Archinect - News 2016-06-29T08:53:29-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149953254/a-closer-look-at-the-eye-in-mvrdv-s-tianjin-library A closer look at "the eye" in MVRDV's Tianjin Library Julia Ingalls 2016-06-22T14:29:00-04:00 >2016-06-22T14:45:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w92wgu69ne66yxgi.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While pronounced ocular structural features are not unheard of (consider the exterior of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106441/diller-scofidio-renfro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DS+R</a>'s&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/137204495/the-broad-museum-opens-its-doors-for-a-look-beyond-the-veil" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Broad Museum</a>) Winy Maas, co-founder of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/327/mvrdv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV,</a> is drawing attention to his firm's mirrored spherical auditorium sited in the almost complete&nbsp;34,200 square meter <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94502910/construction-update-kohn-pedersen-fox-s-riverside-66-in-tianjin-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tianjin</a> Library.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q8/q8dwobs3hshc7dy5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yu/yuf28lhkr419bbis.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The Eye is the centre of the library," Maas explained in a press release. "It &lsquo;hollows out&rsquo; the building and creates, out of bookshelves, an environment to sit, to read, to hang out, to climb and to access, to create an organic social space. In its heart is the auditorium which mirrors the environment, giving a 360 degree panorama of the space inside; a truly reflective and pensive environment.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vn/vnlmvtdghb36cs82.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rv/rvkahkevy2fjjc1o.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c5/c59xfowtvr7wyosl.jpg"></p><p>The library will likely open to the public by mid-2017.&nbsp;</p><p>What else is MVRDV up to?</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947764/a-video-tour-of-mvrdv-s-the-stairs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A video tour of MVRDV's "The Stairs"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943474/cobe-mvrdv-s-rockin-new-ragnarock-museum-opens-to-the-public" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COBE + MVRDV's rockin&rsquo; new Ragnarock Museum opens to the public</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138956251/mvrdv-completes-the-couch-their-eighth-project-in-amsterdam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV completes The Couch, their eighth project in Amsterdam</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149952348/russian-government-wants-to-build-its-own-hyperloop-with-china-s-help Russian government wants to build its own Hyperloop, with China's help Justine Testado 2016-06-17T18:00:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T11:48:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ew/ewqu3hj65xokmt62.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government of Russia has announced a desire to build a 70km Hyperloop line on its Pacific Coast to link the port of Zarubino with China&rsquo;s Jilin province, but wants China to help fund it. The link would be part of Russia&rsquo;s plan to develop a series of transport corridors between its Primorye region and northeast China...The project&rsquo;s cost has been estimated at about $500m...the ministry would try to interest China in co-financing the link as part of its Silk Road grand strategy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947131/hyperloop-as-transportation-s-new-girlfriend-mysterious-unencumbered-exciting-expensive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Hyperloop as transportation&rsquo;s new girlfriend: mysterious, unencumbered, exciting, expensive.'</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944742/bjarke-ingels-group-aecom-join-forces-with-hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944419/hyperloop-hopefuls-turn-to-passive-maglev-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147190059/mit-and-tu-delft-emerge-victorious-at-hyperloop-competition-elon-musk-drops-hint-about-electric-jets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT and TU Delft emerge victorious at Hyperloop competition; Elon Musk drops hint about "electric jets"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149951897/china-plans-to-build-an-underwater-space-station-in-the-south-china-sea China plans to build an underwater "space station" in the South China Sea Nicholas Korody 2016-06-15T19:35:00-04:00 >2016-06-16T12:16:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pb/pbbq2qkprbv5hd0p.jpg" width="500" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China is speeding up efforts to design and build a manned deep-sea platform to help it hunt for minerals in the South China Sea, one that may also serve a military purpose in the disputed waters. Such an oceanic &ldquo;space station&rdquo; would be located as much as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) below the surface, according to a recent Science Ministry presentation viewed by Bloomberg.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more news from the South China Sea, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108502429/china-is-busy-building-islands-in-the-south-china-sea" target="_blank">China is busy building islands in the South China Sea</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130872169/new-satellite-images-show-progress-in-china-s-island-building-project" target="_blank">New satellite images show progress in China's island-building project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942173/china-plans-to-build-a-fleet-of-floating-nuclear-power-plants" target="_blank">China plans to build a fleet of floating nuclear power plants</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948178/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-brazilian-togetherness-chinese-traditions-and-australian-lidos Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: Brazilian togetherness, Chinese traditions and Australian lidos Ed Frith 2016-06-01T14:58:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T00:58:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/du/dufzftg4zia75tw5.jpg" width="514" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This year's Biennale has tried to raise fundamental issues around the role of the architect through social and economic issues. Challenges of social inequality, housing, urbanisation, are found across the world but perhaps they are nowhere more apparent than in the cities of Brazil.</p><p>The Curator of the Brazilian Pavilion, Washington Fajardo&mdash;architect, planner, government and advisor to the Rio de Janeiro Mayor&mdash;aimed to "present the stories of people who struggle for and effect change in the face of institutional passivity in the nation's big cities." These are often platitudes but in the Brazilian show there is a depth and reality that may not be at first apparent, it is a serious show dealing with serious issues. Through the title, "Juntos [Together]",&nbsp;the pavilion exhibits a number of projects across Brazil. One example being <a href="http://programavivenda.com.br/#main_header" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Programme Vivenda</a>, a government supported program in S&atilde;o Paulo that brought about small changes through a DIY support program for favelas. At the same time, th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948655/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-rewarding-obscurity Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: rewarding obscurity Andrea Dietz 2016-05-31T17:22:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T00:58:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0ewozzdlur1mpkwz.