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Hangmei International Smart Town Demo Area / BDCL

22:00 - 13 September, 2018
Hangmei International Smart Town Demo Area / BDCL, “Old Town” Office Building. Image © Kaixiong Xiao
“Old Town” Office Building. Image © Kaixiong Xiao

© Kaixiong Xiao Art Center . Image © Kaixiong Xiao Art Center. Image © Kaixiong Xiao “New Town” Office Building. Image © Kaixiong Xiao + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    The Intersection of Provincial Road 102 and Nuanquan Road, Xinzheng, Henan, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Scott Romes, Kim Pelly, Tim Kalander, Kevin Sokolowski, Wei Zhang, Qinpeng Bai, Shuqing Li, Nan Jiang, Tingting Wei, Jiangying Hu, Na Sun, Yang Gao, Hong Zhang, Bolun Wu
  • Fair-faced concrete consultant

    Beijing Haiyujianxiang Engineering Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Landscape Designer

    L&A Design,Shenzhen
  • Client

    Zhengzhou Hangmei Sci-tech Park Development Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    21200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Shan-Zhen: How a Small Irish Town Influenced the Mega-City Shenzhen

04:00 - 26 January, 2016
Shan-Zhen: How a Small Irish Town Influenced the Mega-City Shenzhen, Aerial photograph of Shannon Airport (1959) set within its rural context. Image Courtesy of Shannon Group plc
Aerial photograph of Shannon Airport (1959) set within its rural context. Image Courtesy of Shannon Group plc

At the dawn of the age of transatlantic commercial aviation, Shannon, a small town on the west coast of Ireland, was thrust into the spotlight. By 1959 it had been developed as the world’s first Free Trade Zone and New Town, providing a new—and persistent—business model for US multinationals seeking cheaper ways to operate in Europe. On the other side of the world, China was beginning to develop its urbanisation policy and was interested in how Shannon had successfully decentralised its administration from Dublin. After many visits in the early 1980s by Chinese leaders to study this model, under the direction of Deng Xiaoping, the Shannon planning system was used as a template in the formation of Shenzhen and has since been rolled across China.

New Horizon_architecture from Ireland is the flagship exhibition programme for Irish architecture and the built environment as part of Irish Design 2015. Shan-Zhen was first presented at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in 2015.

Sam Jacob Studio Replicate a Standing Sarsen Stone in the Centre of Milton Keynes

07:30 - 11 December, 2015
Sam Jacob Studio Replicate a Standing Sarsen Stone in the Centre of Milton Keynes, © Jim Stephenson
© Jim Stephenson

London-based practice Sam Jacob Studio, led by a former partner of FAT, have installed a 1:1 replica of a standing sarsen stone from the Avebury stone circle in the centre of the British New Town of Milton Keynes. The 'MK Menhir', situated on a Porte Cochère on the city's Midsummer Boulevard, has been (CNC) milled from hard-coated foam using data from a 3D scan of the original stone. It has been given an iridescent tint using techniques similar to those used to spray paint a car.