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Beyond the Viral Images: Inside MVRDV’s Tianjin Binhai Library with #donotsettle

09:30 - 16 February, 2018
Beyond the Viral Images: Inside MVRDV’s Tianjin Binhai Library with #donotsettle, © Ossip van Duivenbode
© Ossip van Duivenbode

#donotsettle is an online video project created by Wahyu Pratomo and Kris Provoost about architecture and the way it is perceived by users. They visit buildings, make videos and write extended stories in their exclusive column on ArchDaily, #donotsettle Extra.

Best Modern Examples of Ancient Courtyard Renovations in China

12:00 - 3 February, 2018
Best Modern Examples of Ancient Courtyard Renovations in China, © Fangfang Tian
© Fangfang Tian

Chinese courtyard houses are one of the most common housing typologies spanning all the way from the northern capital of Beijing to the poetic southern cities Hangzhou and back to the picturesque regions of Yunnan. Typically referred as heyuan, these courtyards homes are simply a “yard enclosed on four sides." 

JIAKUN Architects Selected to Design First Foreign Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in Beijing

16:15 - 31 January, 2018
JIAKUN Architects Selected to Design First Foreign Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in Beijing, Render of the Serpentine Pavilion Beijing 2018, Design by Jiakun Architects. Image © JIAKUN Architects
Render of the Serpentine Pavilion Beijing 2018, Design by Jiakun Architects. Image © JIAKUN Architects

The Serpentine Galleries has announced the expansion of their popular summer pavilion program, collaborating with Beijing’s WF Central to commission the inaugural Serpentine Pavilion Beijing. The first Serpentine Pavilion to be built outside of the Galleries’ Kensington Gardens home in London, the Beijing Pavilion will be located just 600 meters away from the historic Forbidden City in the Dongcheng District, where it will host a program of cultural activities and events.

Observation Tower Adapts Chinese Typologies to Create Dynamic Public Space

14:00 - 28 January, 2018
Observation Tower Adapts Chinese Typologies to Create Dynamic Public Space, Courtesy of Stefano Corbo Studio
Courtesy of Stefano Corbo Studio

A proposal for the 'NaTian' Cup International Design Competition, "The Gentle Giant" from Stefano Corbo Studio acts as a continuation of the existing bridge providing a unique path for the public, as well as a visual link to the surrounding Flower Farm area. The proposed landmark combines the vertical presence of Chinese "Pagodas and Porcelain Towers" with the dynamic geometry of the Great Wall, whose powerful arrangement has a direct relationship to its changing topography. 

World's Largest Air Purifier Completes Successful Trial Run in Xi'an, China

16:00 - 16 January, 2018
World's Largest Air Purifier Completes Successful Trial Run in Xi'an, China, The 100-meter-tall air purification tower in Xi’an, China – believed to be the world’s largest air purifier. Image via South China Morning Post
The 100-meter-tall air purification tower in Xi’an, China – believed to be the world’s largest air purifier. Image via South China Morning Post

A 100-meter-tall air purification tower in Xi’an, China – believed to be the world’s largest air purifier – has significantly improved city air quality, results from its preliminary run suggest.

RSHP and Aedas Unveil Boundary Crossing Building for World's Longest Motorway Bridge in China

14:00 - 15 January, 2018
RSHP and Aedas Unveil Boundary Crossing Building for World's Longest Motorway Bridge in China, Courtesy of HKBC Construction
Courtesy of HKBC Construction

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) and Aedas have unveiled the design of a new boundary crossing that will serve as an important transportation exchange point within the Pearl River Delta, linking Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China. Already under construction, the project is expected to be completed in 2019. 

The Record Breaking 31 Meter Tall "Flamenco Ice Tower" Opens in Harbin, China

06:00 - 15 January, 2018
The Record Breaking 31 Meter Tall "Flamenco Ice Tower" Opens in Harbin, China, Courtesy of Eindhoven University of Technology
Courtesy of Eindhoven University of Technology

Beyonds igloos, sculptures, and Sweden’s ICEHOTELice is not often seen as building material. An international team of Dutch-end Chinese students and professors from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Summa College, and the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) have used the freezing material to construct “Flamenco Ice Tower” in Harbin, China - the home of the International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. 

At the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chinese Firms Look to Tradition to Write a New Chapter in Their Nation's Architectural History

08:00 - 20 December, 2017
At the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chinese Firms Look to Tradition to Write a New Chapter in Their Nation's Architectural History, Five Dragons Temple in Shanxi Province, designed by URBANUS. Image by Yang Chaoying
Five Dragons Temple in Shanxi Province, designed by URBANUS. Image by Yang Chaoying

This article was originally published on the blog of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest platform for contemporary architecture in North America. The 2017 Biennial, entitled Make New History, will be free and open to the public between September 16, 2017 and January 6, 2018.

The Results Are In: 2017 Was Another Record-Breaking Year for Skyscrapers

12:45 - 14 December, 2017
The Results Are In: 2017 Was Another Record-Breaking Year for Skyscrapers, Courtesy of CTBUH
Courtesy of CTBUH

2017 was another banner year for skyscraper construction.

2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture Opens This Week in Shenzhen 

18:00 - 11 December, 2017
2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture Opens This Week in Shenzhen   , Courtesy of UABB2017
Courtesy of UABB2017

Text from the organizers Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB). The Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB), the only exhibition in the world to explore issues of urbanization and architectural development, will be opening for its 7th edition on December 15th, 2017. UABB will be held at Nantou Old Town in Nanshan district, an urban village that was once the administrative center of the Bao'An County. Hou Hanru, Liu Xiaodu, and Meng Yan (in alphabetic order) make up the curatorial team, all known for notable accomplishments in their respective fields. UABB is thrilled to host more than 200 award-winning exhibitors from 25 countries to share their perspectives on diversity and urban villages at this year’s biennale.

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