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Urban Design and Research of Nantou Old Town + Architectural Design of UABB Venue / URBANUS

22:00 - 18 August, 2018
Factory Zone Vego Plaza. Image © Chao Zhang
Factory Zone Vego Plaza. Image © Chao Zhang

UABB Birdview. Image © Chao Zhang Baode Square B3 Surrounding Street. Image © Chao Zhang Factory Zone Vego Plaza. Image © Qingshan Wu Factory Zone After Renovation. Image © Chao Zhang + 51

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nantou Old Town, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Category

  • Urban Design Stage - Lead Architect

    Yan Meng
  • Urban Design Stage - Project Manager

    Yilin Lin
  • Urban Design Stage - Design Team

    Congyi Li, Kan Liu, Xuejuan Zhang, Wendy Wu | Yanfeng Wang | (Internship) Lin Tian, Na Zheng, Yifan Wang, Siying Han
  • Site Area

    282,637 ㎡
  • Floor Area

    34,070 ㎡
  • Landscape Area

    65,788 ㎡
  • Façade Renovation Area

    25,700 ㎡
  • Client

    Nanshan District Government, Shenzhen Design Union
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

CGN Headquarters Building / URBANUS

22:00 - 7 August, 2018
South-east view. Image © Chaoying Yang
South-east view. Image © Chaoying Yang

Part of east view. Image © Chaoying Yang Part of east view. Image © Alex Chan Part of east view. Image © Alex Chan Interior. Image © Alex Chan + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    The intersection of Shennan Avenue and Caitian Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Yan Meng
  • Project Manager

    Xiaodong Xu
  • Project Architect

    Enchen Rao, Zhen Zhang, Renqin Luo(Architecture) | Xiaolan Yu (Landscape)
  • Design Team

    Lide Li, Chunying Wu, Yanhua Sun, Shengfen Xie(Architecture) | Ting Lin, Zhijiao Wei, Jie Liu(Landscape) | Jialin Zhu, Luoyi Xu (Technical Director)
  • Area

    158458.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

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.

When we think of contemporary architecture in China, we often refer to the megaprojects by international architecture studios that tend to get covered most in the design media. From OMA’s CCTV Headquarters and Shenzhen Stock Exchange to the recently completed Tianjin Binhai Library by MVRDV and Poly International Plaza by SOM, these projects dominate urban skylines at a singular scale that suggests they were built to impress.

Beyond individual buildings, China’s mega-architecture boom is rapidly developing entirely new cities, a process designed to relieve the country’s principal metropolitan areas of their high density, while offering new prototypes for urban life. These highly branded environments are prompting displacement – as a form of rural exodus – and social stress throughout the country, while also ignoring the legacy of traditional Chinese architecture in urban centers.

Micro Yuan’er Children’s Library and Art Centre in the Dashilar neighborhood of Beijing, designed by ZAO/standardarchitecture. Image by Shengliang Su Installation view of Archi-Union projects at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Image by Steve Hall © Hall Merrick Photographers Five Dragons Temple by URBANUS. Image by Yang Chaoying Fab-Union in Shanghai’s West Bund neighborhood, designed by Archi-Union. Images by Hao Chen (left) and Shengliang Su (right) + 8

Adjaye, OMA and ZHA Among 13 Shortlisted for 2017 "Design of the Year"

11:25 - 16 August, 2017
Adjaye, OMA and ZHA Among 13 Shortlisted for 2017 "Design of the Year"

The Design Museum in London has announced the shortlist projects in the running for the 2017 edition of their prestigious Beazley Design of the Year award. Now in its tenth year, the award was established to “celebrate design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year.”

This year, a total of 62 projects have been nominated across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport – including 13 projects from the Architecture category. A winner from each category and the overall winner will be announced on January 25, 2018. Previous winners of the architecture category include: IKEA’s Better Shelter last year (also the overall winner), Alejandro Aravena's UC Innovation Center in 2015, and Zaha Hadid Architects’ Heydar Aliyev Center (overall winner in 2014).

See all of the architecture nominees below.