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Much will be published over the coming days about the Biennale's national pavilion winners&mdash;Spain&rsquo;s &ldquo;Unfinished&rdquo; (with the Golden Lion) and Japan&rsquo;s &ldquo;en: Art of Nexus&rdquo; and Peru&rsquo;s &ldquo;Our Amazon Frontline&rdquo; (with special mentions). It is a phenomenon that conceals the terrain, limiting the perspective of the majority, and inaccurately reduces the dynamism of the lived experience. At the same time, after the fascination with the nominations wears off, it garners those passed over with a certain mystique. In the interest of representation and curiosity, then, it seems fitting to acknowledge a (very) small sampling of the more and wider.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kw/kwyd6vakp6f6whum.jpg"></p><p>Oh, Canada. This year, per curator Pierre B&eacute;langer, the Canadians overcame &ldquo;a list of every possible bureaucratic, logistical, and material blockade imaginable multiplied times three&rdquo; in order to participate in the Biennale. With their permanent pavilion closed for construction and an agitator&rsquo;s stance, the &ldquo;Extraction&rdquo; team&rsquo;s contribution is all fight. They t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945882/oma-s-hyper-corb OMA's hyper Corb Orhan Ayyüce 2016-05-17T20:31:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T22:01:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bk/bkt7n2n5o8wuj1y1.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA&rsquo;s design for the National Art Museum of China in 2011 was planned as a city, revolutionizing the way in which museum&rsquo;s work today. Like any city, circulation can be efficient and direct &ndash; for larger groups &ndash; or meandering and individual. The story of Chinese art can be told, or discovered. The main circulation of the city is based on a five-pointed star that leads from the multiple entry points on the periphery to the centre.- OMA on Instagram</p></em><br /><br /><p>I had to think twice or more, but I think my title for this plan works.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945789/megatall-shanghai-tower-receives-ctbuh-signboard-officially-marking-it-as-china-s-tallest-and-the-world-s-second-tallest Megatall Shanghai Tower receives CTBUH signboard officially marking it as China's tallest and the world's second-tallest Alexander Walter 2016-05-17T13:48:00-04:00 >2016-05-17T17:22:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ru/ru9ixxng9o2upkej.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) joined officials of Shanghai Tower in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Shanghai Tower the tallest building in China and the second-tallest building in the world. With a height of 632 meters, Shanghai Tower is only the third &ldquo;megatall&rdquo; building of 600 meters or higher in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8n/8n13fw0ews5s3kd8.jpg"></p><p>A tall plaque for a tall building: attendees of the ceremony included (from left to right) CTBUH China Office Board Member Junjie Zhang, President, ECADI, China Tall Building Awards Jury; Jiaming Cao, President, Architectural Society of Shanghai, China Tall Building Awards Jury; CTBUH China Office Director Daniel Safarik; CTBUH Chairman David Malott, Principal, KPF, China Tall Building Awards Jury; Chunhua Song, Former Vice-Minister, Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, China Tall Building Awards Jury Chair; Jianping Gu, General Manager, Shanghai Tower Business Operation &amp; Management Co., Ltd.; Yi Zhu, Managing Principal, Pacific Rim Regional Director, Thornton Tomasetti, China Tall Building Awards Jury; Xiaomei Lee, Principal, Managing Director, Gensler.&nbsp;&nbsp;Photo &copy; CTBUH.</p><p>Shanghai Tower previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145197064/sorry-willis-tower-but-shanghai-tower-just-kicked-you-out-of-the-top-10-tallest-buildings-club-after-41-years" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sorry, Willis Tower, but Shanghai Tower just kicked you out of the Top 10 Tallest Buildings club &ndash; after 41 years!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118985363/megataaaall-shanghai-tower-enters-final-construction-phase" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Megataaaall Shanghai Tower enters ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944852/world-s-tallest-elevator-tower-is-going-up World's tallest elevator tower is going up Julia Ingalls 2016-05-12T12:37:00-04:00 >2016-05-12T12:37:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jq/jq1mtbburxzd8on5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Elevator manufacturer Otis will build the world&rsquo;s tallest elevator test tower in Shanghai, as part of the company&rsquo;s bid to develop lifts for skyscrapers in China and around the world. The elevator test tower will be 270 metres high and it is an anticipated to be the tallest above-ground test tower in the world upon completion, Otis said on Tuesday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In addition to being the home of the tallest building in the world with <a href="http://archinect.com/gensler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a>'s Shanghai Tower, in 2018 <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142454438/sci-arc-expands-to-shanghai-with-more-global-programs-on-the-way" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai</a> will also have the distinction of having the globe's tallest elevator test tower, which, to judge from Otis' renderings, could be described generously as occupying the extreme end of functionalism.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/80/80svd2ku3d44y2wp.jpg"></p><p>Meanwhile, in other sky-is-the-limit project news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145578340/will-tall-towers-and-sky-walks-populate-the-stockholm-of-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will tall towers and sky walks populate the Stockholm of the future?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134740546/london-s-oligarch-transformation-continues-with-a-sky-pool" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941796/construction-of-shop-s-29th-floor-skybridge-pool-nearing-completion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction of SHoP's 29th-floor skybridge pool nearing completion</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944440/take-a-look-at-the-rapid-urbanization-of-china-s-pearl-river-delta 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s7/s7vo2y8goziecdgd.jpg" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/374ws9o0j5m9jmjf.jpg"></p><p><strong>Shenzen (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b4/b49iq4wsm2ehgg82.jpg"></p><p><strong>Macau (1991)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tz/tzhp17fmkhfp5d5m.jpg"></p><p><strong>Macau (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o9/o9nsivpx387udkf9.jpg"></p><p><strong>Hong Kong (1964)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ej/ejg4wpm02hbj4ojk.jpg"></p><p><strong>Hong Kong (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dv/dv0knfslnceiza6w.jpg"></p><p><strong>Guangzhou (1949)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f84pja8o7rc6ic51.jpg"></p><p><strong>Guangzhou (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hn/hndo5l1ti3e7fw8k.jpg"></p><p>Some related content:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942173/china-plans-to-build-a-fleet-of-floating-nuclear-power-plants" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China plans to build a fleet of floating nuclear power plants</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938433/a-more-optimistic-view-on-china-s-ghost-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A more optimistic view on China's ghost cities</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149507559/smog-choked-beijing-plans-ventilation-corridors-to-provide-much-needed-fresh-air" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smog-choked Beijing plans "ventilation corridors" to provide much-needed fresh air</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148734913/china-says-no-to-weird-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China says no to "weird" architecture</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942173/china-plans-to-build-a-fleet-of-floating-nuclear-power-plants China plans to build a fleet of floating nuclear power plants Alexander Walter 2016-04-25T15:15:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T11:49:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vczrt7kzpj14uivm.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All the radar systems, lighthouses, barracks, ports and airfields that China has set up on its newly built island chain in the South China Sea require tremendous amounts of electricity, which is hard to come by in a place hundreds of miles from the country&rsquo;s power grid. Beijing may have come up with a solution: floating nuclear power plants. A state-owned company, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, is planning to build a fleet of the vessels to provide electricity to remote locations [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130872169/new-satellite-images-show-progress-in-china-s-island-building-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New satellite images show progress in China's island-building project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108502429/china-is-busy-building-islands-in-the-south-china-sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China is busy building islands in the South China Sea</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938433/a-more-optimistic-view-on-china-s-ghost-cities A more optimistic view on China's ghost cities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-05T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:39:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4n/4niazk3mtbyius4d.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Foreigners consider [Kangbashi] to be abandoned. Chinese consider the city to be still developing," [photographer Raphael Olivier] explains. "A lot of the early news reports focus on it being a failed, weird place -- but it's also a huge accomplishment and people there are not necessarily unhappy, there is a huge sense of hope. You have to respect that on a certain level."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other angles on the effects of China's massive urbanization:</p><ul><li><a title="China's Manhattan replica continues to lie abandoned as economy slows" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120506064/china-s-manhattan-replica-continues-to-lie-abandoned-as-economy-slows" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's Manhattan replica continues to lie abandoned as economy slows</a></li><li><a title="'Re-education' campaigns teach China's new ghost city-dwellers how to behave" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113580225/re-education-campaigns-teach-china-s-new-ghost-city-dwellers-how-to-behave" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Re-education' campaigns teach China's new ghost city-dwellers how to behave</a></li><li><a title='Ordos in 2014 - "Brave City of The Future"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94911890/ordos-in-2014-brave-city-of-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ordos in 2014 - "Brave City of The Future"</a></li><li><a title="Photos Of A Massive Chinese-Built Ghost Town In Angola" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/53640458/photos-of-a-massive-chinese-built-ghost-town-in-angola" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photos Of A Massive Chinese-Built Ghost Town In Angola</a></li><li><a title="Jing Jin City, China's luxury ghost town" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123909419/jing-jin-city-china-s-luxury-ghost-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jing Jin City, China's luxury ghost town</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935256/china-and-us-compete-to-invest-in-a-newly-opened-cuba China and US compete to invest in a newly-opened Cuba Nicholas Korody 2016-03-17T15:39:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T01:17:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3o/3o1ppzm3en7vlzqa.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American government&rsquo;s relaxation of its 56-year embargo against Cuba and the inauguration of direct flights from China has triggered a race to invest in the island&rsquo;s tourist infrastructure [...] There are reports that China&rsquo;s Suntime International Economic Trading Company will go ahead with a luxury hotel in Havana, in a joint venture Cuba&rsquo;s state tourism agency, Cubanac&aacute;n. The size of the hotel is reported variously at 600 to 650 rooms, with Suntime investing up to $150m</p></em><br /><br /><p>While diplomatic relations between Cuba and the US have thawed during the Obama administration, the embargo still remains in place effectively. But companies like Marriott International (whose chief executive will accompany the President on his historic visit to the island later this month) are optimistic that Cuba will soon be a major investment opportunity.</p><p>China, meanwhile, also has it's eyes on the (Ra&uacute;l) Castro-ruled country as well. For the sake of Havana and other Cuban cities' remarkable architectural heritage, here's hoping Cuba doesn't become the site for an ersatz-hotel-arms-race.<br><br>For related news, take a look at some other Cuba-specific Archinect content:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147117709/selling-cuba-gehry-s-already-there" target="_blank">Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133977245/the-promises-and-problems-of-a-cuban-architecture-market" target="_blank">The promises and problems of a Cuban architecture market</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126711733/take-a-virtual-tour-of-havana-s-modern-architecture" target="_blank">Take a virtual tour of Havana's modern architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123298247/a-glimpse-at-havana-s-rooftop-dwellers-as-urban-landscape-transforms" target="_blank">A glimpse at Havana's rooftop dwellers as urban landscape transforms</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li></ul><p><em>It's&nbsp;<strong>Money March</strong>&nbsp;here on Archinect! Have you ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149507559/smog-choked-beijing-plans-ventilation-corridors-to-provide-much-needed-fresh-air Smog-choked Beijing plans "ventilation corridors" to provide much-needed fresh air Nicholas Korody 2016-03-03T14:14:00-05:00 >2016-03-03T14:17:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zr/zrhjqmmhv241v7hw.