Archinect - News 2014-09-01T04:13:28-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107557388/china-considering-drastic-ban-on-coal China considering drastic ban on coal Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-27T13:30:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T13:30:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2fguc6kj1qhsx2nb.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>State-owned news outlets reported this month that the government would ban the use of coal in Beijing and other urban areas by 2020 in an effort to reduce the noxious air pollution that chokes many cities. [...] But [President Xi Jinping] and other officials have provided few details &mdash; and, indeed, have sent conflicting, even disturbing, signals about their plans. Some measures China is considering could actually exacerbate climate change.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105940558/china-moves-to-ease-home-registration-rules-in-urbanization-push China Moves to Ease Home-Registration Rules in Urbanization Push Alexander Walter 2014-08-06T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:51:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bd/bdfef725df488e8e2ef439eeac9363d1.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chinese government issued proposals on Wednesday to break down barriers that a nationwide household registration system has long imposed between rural and urban residents and among regions, reinforcing inequality, breeding discontent and hampering economic growth. Yet even as officials promoted easier urbanization [...], they said changes to the system [...] must be gradual and must protect big cities like Beijing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105937337/china-to-ban-coal-use-by-2020 China to Ban Coal Use by 2020 Nicholas Korody 2014-08-06T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:41:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s4vh83t31t1xcl5j.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China has announced plans to ban the use of coal in its smog-plagued capital by the end of 2020, as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities. Beijing's Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau posted the plan on its website on Monday, saying the city would instead prioritize electricity and natural gas for heating. The Chinese central government recently listed environmental protection as one of the top criteria by which leaders will be judged.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102725192/china-furious-over-us-plan-to-rename-street-in-front-of-its-embassy-after-dissident China furious over US plan to rename street in front of its embassy after dissident Nicholas Korody 2014-06-25T19:14:00-04:00 >2014-06-29T19:46:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rn/rn26cqldtfvsj1vw.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chinese diplomats on Wednesday said Congress&rsquo; decision to rename the street in front of Beijing&rsquo;s embassy in the U.S. capital after a Chinese dissident is "really absurd" [...] On Tuesday the House Appropriations Committee voted to rename the street outside the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., to &ldquo;Liu Xiaobo Plaza&rdquo; &mdash; after a Chinese dissident who received the Nobel Peace Prize in absentia and is currently serving an 11-year prison term for subverting the government&rsquo;s authority.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is not the first time that place-naming &ndash; or toponymy &ndash; has provoked a political dispute. Actually, it's pretty likely that as long as people have been naming places, other people have been getting upset about it. For example, as immortalized by Jimmy Kennedy in the classic song, Istanbul has been called Constantinople, Byzantium, and Stamboul among other names. What isn't mentioned in the song is that these name changes signal major political shifts, in particular the waves of (often violent) colonization by the Greeks, the Romans, and the Turks. More recently Russian cities were renamed to commemorate Soviet leaders, then changed back to their older names following the collapse of the USSR. Likewise, after the Arab Spring, squares and streets in Tunis and Cairo were renamed to obliterate mention the deposed dictators Ben Ali and Mubarak, respectively.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99309483/art-an-interview-with-ai-weiwei Art? An interview with Ai Weiwei Alexander Walter 2014-05-06T15:54:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:05:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a0/a06a8bac7825900acaaa1ade5a985dcc.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ai&rsquo;s studio, called 258 Fake, has become China&rsquo;s equivalent of Andy Warhol&rsquo;s Factory. And Ai himself has increasingly taken on Warholian overtones: there is now little distinction between Ai the artist who creates artworks, and Ai the dissident who gets beaten by the cops. (In 2009, police pummelled his face, causing a cerebral haemorrhage.) Both are merged in an ongoing performance in which the man has become the art, and the art is the man.