Archinect - News 2016-05-31T21:41:49-04:00 Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta Nicholas Korody 2016-05-10T15:23:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T22:04:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The region where the Pearl River flows into the South China Sea has seen some of the most rapid urban expansion in human history over the past few decades &ndash; transforming what was mostly agricultural land in 1979 into what is the manufacturing heartland of a global economic superpower today.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Shenzen (1964)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Shenzen (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Macau (1991)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Macau (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Hong Kong (1964)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Hong Kong (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Guangzhou (1949)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Guangzhou (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Some related content:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China plans to build a fleet of floating nuclear power plants</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A more optimistic view on China's ghost cities</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smog-choked Beijing plans "ventilation corridors" to provide much-needed fresh air</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China says no to "weird" architecture</a></li></ul> Bonus Session: "Scenes from the Post-Geographic City" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-03T09:02:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T00:09:15-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in December of last year, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture</a> launched in Shenzhen and Hong Kong, featuring an exhibition curated by Los Angeles-based critic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mimi Zeiger</a> and designer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tim Durfee</a>, representing&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art Center</a>&rsquo;s Media Design Practices program. Their show, &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Now, There: Scenes from the Post-Geographic City</a>&rdquo;, winner of the Biennale&rsquo;s Bronze Dragon, reconsiders what makes up today&rsquo;s idea of a &ldquo;city&rdquo;, specifically regarding our digital and virtual presences, as well as contemporary issues of globalized economies.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The exhibition features work by Besler &amp; Sons,&nbsp;Walton Chiu, Tim Durfee and Ben Hooker (with Jenny Rodenhouse), John Szot Studio, m-a-u-s-e-r, and Metahaven, as well as texts by Joanne McNeil, Enrique Ramirez, and Therese Tierney. Check out some of their work below.</p><p>Mimi and Tim joined Paul and I in Archinect&rsquo;s podcasting studio to talk about the exhibition, and introduce a discussion recorded in Shenzhen among the participants of &ldquo;Now, There" and one of the...</p> Disastrous landslide burying dozens in Shenzhen likely caused by piled up soil from construction work Alexander Walter 2015-12-21T11:58:00-05:00 >2015-12-21T12:00:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dozens of people are missing after a landslide engulfed 22 buildings at an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. [...] Local media reported that the soil that came loose had been dug up in the past two years in construction work and was piled up nearby. A statement on Weibo from the Shenzhen municipal government said the landslide had also triggered an explosion at a nearby gas station. A landslide in the country's Zhejiang province in November killed at least 25 people.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Shenzhen's fire brigade said it was working to free other trapped people - state media say 59 remain missing.&nbsp;Two workers' dormitories are among the affected buildings."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>It's been a rough few months in the news for China lately:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Following warehouse explosion, three new high-rises in Tianjin planned for demolition amid anti-corruption campaign</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's latest "airpocalypse" is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developer of SOM-designed Nanjing skyscraper found guilty of depriving nearby residents of precious sunlight</a></li></ul> China's obsession with vertical cities Alexander Walter 2014-10-30T14:04:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T18:48:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>By the end of next year one-in-three of the world&rsquo;s 100m+ skyscrapers will be in China, as its state-orchestrated urbanisation drive prompts a megacity building bonanza [...] China now has over 140 cities of more than one million people; America has nine</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> China's Pearl River Delta: Tying 11 Cities into a Megaregion Alexander Walter 2014-09-22T14:18:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T12:52:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, on China&rsquo;s southern coast, the integration of the Greater Pearl River Delta (PRD) is turning fiction into fact (sans the harsh lawman), with 11 cities linking to create an urban area of 21,100 square miles (55,000 sq km) and a population of up to 80 million. The nine cities of the PRD, plus the special administrative zones of Hong Kong and Macau, are becoming increasingly linked by a series of bridges, tunnels, roads, and high-speed rail networks.