Five-Dragons Temple Environmental Refurbishment / URBANUS

22:00 - 2 May, 2017
Five-Dragons Temple Environmental Refurbishment / URBANUS, © Yang Chaoying
© Yang Chaoying

© Yang Chaoying © Yang Chaoying © Yang Chaoying © Jerry Yin + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ruicheng County,Yuncheng City,Shanxi Province,China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Wang Hui
  • Team

    ZouDehua, Du Aihong, Wen Ting, Anne Van Stijn, Li Xiaofen, Li Yongcai
  • Area

    267.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces List of 2017 Participants

11:00 - 6 March, 2017
Chicago Architecture Biennial Announces List of 2017 Participants, James Welling, 8183, 2016 from the series Chicago, 2016-2017, Courtesy the Artist and David Zwirner, New York and London. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial
James Welling, 8183, 2016 from the series Chicago, 2016-2017, Courtesy the Artist and David Zwirner, New York and London. Image Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Biennial

The Chicago Architecture Biennial has announced the list of participants invited to contribute to the event’s second edition, which will be held from September 16 to January 7, 2018 in Chicago. More than 100 architecture firms and artists have been selected by 2017 artistic directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, founders of Los Angeles–based Johnston Marklee, to design exhibitions that will be displayed at the Chicago Cultural Center and throughout the city.

“Our goal for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial is to continue to build on the themes and ideas presented in the first edition,” explained Johnston and Lee. “We hope to examine, through the work of the chosen participants, the continuous engagement with questions of history and architecture as an evolutionary practice.”

Look Inside a Collection of Beijing-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin

04:00 - 20 January, 2017
Look Inside a Collection of Beijing-Based Architecture Offices, Photographed by Marc Goodwin, ZAO/standardarchitecture – one office interior photographed by Goodwin. Image © Marc Goodwin
ZAO/standardarchitecture – one office interior photographed by Goodwin. Image © Marc Goodwin

Architectural photographer Marc Goodwin has recently completed the third collection of his "ultra-marathon of photoshoots" – this time in Beijing. Following his unique insight into the spaces occupied by Nordic architectural offices (based in Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Helsinki) and his look at studios both large and small lived in by London-based practices, Goodwin has turned his lens to the burgeoning number of offices in the Chinese capital. From MAD Architects' magnificent old printing works to ZAO/standardarchitecture's purpose-built studio, here is a view into the places that architectural offices call home.

URBANUS Architecture & Design, Inc.. Image © Marc Goodwin Chiasmus Partners, Inc.. Image © Marc Goodwin ZAO/standardarchitecture. Image © Marc Goodwin C+ Architects. Image © Marc Goodwin + 24

Videos: 16 Top Architects Discuss China's "Museum Boom"

16:30 - 26 September, 2016
Videos: 16 Top Architects Discuss China's "Museum Boom", Ordos Art & City Museum / MAD Architects. Image © Shu He
Ordos Art & City Museum / MAD Architects. Image © Shu He

Currently on display at the Aedes Architecture Forum Berlin, "ZÀI XĪNG TǓ MÙ: Sixteen Chinese Museums, Fifteen Chinese Architects," takes an in-depth look at China’s recent museum boom and its effects on the socio-political and cultural landscape of modern China.

As part of the exhibition, filmmaker Moritz Dirks sat down with 16 of the top architects working in China today, including Wang Shu, Dang Qun of MAD Architects, and Zhu Pei of Studio Pei-Zhu, to discuss the challenges of creating cultural spaces that relate both to the global, digital, urban contexts of the contemporary world and to the strong heritage and identity of Chinese culture.

Continue after the break for the 16 interviews.

4 Reasons to Come to Finland this August

18:00 - 22 July, 2015
4 Reasons to Come to Finland this August, University of Jyväskylä / Alvar Aalto. Image © Nico Saieh
University of Jyväskylä / Alvar Aalto. Image © Nico Saieh

Tommi Lindh, director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation, shares four exciting reasons to enjoy the architectural offerings of Finland this summer.

Architecture hasn't been this intensively represented in the Finnish summer events ever. The whole summer is full of nice places to visit, but what makes August so very special is what's happening in Helsinki and Jyväskylä in the beginning of the month. The Alvar Aalto Symposium kicks off with lectures by the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki on Wednesday, August 5 and continues to Jyväskylä where the main event starts on Friday, August 7 with the first thematic session and a keynote presentation by Liu Xiaodu of Urbanus.

An Interview with Liu Xiaodu, Urbanus

10:30 - 19 February, 2015
An Interview with Liu Xiaodu, Urbanus, Nanshan Wedding Center/ Partner in charge: Meng Yan. Image © Meng Yan & Wu Qiwei
Nanshan Wedding Center/ Partner in charge: Meng Yan. Image © Meng Yan & Wu Qiwei

“If you don’t know or really didn’t study the local culture, do universal design. That’ll keep the quality. If you want to do something that you don’t know, there is a big chance that it’s going to fail and have a bad impact on the city and the people here. Do it in your own way. If you do something good and beautiful back home, you should do exactly the same type and put it here. That’s also a good contribution because you show good architecture quality… Do something universal!” - Liu Xiaodu, Shenzhen, 2013

Founded in 1999, Urbanus is led by its trio of partners Meng Yan, Wang Hui and Liu Xiaodu, all of whom studied first in China and then abroad in the USA before returning to their native country at the very beginning of its construction boom. In this interview Liu Xiaodu discusses the changing realities of Chinese architecture education, the beginnings of their firm and the positive side to the “chaos” of the country's current urban expansion.

