Archinect - News 2014-10-26T00:43:43-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/111874576/back-to-the-future-the-fake-relics-of-the-old-chinese-city-of-datong Back to the future: the fake relics of the 'old' Chinese city of Datong Alexander Walter 2014-10-22T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T13:25:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/de23440dde4b355190358a7007e6bb17.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Six years ago the then-mayor launched an ambitious plan to reconstruct the lost walls, watchtowers and Ming-style homes of the city &ndash; resettling tens of thousands of residents and transforming Datong into a tourist site. Now few want to live here</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/111679285/end-of-weird-architecture-in-china End of weird architecture in China? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-10-20T11:44:00-04:00 >2014-10-24T13:55:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/moip4wwgkddu95py.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Art should serve the people, Xi Jinping says, and China's weird and wonderful buildings - including a mobile phone building, an excessivley blinged-up hotel, and a penis tower - are evidently not good examples of "morally inspiring art". Duh.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Is it possible&nbsp;Xi Jinping is using a diplomatic language to break loose from imported architecture? The so called elite star architecture now going to have third tier copies? Don't forget the elite post modernism was finally trickled down to strip mall architecture finally in early 90's.&nbsp;</p><p>This whole thing started with this link I got from my friend and continued with a conversation below.</p><p><a href="http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fshanghaiist.com%2F2014%2F10%2F18%2Feliminate_all_weird_architecture_in.php&amp;h=kAQFonHo0&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="https://fbexternal-a.akamaihd.net/safe_image.php?d=AQANV_rkGA-6x1aX&amp;w=158&amp;h=158&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fshanghaiist.com%2Fassets_c%2F2014%2F10%2Fweird-building-china-1-thumb-640xauto-864354.jpg"></a></p><p><a href="http://shanghaiist.com/2014/10/18/eliminate_all_weird_architecture_in.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eliminate all weird architecture in China, Xi Jinping declares</a></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.tectonicus.com/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben Lepley</a></strong>- Not sure what this means for MAD &gt;:l&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Orhan Ayyuce</strong>- Maybe he sees architecture as the poster child of socio-cultural threat?</p><p><strong>BL</strong>- Or a threat of power from investors who cant be controlled by state owned banks? Or both.</p><p><strong>OA</strong>- Are you back in China?</p><p><strong>BL</strong>- No, in Tucson still. Clean air here.&nbsp;but I keep in contact with those who are still there.&nbsp;I'm not sure if this statement from Xi was off the cuff, or an actual decision, but it could be big.&nbsp;If you want to know more I can introduce you to one of my old MAD co-workers who is still there...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111195701/new-podcast-new-banknotes-new-neurons-weekly-news-round-up-for-october-6-2014 New podcast, new banknotes, new neurons: Weekly News Round-Up for October 6, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-13T20:27:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T21:26:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/28fvn3tucg9zxp2q.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Sunday, October 12:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111135399/a-classic-american-look-feng-shui-notwithstanding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding</a>: Investigating the impact of wealthy Chinese immigrants on suburban Seattle's real estate boom.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Saturday, October 11:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110936408/indiana-ponders-abolishing-licensing-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects</a>: Part of a state-wide reconsideration of more than "200 types of professional licenses, permits and certifications", aimed at cutting regulatory costs.</li><li><a title='Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110877796/announcing-archinect-sessions-our-brand-new-podcast-listen-to-episode-1-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now</a>: We're launching a weekly podcast to discuss prominent news items, feat. members of the Archinect community and other special guests. Ep. #1: "Where are the women?"</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, October 9:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110875379/architects-create-a-3-d-printed-column-that-survives-earthquakes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes</a>: Made of cement and based on ancient Incan techniques.</li><li><a title="Renzo Piano admits he's &quot;struggling to do something good&quot; for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110868931/renzo-piano-admits-he-s-struggling-to-do-something-good-for-the-la-academy-of-motion-picture-arts-and-sciences-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano admits he's "struggling to do something good" for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project</a>: A fable to remind us that architecture is never solely the product of architects.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 8:...</em></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111135399/a-classic-american-look-feng-shui-notwithstanding A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding Nam Henderson 2014-10-13T00:22:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T20:01:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ri/riovw8953qu1voxj.jpg" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Seattle was a better opportunity for me than China right now,&rdquo; Mr. Wang said. &ldquo;A lot of Chinese families are planning to move here.