Ennead Tapped to Design Shanghai Planetarium

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Ennead Architects has won an international competition to design the Planetarium. The “celestial” design hopes to elevate the Science and Technology Museum’s (SSTM) “scientific and technological capacity” while redefine the district Lingang upon its completion in 2018. 

“Drawing inspiration form astronomical principles, our design strategy provides a platform for the experience of orbital motion, and utilizes that as a metaphorical reference and generator of form,” says Ennead Architects.

Flask – The Press / Alberto Caiola

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Architects: Alberto Caiola
Location: Shanghai, Shanghai,
Area: 130.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Shen Zhonghai

Songjiang Art Campus / Archi-Union Architects

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Architects: Archi-Union Architects
Location: Si Zhuan Nan Lu, Songjiang Qu, Shi, China
Architect In Charge: Philip F. Yuan
Area: 150000.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects

Liquid Laundry / hcreates

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Architects: hcreates
Location: Xuhui, , China
Architect In Charge: Hannah Churchill
Branding & Graphic Design: The Orange Blowfish
Area: 700.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Seth Powers

Lone Ranger Hot Dog Shop / Linehouse

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Architects: Linehouse
Location: Wai Ma Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi,
Area: 19.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Benoit Florencon

Kids Museum Of Glass / Coordination Asia

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Architects: Coordination Asia
Location: G+ Park, 685 Changjiang West Road, Baoshan, ,
Architect In Charge: Tilman Thürmer
Area: 2000.0 sqm
Year: 2015
Photographs: Courtesy of Coordination Asia

Office Around a Tree / Lukstudio

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Architects: Lukstudio
Location: Shanghai, Shanghai,
Design Team: Christina Luk, Wesley Shu, Scott Baker, Mavis Li
Area: 133.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Dixie

The Platform / Lukstudio

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Architects: Lukstudio
Location: Nan Jing Dong Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shi, , 200085
Design Team: Christina Luk, Scott Baker, Wesley Shu
Area: 50.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Dixie

Waterfront Restaurant / Pro-Form Architects

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Architects: Pro-Form Architects
Location: 2801 Hu Yi Gong Lu, Jiading Qu, Shanghai Shi,
Architect In Charge: WU Jing, LI Peng, HE Ru of Limited
Area: 1500.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: LV Hengzhong

Huishan North Bund / EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company

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Architects: EE&K
Location: Hongkou, ,
Area: 255000.0 sqm
Photographs: Tim Griffith, Courtesy of Perkins Eastman, Gary Wei

Student Bathrooms / Wuyang Architecture

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Architects:
Location: Jian Chuan Lu, Minhang Qu, Shi, China
Architect: FENG Lu
Engineering: SRIBS
Area: 503.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: SU Shengliang, Courtesy of Wuyang Architecture

Container Sale Office / Atelier XÜK

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Architects: Atelier XÜK
Location: Qingpu, ,
Design Team: Liukenan Zhangxu Lujun Sunwenliang Chenxiao Lizheyuan Liang Wangqian
Area: 260.0 sqm
Photographs: Su shengliang

Aedas’ Leaf-Shaped Sales Gallery Nears Completion in Shanghai

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Aedas is nearing completion on the sales gallery for the mixed-use Greenland Qingpu Xujing District complex. The gallery, shaped as a leaf, is designed to fit with the “clover leaf” concept of the nearby Qingpu Xujing Conference and Exhibition Centre, in which it will be connected with by a pedestrian bridge.

Jean Prouvé’s Demountable House to be Exhibited at Design Shanghai 2015

Prouve House with Easy Armchair Chair and Committee Chair by Jeanneret. Image Courtesy of Forward

Marking the second edition of Design Shanghai, this year’s exhibition will take place March 2015 and will include over 300 exhibitors across three halls; Contemporary Design, Classic Design, and Collectible Design. Featured among the confirmed installations is Jean Prouvé’s Demountable House, a rare early example of prefabricated housing.

French architect Jean Prouvé is regarded as one of the twentieth century’s most influential designers, and is known for combining bold elegance with economy of means in a socially conscious manner. He is also recognized for his manufacturing firm, Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé, where he designed and produced lightweight metal furniture in collaboration with some of the most well known designers of the time. One such designer was Pierre Jeanneret, a Swiss architect and furniture designer who often worked with his more famous cousin, Le Corbusier.

Read on after the break to learn more about this year’s featured exhibition.

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

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“We need a new generation of cities in China” - Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu

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 , 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, , China
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, Shanghai,
Design Team: Liu Yuyang, Benson Chen, Jimmy Poek, Yongjiang Liang, Gang Zhao
Area: 850.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Jeremy San