How I Built A New China: A talk with Expo 2010 Planner Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu

The main entrance of the Shanghai 2010 Expo. Image © Weixuan Wei

“We need a new generation of cities in ” -

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 smart cities.

1305 Studio Office / 1305 Studio

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Architects: 1305 Studio
Location: Changhua Road, Xuhui, Shanghai,
Corporate Identity: SHEN QIANG
Area: 306.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shen Photography

Interactive Infographic Tracks the Growth of the World’s Megacities

Tokyo remains the world’s largest city, but is beginning to see competition from the world’s other megacities. Image © Flickr CC User Les Taylor

With more than 7 billion people now alive, the greatest population growth over the last century has occurred in urban areas. Now, a new series of interactive maps entitled “The Age of Megacities” and developed by software company ESRI allows us to visualize these dramatic effects and see just how this growth has shaped the geography of 10 of the world’s 28 megacities. Defined as areas with continuous urban development of over 10 million people, the number of megacities in the world is expected to increase, and while Tokyo still tops the list as the world’s largest megacity, other cities throughout Asia are quickly catching up. Find out more after the break.

ChenJiaShan Park Tea Lounge Renovation / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

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Architects: Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects
Location: Jiading, ,
Design Team: Liu Yuyang, Benson Chen, Jimmy Poek, Yongjiang Liang, Gang Zhao
Area: 850.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jeremy San

Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus

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Architects: Atelier Deshaus
Location: Longteng Avenue, Xuhui, Shanghai, , 200231
Architect In Charge: Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng
Design Team: Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng, Wang Longhai, Wang Weishi, Wu Zhenghui, Wang Xuepei, Chen Kun
Area: 33007.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Su Shengliang, Xia Zhi

Jinqiao 21 Office / Space Cube Design Lab

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Architects: Space Cube Design Lab
Location: Pudong, , China
Area: 35517.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Su Shengliang

Shanghai MOCA / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

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Architects: Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects
Location: People’s Park, 231 Nanjing West Road, People’s Square, Huangpu, China, 200000
Design Team: Liu Yuyang, Keith Yee, Tynnon Chow, Larry Tsoi
Area: 3900.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Jeremy San

Neri&Hu: Redefining the Meaning of ‘Made in China’

Design Collective / Neri & Hu. Image © Shen Zhonghai

When Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu arrived in Shanghai in 2000, working on a project for Michael Graves, they had no plans to stay. “Three months turned into six, then eight,” said Neri of his first visit; fourteen years later, Neri & Hu Design and Research Office operates from with more than 100 multi-disciplinary staff. The firm has developed a reputation for their original designs in a landscape dominated by duplicate architecture. In a recent article in The Star Online, Leong Siok Hui maps Neri & Hu‘s road to success, featuring their work on Design Collective and The Waterhouse at South Bund. Read more here.

Shanghai Tower Enters Final Stage of Construction

Climbing skyward, (center) is seen in (July 2014), in the final stage of construction. Situated in ’s fast-growing Pudong District, is located adjacent to the Jin Mao Tower (left) and the Shanghai World Financial Center (right). Image © Nick Almasy Photography

After nearly eight years of design and construction, what will soon be China’s tallest and the world’s second tallest building has entered into its final phase of construction. Designed by Gensler, the 632-meter (2,073 feet) spiraling Shanghai Tower is now set to be completed in 2015, becoming the centerpiece of the city’s Lujiazui commercial district.

In light of the tower reaching its final phase of construction, Marshall Strabala, the Chief Architect of the building, has unveiled new photos of the construction process. Enjoy these photos as well as a video interview with Strabala on the construction process after the break…

AD Interviews: Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas, on Appoaching Densification in London

Keith Griffiths. Image Courtesy of Aedas

Following the recent announcement of Aedas’ demerger into two separate companies - one retaining the Aedas name and the other now known as AHR - we spoke to Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas’ global board and a practicing architect for close to three decades. The company, which was recently ranked by the Architects’ Journal as the 5th largest and most influential practice in the world, have now moved their head office to London’s Chandos Place and are championing a new approach to urban regeneration in the UK’s capital. Alongside discussing how an international practice of Aedas’ scale successfully operates, Griffiths offered his insight into how the future looks for European cities based on a tried and tested Asian model of densification.

To find out how Aedas approach sustainability in flourishing Asian markets, as well as the significance of the ‘urban hub’ typology for ’s metropolitan future, read the interview in full after the break.

Dashun Pavilion / Pro-Form Architects

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Architects: Pro-Form Architects
Location: , China
Design Team: WANG Fangji, YIN Wei, SONG Zhuoer, XIAO Xiao, NIE Xin
Year: 2011
Photographs: LV Hengzhong

Daidai Pavilion / Pro-Form Architects

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Architects: Pro-Form Architects
Location: Jiading, Shanghai, China
Design Team: WANG Fangji, XUE Jun, SONG Zhuoer, LI Peng
Year: 2011
Photographs: LV Hengzhong

Zhangmiao Exercise Park / Archi-Union Architects

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Architects: Archi-Union Architects
Location: Baoshan Road, , China
Architect In Charge: Philip F. Yuan
Area: 4,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects

Flamingo Shanghai Office / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office

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Architects: Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
Location: 7 Mengzi Road, Huangpu, , , 200231
Architect In Charge: Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu
Associate In Charge: Nellie Yang
Project Manager: Jerry Guo
Desing Team: Begoña Sebastian, Anqing Zhu, Kelvin Huang, Brian Lo, Zhao Yun, Litien Poeng
Client: Flamingo
Area: 620.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Dirk Weiblen

Bank of Shanghai Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia

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Architects: Silvio d´Ascia
Location: Shanghai,
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, China
Architect In Charge: Ian Douglas-Jones
Area: 270 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Bono Yan

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

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