Folding Red / Jike Zhicheng

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Architects: Jike Zhicheng
Location: Lujiazui, Pudong, , China
Collaborate Design: Tonghe Shanzhi
Area: 320 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Jike Zhicheng

Foster and Heatherwick Collaborate to Design Shanghai Finance Center

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Foster + Partners has joined forces with Heatherwick Studio to design the new Bund Finance Centre (BFC) in the heart of historic . The mixed-use, waterfront destination will serve as the “end point” to the city’s most famous street, as well as a prime connection between the old town, the Bund, and the new financial district.

Rok Oman, Principal of OFIS Architects, to Give “Architour” Lecture in Shanghai

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As part of the CA Group’s lecture series, “Architour,” principal of OFIS architects, Rok Oman, will lecture on December 7th at the Tongji Architectural Design Co. in .  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 and Hirata Akihisa were the series’ first speakers.

At the end of each year, an exhibition will be mounted; and at the end of the three years, the contents of the lectures will be published as a book.

More info on the “Architour” at the CA Group‘s website and weibo.

Glass office SOHO China / AIM Architecture

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Architects: AIM Architecture
Location: Shanghai,
Architects: Wendy Saunders, Vincent de Graaf, German Roig, Carter Chen and Jiao Yan
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jerry Yin

Shanghai West Bund Biennial Pavilions / SHL Architects

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Architects: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Location: ,
Area: 240 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Sky SOHO Leasing Showroom / GAP Architects

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Architects: GAP Architects
Location: , China
Principal Designer: Raymond Lau
Design Team: Raymond Lau, Yandong Ren, Jiabao Zhao
Area: 350.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Raymond Lau & Jerry Yin

Camper Showroom / Neri&Hu Design and Research Office

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Architects: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu
Associates: Alex Mok, Peter Eland
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Dirk Weiblen

Bubble Building / 3GATTI Architecture Studio

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The Bubble Building, a “renovation of a common, old and unattractive building” in the centre of , is a simple design containing complex environmental qualities. Unlike a conventional retrofit or renovation, 3GATTI‘s proposal places inflatables made of white antibacterial technical outdoor nylon, in front of the windows on the existing building. Their concept was to “create an icon-building, a kind of landmark very easy to recognize, a kind of sculpture with a strong character able to detach itself from the boring cityscape” with the ultimate aim to attract customers to rent both the office and commercial spaces.

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 and commerce has won Joel Sanders Architect and FreelandBuck first prize in the international competition hosted by the largest media and publishing company in , 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: ,
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 China’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