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Beijing is stepping up measures to fight against smog and pollution by building a web of ventilation corridors as one of its plans to combat climate issues, according to municipal authorities. &ldquo;Ventilation corridors can improve wind flow through a city so that wind can blow away heat and pollutants, relieving urban heat island effect and air pollution,&rdquo; Wang Fei, deputy head of Beijing&rsquo;s urban planning committee, told Xinhua News Agency.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The planned "ventilation corridors" would range from less than 80 meters to more than 500 meters wide and &ndash; hopefully &ndash; do what their name suggests, providing a conduit for wind to blow away pollutants like particulate matter.</p><p>Five major corridors are planned for the Chinese capital, running primarily from the northern suburbs to the south of the city. One will cross Beijing's central axis, running from Taiping Suburban park down through the Olympic Park and the Temple of Heaven before finally intersecting with the Beijing-Shanghai Highway.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dy/dy1h6ll86b6evelq.jpg"></p><p>Ventilation corridors have already been carved out of other Chinese cities such as Shanghai, Nanjing, and Wuhan. In Wuhan, planners believe that the corridors have lowered temperatures by as much as 1 to 2 degrees Celsius (urban temperatures and pollution levels correlate).</p><p>Beijing has struggled with its pollution problem for many years now, with only marginal improvements following the closure of the city's worst polluting factories. China has also...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149370963/the-politics-behind-china-s-ban-on-weird-architecture The politics behind China's ban on "weird" architecture Nicholas Korody 2016-03-01T19:38:00-05:00 >2016-03-16T00:04:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i5/i5ta2svm6qo5go28.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...eye-catching edifices began as China&rsquo;s way of announcing its arrival as a powerful player on the world stage. Now, however, the Chinese government has changed course: It has officially declared this to be &ldquo;weird&rdquo; architecture that must be stopped. Chinese leaders have turned their backs on these structures, a shift that underscores China&rsquo;s new conception of itself and its ambitions for the future [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"But the government&rsquo;s mandate explicitly addresses both the function&nbsp;and&nbsp;form of new buildings, and the planning imperative seems designed to&nbsp;go beyond&nbsp;improving the quality of life. The&nbsp;end of &ldquo;weird&rdquo; architecture ties in to the government&rsquo;s recent efforts to champion frugality, revive&nbsp;traditional values, and keep foreign ideas at bay&mdash;priorities that have assumed even greater importance in the midst of China&rsquo;s ongoing corruption crackdown and fears of an economic slowdown."</em></p><p>For more on China's turbulent relationship with contemporary architecture, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148734913/china-says-no-to-weird-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China says no to "weird" architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148433180/win-the-architectural-guide-china-a-handy-travel-book-of-the-country-s-architectural-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Win the "Architectural Guide China", a handy travel book of the country's architectural history</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147749081/photographer-captures-the-changing-face-of-shanghai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer captures the changing face of Shanghai</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144427543/china-hopes-to-improve-its-cities-with-newly-released-urban-planning-vision" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China hopes to improve its cities with newly released urban planning vision</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/148433180/win-the-architectural-guide-china-a-handy-travel-book-of-the-country-s-architectural-history Win the "Architectural Guide China", a handy travel book of the country's architectural history Justine Testado 2016-02-23T12:25:00-05:00 >2016-02-28T01:11:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/30/30pnxfvfn6s71ez8.jpg" width="514" height="945" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Architectural Guide China</em>&nbsp;is a unique travel guidebook that presents up-to-date insight into the rich architectural histories in Eastern China's megacities, which continue to create widespread impact through rapid urbanization, population growth, and the consequential effects on the natural environment.</p><p>In this volume of <em>Architectural Guide</em>, authors&nbsp;Evan Chakroff, Addison Godel, and Jacqueline Gargus give an architectural overview of nine major urban sites in mainland China as well as Hong Kong and Macau. If you're planning a trip to any of those places, this book can definitely come in handy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/km/kmgt8rfintt0hqn6.jpg"></p><p>Thanks to <a href="http://www.dom-publishers.com/en/Architectural-Guides" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DOM-publishers</a>, Archinect is giving away Architectural Guide China to three of our readers!</p><p>Read on for more about the book, and find out how to enter the giveaway.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3q/3qy4jd101joy8d93.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/84/844zeso2f3pj40ff.jpg"></p><p>"The 'Reform and Opening' era affected these metropolises in different ways and has influenced the existing structures of dynastic capitals, trade centers, former European colonies and discovery areas.&nbsp;</p><p>The volume contains 620...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148734913/china-says-no-to-weird-architecture China says no to "weird" architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-22T13:56:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T01:29:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fb78b88dd482e260b4c991d9cd5354d8.jpg" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A directive issued on Sunday by the State Council, China&rsquo;s cabinet, and the Communist Party&rsquo;s Central Committee says no to architecture that is &ldquo;oversized, xenocentric, weird&rdquo; and devoid of cultural tradition. Instead, buildings should be &ldquo;suitable, economic, green and pleasing to the eye.&rdquo; The directive also calls for an end to gated communities. The guidelines come two months after a high-level meeting to address some of the problems that have arisen as a result of China&rsquo;s rapid urbanization.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em>&nbsp;notes that this will most likely result in "stricter design standards for public buildings":</p><p><em>Wang Kai, vice president of the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, under the Ministry of Construction, said that functionality should take precedence in public buildings. &ldquo;We shouldn&rsquo;t go overboard in pursuit of appearances,&rdquo; he said.</em></p><p>Orhan posted a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111679285/end-of-weird-architecture-in-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">very prescient piece</a> on this back in 2014, when China's President Xi Jinping denounced buildings like the CCTV tower, aka "Big Pants", and the "formerly penis-shaped" People's Daily building (below), for not being "morally inspiring art".