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What's Pushing Refurbishment Fever in China?

06:30 - 25 June, 2019
What's Pushing Refurbishment Fever in China?, Miniature Beijing: the Conversion of No. 28 Dayuan Hu Tong / Atelier Li Xinggang. Image © Shengliang Su
Miniature Beijing: the Conversion of No. 28 Dayuan Hu Tong / Atelier Li Xinggang. Image © Shengliang Su

China seems to be at the peak of a refurbishment fever. Not only hutongs in historic downtowns, but abandoned industrial factories are becoming new tech or cultural hubs, and even buildings in the risk of collapse are refurbished to extend their lifespan. Why is this happening? Who is investing? How could this happen in a country where you cannot buy properties?

In this edition of Editor's Talk, our editors from ArchDaily China share their thoughts on how in a fast-paced development process, such as the one China is going through, there is a refurbishment fever in its biggest cities.

Yangjing Canal Pedestrian Bridge / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

20:00 - 20 June, 2019
Yangjing Canal Pedestrian Bridge / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects, © Fangfang Tian
© Fangfang Tian

© Fangfang Tian © Fangfang Tian © Fangfang Tian © Fangfang Tian + 50

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yangjing Harbor, Pudong District, Shanghai, China
  • Category

  • Design Principal

    Yuyang Liu
  • Project Leader

    Jue Wang
  • Project Architect

    Yaping Wu(concept & development)
  • Design Team

    Yimeng Yang, Lianghan Wen, Haiqi Xue(concept design)
  • Area

    1505.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Inkstone House OCT Linpan Cultural Center / Archi-Union

00:00 - 11 June, 2019
© Shengliang Su
© Shengliang Su

© Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su © Tianzhou Yang © Tianzhou Yang + 19

JHW Store / Atelier tao+c

02:00 - 26 May, 2019
JHW Store / Atelier tao+c, upper floor stair and opening. Image © Fangfang Tian
upper floor stair and opening. Image © Fangfang Tian

gf vitrine. Image © Fangfang Tian gf view of the sunken space. Image © Fangfang Tian gf main space. Image © Fangfang Tian material and light. Image © Fangfang Tian + 31

  • Interiors Designers

  • Location

    Zhengzhou, Henan, China
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Tao Liu, Chunyan Cai, Li Xiong, Sisi
  • Contractor

    Shanghai Tianchen construction & decoration co.ltd.
  • Area

    405.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2019
  • Photographs

Jishou Art Museum / Atelier FCJZ

21:00 - 7 May, 2019
Jishou Art Museum / Atelier FCJZ, JAM in early evening. Image © FangFang Tian
JAM in early evening. Image © FangFang Tian

JAM bird's-eye view . Image © FangFang Tian JAM West Side Entrance. Image © FangFang Tian JAM End Glass Wall of Great Exhibition Hall . Image © FangFang Tian JAM steel bridge structure close-up. Image © FangFang Tian + 27

U-shape room / Atelier tao+c

23:00 - 7 March, 2019
living room. Image © Fangfang Tian
living room. Image © Fangfang Tian

window. Image © Fangfang Tian from living room. Image © Fangfang Tian stair. Image © Fangfang Tian bedroom. Image © Fangfang Tian + 27

The Virtues and Limits of Photography in the Representation of Architecture: Five Photographers Share their Perspectives

07:30 - 28 February, 2019
The Virtues and Limits of Photography in the Representation of Architecture: Five Photographers Share their Perspectives, Viviendas San Ignacio / IX2 Arquitectura. Jalisco, México. Image © Lorena Darquea
Viviendas San Ignacio / IX2 Arquitectura. Jalisco, México. Image © Lorena Darquea

As a way of representing architecture, photography has certain undisputed qualities. With it, it is possible to present to a project from a distant corner of the globe to people anywhere in the world, showing everything from general views to internal spaces and constructive details - extending the reach and, in a way, the access to the architecture.

But like any other form of representation, it is not infallible. Even as technological advances allow for ever more well-defined images and editing software offer tools to retouch and even alter aspects of the built space, photography by its very nature lacks the means to convey sensory and tactile aspects of architecture. It is not possible - at least not satisfactorily - to experience the textures, sounds, feelings, and scents of spaces through static images.

Faculdade de Biologia Celular e Genética / Héctor Fernández Elorza. Madri, Espanha. Image © Montse Zamorano Sesc Pompeia / Lina Bo Bardi. São Paulo, Brasil.. Image © Manuel Sá The Sales Center in Wenzhou TOD New Town / NAN Architects. Wenzhou, China. Image © FangFang Tian Tate Modern Switch House / Herzog & de Meuron. Londres, Reino Unido. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 15

Shanghai Minsheng Wharf Waterfront Landscape and Reconnection / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

19:00 - 20 January, 2019
Shanghai Minsheng Wharf Waterfront Landscape and Reconnection / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects, Minsheng Wharf_birdview. Image © FangFang Tian
Minsheng Wharf_birdview. Image © FangFang Tian

Minsheng Wharf Bridge_ spiral ramp. Image © FangFang Tian Minsheng Wharf Bridge. Image © FangFang Tian Minsheng Wharf eastern part. Image © FangFang Tian Minsheng Wharf Bridge. Image © FangFang Tian + 50

