Heatherwick-Designed Shanghai Development Conceived as Two "Tree-Covered Mountains"

11:30 - 22 December, 2015
Heatherwick-Designed Shanghai Development Conceived as Two "Tree-Covered Mountains", © Heatherwick Studio
© Heatherwick Studio

Heatherwick Studio has designed a mountainous mixed use plan for Shanghai's main arts district. Named M50, the 300,000-square-meter project was conceived as "a piece of topography" that takes the shape of "two tree-covered mountains" populated by "400 terraces" and "1000 structural columns." 

“Normally, the large-scale projects that we are quite used to seeing have big boxes, and the role of the designer is figuring out what pattern of architectural wrapping paper to put on these boxes,” said Thomas Heatherwick, according to Architectural Digest. “We wondered if there was a way to make better working spaces by also making access to outdoors.” 

LEO office / LLLab

20:00 - 12 November, 2015
LEO office / LLLab, © Peter Dixie
© Peter Dixie
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Project Team

    Luis Ricardo, Hanxiao Liu (LLLab) Shanghai Hooyi Prop Design Facture Co.Ltd
  • Client

    LEO digital network
  • Area

    4461.0 sqm
  • Photographs

© LLLab © LLLab © Peter Dixie © Peter Dixie +28

Fab-Union Space On The West Bund / Archi-Union Architects

21:00 - 27 October, 2015
Fab-Union Space On The West Bund / Archi-Union Architects, © Hao Chen
© Hao Chen

© Hao Chen © Su shengliang © Hao Chen © Hao Chen +32

Flexible Landscape / GOA Architects

20:00 - 26 October, 2015
Flexible Landscape / GOA Architects, © LYU Hengzhong, Shen Bo
© LYU Hengzhong, Shen Bo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Co-designer

    CAUP
  • Designers

    Wang Yibo, Huang Weile, Zhu Xudong
  • Area

    120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    LYU Hengzhong, Shen Bo, Courtesy of GOA

© LYU Hengzhong, Shen Bo © LYU Hengzhong, Shen Bo © LYU Hengzhong, Shen Bo © LYU Hengzhong, Shen Bo +37

Lecture: Hamonic+Masson & Associés in Shanghai

18:30 - 24 October, 2015
Lecture: Hamonic+Masson & Associés in Shanghai, Jean-Christophe Masson, co-founder of Hamonic+Masson & Associés, to give Architour lecture in Shanghai. The subject of the lecture will be heritage in architecture.
Jean-Christophe Masson, co-founder of Hamonic+Masson & Associés, to give Architour lecture in Shanghai. The subject of the lecture will be heritage in architecture.

As part of the CA Group’s lecture series, “Architour”, co-founder of Hamonic+Masson & Associés, Jean-Christophe Masson, will give a lecture at 15:30 on October 30th at the Ablues Design Exhibition 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.

Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Flower Building / MVRDV

22:00 - 15 October, 2015
Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Flower Building / MVRDV , © SHEN-PHOTO
© SHEN-PHOTO
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Changning Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200335
  • Area

    15000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© SHEN-PHOTO © SHEN-PHOTO Masterplan Rendering © SHEN-PHOTO +16

WIRED Looks at 8 Cities of the Future

08:00 - 13 October, 2015
WIRED Looks at 8 Cities of the Future, Hovenring, Circular Cycle Bridge / ipv Delft. Image Courtesy of ipv Delft
Hovenring, Circular Cycle Bridge / ipv Delft. Image Courtesy of ipv Delft

WIRED Magazine has created a list of Eight Cities That Will Show You What The Future Will Look Like in the latest edition of their design issue. In the relatively short span of time that humans have been planning cities, more and more decisions have been made that have shaped the path of new technologies and methods that will make cities better. Such projects—like new streetlights, bicycle infrastructure, and traffic-sensitive museums—highlight some of these advances in the urban lifestyle.

"The cities of tomorrow might still self-assemble haltingly, but done right, the process won’t be accidental. A city shouldn’t just happen anymore. Every block, every building, every brick represents innumerable decisions. Decide well, and cities are magic," writes Wired author Adam Rogers. Read on after the break to see how 8 different cities from around the world are implementing innovative projects. 

SOHO Fuxing Lu / gmp Architekten

19:00 - 14 August, 2015
SOHO Fuxing Lu / gmp Architekten, © Christian Gahl
© Christian Gahl
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, Shanghai, China
  • Project management – competition

    Su Jun
  • Team members – competition

    Stefan Hornscheidt, Li Zheng, Zhou Bin, Zhang Jing
  • Project management – detailed design

    Matthias Wiegelmann, Kong Jing
  • Team members – detailed design

    Team members – detailed design: Cai Yu, Guo Fuhui, Kornelia Krzykowska, Li Ling, Sebastian Linack, Xie Fang, Thilo Zehme, Zhang Yingying, Zheng Shanshan, Zhou Bin, Catharina Cragg, Dai Tianxing, Gao Rui, Hua Rong, Wu Hua, Yuan Hang, Zhang Xuhui
  • Area

    136540.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl +25

3Cubes Office Building / gmp Architekten

22:00 - 4 August, 2015
3Cubes Office Building / gmp Architekten, © Christian Gahl
© Christian Gahl

© Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl © Christian Gahl +12

Ennead Unveils Plans for Shanghai's Taopu Sci-Tech City

16:30 - 4 August, 2015
Ennead Unveils Plans for Shanghai's Taopu Sci-Tech City, Northeast Corner. Image © Ennead Architects
Northeast Corner. Image © Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has designed a new research and development community for Shanghai. Located on the city's western edge, as part of a new district being planned around one of Shanghai’s largest future public parks, Taopu Sci-Tech City will be a vibrant and well connected research district that engages its context by establishing a multilayered pedestrian network.   

