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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.

Renovation of Xi'an Dahua Textile Mill / China Architecture Design Group Land-based Rationalism D.R.C

Aerial. Image © Frederic Henriques
Aerial. Image © Frederic Henriques

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Xian Shi, China

Office complex Haokang / Archiplein

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© Frédéric Henriques
Suzhou, China
  • Architects: Archiplein
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 18500.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2011

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Tianzhoushan Tea House / Archiplein

© Frédéric Henriques
© Frédéric Henriques
  • Architects: Archiplein
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1000.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2011

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