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Robert Frank reports in from Seattle, where wealthy Chinese seeking to relocate and/or invest are driving up the&nbsp;real estate market in eastern suburbs.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110410415/a21studio-5468796-cook-robotham-and-others-win-big-at-this-year-s-world-architecture-festival a21studio, 5468796, Cook Robotham and others win big at this year's World Architecture Festival Justine Testado 2014-10-03T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-10-03T14:03:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7p/7p7vc6cnaio6ksc4.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The World Architecture Festival 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands closed on a festive note with the final top-prize winners being announced during a gala dinner and awards ceremony on October 3...The WAF "super jury" awarded the overall winning World Building of the Year award to The Chapel in Vietnam designed by Vietnamese architecture firm a21studio. Three projects in Victoria, Canada, Australia, and China also won major top awards, and two Inaugural Prizes were given.</p></em><br /><br /><p>World Building of the Year: The Chapel, Vietnam, designed by a21studio</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v6/v6hany9y9sm5fend.jpg"></p><p>Future Project of the Year: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada, designed by 5468796 Architecture + number TEN architectural group</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u8/u8bwq5j3gtr2hvlh.jpg"></p><p>Landscape Project of the Year: National Arboretum Canberra, Australia, designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1h/1hox5tp2qysohdzp.jpg"></p><p>Small Project of the Year: The Pinch, China, designed by Olivier Ottevaere and John Lin, The University of Hong Kong</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n9/n9n3zquct3tzleno.jpg"></p><p><strong>INAUGURAL PRIZE WINNERS</strong><br>Colour Prize: Departments of Law and Central Administration, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria, designed by Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wi/wi01jp3a7q4iwdq1.jpg"></p><p>Wood Excellence Prize: Alex Monroe Studio, Snowfields, UK, designed by DSDHA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gx/gxi4dnkgip8ppxos.jpg"></p><p>Learn more about each project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/a21studios_the_chapel_in_vietnam_wins_the_waf_world_building_of_the_year_20/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110198376/kohn-pedersen-fox-s-tianjin-megastructure-riverside-66-now-open-to-the-public Kohn Pedersen Fox's Tianjin megastructure "Riverside 66" now open to the public Justine Testado 2014-09-30T23:53:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T23:29:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wn/wn2yocrkci4wvknf.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After 10 years, Kohn Pedersen Fox's Riverside 66 in Tianjin, China successfully reached completion as scheduled and officially opened to the public on September 26. The grand opening also marked the completion of the final phase of the main pedestrian He Ping Lu boulevard, which aims to become the centerpiece of the developing Heping commercial district.</p><p>Read on for more about the building's design.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jh/jh7lp3is0icuxtfu.jpg"></p><p>The 350-meter commercial megastructure is hard to miss at street level. The structure's curved fa&ccedil;ade converges with the opposing south fa&ccedil;ade to create a six-story building suitable for the Heping District's smaller scale context. Its "super shell" is claimed to be one of the region's longest single structures, built with 22 seven-story-tall concrete ribs and over 10,000 glass panels. In a statement, KPF Design Principal James von Klemperer describes the structural frame as "what it must be to see a whale skeleton from the inside. Herman Melville would be inspired.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/50/502va1v9omd3yc08.jpg"></p><p>Inside, the structure e...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109586513/jean-nouvel-s-massive-catalyzing-design-for-the-new-namoc-in-beijing Jean Nouvel's massive "catalyzing" design for the new NAMOC in Beijing Justine Testado 2014-09-23T18:00:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T18:00:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/29/29djkceg1b7ebwpq.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ateliers Jean Nouvel's new National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) in Beijing will be quite the culture giant. Built in 1963, the new NAMOC will be 130,000 sq. meters to house its various collections of 100,000 pieces from the 1500s to contemporary times. Jean Nouvel and the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD) announced late last week the official launch of the design and construction of the new museum.</p><p>Ateliers Jean Nouvel describes that the museum is designed to "catalyze" the senses and to physically convey the complex "spirit of Chinese civilization" throughout its history. This concept of the passing of time and timelessness is suggested through the museum's vast historical collection and the museum's natural elements that change with the seasons. The program includes permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, a research and education center, reserves, an auditorium, and public and admin spaces.</p><p>Here are more details the architecture firm sent us:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a8l8ige65g3c19su.jpg"></p><p>"At the beginning of...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109564767/china-s-pearl-river-delta-tying-11-cities-into-a-megaregion China's Pearl River Delta: Tying 11 Cities into a Megaregion Alexander Walter 2014-09-22T14:18:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T12:52:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f7/f72fefa7434bfe273756d1a5d9a1a545.