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Exhibition Center of Beijing Poly Future Metropolitan / BIAD

Nightscape of Secondary Entrance Courtyard. Image © Chaoying Yang Southern Bamboo Trail Leading to Staff Entrance. Image © Chaoying Yang Columnless Corner at 2F Discussion Area to Improve Transparency of Landscape. Image © Chaoying Yang Discussion Area. Image © Chaoying Yang + 28

  • Architects: BIAD
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1663.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Gansu Provincial Superior People’s Court / BIAD

© Chaoying Zhao
© Chaoying Zhao

© Chaoying Zhao © Chaoying Zhao © Chaoying Zhao © Chaoying Zhao + 29

Lanzhou, China

Happy National Donut Day! Here's 3 Donut-Shaped Buildings as Seen From Above

Each year, on the first Friday in June, people in the US celebrate National Donut Day. The origins of this commemoration go back 100 years: soon after the US entrance into World War I in 1917, the Protestant Christian church and international charitable organization The Salvation Army sent a fact-finding mission to France. It was during that mission that volunteering women began serving free donuts to soldiers on the front lines with the aim to boost the troops’ morale. These women, dubbed “Donut Lassies,” are often credited with making donuts widely popular in the United States when troops returned home from war.

School with an Open Space / Beijing Institute of Architectural Design 6th Division

© XIA Zhi © XIA Zhi © XIA Zhi © XIA Zhi + 40

Beijing, China

AD Architecture School Guide: Birmingham City University’s BIAD

What are Live Projects? A UK term, it refers to collaborations between architecture schools and real clients on real projects. In the US, for example, these are merely referred to as industry collaborations. Clients are widely variant, from municipal governments and youth organizations, as well as galleries and community-based gardens.

There are many iterations of this teaching model in the UK so the issue is, how to determine a good fit for prospective students? One issue that is increasingly at the fore of students’ minds is how to balance idealism with practical skills. At Birmingham City University’sBIAD (Birmingham Institute of Art and Design), the program is structured precisely to help students achieve that balance.

Wangfujing Mixed-Use Center / Latitude Studio with BIAD

Courtesy of Latitude Studio
Courtesy of Latitude Studio

The Wangfujing Center in Beijing, China is a mixed-use space designed by Latitude Studio. The intention of the proposal is to design an architectural solution that provides a container for an endless possibility of experiences. To achieve this, Latitude Studio considered the role of the atrium in Roman architecture, which injects the space with light and air.

Read on for more on this project after the break.