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Skyscrapers of 2018: Soaring Beyond the Archetypal Crystal Tower

07:00 - 14 December, 2018
Skyscrapers of 2018: Soaring Beyond the Archetypal Crystal Tower, © Viktor Sukharukov
© Viktor Sukharukov

Either as singular outcroppings or as part of a bustling center, skyscrapers are neck-craning icons across major city centers in the world. A modern trope of extreme success and wealth, the skyscraper has become an architectural symbol for vibrant urban hubs and commercial powerhouses dominating cities like New York, Dubai, and Singapore.

EID Architecture Creates Twisting Supertall Tower for Fuzhou, China

06:00 - 8 December, 2018
EID Architecture Creates Twisting Supertall Tower for Fuzhou, China, Shimao Fuzhou Tower. Image Courtesy of EID Architecture
Shimao Fuzhou Tower. Image Courtesy of EID Architecture

EID Architecture was selected earlier this year as one of the two finalists in an international competition to design a 518 meter-tall tower in Fuzhou, China. Located on a prominent riverfront site in Fuzhou, Shimao North Riverfront Tower was made to be the centerpiece of a new business district within the city. The tower's design explores what supertall building means today. In contrast to many form-driven towers, Shimao Fuzhou aims to integrate architecture and structure to create an iconic and futuristic landmark with remarkable efficiency.

Herzog & de Meuron's M+ Museum Tops Out in Hong Kong

13:00 - 30 November, 2018
Herzog & de Meuron's M+ Museum Tops Out in Hong Kong, M+ Museum. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
M+ Museum. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron's M+ Museum of visual culture has topped out in Hong Kong ahead of its scheduled opening in 2020. Focusing on 20th and 21st century art, design, architecture and moving image, M+ will be the centerpiece of the West Kowloon Cultural District, and a key venue in creating interdisciplinary exchange between the visual arts and the performing arts in Asia.

The Top Creative Cities and Countries of 2018 According to Airbnb

11:00 - 30 November, 2018
The Top Creative Cities and Countries of 2018 According to Airbnb, Tianjin Binhai Library / MVRDV + Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute. Image © Ossip Van Duivenbode
Tianjin Binhai Library / MVRDV + Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute. Image © Ossip Van Duivenbode

As 2018 draws to a close, accommodation website Airbnb has dived into their data to reveal the most creative cities and countries from the year. Based on the percentage of hosts who are in the creative industries, the list builds on a previous survey by Airbnb which found that one in 10 Airbnb hosts and one in three Experience hosts identify as members of the creative community.

Carlo Ratti to Curate the 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen)

10:22 - 22 November, 2018
Carlo Ratti to Curate the 2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen) , Courtesy of Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen)
Courtesy of Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen)

The Organizing Committee of the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen) (“UABB (Shenzhen)”) announced the team of Chief Curators of 2019 UABB (Shenzhen), which includes Architect and Director of MIT Senseable City Lab Carlo Ratti, CAE Academician Meng Jianmin and famous curator and art critic Fabio Cavallucci

Steven Chilton Architects' Guangzhou Theater is Inspired by the Ancient Chinese Art of Puzzle Ball Carving

11:00 - 19 November, 2018
Steven Chilton Architects' Guangzhou Theater is Inspired by the Ancient Chinese Art of Puzzle Ball Carving, © Steven Chilton Architects
© Steven Chilton Architects

Steven Chilton Architects has released details of their proposed Puzzle Ball Theatre in the Huadu District of Guangzhou, China. The 2000-seat spherical scheme is influenced by the ancient art of puzzle balls; “intricately carved sculptural ornaments consisting of several concentric spheres, each freely rotating with the next and traditionally formed from a single block of material.”

West Kowloon HSR Station Photographed Through the Lens of Kris Provoost

01:30 - 16 November, 2018
West Kowloon HSR Station Photographed Through the Lens of Kris Provoost, West Kowloon Station - Hong Kong. Image © Kris Provoost
West Kowloon Station - Hong Kong. Image © Kris Provoost

Architect and photographer Kris Provoost recently captured new photos of Aedas and Andrew Bromberg’s West Kowloon HSR Station in Hong Kong. Provoost lives and works in Shanghai, and his new series of photographs show how visitors are brought into the heart of Hong Kong as the majestic structure overlooks Victoria Harbor. Integrating abundant green space and different viewing platforms, the project creates an urban park in the midst of Hong Kong's city center.

MAD Architects Begin Construction on Floating Kindergarten above Historic Beijing Courtyard

09:00 - 13 November, 2018
MAD Architects Begin Construction on Floating Kindergarten above Historic Beijing Courtyard, © SAN
© SAN

Construction has begun on MAD Architect’s “Courtyard Kindergarten” in Beijing. Located on the site of a traditional siheyuan courtyard dating from 1725, MAD’s proposal sees a new building inserted to protect the surroundings, and reinvigorate the existing buildings into use.

Inside the Extraordinary 190m Atrium (World Tallest) Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects

09:00 - 2 November, 2018
Inside the Extraordinary 190m Atrium (World Tallest) Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, © Instagram user soho_china
© Instagram user soho_china

New photographs have emerged of the Zaha Hadid Architects-designed Leeza SOHO, a mixed-use office tower in Beijing’s Leeza Financial Business District. Featuring the world’s tallest atrium, the twisting, contorted structure weaves two separate sections of the tower in a visual infusion.

Sasaki Designs a Panda Reserve in Chengdu, China to Aid Wildlife Preservation

11:00 - 29 October, 2018
Sasaki Designs a Panda Reserve in Chengdu, China to Aid Wildlife Preservation, Courtesy of Sasaki
Courtesy of Sasaki

Sasaki has unveiled images of their proposed Chengdu Panda Reserve in China, intended to aid wildlife preservation efforts of the Chinese cultural icon. The masterplan for the reserve represents the launch of “China’s increasing communication, collaboration, and awareness of its pioneering strategies to protect the species and its native habitat.”