</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mo/moip4wwgkddu95py.jpg"></p><p>More on China's "weird" architecture:</p><ul><li><a title="Giant golden Mao statue in China demolished after criticism" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145492332/giant-golden-mao-statue-in-china-demolished-after-criticism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Giant golden Mao statue in China demolished after criticism</a></li><li><a title="Jing Jin City, China's luxury ghost town" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123909419/jing-jin-city-china-s-luxury-ghost-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jing Jin City, China's luxury ghost town</a></li><li><a title='China&rsquo;s "most influential architect" is not pleased with the state of Chinese urbanism' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430562/china-s-most-influential-architect-is-not-pleased-with-the-state-of-chinese-urbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China&rsquo;s "most influential architect" is not pleased with the state of Chinese urbanism</a></li><li><a title="Chinese art institute resembles Hogwarts Castle" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116039165/chinese-art-institute-resembles-hogwarts-castle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese art institute resembles Hogwarts Castle</a></li><li><a title="Archinect's Lexicon: &quot;Duplitecture&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114120516/archinect-s-lexicon-duplitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Duplitecture"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147749081/photographer-captures-the-changing-face-of-shanghai Photographer captures the changing face of Shanghai Nicholas Korody 2016-02-09T18:45:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T18:45:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lm/lm3oxstdapv85t9b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Graham Fink has been documenting the demolition sites of Shanghai for five years, trying to capture the state of flux during this period of rapid urbanisation. His Ballads of Shanghai exhibition is at London&rsquo;s Riflemaker gallery until Sunday.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fv/fvu4xrsuv9urlm3o.jpg"></p><p>With an eye for the juxtaposition of graphic imagery and demolition sites, Graham Fink takes fascinating images of a city under the midst of mass transformations. His camera is drawn, in particular, to remnants of street art and commercial advertisements.&nbsp;</p><p>For other depictions of the built environment, take a look at some of these featured photographers from our dedicated architectural photography series&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/7347/in-focus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Focus</a>:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/92472606/in-focus-peter-wegner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Wegner</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/87542917/in-focus-andrew-prokos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Prokos</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/83212140/in-focus-nico-marques" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nico Marques</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/66165882/in-focus-yohan-zerdoun" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yohan Zerdoun</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/47288629/in-focus-brad-feinknopf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brad Feinknopf</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/38879033/in-focus-sam-javanrouh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Javanrouh</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/37361749/in-focus-franck-bohbot" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Franck Bohbot</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vv/vv7w3x7xdbsgdhd5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2b/2braaj5j4c68djyw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/se/seq6o4f4c1a04plz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sbskusugroqwkt39.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4cue86c47fs6rijj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qp/qpzdnwwwqrn44xj8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gz/gzkhz582vbv5qvfw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wi/wi91x6npudknfc1v.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147345873/china-may-dam-its-only-free-flowing-river-left China may dam its only free-flowing river left Nicholas Korody 2016-02-04T13:07:00-05:00 >2016-02-04T13:07:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/er/erl8n6xanrx1m6ql.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...the Nu [River is] the last remaining major watershed in China without a dam. For years, though, the local government has planned to build a series dams along the Nu, too. Entire villages have already been relocated to make way. If the dams are built, China&rsquo;s last free-flowing river will turn into a series of cascading lakes.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a uniquely Chinese phenomenon,&rdquo; smiled Fan. &ldquo;A local government sets up an investment company, attracts investors, approves and builds its own projects with developers. All of them make enormous profits. They claim this helps alleviate poverty, but it only causes common people more problems.&rdquo;</em></p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143895090/disastrous-landslide-burying-dozens-in-shenzhen-likely-caused-by-piled-up-soil-from-construction-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Disastrous landslide burying dozens in Shenzhen likely caused by piled up soil from construction work</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142982682/touring-china-s-past-present-and-future-an-examination-of-architectural-guide-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Touring China's past, present, and future: an examination of "Architectural Guide China"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142916001/beijing-s-latest-airpocalypse-is-bad-enough-for-city-to-issue-first-ever-red-alert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's latest "airpocalypse" is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146747817/how-chinese-families-are-handling-the-country-s-ongoing-mass-evictions How Chinese families are handling the country's ongoing mass evictions Justine Testado 2016-01-27T18:16:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:28:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vi/vio7yuu6as76s1wx.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'My family has lived here for generations. We don&rsquo;t want the money, we don&rsquo;t want our house destroyed, we just want to live here,' Mrs. Zhang declared. The physical re-facing of China is cutting some very deep social scars. Abuse of power, corruption, developers in cahoots with government officials, and the misappropriation of funds are rife throughout the eviction and relocation process, littering the country with the seeds of discontent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wade Shepard digs into China's ongoing mass evictions and the country's laws that have long enabled such property seizures. While some families were lucky enough to receive compensation to give up their homes, the evictions have been the harshest for those who have lived in the same towns for centuries.