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Foshan Meisha Bilingual School / AUBE CONCEPTION

The elementary school dormitory. Image © Fangfang TianThe view-borrowing visual corridor looking towards the Foshan University and distant mountains. Image © Fangfang TianThe shared corridor. Image © Fangfang TianOpen space to achieve natural ventilation. Image © Fangfang Tian+ 19

  • Architects: AUBE CONCEPTION
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  110051
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

YueCheng Courtyard Kindergarten / MAD Architects

© Arch Exist© Arch Exist© Iwan Baan© Fangfang Tian+ 37

Beijing, China
  • Architects: MAD Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  10778
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Jiading Mini Block, An Urban Experiment / Atelier FCJZ

urban fabric formed by 22 mini-blocks. Image © Fangfang Tianfrom blocks and streets to courtyards and skylights. Image © Fangfang Tianthe square. Image © Fangfang Tiancourtyard of block-building 5. Image © Fangfang Tian+ 42

  • Architects: Atelier FCJZ
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  70086
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Changli Garden / TM Studio

Partial Aerial View of the Project. Image Courtesy of TM StudioView of the corridor and the Street Life. Image © Fangfang TianView of the Southern Part and the Urban Environment. Image © Fangfang TianView of the middle Part ,the Bus Stop. Image © Fangfang Tian+ 32

  • Architects: TM Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2100
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

21cake Baoshan Store / Atelier FCJZ

Da Fanzhuo transformed into small tables. Image © Fangfang Tianevery table is a piece of a puzzle. Image © Fangfang TianDa Fanzhuo close-up. Image © Fangfang TianWith pushcars, customers may be served at their tables. Image © Fangfang Tian+ 16

  • Architects: Atelier FCJZ
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  167
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Why Don’t We Teach Chinese Architecture in the United States?

This article was originally published on Common Edge as "Why Don’t We Teach Chinese Architecture?"

How many U.S. architecture professors know that there is a Chinese treatise equivalent to Vitruvius’ Ten Books of Architecture? Very few, I suspect. I taught architectural history for more than 20 years before I discovered the marvelous Yingsao Fashi, a Song Dynasty book by a prominent court official who, as far as we know, was not an architect or builder. In fact, prior to the Ming Dynasty no prominent temple, palace, or shrine in China was designed by an architect because the concept of a single mastermind in charge of a building project was foreign to the East Asian way of designing environments of any kind.

Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum / Studio Zhu-Pei

View to open vaults. Image © Schran ImageSunken courtyard. Image © Studio Zhu-PeiView from tea&cafe open vault to main entrance. Image © Schran ImageView from the amphitheater to the Ming dynasty ruins. Image © Schran Image+ 48

  • Architects

  • Location

    East gate of Royal Kiln Factory, Junction of Shengli Road and Zhonghua North Road, Zhushan District, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China
  • Project Year

    2020
  • Photographs

    Studio Zhu-Pei, Schran Image, Fangfang Tian
  • Area

    10370.0 m2

Blurring the Line Between Architecture and Furniture

An emerging design trend is filling the gap between furniture and architecture by shaping space through objects at the intersection of the two, creating a dynamic and highly adaptable environment. Either a consequence of the increased demand for flexibility in small spaces or the architectural expression of a device-oriented society, elements in between architecture and furniture open the door towards an increased versatility of space. Neither architecture nor furniture (or perhaps both), these objects operate at the convergence of the two scales of human interaction, carving a new design approach for interior living spaces.

"A Guy, his Bulldog, a Vegetable Garden, and the Home they Share" by HUSOS. Image © José HeviaMJE house by PKMN Architectures. Image © Javier de PazTakeshi Shikauchi’s Bath Kitchen House. Image © Koichi TorimuraWriter's Block by CHACOL. Image © Edward Duarte+ 10

Suzhou Urban Planning Exhibition Hall / AUBE CONCEPTION

On-site photo of the south facade. Image © Fangfang TianFacade and terrace details. Image © Fangfang TianHollow structure with multiple wind tunnels. Image © Fangfang TianCourtyard space. Image © Fangfang Tian+ 15

  • Architects: AUBE CONCEPTION
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  29789
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Tea House in Li Garden / Atelier Deshaus

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Eagle Studio / waa

© Fangfang Tian© Fangfang Tian© Fangfang Tian© Fangfang Tian+ 56

Hangzhou, China
  • Architects: waa
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  72187
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Best Modern Examples of Ancient Courtyard Renovations in China

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."

Micro-Yuan’er / ZAO/standardarchitecture. Image © Mingming ZhangCave House in Loess Plateau / hyperSity Architects. Image Courtesy of hyperSity ArchitectsFuchun Kosa Zou Ma Lou / Atelier Archmixing. Image Courtesy of Atelier ArchmixingTwisting Courtyard / ARCHSTUDIO. Image © Weiqi Jin + Ning Wang+ 18

Security Entrance to the 2019 SUSAS / TJAD Original Design Studio

Security Entrance. Image © ZY Architectural Photographyaluminum roof. Image © ZY Architectural Photographysecurity check channel. Image © ZY Architectural Photographynight view. Image © ZY Architectural Photography+ 24

Xingfu Park Office Renovation / Atelier xy

at work. Image © Fangfang Tianthe shadow effect of steel plate. Image © Fangfang Tianlooking from recreation area. Image © Fangfang Tianlooking from attic. Image © Shengliang Su+ 26

  • Architects: Atelier xy
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019