Jade Museum / Archi-Union Architects

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Architects: Archi-Union Architects
Location: Xuhui District, Shanghai,
Architect In Charge: Philip F. Yuan
Design Team: Alex Han, Fuzi He
Client: Jade Museum
Area: 1,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Xia Zhi

Shanghai Cultural Center Competition Entry / BKK Architects + Brearley Architects & Urbanists

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Designed by BKK Architects, in collaboration with Brearley Architects & Urbanists, Normal University’s new Cultural Center aims to create an intensive and richly mixed-use building by applying the lessons of the city and drawing upon the cloister typology. Arranged around an activated central courtyard, the project will provide a new focus for campus life, accommodating a broad range of cultural, retail, hospitality, and leisure activities. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Pavilion 4 / HMA Architects & Designers

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Architects: HMA Architects & Designers
Location: Shanghai,
Collaborators: Tongji Architectural Design (Group)
Area: 10,200 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Lvfeng photography Studio, Gengtao, Li Xuefeng

Shanghai Wuzhou International Plaza Winning Proposal / Synthesis Design + Architecture Inc. & Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research

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Synthesis Design + Architecture Inc. and Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research Co. Ltd have been awarded first place in the invited international design competition for the Wuzhou International Plaza. Their scheme, entitled “Urban Canyon”, embodies the energy and vibrancy of the cities distinct urban environment. Inspired by traditional Chinese concepts of Yin and Yang, the project is organized as two nested rock-like volumes which have been broken apart to reveal a flowing canyon condition which connects the project to the urban fabric of the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Tony’s Farm / Playze

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Architects: Playze
Location: , China
Team: Mengjia He, Pascal Berger, Marc Schmit, Meijun wu, Liv Xu Ye, Ahmed Hosny, Andres Tovar, Sebastian Hefti, Maggie Tang
Area: 1,060 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Bartosz Kolonko

Shanghai Vanke Headquarters / Tsushima Design Studio

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Architects: Tsushima Design Studio
Location: , Changning, China
Design Architects: (TDS), Kobayashi Maki Design Workshop, Inc. (KMDW)
Principal: Mr. Toshio Tsushima (TDS), Mr. Hiroto Kobayashi/Mrs. Naomi Maki (KMDW)
Collaborators: Shanghai Vanke: Shikyo Fu (Design Director)
Landscape: Studio On Site
Area: 15,000 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Masao Nishikawa

Roche Canteen / EXH Design

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Architects: EXH Design
Location: Shanghai,
Design Team: Erich Diserens, Zhang Xi
Area: 3,500 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of EXH Design

Jiading Office Complex / Damian Donze (Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute)

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As part of the new Tongji Science and Technology Park in Jiading, , the aim for the design by Damian Donze of Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute was to create a high level office complex with a commercial street on the ground floor. The irregular form of the building is not just to make an impression, but creates high end office spaces with access to exterior space. The building stretches along Huang Du Lü Yuan Road and extends the commercial street coming from the North. More images and architects’ description after the break.

BGO Headquarters / ///byn

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Architects: ///byn
Location: Tianlin Road, Shanghai,
Design Team: Nicolas Salto Del Giorgio, Bittor Sanchez-Monasterio
Collaborators: Gonzalo Fernandez, Tian Miao, Irene Perez, Li Min
Construction: Shanghai Laijiang Decorate Design CO, LTD.
Area: 750 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jiang Yong

Insertion Below Chimney / Original Design Studio

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Architects: Original Design Studio
Location: , China
Design Team: Zhang Ming, Zhang Zi, Sun Jialong
Area: 3,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Zhang Siye – Wang Yuan – Sun Jialong

Power Station of Art / Original Design Studio

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Architects: Original Design Studio
Location: ,
Design Team: Zhang Ming, Zhang Zi, Ding Kuo, Ding Chun, Sun Jialong, Wang Zhigang, Zhang Hao
Area: 38,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Zhang Siye – Zhang Ming – Wang Yuan

DAGA Cafe / ///byn

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Architects: ///byn
Location: ,
Principals: Nicolas Salto del Giorgio & Bittor Sanchez-Monasterio
Collaborators: Audrius Liaugminas, Luke Webster, Yao Yi & Li Min
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: JIANG Yong

Foster + Partners break ground on Shanghai mixed-use centre

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Foster + Partners has broke ground on the Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre, new dynamic mixed-use community centered on a four-hectare public park in the heart of Hongqiao CBD. The large-scale urban plan that extends from ’s main station and brings together highly efficient, flexible office buildings, animated at ground level by shops, restaurants and a range of new civic spaces.

Continue after the break to learn more.

The Black Box / Neri & Hu

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Architects: Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
Location: 88 Yuqing Road, Shanghai,
Partners In Charge: Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute, Tuomas Uusheimo, Derryck Menere, Courtesy of Neri & Hu

The Waterhouse at South Bund / Neri & Hu

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Architects: Neri & Hu Design and Research Office
Location: ,
Design Team: Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu, Debby Haepers, Cai Chun yan, Markus Stoecklein, Jane Wang
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute, Tuomas Uusheimo, Derryck Menere

The Limits of Density

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In an article published by The Wall Street Journal called For Creative Cities, the Sky Has Its Limit, Richard Florida discusses the development of urban environments and their relative successes.  As human migrations are trending towards big cities, the design and appropriation of space within these cities is increasingly important.  Florida cites that trends indicate that by 2050 cities will make up 70% of the global population.  With so many people, elevate density within cities will be unavoidable, but what Florida emphasizes is that it isn’t just density that makes a vibrant and thriving city.  Citing and New York City as examples of dense urban environments, Florida explains the differences in their relative architectural and urban developments and the prosperity that follows. The fundamental difference? The prevalence of mixed-use neighborhoods in New York City that overpower the innovation of strictly financial districts of either New York or .

Let’s look at these examples after the break.

AASH11 Workshop – “City on the Sea”

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70.8% of the earth’s surface is water and Shanghai is approaching a point of overflow. Future development will require the inhabitation of this surface area. In addition to a fascinating physical property caused by the surface tension of water, the meniscus is a strikingly relevant metaphor for the urban predicament of contemporary. As an urban metaphor, the meniscus is associated with periphery, threshold, development, and tension.

‘Foster + Partners: the Art of Architecture’ Exhibition

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Taking place at the Oil Painting and Sculpture Institute (SPSI), from July 25 to August 25, the ‘Foster + Partners: the Art of Architecture’ exhibition is the first major survey of the studio’s work to be held in . It reveals details of a number of new projects underway in the region, including headquarters for Citic Bank in Hangzhou, a new tower in Nanjing and the Vantone development in Shanghai. It is also an opportunity to see the original models and sketches for high-profile completed buildings, such as Beijing International Airport, the Millau Viaduct in France, Hearst Tower in New York and the Swiss Re headquarters in London. More architects’ description after the break.