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, , 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 Shanghai (July 2014), in the final stage of construction. Situated in Shanghai’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 ’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 London’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: ,
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, ,
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, Shanghai, 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: ,
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

ABC Cooking Studio / Prism Design

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Architects: Prism Design
Location: Huangpu, Shanghai,
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

An Interview with MAD Architects’ Ma Yansong: Constructing Icons, Identity & China’s Future Cities

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I look into myself, trying to express myself. I think sometimes maybe you have an idea from a dream. It sounds ridiculous but you draw something out of your dream. Where does this dream come from? It must somehow relate to some situation. So what I’m interested in is to keep discovering what is really inside of me. I’m not a genius that from the first moment I already know what I want. - Ma Yansong -

Beixinqiao district, in Beijing, is changing fast: the ancient urban tissue is being demolished as new high-rises are growing.Located in this environment, Ma Yansong’s office sits within an old and anonymous construction. In contrast to its exterior, the inside is characterized by wood, white walls and plants that transform the place into a sophisticated environment.International young architects are busy modeling new organic-shaped buildings on the other side of the world; meanwhile a golden fish swims in the eternal loop of the “fish tank” in the centre of the room.

In the following interview, Ma Yansong explains contemporary cities as environments that are out-of-scale with nature. He believes a new approach must be used, one that breaks the monotonous “chessboard” of contemporary Urban China and re-establishes the balance between human beings and the natural world.

Lecture: Antón García-Abril & Débora Mesa in Shanghai

As part of the CA Group’s lecture series, “Architour,” principal of Ensamble Studio, Antón García-Abril & Débora Mesa, will give a lecture at 15:30 on March 29th at Tongji Architectual Design (Group) Co.,Ltd.(TJAD) auditorium in Shanghai. For 2013 through 2015, “Architour” has as its theme “New Force of Architecture – Leading Young Architects”: each year, the CA Group will select nine young, global leaders in architecture (four from Asia and five from the West) to lecture on topics that cross typologies and disciplines, from architectural design, urban planning to interior design. Sou Fujimoto, Hirata Akihisa, Christian Kerez and Thomas Heatherwick were the series’ first speakers.

At the end of each year, an exhibition will be mounted; and at the end of the years, the contents of the lectures will be published as a book.

More info on the “Architour” at the CA Group‘s website and weibo.

Title: Lecture: Antón García-Abril & Débora Mesa in Shanghai
Organizers: CA GROUP, TJAD, Fortune Properties(GROUP)co., Ltd, Vanke Co., Ltd., Bulthaup
From: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:30
Until: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:00
Venue: Tongji Architectual Design (Group) Co.,Ltd.(TJAD) Auditorium 1st floor
Address: Siping North Road, Jinshan, Shanghai, China

EMG Shanghai Design Centre / O-OFFICE Architects

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Architects: O-OFFICE Architects
Location: Wujiaochang, Baoshan, Shanghai, China
Area: 537 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Likyfoto

Shanghai Futures Exchange Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia

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Architects: Silvio d´Ascia
Location: ,
Design Team: Silvio d’Ascia Architecture with (avec) AREP
Area: 94000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia

International Summer Programme: Cities in Asia

Cities in Asia HKG-SHA-SIN is a four-week design and research studio organized by the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture. Taught with daily learning activities by a diverse group of faculty members from the University of Hong Kong, and speakers from internationally renowned universities and independent research groups, this course offers participants a design studio experience within Asia’s most vibrant contexts.

This credit-bearing course will introduce participants to different architecture and building types that have emerged from the current state of rapid urbanization in Hong Kong, and . These urban building types are unique in the way they resist and subvert, or become mutated or subsumed by the prevailing socio-political and economic conditions of the three cities. Participants will learn about new architectural and urban theories and analytical methods that will broaden their knowledge of architecture and the city. The course will expose students to the inter-disciplinary nature of the subject, promoting more diverse attitudes towards difference and change, and encouraging greater confidence in applying the use of such knowledge to design and the broader society.

Registration deadline is April 16. To register, please go to the event’s official website.

Title: International Summer Programme: Cities in Asia
Website: http://fac.arch.hku.hk/summer/cities-in-asia/
From: Sun, 29 Jun 2014
Until: Fri, 25 Jul 2014
Venue: Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai

Shanghai Community Cubes / INCLUDED

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Architects: INCLUDED
Location: Gucun Road, Chongming, , China
Architect In Charge: Matt Mueller
Area: 150.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Marco Jacobs, Jennifer Ha