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98666532/giant-bubbles-could-be-built-over-beijing-parks-to-save-residents-from-smog-danger Giant bubbles could be 'built over Beijing parks to save residents from smog danger' Alexander Walter 2014-04-25T12:47:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:59:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/677d812fa207f38ad3527e880ca26fff.jpg" width="486" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Beijing has the worst smog levels among the world's capital cities - so bad that playing sports outdoor is often banned - but it could get a stunning new set of lungs in the form of a covered botanical garden, retail and office complex under a giant transparent roof. Called Bubbles, the architectural concept might seem an unlikely candidate for a high-rise city of 21 million people. But its designers believe it offers something that every urban environment needs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Another Chinese bubble to burst?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97795335/mad-founder-ma-yansong-celebrates-opening-of-la-office-with-lecture-in-hollywood MAD founder Ma Yansong celebrates opening of LA office with lecture in Hollywood Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-11T15:43:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:27:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j4/j44vyfhdg3au02e2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Co-presented by <a href="http://www.space15twenty.com/files/Ma-Young.png" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hennessey + Ingalls, the A+D Museum and the Cal Poly LA Metro Program</a>, Ma Yansong lectured last night on MAD's history and the trials of Chinese architecture. Now with offices in Los Angeles and Beijing, MAD is poised to fulfill the high expectations bestowed on it as a Chinese firm cultivating a style unique from any western exceptionalism, while also building outside of Asia. Yansong's talk took place at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood -- a public, outdoor courtyard surrounded by hip storefronts and eateries. Free to people wandering through, the venue was refreshingly informal for an event type usually restricted to hallowed academic halls.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/84/84s7vaczik79qjhy.jpg"></p><p>Yansong presented works from throughout MAD's existence, focusing particularly on each project's context and relationship to nature -- whether or not it was ever built. Considering that many of MAD's projects in China are located in new, developing cities, where the urban context can run quite thin, the building's relationship to n...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94978858/advanced-geometry-with-oyler-wu-collaborative-s-the-cube Advanced geometry with Oyler Wu Collaborative's "The Cube" Justine Testado 2014-03-05T20:24:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:21:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0by6jwvrcxz7pyq.jpg" width="514" height="519" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>L.A. architectural practice <a href="http://oylerwu.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oyler Wu Collaborative</a> designed "The Cube" from a fundamental notion: to challenge the spatial and geometric properties of the cube, a geometric form long regarded as a basic element for design, art, and science. Built for the 2013 Beijing Biennale, the sculpture transforms a solid idea into an abstract piece -- and just a really cool-looking installation that surely makes a nifty backdrop for picture-taking.</p><p>We'll let Oyler Wu explain the intricate details behind the project:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pt/ptpt5o01cgp2iwhf.jpg"><br><br>"The Cube was designed with the intention of challenging the perceptual reading of the volumetric object. Beginning with this iconic and basic geometry, the overall scheme is designed to maintain the clear presence of the six-sided object in space.</p><p>Closer inspection of the scheme, however, is intended to reveal a more nuanced and experiential spatial effect - one that moves beyond the object and offers a radically different reading. Approximately sixteen meters tall and constructed of ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88517908/beijing-cracks-down-on-the-city-s-growing-population-of-unofficial-underground-residences Beijing cracks down on the city's growing population of unofficial underground residences Archinect 2013-12-10T12:08:00-05:00 >2013-12-10T12:08:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ca/cade7fe34ae75555ff803b6a97e172b0.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Because of Beijing&rsquo;s sky-high apartment rental costs, as many as two million people&mdash;about a tenth of the city&rsquo;s population&mdash;are said to be living below street level in underground storage basements and air-raid shelters partitioned into cramped, windowless rooms. Many of those who have to crowd into these homes are migrant workers like Wang, from the nearby province of Hebei.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/87550164/modu-s-outdoor-room-installation-highlights-air-quality-crisis-in-beijing MODU’s Outdoor Room installation highlights air quality crisis in Beijing Justine Testado 2013-11-27T20:27:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T22:49:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gj/gjt3ai4e86jbde44.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MODU's competition-winning Outdoor Room creates a visual experience while raising awareness on Beijing's persistent air-quality issues. Recently installed in Beijing's Olympic Park for the 5th China International Architecture Biennial, the 5,000 sq.ft pavilion functions as urban public space and a barometer for Beijing's air quality levels &mdash; which are documented as much as the daily weather report.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ix/ix5k9z3il555yy7j.