Diwang Park/ Partner in charge: Meng Yan, Liu Xiaodu (now demolished). Image Courtesy of Urbanus Maillen Hotel And Apartment / Partner in charge: Meng Yan. Image © Wu Qiwei Maillen Hotel And Apartment / Partner in charge: Meng Yan. Image © Wu Qiwei OCT Loft Renovation / Partner in charge: Liu Xiaodu, Meng Yan. Image Courtesy of Urbanus + 12

BCN Re.Set - Identity Pavilion / Urbanus + La Salle

00:00 - 11 September, 2014
BCN Re.Set - Identity Pavilion /  Urbanus + La Salle, © Runze Hu
© Runze Hu

© Runze Hu © Runze Hu © Runze Hu © Runze Hu + 28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Plaça Nova 08002 Barcelona, Spain
  • Category

  • Author Architects

    Urbanus; Liu Xiaodu, Meng Yan / La Salle: Josep Ferrando + Eugeni Bach + Jaime Font + 25 estudiantes
  • Project Architect

    Bernat Riera
  • Team

    Runze Hu, Zhifei Hao, YanHui Ma, YueYu Luo
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Barcelona Commemorates 300 Years of Catalan Spirit With 7 Public Installations

01:00 - 29 June, 2014
Barcelona Commemorates 300 Years of Catalan Spirit With 7 Public Installations, Identity / URBANUS. Image © Marcela Grassi
Identity / URBANUS. Image © Marcela Grassi

Every year, citizens of Catalonia commemorate the events of September 11th 1714, a key date in the War of the Spanish Succession that has come to symbolize what Voltaire called "the Barcelonans' extreme love of freedom." With this year marking the 300th anniversary of these events, Barcelona Cultura enlisted the Fundació Enric Miralles to curate 7 public installations around the city as part of its Tricentenari BCN program.

The result is BCN RE.SET, organized by Benedetta Tagliabue of the Fundació Enric Miralles and stage director Àlex Ollé, which invited guest architects from countries all over the world to colloborate with local universities and create installations symbolizing 6 political and ideological concepts: identity, freedom, Europe, diversity, democracy and memory. These installations will be in place until September 11th. Read on after the break for descriptions of all 6 installations.

Europe / ETH Zürich + Urban–Think Tank. Image © Marcela Grassi Diversity / Yael Reisner + Peter Cook. Image © Marcela Grassi Freedom / Anupama Kundoo. Image © Marcela Grassi Memory / Grafton Architects. Image © Marcela Grassi + 15

Library of South University of Science and Technology of China / URBANUS

01:00 - 1 June, 2014
The north facade. Image © Alex Chan
The north facade. Image © Alex Chan

Night view. Image © Alex Chan Semi-unitized Aluminum Curtain Wall. Image © Alex Chan space of the outer corridor. Image © Alex Chan Open Access Reading Area. Image © Alex Chan + 36

  • Architects

  • Location

    1088 Xueyuan Ave, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architct

    Yan Meng | Hui Wang(Interior)
  • Project General Manager

    Changwen Zhang
  • Project Architect

    Yilin Lin, Aidi Su
  • Team

    Zhiyi Huang, Jun Wang, Lingli Zhu, Shengfen Xie, Jiajia Li, Lansheng Chen (Architecture) | Shuang Liu, Tu Li, Jinbin Wu (Interior) | Dianbin Yao(Technical Director)
  • Area

    10728.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Lecture / Four Urban Models in China's Accelerated Urbanization: Local Public Space Implications

00:00 - 28 May, 2014
Lecture / Four Urban Models in China's Accelerated Urbanization: Local Public Space Implications

China's accelerated urbanization juxtaposes many local and global urban models in the contemporary urban space of the mega-city/metacity region. Since 1945 the global and local discourse on urban design and development has been dominated by four conceptual models. These four models, the metropolis, the megalopolis, the fragmented metropolis and the megacity/metacity have appeared in Asia with local characteristics and with special, hybrid characteristics. China's rapid urbanization has been based on an equally rapid industrialization that has telescoped the historical development pattern of western nations into 60 years. 

Venice Biennale 2014: Full List of National Participants Revealed

01:00 - 10 March, 2014
Venice Biennale 2014: Full List of National Participants Revealed

A few hours ago in Venice, Rem Koolhaas presented his curatorial vision for "Fundamentals" in a live-streamed opening press conference. As we reported last year, "Fundamentals" will focus on architecture rather than architects and history rather than contemporaneity. Koolhaas will not just curate an exhibition of his own, but will be coordinating the "collective effort of all national pavilions."