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Out of Shenzhen: Catalog #1 of the Los Angeles Biennale of Architecture/Urbanism Archinect 2014-04-24T12:42:00-04:00 >2014-04-25T16:18:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="540" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Was it:</em></p><p><em>Possible for a group of architects, artists, educators, writers, publishers to fly to Shenzhen and start a dialog and call it a Los Angeles Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, a.k.a. LAB A/U? (Yes)&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>A first for architecture and urbanism for Los Angeles? (Yes)</em></p><p><em>Possible to bee line the assumptions, suspicions, silent treatments and doubts? (Yes)&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Real? (Yes)&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Possible to talk about the aura of a city via on the road biennale? (Yes)&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>And...</em></p><p><em>Could the nomads' opinion be harnessed? (No)</em><br>&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><br><em>LAB A/U did not happened in a vacuum even though it seemed that way. The participants, hosts and audience have thought so.</em></p><p><em>Is this a one time deal? (No)&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Can I join when it convenes again? (No , you need to be curated)&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Does it cost to participate? (No)&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Will LAB A/U continue indefinitely (Yes, there are no plans to shut it down at the moment)&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Will it be always nomadic? (Yes, even when it is in LA)</em></p><p><em>Is its nomadism in spirit or action? (Both)&nbsp;</em><br>&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><br><em>Will it be critical and threatening? (Yes, but it will be promot...</em></p> gmp to design new urban development in Shenzhen, China Justine Testado 2013-12-19T19:32:00-05:00 >2013-12-19T19:33:01-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture firm von Gerkan, Marg, and Partners won a large commission earlier this week to design a new urban development in Shenzhen, China. The 45-hectare project is part of an economic plan that China developed for the area.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "It comprises a transportation hub including five underground railway stations, a border control point and numerous commercial areas. Above ground there will be a range of tower blocks of different heights with apartments, shops and offices to form multi-functional city quarters."<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images &copy; gmp</em></p> Shenzhen Airport Terminal 3 by Studio Fuksas opened Justine Testado 2013-11-29T14:38:00-05:00 >2013-12-03T09:42:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Reaching completion within three years, Studio Fuksas' Terminal 3 at the Shenzhen Bao&rsquo;an International Airport in Guangdong, China will begin operation starting today, Nov. 28. [...] Studio Fuksas is also working on two additional stages for the airport's expansion, expected to be complete in 2025 and 2035.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images &copy; Studio Fuksas</em></p> Launch event tonight! "Shaping the City" refreshes case studies of contemporary urbanism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-01T18:52:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T21:59:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Drop by Hollywood&rsquo;s finest art and architecture bookstore, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hennessey + Ingalls</a>, tonight for a special event launching <em>Shaping the City</em>, a newly revised edition of contemporary urbanism case studies. The event will also feature a conversation with University of Toronto&rsquo;s Director of Urban Design, and <em>Shaping the City</em>&rsquo;s editor, <strong>Rodolphe el-Khoury</strong>, along with <strong>Qingyun Ma</strong>, Dean of USC School of Architecture. The conversation will also include <em>Shaping the City</em> contributors <strong>Teddy Cruz</strong>, <strong>Victor J. Jones</strong>, and <strong>Paulette Singley</strong>.</p> <p> Archinect picked the brains of el-Khoury and Singley before the launch, here&rsquo;s some tidbits:</p> <p> <strong>Archinect:&nbsp;</strong>What was your contribution to <em>Shaping the City</em>?</p> <p> <strong>Rodolphe el-Khoury</strong>: [Co-author Edward Robbins and I] conceived <em>Shaping the City</em> as a potential textbook that would sample aspects of the city without imposing an overarching conceptual framework on the complex and varied manifestations of urban forms and phenomena.</p> <p> <strong>Paulette Singley</strong>: "Los Angeles: Between Cognit...</p> Shenzhen biennale explores postindustrial urbanism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-31T18:23:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T22:14:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="196" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The 5th&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB)&nbsp;</strong></a>will reflect on southern China's rapidly developed recent past, while focusing attentions on its postindustrial future. Co-organized by Shenzhen and Hong Kong, the biennale presents a variety of international studies on urbanism, through architectural, ethnographic and artistic means. True to its future-focus, the biennale will renovate former industrial sites to use as venues, including an old waterfront warehouse and a former glass factory.</p> <p> Shenzhen's rapid urban growth began in 1979, when the Chinese government named the small village a "special economic zone" for manufacturing and employment. Since then, the city has been flushed with Chinese and foreign investments, primarily in manufacturing -- now, Shenzhen aims to develop more service industries and away from its fast-earned industrial past.</p> <p> <strong>UABB </strong>purports to be the only biennale in the world devoted entirely to urbanism and urbanization, and&nbsp;will be held from Dec...