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1bty0xjje70vtfxp.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rg/rgg46t69wh1r13g5.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ti/tiahvo0pv8kxxbww.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0t/0t96v17qi8n7jjy5.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zk/zkavwjyt4lkdpyl1.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>All images courtesy of MODU, photography: Matthew Niederhauser.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85850609/as-autumn-leaves-installation-by-lcd-for-beijing-design-week-2013 “As Autumn Leaves” installation by LCD for Beijing Design Week 2013 Justine Testado 2013-11-05T18:41:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T21:19:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n8/n8hd7twisl8d82dx.jpg" width="514" height="703" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"As Autumn Leaves" by the Laboratory for Computational Design (LCD) is an art installation that mixes the emotive with precise computational design. The piece was installed during Beijing Design Week 2013 from Sept. 26 - Oct. 3.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/85780576/abitare-china-34-hutong-adaptation Abitare China#34 | HUTONG/adaptation Metropolitan Monk 2013-11-04T23:36:00-05:00 >2013-11-04T23:39:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pr/prft7dngmdz6hpis.jpg" width="514" height="189" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> ABITARE China magazine invited <a href="http://movingcities.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MovingCities</a> to guest edit its 34th issue on the topic of "(re) Design Heritage &ndash; Strategies of Urban Renewal and the Chinese City." Published in October 2013, MovingCities took this opportunity to address one of the most urgent issues to discuss when dealing with the urban, architectural, cultural, social and economical development of China and the city of Beijing &#21271;&#20140;: heritage, preservation, adaptive strategies and the hutong &#32993;&#21516;.</p> <p> Formal definition of hutong: <em>Hutongs are a type of narrow streets or alleys, most commonly associated with Beijing, China. In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. The word hutong is also used to refer to such neighbourhoods.</em></p> <p> MovingCities choose "<a href="http://movingcities.org/movingmemos/hutong-adaptation-abitare-china/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HUTONG /Adaptation</a>" as the unifying theme for this themed issue, wishing to approach this much debat...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80532087/chinese-architect-ma-yansong-brings-green-futurism-to-europe Chinese Architect Ma Yansong Brings Green Futurism to Europe Archinect 2013-08-28T18:21:00-04:00 >2013-09-04T08:04:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1n/1nookd4iycnrxx5m.jpg" width="514" height="625" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Over the last decade, avant-garde European architects have helped reshape Beijing's skyline. [...] But now, a Chinese architect is reversing the trend. Rising star Ma Yansong has won a string of European architectural contests that will bring his experimental designs, which meld cutting-edge technology with an animist's awe of nature, to capitals on the Continent.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Ma Yansong has been on Archinect's radar for quite some time&mdash;click <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/47034" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to read our 2006 <em>UpStarts</em> interview with him and his Beijing-based firm <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD office</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78759271/galaxy-soho-accused-of-damaging-old-beijing Galaxy Soho accused of damaging 'old Beijing' Archinect 2013-08-05T15:02:00-04:00 >2013-08-08T06:13:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/48/482bea6d0bf0580a6ff7e368d500c2d9.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center (CHP) is a philanthropic body, dedicated to preserving local culture. It recently wrote to RIBA after the architectural body awarded Zaha Hadid Architects' Galaxy Soho complex a 2013 International Award for architectural excellence, chastising RIBA's choice of winner.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/77906976/jean-nouvel-confirmed-as-winner-of-the-national-art-museum-of-china-competition Jean Nouvel Confirmed as Winner of the National Art Museum of China Competition Alexander Walter 2013-07-25T14:17:00-04:00 >2013-07-29T20:26:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zv/zv9gzmc0cfi6aiv8.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Jean Nouvel has won the prestigious competition to design the National Art Museum of China in Beijing.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously on Archinect:</p> <ul><li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/55692367/jean-nouvel-said-to-edge-gehry-hadid-for-beijing-museum-job" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel Said To Edge Gehry, Hadid For Beijing Museum Job</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73578609/ft-discusses-nouvel-s-design-for-the-national-art-museum-of-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FT discusses Nouvel's design for the National Art Museum of China</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77134030/national-art-museum-of-china-entry-by-gehry-partners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Art Museum of China Entry by Gehry Partners</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58168996/national-art-museum-of-china-entry-by-mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National Art Museum of China Entry by MAD</a></li> </ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/77134030/national-art-museum-of-china-entry-by-gehry-partners National Art Museum of China Entry by Gehry Partners Alexander Walter 2013-07-15T14:04:00-04:00 >2013-07-25T14:22:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/10kin63r0wjqmy7d.