This year's exhibition features the participation of 65 countries--including 11 first-time participants (Azerbaijan, Côte d'Ivoire, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, New Zealand and Turkey). See the complete list of national participants--which includes collaborations with Jacques Tati, Hans Ulrich Obrist, FAT, Iñaki Ábalos and others--after the break.

Click here to see all of ArchDaily's previous coverage of the 2014 Venice Biennale. And stay tuned... we'll be bringing you on-the-ground reports from Venice when the Biennale launches in the first week of June!

In Progress: Shenzhen Qianhai Exhibition Center / Urbanus

00:00 - 22 April, 2013
In Progress: Shenzhen Qianhai Exhibition Center / Urbanus, Courtesy of Wu Qiwei  Lin Ting
Courtesy of Wu Qiwei Lin Ting

Courtesy of Wu Qiwei  Lin Ting Courtesy of Wu Qiwei  Lin Ting Courtesy of Wu Qiwei  Lin Ting Courtesy of Wu Qiwei  Lin Ting + 9

  • Architects

  • Location

    Liyu Men of the Dongbin Avenue, Nanshan District, Shenzhen,China
  • Category

  • Principle Architect

    Meng Yan
  • Project Architect

    Zhou Chengsong, Lin Ting
  • Team

    Chen Lansheng, Zhang Tianxin, Xie Shengfen, Li Jiajia, Chen Danping, Liu Jie | Yao Dianbin (Technical Director)
  • (LDI) Structure

    MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing): Shenzhen Institute China Academy of Building Research
  • Project Period

    2010-2013
  • Site Area

    20,979.60 ㎡
  • Floor Area

    4,347.04 ㎡

Maillen Hotel And Apartment / Urbanus

00:00 - 23 February, 2012
Maillen Hotel And Apartment / Urbanus, © Wu Qiwei
© Wu Qiwei

© Wu Qiwei © Wu Qiwei © Wu Qiwei © Wu Qiwei + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yanshan Road, Shekou, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China
  • Category

  • Principle Architect

    Meng Yan
  • Project architects

    Huang Zhiyi, Yao Xiaowei, Zheng Ying | Xing Guo, Wei Zhijiao (Landscape)
  • Team

    Zuo Lei, Liu Xiaoqiang, Ye Peijun, Li Da, Shen Yandan, Ji Yuyu, Zhang Zhen, Liu liu, Xia Miao, Xiong Huijing (Architecture) | Ding Yu, Cedric Yu, Li Jing, Huang Yihong, Liao Zhixiong (Landscape) | Zhu Jialin (Technical Director)
  • Project Period

    2005-2011
  • Site Area

    13,198 ㎡
  • Floor Area

    21,540 ㎡
  • Photographs

Nanshan Wedding Center / Urbanus

00:00 - 20 February, 2012
Nanshan Wedding Center / Urbanus, © MengYan, Wu Qiwei
© MengYan, Wu Qiwei

© MengYan, Wu Qiwei © MengYan, Wu Qiwei © MengYan, Wu Qiwei © MengYan, Wu Qiwei + 54

  • Architects

  • Location

    Changxing Rd. & Nantou Street, Nanshan District, Shenzhen,China
  • Category

  • Principle Architect

    Meng Yan
  • Project Architect

    Fu Zhuoheng, Zhang Zhen (Architecture), Wei Zhijiao (Landscape)
  • Team

    Wang Jun, Hu Zhigao, Yin Yujun, Li Qiang, Zhang Xinfeng (Architecture) | Liao Zhixiong, Lin Ting, Yu Xiaolan, Liu Jie (Landscape) | Zhu Jialin, Wu Wenyi (Technical Director)
  • Collaborator

    Guoqun Studio (Interior Design); Guangzhou RBS Architecture Engineer Design Associates | Shenzhen Tianyu Dynamo-electric Engineering Design Firm(Structure); Shenzhen Decoration and Construction Industrial co.,Ltd (LDI); HuangYang Design(Logo)
  • Project Period

    2008-2011
  • Landscape Designers

    Liao Zhixiong, Lin Ting, Yu Xiaolan, Liu Jie
  • General Contractor

    Shenzhen Decoration and Construction Industrial co.,Ltd, Guangdong 8th Construction Group co.,Ltd
  • Client

    Public Works Bureau of Nanshan District, Construction Bureau of Nanshan District
  • Site Area

    3,003 sqm
  • Floor Area

    978 sqm
  • Photographs