“Our design goal was to create something greater than a single building; our goal was to create a memorable and connected civic district,” said Peter Schubert, a partner at Ennead International.

CTBUH Announces Winners of its 2015 Urban Habitat Competition

14:00 - 23 July, 2015
CTBUH Announces Winners of its 2015 Urban Habitat Competition, PARKROYAL on Pickering / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall
PARKROYAL on Pickering / WOHA. Image © Patrick Bingham-Hall

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced the winner and finalists of its 2015 Urban Habitat Award. Launched in 2014, the Urban Habitat Award recognizes the contributions of tall buildings to the urban realm. The winners this year were chosen for influencing their environment and cultural context intelligently, adding social sustainability to their immediate site and wider context. See all of the finalists and the winner after the break.

ALL SH / Linehouse

20:00 - 22 July, 2015
ALL SH / Linehouse, © Benoit Florencon
© Benoit Florencon
  • Architects

  • Location

    94 Wu Xing Lu, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000
  • Area

    20.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Benoit Florencon © Benoit Florencon © Benoit Florencon © Benoit Florencon +12

Monocle 24's 'Section D' Explores Public Space in Bandung and Housing in Montreal

04:10 - 15 July, 2015

This edition of Section DMonocle 24's weekly review of design, architecture and craft, travels to Indonesia’s third city Bandung, where former architect and current Mayor Ridwan Kamil "is transforming public space." The show also takes a tour of three early 20th-century apartment buildings in Montreal, and hears from Neri & Hu Design and Research Office in Shanghai.

Ports 1961 Shanghai Façade / UUfie

19:00 - 9 July, 2015
Ports 1961 Shanghai Façade / UUfie, © Su shengliang
© Su shengliang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, Shanghai, China
  • Interior Designer

    Yabu Pushelberg
  • Area

    1145.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang +18

The Top 10 Most Impactful Skylines

09:30 - 8 July, 2015
The Top 10 Most Impactful Skylines, Hong Kong Skyline. Image © Flickr CC user Brian H.Y
Hong Kong Skyline. Image © Flickr CC user Brian H.Y

Emporis, a German company that collects and distributes information on construction and the built environment, has released a ranking of the world’s 100 most visually impactful skylines, using statistical analysis to address a topic often made frustratingly subjective by civic pride. 

To create the rankings, Emporis used data from its archives to determine the number of high-rise buildings in the cities it studied, and applied a points system that gave each building a numerical value determined by the number of floors it has. To standardize their ranking process, the points system ignores spires and other ornament, and does not include television or antenna towers, masts, bridges, or similar architecture. 

Of the top 10 most impactful skylines, seven are in Asia, while North and South America combined have the other three. Notably, cities filled with rich architectural history fail to make the list, or fall surprisingly low in the rankings; London is number 44, Paris is ranked 66, and Rome does not make the cut. 

To see the top ten skylines, read on after the break, and click here to see Emporis' complete list.

Family Box / Crossboundaries

20:00 - 22 June, 2015
Family Box / Crossboundaries, © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries
© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries
  • Architects

  • Location

    Si Ping Lu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Binke Lenhardt, Dong Hao
  • Project Designers

    Anne-Charlotte Wiklander, Irene Solà, Gao Yang
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries +15

Keep It Glassy 2 / Coordination Asia

19:00 - 27 May, 2015
Keep It Glassy 2 / Coordination Asia, Courtesy of Coordination Asia
Courtesy of Coordination Asia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wandanu (Changjiang West Road), Baoshan, Shanghai, China, 200431
  • Area

    1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Coordination Asia

Courtesy of Coordination Asia Courtesy of Coordination Asia Courtesy of Coordination Asia Courtesy of Coordination Asia +17

An Interview With Zhang Bin, Atelier Z+

09:30 - 26 May, 2015
An Interview With Zhang Bin, Atelier Z+, Sino-French Centre of Tongji University. Image © Zhang Siye
Sino-French Centre of Tongji University. Image © Zhang Siye

"It’s really easy to build a building. From the very beginning to the realization; it’s very easy! You just give it an interesting form and you get approved. But the real issues are how to make it user-friendly and to enhance the quality of the life of the people trying to escape the influence of the “system”. That’s the challenge. In my experience […] I’ve learned that for architects, both Chinese and foreign, the use of form to create an object is easy but how to do the right thing is very challenging."
- Zhang Bin, Shanghai, Sept 2013

Anting culture and sports activity centre. Image Courtesy of Atelier Z+ Library of Tongji Zhejiang college. Image © Su Shengliang Building C, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University. Image © Zhang Siye Anting culture and sports activity centre. Image Courtesy of Atelier Z+ +18