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Henning Larsen Creates The Springs, an Urban Mountain Development for Shanghai

14:00 - 17 September, 2018
Henning Larsen Creates The Springs, an Urban Mountain Development for Shanghai, The Springs. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen
The Springs. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen

Henning Larsen have created a new proposal for The Springs, an urban oasis designed for Shanghai. Inspired by shan shui, a traditional form of Chinese landscape painting, the project is developed for Tishman-Speyer to evoke the mountain landscapes found throughout rural China. The project will mirror the mountain landscape with tall, terraced towers around a green public square. Made to create workspaces for creative industries, the three buildings will provide wide provide flexible workspace and common areas in the city center.

From China to Colombia, 5 Cities That Made Their Streets Safer With Urban Design

06:00 - 8 September, 2018
From China to Colombia, 5 Cities That Made Their Streets Safer With Urban Design, Joel Carlos Borges Street, in São Paulo, was transformed overnight to improve road safety, including enlarging the pedestrian area.
Joel Carlos Borges Street, in São Paulo, was transformed overnight to improve road safety, including enlarging the pedestrian area.

In 2015, the world community pledged to decrease half the number of deaths and grave injuries caused by traffic accidents by 2020. However, more than 3,200 deaths caused by collisions occur every day, and with the growing number of vehicles, that number can triple by 2030. 

The World's Largest Telescope Takes Shape in Southern China

08:00 - 28 August, 2018
The World's Largest Telescope Takes Shape in Southern China, FAST. Image © Liu Xu - Xinhua News Agency, Getty Images
FAST. Image © Liu Xu - Xinhua News Agency, Getty Images

Galaxies, quasars and gas clouds are a little bit closer, thanks to China's Five-Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope, or FAST. Built as the world's largest telescope, the project was made to sense radio waves from space. Sited in the Dawodang depression, a natural basin of the Guizhou Province in southwest China, the telescope was completed in September 2016. Now two years later, the telescope has begun to radically transform tourism and the urban evolution of Guizhou.

MUDA-Architects Wins "The Most Beautiful Bookstore in Chengdu" Competition

06:00 - 27 August, 2018
MUDA-Architects Wins "The Most Beautiful Bookstore in Chengdu" Competition , Courtesy of MUDA-Architects
Courtesy of MUDA-Architects

With 486 applicants and 249 conceptual plans received, MUDA-Architects stood out from the 20 finalists and won the first prize in "The Most Beautiful Bookstore in Chengdu" competition. The competition was sponsored by the Chengdu Tianfu New Area Investment Group, China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute, and co-sponsored by Chengdu Yi Zhu Yi Shi Culture Communication Ltd.

Manuel Zornoza of LATITUDE: "We Were Fascinated by this Idea - How do You Build a City from Scratch?"

09:30 - 22 August, 2018
Manuel Zornoza of LATITUDE: "We Were Fascinated by this Idea - How do You Build a City from Scratch?", © Hector Peinador. Image Courtesy of LATITUDE
© Hector Peinador. Image Courtesy of LATITUDE

Manuel N. Zornoza grew up in Alicante, Spain and, following studies in Madrid (UAX) and London (the AA), relocated to China in 2010 to avoid the economic crisis stifling architectural work in his home country. Over the last eight years, the young architect’s small but thriving studio has built more than a dozen projects, from shops, to factory space conversions, to a traditional Chinese hutong - all in China. But that’s not to say Zornoza’s left his roots behind. He now also maintains a small practice in Madrid, which handles projects in both China and Spain.

Snarkitecture's BOUNCE Offers A Surreal Playground to Hong Kong's Waterfront

12:30 - 13 August, 2018
Snarkitecture's BOUNCE Offers A Surreal Playground to Hong Kong's Waterfront, BOUNCE. Image Courtesy of Snarkitecture
BOUNCE. Image Courtesy of Snarkitecture

New York-based collaborative and design studio Snarkitecture have unveiled their newest interactive installation, bringing a surreal sense of play to Hong Kong’s waterfront. Titled “BOUNCE,” the installation features hundreds of 300% sized bouncing balls contained in a cage-like stadium, inviting the public to “create their own unique playing experiences.”

AMO’s First China Exhibition Design Revealed in Beijing

16:00 - 9 August, 2018
AMO’s First China Exhibition Design Revealed in Beijing, True Me. Image © Bian Jie, Courtesy of OMA
True Me. Image © Bian Jie, Courtesy of OMA

OMA's research and design practice AMO has opened True Me, the studio's first exhibition design in China. Built in the 798 Art Factory in Beijing, True Me explores modern selfie-culture and modes of self-representation through art and media. Organized by App developer Meitu and the Beijing Contemporary Arts Foundation, the exhibition features artworks by Hou Ying, Lu Yang, Maleonn, Xie Haiwei, Ye Funa, Chen Tianzhuo, teamLab, and Theodore Bradley. Celebrating the launch of Meitu’s new logo, the exhibition extends AMO’s interest in studying visual culture.

Space 4 Architecture's Proposed Bookstore in Chengdu, China Embodies Floating Water Lilies

08:00 - 4 August, 2018
Space 4 Architecture's Proposed Bookstore in Chengdu, China Embodies Floating Water Lilies , Courtesy of Space4Architecture
Courtesy of Space4Architecture

Space 4 Architecture's (S4A) proposal for a bookstore in Chengdu, China reflects the poetic beauty of floating lilies on water. The architects describe the project as a “permeable cultural container” that allows and encourages visitor interaction with the surrounding landscape. The design consists of a series of indoor and outdoor spaces that weave together a gentle intervention that mirrors and enhances the natural scenery it sits within.

Spend a Night on the Great Wall of China, Courtesy of Airbnb

10:30 - 2 August, 2018
Spend a Night on the Great Wall of China, Courtesy of Airbnb, © Airbnb
© Airbnb

Airbnb is giving four lucky winners the honor of being among “the first people in thousands of years to spend the night on the Great Wall of China.” The competition, open until August 11th, offers the prize of staying in a custom-designed home situated on one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

UM Architect's New Zhangjiang City Gate Reconnects Occupants with Nature

16:00 - 29 July, 2018
UM Architect's New Zhangjiang City Gate Reconnects Occupants with Nature, Courtesy of UM Architects
Courtesy of UM Architects

Chinese cities have been on a stride for decades, and are expected to become the world’s leading economy within the next few years. With all the ongoing architectural developments, nature remained key in most architects’ design developments, honoring the Chinese landscape and integrating it within their projects. The Zhangjiang New District is one of China’s new ongoing developments, housing numerous structures and architectural installations. Architecture firm UM has been selected to design the “City Gate,” a new iconic landmark in the New District, which will act as a transition between the extensive urbanism of Gan Zhou and its surrounding nature.