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gehry Partners has sent us detailed information about their entry to last summer's most buzzed about architectural competition, the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. Gehry's beautiful NAMOC entry made it all the way to the final of three competition rounds and found itself in lofty company with submissions from fellow Pritzker Prize winners Zaha Hadid and Jean Nouvel.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The project is currently being exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles as part of MOCA's exhibition <em><a href="http://www.moca.org/museum/exhibitiondetail.php?&amp;id=473" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California</a></em>.</p> <p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77906976/jean-nouvel-confirmed-as-winner-of-the-national-art-museum-of-china-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel Confirmed as Winner of the National Art Museum of China Competition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75543626/editor-s-picks-320 Editor's Picks #320 Nam Henderson 2013-06-19T12:19:00-04:00 >2013-06-20T17:02:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ty/tyb6y928ffsfk8hp.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest edition of the <strong>Student Works</strong>: series Archinect featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/75126636/student-works-singapore-university-of-technology-and-design-library-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) library pavilion</a>, located on a sloping lawn on the temporary Dover Campus.&nbsp;The gridshell structure designed by City Form Lab had to accommodate three mature trees and forms a noise barrier toward the Ayer Raja Expressway in the north. Especially noteworthy we read "<em>The pavilion is designed to be dismantled and recycled after two years</em>". For his part&nbsp;<strong>TED</strong> liked what he saw writing "<em>Nice stuff - well done</em>"...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gc/gce5v09ujiyin138.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <strong>News</strong><br> American Public Media&rsquo;s Marketplace examined the resurgence of Midtown, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75058322/a-small-pocket-of-detroit-is-thriving-but-it-s-not-a-comeback-city-yet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a small pocket of Detroit that is thriving</a>.<br><br><strong>observant</strong> believed "<em>There is such a dichotomy between Bloomfield Hills et. al. and the decaying part of the core...The city is probably more in need of urban designers, planners, sociologists, and economists at this point than it is starchitects producing concepts for individual buildings</em>".</p> <p> The NYT reported that <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75258357/pritzker-jury-will-not-revisit-decision-to-exclude-denise-scott-brown" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Pritzker Pr...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75244971/wang-shu-china-s-champion-of-slow-architecture Wang Shu, China's Champion of Slow Architecture Archinect 2013-06-14T13:57:00-04:00 >2013-06-14T15:22:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d2f724af193264ee5f1cc82d0dcdb049.jpg" width="405" height="540" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The day after Chinese architect Wang Shu was awarded the $100,000 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the field&rsquo;s equivalent of a Nobel, in May 2012, he returned to the old Beijing neighborhood where he grew up and found it in the process of being demolished. The hutong, with its maze of narrow streets and traditional courtyard houses, was being sacrificed to make room for a new philosophy center.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related Blog post on Archinect: <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/75175957/beijing-rising-of-walls-and-walkways" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing Rising - Of Walls and Walkways</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73578609/ft-discusses-nouvel-s-design-for-the-national-art-museum-of-china FT discusses Nouvel's design for the National Art Museum of China Archinect 2013-05-20T18:27:00-04:00 >2013-07-25T14:23:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/40/401264cf6c98bc6098876047a583005d.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The French architect behind the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Fondation Cartier and the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris has designed the breathtakingly bold new National Art Museum of China (Namoc) for Beijing, a vast structure which combines internal complexity with apparent external simplicity.