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Glassless House, Pavilion and Pool for XY Yun House / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

Jacuzzi View. Image © Fangfang Tian Yoga Space. Image © Fangfang Tian Yoga Pavilion Nature . Image © Fangfang Tian Tree Pool within Pool. Image © Fangfang Tian + 52

Guangxi, China

MOONCRAFT / o&o studio

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  • Architects: o&o studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 130.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Not All Parks Should be Green: 10 Tips to Design Landscape Infrastructure

Does it make sense to design green parks in desert cities such as Casablanca, Dubai, or Lima? Ostensibly it does, because they contribute freshness and greenness to the urban environment. In exchange, however, they disrupt native local ecosystems, incur high maintenance bills, and begin a constant struggle to ensure water availability.

Kaukari Urban Park, designed in the desert city of Copiapó (Chile) by the Teodoro Fernández Arquitectos office. Image © Rodrigo Opazo Landscape Shanghai Minsheng, designed by Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects. Image © FangFang Tian Dania Park in the Oresund Strait between Sweden and Denmark, designed by Sweco Architects + Thorbjörn Andersson. Image © Sweco Architects + Thorbjörn Andersson Parque Urbano Kaukari, diseñado en la desértica ciudad de Copiapó (Chile) por la oficina Teodoro Fernández Arquitectos. Image Cortesía de Teodoro Fernández Arquitectos + 10

Hutong Bubble 218 Urban Renovation / MAD Architects

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Beijing, China
  • Architects: MAD Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 305.1
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Light of Internet World Internet Conference Center / Archi-Union + Fab-Union

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Jiaxing, China


Glass sliding door opens the store to the courtyard. Image © Fangfang Tian Courtyard view from the seating area. Image © Fangfang Tian Standing facing the frame in the store. Image © Fangfang Tian Plastic sun room can be used to display large art. Image © Fangfang Tian + 27

Changning, China
  • Interiors designers: LUKSTUDIO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 229.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

What's Pushing Refurbishment Fever in China?

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

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Pudong, China

Inkstone House OCT Linpan Cultural Center / Archi-Union

© Shengliang Su
© Shengliang Su

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Chengdu, China

JHW Store / Atelier tao+c

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

Zhengzhou, China
  • Interiors designers: Atelier tao+c
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 405.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Jishou Art Museum / Atelier FCJZ

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

  • Architects: Atelier FCJZ
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 3535.4
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Shanghai Exhibition Serves as a Platform for Architects’ Voices to Be Heard

I Am Interested in Seeing the Future is an architectural exhibition, that, contrary to what you might expect, includes no models and no drawings. Instead, as soon as visitors arrive, they find themselves surrounded by text. The wall facing the entrance is covered by an installation of single words on posters, interview transcripts on colored paper, and mirrors that reflect the sentences on flimsy scrolls arcing down from the ceiling. 

U-shape room / Atelier tao+c

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

As virtudes e limites da fotografia na representação da arquitetura - cinco fotógrafos discutem

Enquanto meio de representação da arquitetura, a fotografia apresenta qualidades indiscutíveis. Com ela, é possível apresentar a um público distante obras erguidas em qualquer lugar do mundo, de vistas gerais a espaços internos e pormenores construtivos - ampliando o alcance e, de certo modo, o acesso à arquitetura.

Entretanto, como qualquer outra forma de representação, não é infalível. Na medida que avanços tecnológicos permitem fazer imagens cada vez mais bem definidas e softwares de edição oferecem ferramentas para retocar e, por vezes, alterar aspectos substanciais do espaço construído, a fotografia, por sua própria natureza, carece de meios para transmitir aspectos sensoriais e táteis da arquitetura. Não é possível - ao menos não satisfatoriamente - experienciar as texturas, sons, temperatura e cheiros dos espaços através de imagens estáticas. 

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

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

Pudong, China
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 27191.5
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

The Renovation of JiJiaDun Village Center / Yzscape

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

Suzhou, China
  • Architects: Yzscape
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2000.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

"I Failed to be an Artist but I Became an Artistic Architect": Interview with Yung Ho Chang of Atelier FCJZ

Beijing architect Yung Ho Chang together with his wife Lijia Lu started his practice in 1993 under the name Feichang Jianzhu, atelier FCJZ. It literary means “not ordinary architecture,” a symbolic name for the practice that became China’s first independent architectural office, laying the foundation of contemporary practice in the country. Chang is referred to as the father of contemporary Chinese architecture. He grew up in the prominent architect’s family. Chang’s father, Zhang Kaiji [Yung Ho Chang’s Chinese name is Zhang Yonghe] was a classicist. He was one of the chief architects of the Beijing Architectural Design Institute and the design architect in charge for what is today the National Museum of China on Tiananmen Square. Chang studied architecture in Nanjing, then received his Bachelor degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught in both China and America, including at Harvard’s GSD and headed MIT’s architecture department from 2005 to 2010. In 2012, the year he joined the Pritzker Prize Jury, his fellow countryman Wang Shu became the first Chinese architect who won the Prize. The following is an excerpt from my conversation with Yung Ho Chang at his Beijing office.

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