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Container Sale Office / Atelier XÜK

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

© Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang

Aedas' Leaf-Shaped Sales Gallery Nears Completion in Shanghai

Aedas is nearing completion on the sales gallery for the mixed-use Shanghai 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. 

Overview. Image Courtesy of Aedas Shopping Mall. Image Courtesy of Aedas Shopping Mall. Image Courtesy of Aedas Hotel. Image Courtesy of Aedas

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

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

"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 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

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

© Shen Photography © Shen Photography © Shen Photography © Shen Photography

Interactive Infographic Tracks the Growth of the World's Megacities

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

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

© Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San

Jinqiao 21 Office / Space Cube Design Lab

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

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang

Shanghai MOCA / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

  • 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
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Jeremy San

© Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San © Jeremy San

Neri&Hu: Redefining the Meaning of 'Made in China'

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 Shanghai 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

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

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.

Nanfung Commercial, Hospitality and Exhibition Complex, Guangzhou, China. Image Courtesy of Aedas North Star Mixed-use Development, Beijing, China [Designed by Andrew Bromberg]. Image Courtesy of Aedas Hengqin International Financial Centre, Zhuhai, China. Image Courtesy of Aedas R&F Centre, Guangzhou, China {Project Design Director - Ken Wai, Aedas]. Image Courtesy of Aedas

Dashun Pavilion / Pro-Form Architects

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

© LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong

Daidai Pavilion / Pro-Form Architects

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

© LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong

Zhangmiao Exercise Park / Archi-Union Architects

  • Architects: Archi-Union Architects
  • Location: Baoshan Road, Shanghai, China
  • Architect In Charge: Philip F. Yuan
  • Schematic Design: Alex Han, Shaoliang Hua, Fuzi He
  • Construction Design: Fuzi He, Weiwei Zhao
  • Area: 4000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects

Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects

Flamingo Shanghai Office / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office

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

© Dirk Weiblen © Dirk Weiblen © Dirk Weiblen © Dirk Weiblen

Bank of Shanghai Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia

  • Architects: Silvio d´Ascia
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Design Team: Silvio d’Ascia Architecture with AREP
  • Area: 76000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Yves Chan You

© Yves Chan You © Yves Chan You © Yves Chan You © Yves Chan You