</p> Inside Shenzhen's New Stock Exchange, designed by OMA Archinect 2013-10-08T11:43:00-04:00 >2013-10-08T11:43:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="691" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by Rem Koolhaas&rsquo; architecture firm OMA, the soaring 225-meter tower will be officially inaugurated on Tuesday. It has an open plaza at its base, shaded by a floating three-story podium that juts out 36 meters above ground level.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Essence Financial Building by OMA Alexander Walter 2013-02-07T13:17:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T16:38:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yesterday we published a first image of OMA's latest competition win, the Essence Financial Building in Shenzhen. Here is the project now in more detail.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA to Design Essence Financial Tower in Shenzhen</a></p> OMA to Design Essence Financial Tower in Shenzhen Alexander Walter 2013-02-06T17:25:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T16:39:17-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA has been awarded the first place in the international design competition for the Essence Financial Building in Shenzhen, China. OMA Partners David Gianotten and Rem Koolhaas are heading the project which they intend to be a new generation office tower for Shenzhen.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see the project in more detail.</p> Zone: The Spatial Softwares of Extrastatecraft Places Journal 2012-06-11T14:22:00-04:00 >2012-06-18T00:32:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the future the wisest zone entrepreneurs will question this central feature and ask: Why enclave? What types of incentivized urbanism will actually benefit from physically segregated infrastructure&mdash;from being separate and even distant from the dense and dynamic central spaces of existing cities? Given that the zone is now generating its own urban programs &mdash; aspiring to be a city&mdash;what economic and technical benefits can result from constructing what is in effect a double or shadow of the city?</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Places, Keller Easterling traces the global rise of The Zone -- "a.k.a., the Free Trade Zone, Foreign Trade Zone, Special Economic Zone, Export Processing Zone, or any of the dozens of variants." From pirate enclaves to Puerto Rico, from Shenzhen to Dubai, she interrogates the spatial logic of extrastate zones created to avoid national laws.</p> Yabao Hi-Tech Enterprises Headquarter Park by 10 Design Alexander Walter 2012-05-01T13:58:00-04:00 >2012-05-03T14:33:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>International architectural practice 10 Design has shared with us their concept of a headquarter park for pharmaceutical company Yabao in Shenzhen, China. Construction of this massive project already commenced last October and is well underway.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Liantang / Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Passenger Terminal Proposal by WAU Design Alexander Walter 2012-04-09T14:54:00-04:00 >2012-04-09T15:00:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Shenzhen-based firm WAU Design has shared with us their proposal "Twisted Link" that recently won the team a Commendation in the Design Ideas Competition for Liantang / Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Passenger Terminal Building, a new structure between the New Territories of Hong Kong and Luohu in Shenzhen, China.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Bridge Urban Life Typology by FangCheng Architects Alexander Walter 2012-02-24T14:22:00-05:00 >2012-02-25T09:46:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="512" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Young Chinese firm FangCheng Architects has sent us their proposal Bridge Urban Life Typology, a city-wide network of bridge buildings which won the team the Second Prize at the 1.100.10000 Ideas Competition. The contest sought for innovative ideas to rapidly add 240,000 affordable housing units for more than 800,000 people in China's mega-boomtown Shenzhen.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The tower and the glory: Terry Farrell's KK100 Archinect 2012-02-01T14:49:50-05:00 >2012-02-05T15:47:09-05:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Looming over the sprawling Chinese city of Shenzhen, this building is the tallest skyscraper ever designed by a British architect.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> LYCS Architecture to Design CEIG Research Center in Shenzhen Alexander Walter 2011-12-20T15:09:13-05:00 >2011-12-27T11:01:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chinese practice LYCS Architecture has won an invited competition for a 32,000 sqm testing and assessment research center in the city of Shenzhen, China. The brief called for a mixed-use building including offices, residential and commercial.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Mecanoo to Design New Cultural Complex in Shenzhen Alexander Walter 2011-05-24T14:49:05-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mecanoo architecten has been selected by the district government of Shenzhen to design a new cultural complex in this Southern Chinese city. The design comprises a public art museum, science museum, youth center and a mega bookstore, totaling 90,000 m&sup2;. The museum complex is located between the commercial business district of Longgang and Longcheng park.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> BIG Wins with 1.5 Towers in China Alexander Walter 2009-09-08T14:04:00-04:00 >2013-02-28T14:27:38-05:00 <img src="" width="436" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> BIG, in collaboration with ARUP and Transsolar, was awarded the first prize in the international competition to design Shenzhen International Energy Mansion, the regional headquarters for the Shenzhen Energy Company. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a></p>