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137952110/another-olympics-another-story-of-displacement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Olympics, another story of displacement</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140944999/a-closer-look-at-the-often-complicated-relationship-between-placemaking-and-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at the often complicated relationship between placemaking and gentrification</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145193048/the-new-east-is-where-western-starchitect-dreams-come-true-or-turn-into-nightmares" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Baku win ignites protests over forced eviction and suspicions over worker's rights and human trafficking</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115651532/activists-evict-businesses-in-gentrifying-l-a-neighborhood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Activists &ldquo;Evict&rdquo; Businesses in Gentrifying L.A. Neighborhood</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146741386/best-snow-ice-architecture-2016-edition Best snow + ice architecture, 2016 edition Julia Ingalls 2016-01-27T14:35:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:25:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oj/ojuzn377vsuqn19w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In China each year, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/378146/ice-structures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harbin Ice and Snow Festival</a> features both buildings and sculptures constructed entirely of ice and snow, which are augmented with nighttime illumination. Here are a few highlights from this year's festival:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/os/osw6udp51vwzjy3s.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1l/1l0rl7b4hju0dji9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4u/4uw8fnip6ky90605.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mm/mmftzofe4hamrt12.jpg"></p><p>China doesn't have a lockdown on spectacular ice and snow architecture. The Pyotr Yeropkin-designed 20 meter tall by 50 meter wide Russian Ice Palace, which has been reconstructed every year since 2005 (although the design dates back to 1740) in St. Petersburg, has interior spaces with custom ice furniture:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qz/qz2vamoq0ic728b5.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/89511849/snow-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quebec's Hotel de Glace</a> offers a functional, if chilly, opportunity to experience ice and snow architecture. Each year, guests can stay inside one of its 44 rooms (some of which come with seemingly oxymoronic amenities, like a fireplace):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yl/yl7vqg998f28uuj7.jpg"></p><p>Lastly, there is the SnowCastle of Kemi by the Gulf of Bothnia in Finland, which is constructed annually and features an accompanying SnowRestaurant, SnowChapel, and SnowHotel. The SnowCastle's official website is carefu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146361522/the-strength-of-chinese-suburbia The strength of Chinese suburbia Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-22T17:38:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T00:44:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gh/ghb2xtx5dnq2tztv.jpg" width="514" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As of the 2010 census, the vast majority of Shanghai&rsquo;s population lived in suburban areas. Between 2000 and 2010, suburban areas grew by 50 percent or more, compared to the city&rsquo;s central districts, which grew slower or in some cases even shrank [...] The villagers who join the urban economy, then, don&rsquo;t go downtown, but to the settlements that dot the fringes of the city. The industries that really help China to grow are here, too</p></em><br /><br /><p>More related news:</p><ul><li><a title="China to sustainably build 10 New York City's worth of space in the next decade" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145119991/china-to-sustainably-build-10-new-york-city-s-worth-of-space-in-the-next-decade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China to sustainably build 10 New York City's worth of space in the next decade</a></li><li><a title="In weaker market, architecture firms in China are cutting back" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134029472/in-weaker-market-architecture-firms-in-china-are-cutting-back" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In weaker market, architecture firms in China are cutting back</a></li><li><a title="China hopes to improve its cities with newly released urban planning vision" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144427543/china-hopes-to-improve-its-cities-with-newly-released-urban-planning-vision" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China hopes to improve its cities with newly released urban planning vision</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/116348258/student-works-townization-a-new-chinese-urbanization-paradigm-from-the-gsd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: "Townization", a new Chinese urbanization paradigm from the GSD</a></li><li><a title="China relaxes restrictions on who gets perks of urban public services" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143363013/china-relaxes-restrictions-on-who-gets-perks-of-urban-public-services" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China relaxes restrictions on who gets perks of urban public services</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145492332/giant-golden-mao-statue-in-china-demolished-after-criticism Giant golden Mao statue in China demolished after criticism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-11T11:11:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T02:04:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bn/bnh62nxtmguc2w75.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just two days after images of a giant gold-colored statue of Mao in the bare fields of Henan Province spread across the Internet, the statue was gone &mdash; torn down apparently on the orders of embarrassed local officials. [...] According to villagers and reports on online chat sites, the statue was the idea of a local businessman, Sun Qingxin ... &ldquo;He is crazy about Mao,&rdquo; said a villager who identified himself as Mr. Wang, a potato farmer. &ldquo;His factory is full of Maos.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from China:</p><ul><li><a title="China to sustainably build 10 New York City's worth of space in the next decade" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145119991/china-to-sustainably-build-10-new-york-city-s-worth-of-space-in-the-next-decade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China to sustainably build 10 New York City's worth of space in the next decade</a></li><li><a title="China hopes to improve its cities with newly released urban planning vision" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144427543/china-hopes-to-improve-its-cities-with-newly-released-urban-planning-vision" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China hopes to improve its cities with newly released urban planning vision</a></li><li><a title="China relaxes restrictions on who gets perks of urban public services" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143363013/china-relaxes-restrictions-on-who-gets-perks-of-urban-public-services" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China relaxes restrictions on who gets perks of urban public services</a></li><li><a title="Construction stalled on 'world's tallest building', so locals made its foundation into a fish farm" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131871411/construction-stalled-on-world-s-tallest-building-so-locals-made-its-foundation-into-a-fish-farm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction stalled on 'world's tallest building', so locals made its foundation into a fish farm</a></li><li><a title="Chinese prefab company builds a 57-story skyscraper in just 19 days" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126482891/chinese-prefab-company-builds-a-57-story-skyscraper-in-just-19-days" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese prefab company builds a 57-story skyscraper in just 19 days</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145231648/pentagon-replica-built-in-shanghai Pentagon Replica Built in Shanghai Metropolitan Monk 2016-01-08T12:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-08T15:15:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/du/du8qxwi94f0b41h7.