Harvard GSD Students Win International Urban Design Competition for Shanghai Rail Station

06:00 - 3 February, 2016
Harvard GSD Students Win International Urban Design Competition for Shanghai Rail Station, Courtesy of The Harvard Graduate School of Design
Courtesy of The Harvard Graduate School of Design

A team of urban design students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design has won first prize in UD Shanghai’s 2015 International Student Urban Design Competition for the Shanghai Railway Station Area. Through the competition, the team reimagined the “Shanghai Railway Station, one of the city’s four major railway stations and one of China’s major rail hubs, in the context of the next round of the Shanghai Master Plan (2020 to 2040). In particular, the competition asked teams to promote walkability and smoother traffic patterns,” where the station creates a topographical gap, “and to consider thee-dimensional urban development around the station.”

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The Folded Apartment / MoreDesignOffice

19:00 - 2 February, 2016
The Folded Apartment / MoreDesignOffice, © Raphael Olivier
© Raphael Olivier

© Raphael Olivier © Raphael Olivier © Raphael Olivier © Raphael Olivier +20

schmidt hammer lassen Win Competition for Mixed-Use Cultural Project in Shanghai

06:00 - 28 January, 2016
schmidt hammer lassen Win Competition for Mixed-Use Cultural Project in Shanghai, © Beauty & the Bit, Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
© Beauty & the Bit, Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

schmidt hammer lassen architects has won an international competition to design a new home for the West Shanghai Workers’ Cultural Palace. This project has been a widely popular destination for Shanghai’s Labor Union workers and local community since it opened in 1959. The new proposal will include a theater, cinema, art and exhibition spaces, as well as office, sports facilities, commercial spaces, and a transportation hub -- all settled within the eight hectare site.

Yidian Office Complex / Jacques Ferrier Architecture

20:00 - 12 January, 2016
Yidian Office Complex / Jacques Ferrier Architecture, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

© Luc Boegly © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Jonathan Leijonhufvud © Luc Boegly +22

China’s Newly Completed Shanghai Tower Is Now the 2nd Tallest Building in the World

08:00 - 8 January, 2016
China’s Newly Completed Shanghai Tower Is Now the 2nd Tallest Building in the World, © Thomas Jaehndel via CTBUH
© Thomas Jaehndel via CTBUH

Gensler's recently completed Shanghai Tower is now the 2nd tallest building in the world, and the tallest building in China, according to The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).  At 632 meters tall, it is the third building in the world to exceed 600 meters and be designated “megatall.”

Aedas-Designed Project in Shanghai Deemed World's Best Mixed-Use Project

14:00 - 29 December, 2015
Aedas-Designed Project in Shanghai Deemed World's Best Mixed-Use Project, © Aedas
© Aedas

Aedas' Mapletree Business City Shanghai and VivoCity Shanghai has been named the "ultimate world's Best International Mixed-Use Architecture" of 2015, according to the International Property Awards that were announced in London. The mixed-use development merged retail, dining and entertainment with Grade A offices to "create a dynamic environment for both business and leisure." All facilities are seamlessly connected and share a number of amenities, thus providing a "new benchmark" of 'live, work and play' in Shanghai

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