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77906976/jean-nouvel-confirmed-as-winner-of-the-national-art-museum-of-china-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel Confirmed as Winner of the National Art Museum of China Competition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/67995171/steven-holl-architects-presents-two-short-films-on-the-sliced-porosity-block Steven Holl Architects presents two short films on the Sliced Porosity Block Archinect 2013-02-20T17:51:00-05:00 >2013-03-05T11:40:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wg/wg88msw0g8qprugj.jpg" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Steven Holl Architects in collaboration with <a href="http://spiritofspace.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space</a> has created two short films on the Sliced Porosity Block - CapitaLand Raffles City, completed in November 2012 in Chengdu, China.</p> <p> Filmed in November 2012, A Conversation with Steven Holl presents Steven Holl on site as he explains the design concept. The film Sliced Porosity Block explores the project in its urban context and as a public space in the city of Chengdu.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qb/qbmpo7xzgd0lrvp4.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Still from "Sliced Porosity Block"</em></p> <p> In the center of Chengdu, at the intersection of the first Ring Road and Ren Ming Nam Road, the Sliced Porosity Block forms large public plazas with a hybrid of different functions. Creating a metropolitan public space instead of object-icon skyscrapers, this three million sq ft. project takes its shape from the distribution of natural light. The required minimum sunlight exposures to the surrounding urban fabric prescribe geometric angles that slice the exoskeletal concrete frame of the structure. The building str...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/61798506/a-skyline-all-their-own A skyline all their own Alexander Walter 2012-11-20T17:01:00-05:00 >2012-11-21T11:16:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8f46091ddf61470136e051a35db56f49.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new breed of Chinese architects like Li Hu seeks inspiration from inside themselves. [...] Conventional wisdom says that "futuristic", modern and massive architecture is making Beijing into an international metropolis. However, Chinese architect Li Hu says the capital city needs architects who have their own attitudes.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/58168996/national-art-museum-of-china-entry-by-mad National Art Museum of China Entry by MAD Alexander Walter 2012-09-27T22:38:00-04:00 >2013-07-25T14:24:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4b/4bn9l4g1u6y873pt.jpg" width="514" height="239" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Only a few more weeks, and we will officially find out who has won the prestigious competition for NAMOC, the new National Art Museum of China in Beijing. Below is the entry of one of the twenty firms that were invited by the competition organizers to submit designs, Beijing-based firm MAD.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/55692367/jean-nouvel-said-to-edge-gehry-hadid-for-beijing-museum-job" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel Said To Edge Gehry, Hadid For Beijing Museum Job</a></p> <p> <strong>UPDATE: </strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77906976/jean-nouvel-confirmed-as-winner-of-the-national-art-museum-of-china-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel Confirmed as Winner of the National Art Museum of China Competition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/56259458/challenging-the-standard-conversation-with-zhang-ke Challenging the Standard / Conversation with Zhang Ke croixe 2012-08-30T13:53:00-04:00 >2012-09-06T10:16:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wc/wczwiniv3xmfwsgb.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <strong>More than ten years at the center of the Chinese architectural avant-garde, the role of standardarchitecture as an architectural paradigm solidifies more and more on international ground. Not interested in defining the new Chinese, nor to perpetuate the role of the status quo of the architecture of the spectacle, its focus consistently remains to present a challenge to the establishment. Everything from a growing extensive oeuvre that goes from building contemporary masterpieces in&nbsp; Tibet, to the design of exquisite trays made in Milan, to the way that the office operates seem to be following no other direction than its own.</strong></p> <p> <strong><a href="http://waithinktank.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WAI Architecture Think Tank</a> sat down with <a href="http://standardarchitecture.cn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">standardarchitecture</a>&rsquo;s founding partner Zhang Ke to converse about the origins of standardarchitecture, its critical role in contemporary China, and how to challenge the standard.</strong></p> <p> <strong>WAI: We would like to ask you to draw us a picture of the conditions in which you had your education.</strong></p> <p> Zhang Ke: Now looking retrospect...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/55819613/aaron-yassin-s-beijing-on-view-in-portland Aaron Yassin’s BEIJING on view in Portland Alexander Walter 2012-08-23T14:31:00-04:00 >2012-08-27T22:18:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ec/eco71zg6qvsmwffw.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you're in Portland, Oregon these days, don't miss to check out the exhibition BEIJING by visual artist Aaron Yassin, currently on view at Chambers@916. BEIJING, Yassin's latest project, is a series of dynamic and mesmerizing architectural photographic composites built from images of iconic buildings in Beijing, spanning hundreds of years, from the Temple of Heaven to the Bird&rsquo;s Nest Stadium.