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Ports 1961 Shanghai Façade / UUfie

19:00 - 9 July, 2015
Ports 1961 Shanghai Façade / UUfie, © Su shengliang
© Su shengliang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, Shanghai, China
  • Interior Designer

    Yabu Pushelberg
  • Area

    1145.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang © Su shengliang +18

The Top 10 Most Impactful Skylines

09:30 - 8 July, 2015
The Top 10 Most Impactful Skylines, Hong Kong Skyline. Image © Flickr CC user Brian H.Y
Hong Kong Skyline. Image © Flickr CC user Brian H.Y

Emporis, a German company that collects and distributes information on construction and the built environment, has released a ranking of the world’s 100 most visually impactful skylines, using statistical analysis to address a topic often made frustratingly subjective by civic pride. 

To create the rankings, Emporis used data from its archives to determine the number of high-rise buildings in the cities it studied, and applied a points system that gave each building a numerical value determined by the number of floors it has. To standardize their ranking process, the points system ignores spires and other ornament, and does not include television or antenna towers, masts, bridges, or similar architecture. 

Of the top 10 most impactful skylines, seven are in Asia, while North and South America combined have the other three. Notably, cities filled with rich architectural history fail to make the list, or fall surprisingly low in the rankings; London is number 44, Paris is ranked 66, and Rome does not make the cut. 

To see the top ten skylines, read on after the break, and click here to see Emporis' complete list.

Family Box / Crossboundaries

20:00 - 22 June, 2015
Family Box / Crossboundaries, © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries
© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries
  • Architects

  • Location

    Si Ping Lu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Binke Lenhardt, Dong Hao
  • Project Designers

    Anne-Charlotte Wiklander, Irene Solà, Gao Yang
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries © Dong Hao @ Crossboundaries +15

Keep It Glassy 2 / Coordination Asia

19:00 - 27 May, 2015
Keep It Glassy 2 / Coordination Asia, Courtesy of Coordination Asia
Courtesy of Coordination Asia
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wandanu (Changjiang West Road), Baoshan, Shanghai, China, 200431
  • Area

    1000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Coordination Asia

Courtesy of Coordination Asia Courtesy of Coordination Asia Courtesy of Coordination Asia Courtesy of Coordination Asia +17

An Interview With Zhang Bin, Atelier Z+

09:30 - 26 May, 2015
An Interview With Zhang Bin, Atelier Z+, Sino-French Centre of Tongji University. Image © Zhang Siye
Sino-French Centre of Tongji University. Image © Zhang Siye

"It’s really easy to build a building. From the very beginning to the realization; it’s very easy! You just give it an interesting form and you get approved. But the real issues are how to make it user-friendly and to enhance the quality of the life of the people trying to escape the influence of the “system”. That’s the challenge. In my experience […] I’ve learned that for architects, both Chinese and foreign, the use of form to create an object is easy but how to do the right thing is very challenging."
- Zhang Bin, Shanghai, Sept 2013

Anting culture and sports activity centre. Image Courtesy of Atelier Z+ Library of Tongji Zhejiang college. Image © Su Shengliang Building C, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University. Image © Zhang Siye Anting culture and sports activity centre. Image Courtesy of Atelier Z+ +18

The Architectural Lab: A History Of World Expos

10:30 - 30 April, 2015
The Universal Exposition of 1889. Image © Wikimedia Commons
The Universal Exposition of 1889. Image © Wikimedia Commons

World Expos have long been important in advancing architectural innovation and discourse. Many of our most beloved monuments were designed and constructed specifically for world’s fairs, only to remain as iconic fixtures in the cities that host them. But what is it about Expos that seem to create such lasting architectural landmarks, and is this still the case today? Throughout history, each new Expo offered architects an opportunity to present radical ideas and use these events as a creative laboratory for testing bold innovations in design and building technology. World’s fairs inevitably encourage competition, with every country striving to put their best foot forward at almost any cost. This carte blanche of sorts allows architects to eschew many of the programmatic constraints of everyday commissions and concentrate on expressing ideas in their purest form. Many masterworks such as Mies van der Rohe’s German Pavilion (better known as the Barcelona Pavilion) for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition are so wholeheartedly devoted to their conceptual approach that they could only be possible in the context of an Exposition pavilion.

To celebrate the opening of Expo Milano 2015 tomorrow, we’ve rounded up a few of history’s most noteworthy World Expositions to take a closer look at their impact on architectural development.

