How I Built A New China: A talk with Expo 2010 Planner Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu

01:00 - 24 October, 2014
How I Built A New China: A talk with Expo 2010 Planner Siegfried Zhiqiang Wu, The main entrance of the Shanghai 2010 Expo. Image © Weixuan Wei
The main entrance of the Shanghai 2010 Expo. Image © Weixuan Wei

"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

01:00 - 20 October, 2014
1305 Studio Office / 1305 Studio, © Shen Photography
© Shen Photography
  • Architects

  • 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 +36

Interactive Infographic Tracks the Growth of the World's Megacities

00:00 - 11 October, 2014
Interactive Infographic Tracks the Growth of the World's Megacities, Tokyo remains the world's largest city, but is beginning to see competition from the world's other megacities. Image © Flickr CC User Les Taylor
Tokyo remains the world's largest city, but is beginning to see competition from the world's other megacities. Image © Flickr CC User Les Taylor

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

01:00 - 9 October, 2014
ChenJiaShan Park Tea Lounge Renovation / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects, © Jeremy San
© Jeremy San
  • 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 +18

Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus

01:00 - 8 October, 2014
Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Longteng Avenue, Xuhui, Shanghai, China, 200231
  • Architect in Charge

    Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng
  • Design Team

    Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng, Wang Longhai, Wang Weishi, Wu Zhenghui, Wang Xuepei, Chen Kun
  • Area

    33007.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Xia Zhi +36

Jinqiao 21 Office / Space Cube Design Lab

01:00 - 3 October, 2014
Jinqiao 21 Office / Space Cube Design Lab, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang +20

Shanghai MOCA / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

01:00 - 26 August, 2014
Shanghai MOCA / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects, © Jeremy San
© Jeremy San
  • 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 +30

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

00:00 - 13 August, 2014
Neri&Hu: Redefining the Meaning of 'Made in China' , Design Collective / Neri & Hu. Image © Shen Zhonghai
Design Collective / Neri & Hu. Image © Shen Zhonghai

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

00:00 - 7 August, 2014
Shanghai Tower Enters Final Stage of Construction, Climbing skyward, Shanghai Tower (center) is seen in Shanghai (July 2014), in the final stage of construction. Situated in Shanghai’s fast-growing Pudong District, Shanghai Tower is located adjacent to the Jin Mao Tower (left) and the Shanghai World Financial Center (right). Image © Nick Almasy Photography
Climbing skyward, Shanghai Tower (center) is seen in Shanghai (July 2014), in the final stage of construction. Situated in Shanghai’s fast-growing Pudong District, Shanghai Tower is located adjacent to the Jin Mao Tower (left) and the Shanghai World Financial Center (right). Image © Nick Almasy Photography

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

01:00 - 22 July, 2014
AD Interviews: Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas, on Appoaching Densification in London, Keith Griffiths. Image Courtesy of Aedas
Keith Griffiths. Image Courtesy of Aedas

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 +7

Dashun Pavilion / Pro-Form Architects

01:00 - 19 July, 2014
Dashun Pavilion / Pro-Form Architects, © LV Hengzhong
© LV Hengzhong
  • 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 +16

Daidai Pavilion / Pro-Form Architects

01:00 - 16 July, 2014
Daidai Pavilion / Pro-Form Architects, © LV Hengzhong
© LV Hengzhong
  • 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 +12

Zhangmiao Exercise Park / Archi-Union Architects

01:00 - 14 July, 2014
Zhangmiao Exercise Park / Archi-Union Architects, Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects
Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects
  • 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 +12

Flamingo Shanghai Office / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office

01:00 - 3 July, 2014
Flamingo Shanghai Office / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office, © Dirk Weiblen
© Dirk Weiblen
  • Architects

  • 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 +23

Bank of Shanghai Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia

01:00 - 13 June, 2014
Bank of Shanghai Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia, © Yves Chan You
© Yves Chan You
  • Architects

  • 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 +18

G9 Shangai / Atelier INDJ

01:00 - 6 June, 2014
G9 Shangai / Atelier INDJ, © Bono Yan
© Bono Yan
  • Architects

  • 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 +14

ABC Cooking Studio / Prism Design

01:00 - 25 May, 2014
ABC Cooking Studio / Prism Design, © Studio W – Wataru Ishida
© Studio W – Wataru Ishida
  • Architects

  • 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 +12

Aimé Patisserie / LUKSTUDIO

01:00 - 15 May, 2014
Aimé Patisserie / LUKSTUDIO, © Peter Dixie
© Peter Dixie
  • Architects

  • 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 +15