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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

G9 Shangai / Atelier INDJ

  • Architects: Atelier INDJ
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge: Ian Douglas-Jones
  • Area: 270.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Bono Yan

© Bono Yan © Bono Yan © Bono Yan © Bono Yan

ABC Cooking Studio / Prism Design

  • Architects: Prism Design
  • Location: Huangpu, Shanghai, China
  • Architects in Charge: Tomohiro Katsuki, Masanori Kobayashi, Reiji Kobayashi
  • Area: 160.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Studio W – Wataru Ishida

© Studio W – Wataru Ishida © Studio W – Wataru Ishida © Studio W – Wataru Ishida © Studio W – Wataru Ishida

Aimé Patisserie / LUKSTUDIO

  • Architects: LUKSTUDIO
  • Location: Huaihai Middle Road 697 Long Unit (North Gate), 697弄 Huaihai Middle Road, Huaihai Road Middle Section, Huangpu, China, 200000
  • Design Team: Christina Luk, Mavis Li, Wesley Shu, Scott Baker, Jaycee Chui
  • Area: 63.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Peter Dixie

© Peter Dixie © Peter Dixie © Peter Dixie © Peter Dixie

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

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.

EMG Shanghai Design Centre / O-OFFICE Architects

  • Architects: O-OFFICE Architects
  • Location: Yixian Unit (Qingshi Road), Wujiaochang, Baoshan, Shanghai, China
  • Area: 537.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Likyfoto

© Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto © Likyfoto

Shanghai Futures Exchange Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia

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

Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia 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.

Shanghai Community Cubes / INCLUDED

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

© Marco Jacobs © Jennifer Ha © Jennifer Ha © Jennifer Ha

UA Studio 7 and Aedas' Central Business District for Hongqiao Airport Now Underway

Urban Architecture (UA Studio 7) and Aedas' winning proposal for the Hongqiao Central Business District has broke ground at Shanghai’s domestic Hongqiao Airport, mainland China's fourth busiest airport. The 18.4 hectare office and retail center, masterplanned by UA, has been divided into two parts: UA Studio 7 will design the office district, “a flower with eight leaves,” while Aedas designs the shopping, hotel, and conference center along a "bow curve" of pedestrian flow.

According to UA, the winning scheme's success was "due to a highly energy-efficient architecture proposal combined with an urban plan that allows for pedestrian-friendly spaces."