1964 New York World’s Fair . Image via People for the Pavillion website Buckminster Fuller's Dome. Image © Flickr user abdallahh Barcelona Pavilion. Image © Gili Merin Kiyonari Kikutake's Landmark Tower +19

Shanghai Natural History Museum / Perkins+Will

23:00 - 23 April, 2015
Shanghai Natural History Museum / Perkins+Will, © James and Connor Steinkamp
© James and Connor Steinkamp

© James and Connor Steinkamp © James and Connor Steinkamp © James and Connor Steinkamp © James and Connor Steinkamp +22

Poggenpohl Shanghai Studio / OFA

20:00 - 22 April, 2015
Poggenpohl Shanghai Studio / OFA, © Nacasa & Partners
© Nacasa & Partners
  • Architects

  • Location

    NGS (Wanrong Road), Zhabei, Shanghai, China, 200072
  • Cost

    CNY15,000,000
  • Area

    2200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners © Nacasa & Partners +28

Student Accommodation / Wuyang Architecture

21:00 - 2 April, 2015
Student Accommodation / Wuyang Architecture, © SU Shengliang
© SU Shengliang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Jian Chuan Lu, Minhang Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Project Architect

    FENG Lu
  • Engineering

    SRIBS
  • Area

    975.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang +12

Video: Rob Whitworth, Stunning Cities in Hyperlapse

14:00 - 29 March, 2015

Witness the urban life of five stunning metropolises through the lens of Rob Whitworth with these "Vimeo Staff Pick" hyperlapse videos. From the unexplored urban life of the North Korean capital Pyongyang to the towering skyline of Dubai, each video explores an incredible sequence of daily living in cities across the planet. See more, including video from Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai, after the break.

Ennead Tapped to Design Shanghai Planetarium

15:37 - 9 March, 2015
Ennead Tapped to Design Shanghai Planetarium, © Thomas Wong / Ennead Architects
© Thomas Wong / Ennead Architects

Ennead Architects has won an international competition to design the Shanghai Planetarium. The “celestial” design hopes to elevate the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum’s (SSTM) “scientific and technological capacity” while redefine the district Lingang upon its completion in 2018. 

“Drawing inspiration form astronomical principles, our design strategy provides a platform for the experience of orbital motion, and utilizes that as a metaphorical reference and generator of form,” says Ennead Architects.

© Thomas Wong / Ennead Architects © Thomas Wong / Ennead Architects © Thomas Wong / Ennead Architects © Thomas Wong / Ennead Architects +15

Flask - The Press / Alberto Caiola

20:00 - 7 March, 2015
© Shen Zhonghai
© Shen Zhonghai

© Shen Zhonghai © Shen Zhonghai © Shen Zhonghai © Shen Zhonghai +15

Songjiang Art Campus / Archi-Union Architects

21:00 - 4 March, 2015
Songjiang Art Campus  / Archi-Union Architects, 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 Courtesy of Archi-Union Architects +43

Lone Ranger Hot Dog Shop / Linehouse

01:00 - 17 February, 2015
Lone Ranger Hot Dog Shop / Linehouse, © Benoit Florençon
© Benoit Florençon
  • Architects

  • Location

    Wai Ma Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Area

    19.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Benoit Florençon © Benoit Florençon © Benoit Florençon © Benoit Florençon +16

Kids Museum Of Glass / Coordination Asia

01:00 - 12 February, 2015
Kids Museum Of Glass  / Coordination Asia , Courtesy of Coordination Asia
Courtesy of Coordination Asia
  • Architects

  • Location

    G+ Park, 685 Changjiang West Road, Baoshan, Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Tilman Thürmer
  • Area

    2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Coordination Asia

Courtesy of Coordination Asia Courtesy of Coordination Asia Courtesy of Coordination Asia Courtesy of Coordination Asia +29

Office Around a Tree / Lukstudio

01:00 - 26 December, 2014
Office Around a Tree / Lukstudio, © Peter Dixie
© Peter Dixie
  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    Christina Luk, Wesley Shu, Scott Baker, Mavis Li
  • Area

    133.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Peter Dixie © Peter Dixie © Peter Dixie © Peter Dixie +18

The Platform / Lukstudio

01:00 - 25 December, 2014
The Platform / Lukstudio, © Peter Dixie
© Peter Dixie
  • Architects

  • Location

    Nan Jing Dong Lu, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200085
  • Design Team

    Christina Luk, Scott Baker, Wesley Shu
  • Area

    50.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Peter Dixie © Peter Dixie © Peter Dixie © Peter Dixie +10

Waterfront Restaurant / Pro-Form Architects

01:00 - 18 December, 2014
Waterfront Restaurant / Pro-Form Architects, © LV Hengzhong
© LV Hengzhong
  • Architects

  • Location

    2801 Hu Yi Gong Lu, Jiading Qu, Shanghai Shi, China
  • Architect in Charge

    WU Jing, LI Peng, HE Ru of Pro-Form Architects Limited
  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong © LV Hengzhong +25