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/54047066/beijing-infrastructure-not-fit-for-torrential-rains Beijing Infrastructure Not Fit for Torrential Rains Alexander Walter 2012-07-23T14:22:00-04:00 >2012-07-31T09:46:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6u/6ugwmd9yn6ctj5co.jpg" width="514" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As China's flood-ravaged capital dealt with the aftermath of the heaviest rain in six decades Monday, including the deaths of 37 people, questions were being raised about whether the city's push for modernization came at the expense of basic infrastructure such as drainage networks. [...] The city has seen tens of billions of dollars poured into its modernization [...] &mdash; all while basics like water drainage were apparently neglected.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/53638627/architect-rem-koolhaas-and-the-next-world-wonder Architect Rem Koolhaas and the Next World Wonder Paul Petrunia 2012-07-16T13:16:00-04:00 >2012-07-17T15:42:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/so/so1fldcj1u8scxrf.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The building has two colossal, uneven leaning towers (the highest rises 768 feet) that are conjoined at the top by an enormous angular bridge. Conservative estimates put the cost at nearly $900 million; Koolhaas, for his part, says he has &ldquo;no idea&rdquo; of the price. What is certain is that the CCTV building now dominates the skyline of Beijing, just as it dominates the airwaves of the country.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Attached are some photos of the CCTV building that I recently took while in Beijing.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/49575400/cctv-2012-low-resolution-rough-cut-by-tomas-koolhaas CCTV 2012 LOW RESOLUTION ROUGH CUT by Tomas Koolhaas Archinect 2012-05-29T22:03:00-04:00 >2012-05-30T13:26:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5c8q9wi45l8att7c.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Low resolution rough cut of footage I shot at the CCTV building in Beijing in Feb 2012. This footage is part of a documentary I am making about my father Rem Koolhaas.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/48667408/oma-designed-cctv-headquarters-in-beijing-completed OMA-designed CCTV Headquarters in Beijing completed Archinect 2012-05-16T13:40:00-04:00 >2012-05-20T23:06:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4t/4tpz4d28kw7r1b73.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> It is a <em>very </em>big day for Rem Koolhaas and the entire <a href="http://oma.eu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a> team, as their iconic CCTV building in Beijing&mdash;OMA's&nbsp;largest project so far&mdash;is being officially completed today.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j7/j73ze8vd1qcqeykr.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; CCTV/OMA, photographed by Iwan Baan</p> <p> Here is the official release we just received from OMA:</p> <p> Today OMA participated in the official construction completion ceremony for the China Central Television (CCTV) Headquarters in Beijing, which will start to be used later this year. Designed by OMA as a reinvention of the skyscraper as a loop, construction on the building began in 2004. At approximately 473, 000m2, CCTV &ndash; accommodating TV studios, offices, broadcasting and production facilities &ndash; is OMA&rsquo;s largest ever project and its first major building in China.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/94/943absteu6x641yk.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; CCTV/OMA, photographed by Iwan Baan</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wz/wztkyywksewuk3ns.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; CCTV/OMA, photographed by Iwan Baan</p> <p> CCTV defies the skyscraper&rsquo;s typical quest for ultimate height. Rising from a common platform, two towers lean towards each other and eventually merge in a perpendic...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/38983644/som-wins-master-plan-competition-for-beijing-bohai-innovation-city SOM Wins Master Plan Competition for Beijing Bohai Innovation City Alexander Walter 2012-02-22T14:17:00-05:00 >2012-02-25T18:16:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2sg4e9gm0fbf6pw.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an international design competiton for the rapid development of satellite cities along Chinese high speed rail corridors, Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill's Beijing Bohai Innovation City master plan has just been named the winning submission.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/31718922/holcim-award-winning-project-advocates-bicycle-commuting-in-beijing Holcim Award-Winning Project Advocates Bicycle Commuting in Beijing Alexander Walter 2011-12-21T13:05:19-05:00 >2011-12-27T11:01:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/au/aud26cc4ie0mrbei.jpg" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just last week, we published the outstanding winners of the 2011 Regional Holcim Awards for the Asia Pacific Region [...]. Taking the top prize in the program's &ldquo;Next Generation&rdquo; category was MIT student August Liau for a project to increase bicycle commuting in Beijing, China. The project advocates pedal power as a dynamic alternative for urban transit and recalls its well-proven potential in the world&rsquo;s former cycling capital.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>