africa).

The Third Eye-Micro Renovation / Wutopia Lab

19:00 - 27 October, 2016
The Third Eye-Micro Renovation / Wutopia Lab, © CreatAR (Ai Qing, Mao Yinchen)
© CreatAR (Ai Qing, Mao Yinchen)

© CreatAR (Ai Qing, Mao Yinchen) © CreatAR (Ai Qing, Mao Yinchen) © CreatAR (Ai Qing, Mao Yinchen) © CreatAR (Ai Qing, Mao Yinchen) +13

CITIC Pacific High-Rise Development in Shanghai Beautifully Combines Natural With The Artificial

16:00 - 22 October, 2016
CITIC Pacific High-Rise Development in Shanghai Beautifully Combines Natural With The Artificial , Courtesy of EID
Courtesy of EID

EID Architecture looks to the traditional side of Shanghai when designing CITIC Pacific's high-rise residential neighborhood. The Shanghai downtown area will see six new residential towers and amenities through the development.

Designs for the building encourage social interactions through its amenities, which include leisure facilities, a spa, meeting and conference spaces, and roof gardens overhead. Undulating terraces on the top of each building promote a sense of community in addition to responding to the site's preservation of sunlight.

Courtesy of EID Courtesy of EID Courtesy of EID Courtesy of EID +32

Shanghai Hongqiao Performing Arts Center / BAU

20:00 - 18 October, 2016
Shanghai Hongqiao Performing Arts Center / BAU, Courtesy of BAU
Courtesy of BAU

Courtesy of BAU Courtesy of BAU Courtesy of BAU Courtesy of BAU +44

  • Architects

  • Location

    No.888 Tianshan Road, Changning District, Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    James Brearley, Steve Whitford, Jiang Han, Luo Huaili, Liu Shuai, Song Hui, Yang Qing’an, Xia Wen, Rong Yu, Li Fuming
  • Area

    14300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016