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Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Youth Entrepreneurship Zone / Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners + Huayi Design

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How to Renovate Interior Spaces on a Budget

Perhaps one of the most common phrases you'll hear when talking about interior renovations is "whatever you initially planned on spending, double it, and double the time with it". Renovations, regardless of their scale, can be very time consuming and costly, especially when unexpected changes pop up last minute. However, we are often met with situations where the interior layout is no longer efficient or we feel that the interior design is a little outdated and its time for a change. 

Giving your space an upgrade does not necessarily mean spending all your savings, and spending less does not necessarily mean low quality work. From doing the construction work yourself, to giving furniture pieces completely new functions, here are different ways you can renovate residential and commercial interior spaces without breaking the bank.

Louveira Apartment / Ana Sawaia Arquitetura. Image © Carolina LacazRenovation of Joan Blanques apartment / Allaround Lab. Image © José HeviaLouveira Apartment / Ana Sawaia Arquitetura. Image © Carolina LacazMessico&Nuvole Flat / Davide Beretta Studio. Image © Daniel Pavesi+ 27

The Qinchang Village Town Hall / Studio 10

East Overall Street View. Image © Chao ZhangGallery Space. Image © Chao ZhangRestaurant Space. Image © Chao ZhangExtended porosity from the west site cloister throughout the courtyard. Image © Chao Zhang+ 32

Are Our Cities Built for the Youth?

Cities we live in today have been built on principles designed decades ago, with prospects of ensuring that they are habitable by everyone. Throughout history, cities have been catalysts of economic growth, serving as focal points for businesses and migration. However, in the last decade, particularly during the last couple of years, the world has  witnessed drastic reconfigurations in the way societies work, live, and commute.

Today’s urban fabric highlights two demographic patterns: rapid urbanization and large youth populations. Cities, although growing in scale, have in fact become younger, with nearly four billion of the world’s population under the age of 30 living in urban areas, and by 2030, UN-Habitat expects 60% of urban populations to be under the age of 18. So when it comes to urban planning and the future of cities, it is evident that the youth should be part of the conversation.

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(Re)forming Duichuan Tea Yards / O-office Architects

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Towards a Sustainable Future: Local Materials and Methods in Contemporary Chinese Architecture

Over the course of the last decade there has been a growing interest in the handcrafted buildings, as well as in the application of local and renewable materials in building construction. Under the concerns about the heavy environmental and economic expenses caused by construction, nowadays urban planners are embracing the concept of sustainability, which refers to “meeting our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

Xinsha Primary School / 11ARCHITECTURE

The main entrance to the campus. Image © Chao ZhangSouth courtyard Green forest. Image © Chao ZhangNorth courtyard and conical skylights. Image © ACFThe unique shaped-column at the entrance. Image © Chao Zhang+ 36

Asia's Local Mesh Material: 18 Projects that Explore the Versatility of Rattan

Over the past couple of years, many designers have voiced their commitment to ethical and ecological sourcing, resorting to frugal designs through local materials, traditional techniques, and equitable architecture. Having this approach in mind, many found inspiration in their cultural heritage, reimagining ancient designs in contemporary contexts.

When thinking of recycled design trends, we can't overlook one of the most well-known and popular materials that was shared by nations all around the globe over the span of 100 years; on balconies, outdoor patios, gardens, and indoor living spaces: rattan. It is estimated that almost seven hundred million people worldwide use rattan, with many countries presenting it as an integral part of their cultures. In this article, we look at how architects and designers integrated rattan in their designs and found numerous ways to make the best out of Southeast Asia's popular local material.

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Design Depot: 30 Projects that Explore Diverse Storage Solutions

With the rise of small houses and dense cities, we were forced to sacrifice a good amount of storage space. Ironically, we did not compromise our purchasing habits, so with a few square meters to work with, architects and designers had to come up with efficient storage solutions, and make the best of the limited space they have. However, if you were lucky enough to be occupying a large, unobscured space with a generous budget, your storage design possibilities are endless. In this article, we look at how architects and designers found creative ways to store their belongings in spaces with different functions, scales, and spatial constraints, ranging between completely invisible units to sculptural centerpieces.

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Qianhai Floating City / People's Architecture Office

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On World Bicycle Day: 22 Inspiring Architectural Cycling Projects

Nowadays bicycles are not only used for sports or as a recreational activity, as more and more people are choosing bicycles as their main means of transportation.

Architecture plays a fundamental role in promoting the use of bicycles, as a properly equipped city with safe bicycle lanes, plentiful bicycle parking spots, and open areas to ride freely will encourage people to use their cars much less.

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Lab O.C.O Gallery / fabersociety

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  • Architects: fabersociety
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  68
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Miniature Series II: Library in Ruins / ATELIER XI

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Jiaozuo, China

Perceiving Chinese Architecture From the Eyes of Structural Engineers

When we are discussing the definition of “structure”, the term varies within different disciplines. In the context of the built environment, "structure" refers to anything that is constructed or built from different interrelated parts with a fixed location on the ground.

Sky Yards Hotel / Domain Architects

Exterior. Image © Chao ZhangExterior. Image © Chao ZhangRoom. Image © Chao ZhangRoom. Image © Chao Zhang+ 34

Jiaozuo, China

Renovation of SMOORE Liutang Industrial Park Shenzhen / CM Design

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Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen Pingshan Art Museum / Vector Architects

east facade. Image © Shengliang SuView from the Public Terrace to the City Park. Image © Shengliang SuInterior of Entrance Lobby. Image © Shengliang Su2F public terrace. Image © Shengliang Su+ 42

Shenzhen, China
  • Architects: Vector Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  47269
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019