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Photographer Captures Shanghai's Disappearing Streets

04:00 - 3 July, 2019
© Cody Ellingham
© Cody Ellingham

Between Shanghai’s crowded meat markets, bundles of wires, vivid neon lights, and dense smogs, lie the historic ‘Shikumen’ lane houses. Built between the end of the 19th century and World War II, these houses were inspired by French and British Colonial and Art Deco styles and the Chinese ‘Hutong’ housing style. But time for these aged ornate structures is running out, as all the Shikumen lane houses across Shanghai are being torn down.

As part of his Shanghai Streets series, photographer Cody Ellingham has set out on a mission to freeze time and capture these historic streets before they are completely demolished and forgotten.

© Cody Ellingham © Cody Ellingham © Cody Ellingham © Cody Ellingham + 20

Los Angeles' Hospitality Industry is All About Adaptive Reuse

06:00 - 12 May, 2019
Los Angeles' Hospitality Industry is All About Adaptive Reuse , Imperial Western Beer Company . Image Courtesy of Jessica Sample via Metropolis
Imperial Western Beer Company . Image Courtesy of Jessica Sample via Metropolis

Los Angeles’ booming hospitality industry has provoked many designers to develop fresh, state-of-the-art spaces that fascinate citizens and visitors of the contemporary city. However, some designers are experimenting with abandoned structures, merging historic buildings with contemporary features. The relatively new design trend of adaptive reuse, which was a novelty in the early 2000’s, has now become an in-demand practice in LA, standing front and center in the restaurant / hotel industry.

To dig deeper into why Los Angeleshospitality industry is embracing historic buildings, Metropolis Magazine spoke with key hospitality designers and developers in the city such as Historic Resources Group, 213 Hospitality, and Design, Bitches, to learn more about their take on adaptive reuse.

The Technology Before the Wheel: A Brief History of Dry Stone Construction

09:30 - 25 August, 2018
The Technology Before the Wheel: A Brief History of Dry Stone Construction, © Fabricio Guzmán
© Fabricio Guzmán

A collection of stones piled one on top of the other, dry stone is an iconic building method found just nearly everywhere in the world. Relying solely on an age-old craft to create sturdy, reliable structures and characterised by its rustic, interlocking shapes, the technique has deep roots that stretch back even before the invention of the wheel. Its principles are simple: stack the stones to create a unified, load-bearing wall. But the efficient, long-lasting results, coupled with the technique’s cultural significance, have lead to continued use and updated interpretations all the way to contemporary architecture today.

© <a href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Broch_of_Mousa_-_geograph.org.uk_-_2800.jpg'>Anne Burgess</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 11

Nanjing Museum / CCTN Design

20:00 - 8 June, 2018
Gallery of special exhibitions. Image Courtesy of CCTN Design
Gallery of special exhibitions. Image Courtesy of CCTN Design

Original Wood Stairs At the Junction. Image © Guangyuan Zhang Atrium of Gallery of Special Exhibtions. Image Courtesy of CCTN Design Facade Detail. Image Courtesy of CCTN Design Junction area between the reserved old main hall and the newly built gallery of history. Image © Guangyuan Zhang + 28

  • Architects

  • Location

    321 Zhongshan E Rd, Xuanwu Qu, Nanjing Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

  • Associates

    Youfen Wang, Dapeng Wang, Jing Chai, Pengjun Zhang, Huiyu Liu, Xiaoyi Luo, Weifeng Chen, Ying Ying
  • Collaborators

    Jiangsu Provincial Architectural Design & Research Institute Ltd,
  • Area

    84500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Wang Jing Memorial Hall / DnA

00:00 - 28 May, 2018
© Ziling Wang
© Ziling Wang

© Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang © Ziling Wang + 26

Space Renovation of 69 Beishan St. / The Design Institute of Landscape and Architecture China Academy of Art

20:01 - 8 December, 2017
Space Renovation of 69 Beishan St. / The Design Institute of Landscape and Architecture China Academy of Art, Central courtyard. Image © Aoguan Performance of Architecture
Central courtyard. Image © Aoguan Performance of Architecture

Vestibule. Image © Aoguan Performance of Architecture Courtyard and entrances. Image © Aoguan Performance of Architecture Brick pattern. Image © Aoguan Performance of Architecture Courtyard facing living area. Image © Aoguan Performance of Architecture + 36