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this week, drone footage capturing a shanzhai Pentagon in suburban Shanghai went viral. The knock-off replica building, which is shaped just like the real headquarters of the US Military in Washington DC, is a massive a shopping center in Nanxiang Town out in Shanghai's Jiading District.</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/145119991/china-to-sustainably-build-10-new-york-city-s-worth-of-space-in-the-next-decade China to sustainably build 10 New York City's worth of space in the next decade Julia Ingalls 2016-01-06T14:38:00-05:00 >2016-01-06T19:05:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yu/yu0fbofz5nqfrgp6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In this rush to urbanize, China also has an enormous opportunity to move toward a &ldquo;new pattern of urbanization.&rdquo; Chinese cities could fulfill their potential to be the most energy-efficient human habitat rather than stoking energy consumption.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With a projected urban population of one billion by 2030, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142982682/touring-china-s-past-present-and-future-an-examination-of-architectural-guide-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China</a> needs a few more cities&mdash;but it needs them to be sustainable, a challenge that could be met if smart growth and planning is instituted now. According to this article, no perfect eco-city model exists yet, but certain practices could be scaled up to help create urbanities that are both dense yet green, or at least greener than current smog-laden metropolises (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119439038/beijing-mayor-says-air-pollution-makes-his-city-unlivable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hello, Beijing</a>). Archinect has been keenly following different strategies for building large-scale sustainable living situations, including:</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138417575/werner-sobek-believes-we-could-live-in-entirely-renewable-energy-powered-cities-by-2020" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Werner Sobek believes we could live in entirely renewable-energy-powered cities by 2020</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bk/bkjt8mvtmjg7t8im.jpg"></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139461710/viennese-student-dorms-may-passively-house-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o0/o00gyheyadzrz5yt.jpg"></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138958669/powering-your-som-designed-house-with-your-car-and-reverse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Powering your (SOM-designed) house with your car (and reverse)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fr/fraz8jjvncw68dkp.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144576879/forget-it-jake-it-s-antarctica-nations-jostle-to-establish-influence-at-the-world-s-end Forget it, Jake, it's Antarctica: nations jostle to establish influence at the world's end Julia Ingalls 2015-12-30T12:48:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:47:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/73rhasvtmav56apd.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than a century has passed since explorers raced to plant their flags at the bottom of the world, and for decades to come this continent is supposed to be protected as a scientific preserve, shielded from intrusions like military activities and mining. But an array of countries are rushing to assert greater influence here, with an eye not just toward the day those protective treaties expire, but also for the strategic and commercial opportunities that exist right now.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Water, oil, krill: <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/86840199/ice-lab-new-architecture-and-science-in-antarctica" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Antarctica</a> isn't just an ice-locked science station any longer, but a giant potential resource center hotly pursued by several strategic-thinking nations. Is the pursuit of scientific inquiry being stripped away in favor of the extraction of raw materials? Um, it would appear so, at least according to this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/29/world/countries-rush-for-upper-hand-antarctica.html?action=click&amp;contentCollection=Magazine&amp;module=MostPopularFB&amp;version=Full&amp;region=Marginalia&amp;src=me&amp;pgtype=article&amp;_r=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times article</a> which predicts changes in the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136882061/a-world-divided-mapping-border-fences-globally" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Europe</a>-plus-sized continent's status: "The treaty banning mining here, shielding coveted reserves of iron ore, coal and chromium, is expected to come up for review by 2048 and could be challenged before then."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1t/1thlv8uhw9xxuufs.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144427543/china-hopes-to-improve-its-cities-with-newly-released-urban-planning-vision China hopes to improve its cities with newly released urban planning vision Alexander Walter 2015-12-28T14:54:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:45:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xv/xvyh7izuk6foeq1a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China has detailed its urban planning vision, which has been designed to make its sprawling cities more inclusive, safer and better places to live. [...] policymakers pledged to transform urban development patterns and improve city management. The last time China held such a high-level meeting was in 1978, when only 18 percent of the population lived in cities. By the end of 2011, in excess of 50 percent of the population called the city their home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107557388/china-considering-drastic-ban-on-coal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China considering drastic ban on coal</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143895090/disastrous-landslide-burying-dozens-in-shenzhen-likely-caused-by-piled-up-soil-from-construction-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Disastrous landslide burying dozens in Shenzhen likely caused by piled up soil from construction work</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142916001/beijing-s-latest-airpocalypse-is-bad-enough-for-city-to-issue-first-ever-red-alert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's latest "airpocalypse" is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430562/china-s-most-influential-architect-is-not-pleased-with-the-state-of-chinese-urbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China&rsquo;s "most influential architect" is not pleased with the state of Chinese urbanism</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143997037/cool-roofs-substantially-reduce-temperatures-during-a-heat-wave-according-to-new-study 'Cool roofs' substantially reduce temperatures during a heat wave, according to new study Nicholas Korody 2015-12-22T19:39:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T22:35:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l94dpy351zzi66zf.