Apple Patents Glass Cylinder Design

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Apple has successfully secured a patent for the cylindrical, glass entrance to its Shanghai store. After trademarking the design and layout of its retail stores last January, this is one more battle Apple has won for copyrighting its signature look.

More on the patented design after the break.

American Architects Win International Competition for “Cultural Mall” in China

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A looping mixture of culture and has won Joel Sanders Architect and FreelandBuck first prize in the international competition hosted by the largest media and publishing company in China, Phoenix Publishing and Media Group (PPMG).

Their 80,000 square meter winning proposal for the new Kunshan Phoenix Cultural Mall divides a large urban block into four ‘cultural cores,’ each five stories high and respectively housing a theater, fitness club, education center, and exhibition halls. The podium, which sits upon the glass-clad cores, spirals the length of the perimeter (comprised of stores, restaurants and cafes) and ultimately plateaus at an open park where the public and Phoenix employees would share a common space.

Red Wall / 3Gatti Architecture Studio

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Architects: 3Gatti Architecture Studio
Location: Shanghai,
Chief Architect: Francesco Gatti
Project Manager: Summer Nie
Area: 14,300 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Shen Qiang & Daniele Mattioli

The Commune Social / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

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Architects: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
Location: Jiangning Road, ,
Architect In Charge: Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu
Associate In Charge: Cai Chun Yan
Area: 495 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Design Republic Design Commune / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

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Architects: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
Location: ,
Partners In Charge: Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu
Associate In Charge: Cai Chun Yan
Design Team: Wang Yan, Fu Ying, Guo Peng, Peter Eland, Jonas Hultman, Markus Stoecklein, Christina Cho, Jeongyon Mimi Kim, Ella Ye Lu, Federico Saralvo, Zhao Lei, Xiao Lei, Darcy Tang
Area: 2,400 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Google Timelapse Reveals Effects of Rapid Urbanization

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NASA, in cooperation with TIME and Google, has unveiled startling timelapse images of Earth from orbit collected by ’s Landsat program since 1984. This program, created not for spycraft but for monitoring the way in which humans are rapidly altering the surface of the planet, consists of eight satellites that have collected millions of pictures in the course of two generations. When sifted through, cleaned up and stitched together, these pictures come together to create a high-definition slideshow that reveals some of the drastic changes our planet is undergoing – most notably through widespread urbanization.

Rethinking the Split House / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office

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Architects: Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
Location: ,
Area: 193 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

SOHO Hailun Plaza / UNStudio

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This 33-story SOHO Hailun Plaza is currently being constructed in the dense city of . Located at the intersection of two metro lines, the plaza will include a 130-meter office tower and five mixed-use podiums. The design, by UNStudio, treats each structure as a set of objects shaped by the flow of commuters. Each facade will be cloaked in a similar, faceted texture that will “change in appearance when approached from different directions.”

Gensler Tops Out on World’s Second Tallest Skyscraper: Shanghai Tower

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On schedule to be ’s tallest and the world’s second tallest skyscraper, the Gensler -designed Tower has topped out at 632 meters (2,074 feet). Upon completion in 2014, the spiraling megastructure will complete a trio of towers – including the adjacent Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center – to become the centerpiece of the city’s Lujiazui commercial district – one of Asia’s leading financial centers which developed from farmland in just over 20 years.

Defined by series of distinctive sky gardens, the state-of-the-art tower will house Class-A office and retail space, along with a luxury hotel and cultural venues.

Continue reading to learn how the Shanghai Tower’s structure saved millions and why it will achieve LEED Gold.

K11 Art Mall Shanghai / Kokaistudios

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Architects: Kokaistudios
Location: ,
Design Team: Andrea Destefanis, Filippo Gabbiani, Pietro Peyron, Li Wei, Carmen Lee, Wang Yun, Coco Cheng
Local Architect: Tong Ji Architecture Design Research Institute
Area: 35500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Charlie Xia

Matsu Flagship Store / EXH Design

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Architects: EXH Design
Location: ,
Area: 1800.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of EXH Design

Shanghai Hongqiao CBD Office Headquarters Building / LYCS Architecture

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LYCS Architecture has shared drawings and renderings for their Hongqiao CBD Office Headquarters Building, which broke ground this month.  Situated in a rapidly developing part of western and at the center of a transportation hub, the project is scheduled to be completed in 2014.

Suzhou Creek Boutique Hotel / DAtrans Architecture Office

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Architects: DAtrans Architecture Office
Location: , China
Architects: Chen Xudong, Yan Mengfei, Chen Yang, Wen Yifeng
Area: 500 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Geng Tao

Shanghai Pudong International Airport / Paul Andreu Architecte

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Architects: Paul Andreu Architecte
Location: Shanghai,
Design Team: F.Tamisier, G.Andreu, P.Gonon, H.Boitard
Area: 220,000 sqm
Year: 1999
Photographs: Paul Maurer

Xuhui Binjian Media City 188S-G-1 Tower and Podium Winning Proposal / Aedas

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Aedas recently won the competition to design Xuhui Binjian Media City 188S-G-1 Tower and Podium with their very dynamic and unique shaped proposal. Located in , their tower begins with an extruded rectangular plan, and independent from the podium, meets the ground to allow circulation around its base. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Mercato / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office

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Architects: Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
Location: ,
Area: 1000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute

Video: This is Shanghai

A little over thirty years ago, was a fairly dense, mid-rise city with no skyscrapers. Now, has been transformed into a global metropolis with over 4,000 skyscrapers – twice as many as New York. In an attempt to capture the “diversities and eccentricities of the metropolis that is beyond the famous skyline,” photographer Rob Whitworth and urban identity expert JT Singh joined forces to create ‘This is Shanghai.’

Jiaotong University of Law / Kokaistudios

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Architects: Kokaistudios
Location: Shanghai,
Area: 10500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Charlie Xia