  • Landscape design

  • Location

    Pudong District, Shanghai, China
  • Category

  • Design Principal

    Yuyang Liu
  • Project Architect/Architect on site

    Han Chen, Yiren Yu, Weiyi Chen, Can Lin, Yining He, Yuqing He, Yao Zuo
  • Design Team

    Jue Wang, Yaping Wu, Zhouran Chen
  • Area

    27191.5 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

The Renovation of JiJiaDun Village Center / Yzscape

21:00 - 13 January, 2019
The Renovation of JiJiaDun Village Center / Yzscape, Entrance space. Image © FangFang Tian
Entrance space. Image © FangFang Tian

South facade. Image © FangFang Tian 2F patio. Image © FangFang Tian Entrance space . Image © FangFang Tian Atrium. Image © FangFang Tian + 39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Ming Yan
  • Design Team

    Ming Yan, Mingxi Zhao, Xu Song, Rongjie Zhong
  • Area

    2000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Breathe with the city-Doko Beijing / House Fiction

01:00 - 12 December, 2018
South facade_duck. Image © FangFang Tian
South facade_duck. Image © FangFang Tian

Exterior_night. Image © FangFang Tian Old facade space and new facade. Image © FangFang Tian Stairs to 1F. Image © FangFang Tian Rooftop staircase and seats. Image © FangFang Tian + 29

The Sales Center in Wenzhou TOD New Town / NAN Architects

23:00 - 11 December, 2018
© FangFang Tian
© FangFang Tian

© FangFang Tian © FangFang Tian © FangFang Tian © FangFang Tian + 21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wenzhou Avenue, Longwan District, Wenzhou, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Xu Nan
  • Design Team

    Huilian Tang, Dingqi Zhou, Ziyu Cheng, Wenyu Wang
  • Area

    1500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Nanchang Shimao Water City Cloud Office Center / Dplus-Studio

00:00 - 16 November, 2018
Cover. Image © Fangfang Tian
Cover. Image © Fangfang Tian

Night View Bird View. Image © Shengliang Su North Ramp Entrance. Image © Shengliang Su Connection between 2F Platform and Roof Ramp. Image © Shengliang Su 2F Ramp. Image © Shengliang Su + 37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Honggutan District, Nanchang, Jiangxi, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Shou Li
  • Design Team

    Jia Li, Jiangfan Yu, Xuefeng Zhou, Mingming Fan, Dandan Tu, Danyang Geng, Zhichao Zhu
  • Area

    2100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Tianyi Pavilion / UM

21:00 - 24 October, 2018
Tianyi Pavilion / UM, © FangFang Tian
© FangFang Tian

© Che Liu © Che Liu © FangFang Tian © FangFang Tian + 14

  • Architects

    UM
  • Location

    Tianyi Square, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Mu
  • Area

    178.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Concrete Vessel / Atelier FCJZ

20:00 - 8 October, 2018
Concrete Vessel / Atelier FCJZ, Light Trans-missive Concrete Facade. Image © Fangfang Tian
Light Trans-missive Concrete Facade. Image © Fangfang Tian

Entrance Concrete Door. Image © Fangfang Tian Interior Space. Image © Fangfang Tian Atrium and Green Plant. Image © Fangfang Tian Concrete Bed. Image © Fangfang Tian + 20

Venue B of Shanghai Westbund World Artificial Intelligence Conference / Archi-Union Architecture

21:00 - 24 September, 2018
Venue B of Shanghai Westbund World Artificial Intelligence Conference / Archi-Union Architecture, B Pavillion. Image © Fangfang Tian
B Pavillion. Image © Fangfang Tian

B Pavillion. Image © Fangfang Tian B Pavillion. Image © Fangfang Tian B Pavillion. Image © Fangfang Tian The Elytra Filament Pavilion. Image © Fangfang Tian + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Longtengdadao, Shanghai, China
  • Category

  • Lead Archtiect

    Philip F. Yuan
  • Architecture Design Team

    Alex Han, Jinxi Jin, Lei Lin, Jinyu Huang, Xiao Zhang
  • 3D Robotic Printed Pavilion Design

    Ce Li, Chun Xu, Sijie Gao, Zhenxiang Huang
  • Interior

    Fuzi He, Jingyan Tang
  • Structural Engineer

    Zhun Zhang, Junchao Shen, Tao Huang, Rui Wang
  • MEP

    Ying Yu, Yong Wang, Dawei Wei
  • Area

    8885.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Living Garden / MAD Architects

13:00 - 24 September, 2018
Living Garden / MAD Architects, © Chunhui Zhao
© Chunhui Zhao

© Fangfang Tian © Dongdong Zhou © Fangfang Tian © Chunhui Zhao + 12

Chengdu Doko / House Fiction

22:00 - 7 September, 2018
Chengdu Doko / House Fiction, GF South Facade. Image © Fangfang Tian
GF South Facade. Image © Fangfang Tian

GF-View Finder. Image © Fangfang Tian GF Interior. Image © Fangfang Tian Corridor Layer. Image © Fangfang Tian Spiral Staircasel 2F to Corridor Layer. Image © Fangfang Tian + 23

Shanghai Modern Art Museum / Atelier Deshaus

02:00 - 27 May, 2018
Shanghai Modern Art Museum / Atelier Deshaus, © Fangfang Tian
© Fangfang Tian

© Fangfang Tian © Fangfang Tian © Fangfang Tian © Fangfang Tian + 44