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is well established that white roofs can mitigate the urban heat island effect, reflecting the sun's energy back into space and reducing a city's temperature. In a new study of Guangzhou, China, researchers found that during a heat wave, the effect is significantly more pronounced. Reflective roofs, also called cool roofs, save energy by keeping buildings cooler, thus reducing the need for air conditioning.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to a new study by Berkeley lab researchers&nbsp;Dev Millstein, Ronnen Levinson, and Pablo Rosado, alongside Meichun Cao and Zhaohui Lin of the Institute of Atmospheric Physic in Beijing, so-called "cool roofs," or roofs painted white, substantially reduce the urban heat island effect during a heat wave.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d4segr6qig2fij59.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p>Prior research had shown that cool roofs could mitigate the urban heat island effect, but the new study shows just how drastically this can make a difference during a heat wave. Heat waves affect both public health and energy resources, requiring massive amounts of air conditioning and other cooling systems that can overtax the electric grid.<br><br>"The hotter it is, the more cooling you get with cool roofs--and it is a significant difference, compared to the margin of error," Millstein told ScienceDaily. "We found that the stagnant conditions of a heat wave, where the air is just sitting over the city, was one of the main factors."<br><br>The research was conducted in&nbsp;Guangzhou, a large city ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/143895090/disastrous-landslide-burying-dozens-in-shenzhen-likely-caused-by-piled-up-soil-from-construction-work 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f9100c1aaf94d04f08cd1f2b90071149.jpg" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a3/a3bdba847b414b973ae4b6187ff952d8.jpg"></p><p>It's been a rough few months in the news for China lately:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143530079/following-warehouse-explosion-three-new-high-rises-in-tianjin-planned-for-demolition-amid-anti-corruption-campaign" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/142916001/beijing-s-latest-airpocalypse-is-bad-enough-for-city-to-issue-first-ever-red-alert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's latest "airpocalypse" is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142899081/developer-of-som-designed-nanjing-skyscraper-found-guilty-of-depriving-nearby-residents-of-precious-sunlight" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developer of SOM-designed Nanjing skyscraper found guilty of depriving nearby residents of precious sunlight</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143530079/following-warehouse-explosion-three-new-high-rises-in-tianjin-planned-for-demolition-amid-anti-corruption-campaign Following warehouse explosion, three new high-rises in Tianjin planned for demolition amid anti-corruption campaign Justine Testado 2015-12-16T18:26:00-05:00 >2015-12-16T18:47:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wj/wjf88ryashxn64a4.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China is reportedly planning to demolish three new high-rise [residential] buildings [in Tianjin, which] are up to 30 floors taller than originally planned...It&rsquo;s the latest blow to the [city], which saw a devastating explosion at a warehouse in its port in August...state media pointed out that...the scale of illegal construction meant the building was unsafe, [deeming] the 'completely corrupt project' [as] unusable, and to be demolished was 'its destiny.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103097785/china-s-replica-of-wall-street-is-full-of-half-built-deserted-skyscrapers-and-floods-regularly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China&rsquo;s replica of Wall Street is full of half-built, deserted skyscrapers and floods regularly</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141820527/brazilian-engineering-companies-building-olympic-venues-very-probably-broke-laws-accepted-bribes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125842117/labor-violations-affirmed-in-latest-report-of-nyu-abu-dhabi-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Labor violations affirmed in latest report of NYU Abu Dhabi construction</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/143363013/china-relaxes-restrictions-on-who-gets-perks-of-urban-public-services China relaxes restrictions on who gets perks of urban public services Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-14T14:52:00-05:00 >2015-12-27T23:24:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3b7wjxk4z7boaobs.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chinese citizens have for decades been limited in public services they can access by their household registration [...] The problem is especially acute for the millions of migrant workers who are often forced to either leave their children in the countryside or place them in unregistered and often sub-standard schools in the city. [...] &ldquo;The move is to improve basic public services in urban areas and provide conveniences for residential permit cardholders&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from China:</p><ul><li><a title="Touring China's past, present, and future: an examination of &quot;Architectural Guide China&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142982682/touring-china-s-past-present-and-future-an-examination-of-architectural-guide-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Touring China's past, present, and future: an examination of "Architectural Guide China"</a></li><li><a title="Beijing's latest &quot;airpocalypse&quot; is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142916001/beijing-s-latest-airpocalypse-is-bad-enough-for-city-to-issue-first-ever-red-alert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's latest "airpocalypse" is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert</a></li><li><a title="Four O Nine's Andrei Zerebecky shares his must-see architectural sites in Shanghai" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141012454/four-o-nine-s-andrei-zerebecky-shares-his-must-see-architectural-sites-in-shanghai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four O Nine's Andrei Zerebecky shares his must-see architectural sites in Shanghai</a></li><li><a title="Exploring China's urban decay " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140026317/exploring-china-s-urban-decay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exploring China's urban decay</a></li><li><a title="In weaker market, architecture firms in China are cutting back" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134029472/in-weaker-market-architecture-firms-in-china-are-cutting-back" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In weaker market, architecture firms in China are cutting back</a></li></ul>