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, on China&rsquo;s southern coast, the integration of the Greater Pearl River Delta (PRD) is turning fiction into fact (sans the harsh lawman), with 11 cities linking to create an urban area of 21,100 square miles (55,000 sq km) and a population of up to 80 million. The nine cities of the PRD, plus the special administrative zones of Hong Kong and Macau, are becoming increasingly linked by a series of bridges, tunnels, roads, and high-speed rail networks.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/109563158/designs-for-beijing-mega-museum-unveiled Designs for Beijing mega-museum unveiled Alexander Walter 2014-09-22T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T22:00:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/94/9440ca202cf49d381d9f3d9b15c1ad0d.jpg" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The French architect Jean Nouvel has announced details of his design for the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. [...] &ldquo;The National Art Museum of China represents an incredible opportunity for the most ambitious materialisation of a place of expression&hellip; a place that witnesses the vitality of a civilisation, the civilisation of the greatest people on earth,&rdquo; say the organisers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <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/109113660/chinese-colleges-are-trying-to-look-like-the-ivy-league Chinese Colleges Are Trying to Look Like the Ivy League Alexander Walter 2014-09-16T17:57:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T05:46:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f26a1b2a7a156d9ac6a2a4884c4f54fa.jpg" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] colleges in China are copying America&rsquo;s copycat approach. There&rsquo;s a university in Shanghai where faux English manor houses sit side-by-side with dorms modeled on Britain&rsquo;s half-timbered homes. To the north, Hebei province boasts a university inspired by Harry Potter&rsquo;s Hogwarts&mdash;itself fashioned on the traditional collegiate Gothic. Even specific colleges have been cloned.</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/109028435/china-builds-its-dream-island-qatar-controversies-continue-the-internet-slows-down-weekly-news-round-up-for-september-7-2014 China builds its dream island; Qatar controversies continue; the internet slows down: Weekly News Round-Up for September 7, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-15T20:01:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T15:54:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q9/q9tcj8kfqm7lkll2.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, September 12</em></strong>:</p><ul><li><a title="Vincent Scully Prize 2014 awarded to journalist and TV host Charlie Rose" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108807760/vincent-scully-prize-2014-awarded-to-journalist-and-tv-host-charlie-rose" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vincent Scully Prize 2014 awarded to journalist and TV host Charlie Rose</a>: The prize was established by the National Building Museum in 1999, and is named after the famed Yale art history and architecture professor who helped establish Louis Kahn and Robert Venturi. Rose was distinguished by his interviews of leaders in urban design and development.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, September 11</em>:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Toronto set to unveil first museum of Islamic culture in North America" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108715362/toronto-set-to-unveil-first-museum-of-islamic-culture-in-north-america" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toronto set to unveil first museum of Islamic culture in North America</a>: The museum is backed by Aga Khan,&nbsp;a "lesser-known royal" and spiritual leader of an estimated 15 million Ismaili Muslims, approximately 100,000 of which now live in Canada. The museum is&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59363761/maki-to-design-muslim-cultural-centre-for-the-aga-khan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">designed by Pritzker winner Fumihiko Maki</a>, and opens September 18.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, September 10:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="The long-lost design bible of the New York subway is (briefly) back in print" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108643850/the-long-lost-design-bible-of-the-new-york-subway-is-briefly-back-in-print" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The long-lost design bible of the New York subway is (briefly) back in print</a>: In 1967, the New York City Transit Authority asked designers&nbsp;Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda to create a solution to the subway system's inconsistent and confusing identity. Th...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/108565110/people-streets-link-small-l-a-neighborhood-and-325mm-shenzhen-transformation People-streets link small L.A. neighborhood and $325MM Shenzhen transformation RonH 2014-09-09T15:09:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:33:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hu/huv2fpuqrvcj6hzy.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Giving the boulevard back to the people... makes the streets habitable again," says Sean O&rsquo;Malley of SWA.</p></em><br /><br /><p>How does a 10-block neighborhood intervention of volunteers in Highland Park, Los Angeles link to a $325 million streetscape and storm water infrastructure transformation in Shenzhen, China?&nbsp; &ldquo;This is about giving the street and the boulevard back to the people,&rdquo; says Sean O&rsquo;Malley, Managing Principal of SWA, the landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm. Throughout history, China has been a country connected by the intimacy of village life: the chance encounter on the street, the smile of a passerby. Small streets that were once filled with people are now large boulevards of traffic, noise, and pollution. As China has grown rapidly, it has lost much of its connection to its past. &ldquo;We aim to make the streets habitable again,&rdquo; says O&rsquo;Malley.</p><p>A major focus of the commission from the City of Shenzhen is the revision of a street system in the new urban core that was designed strictly for automobiles just a few decades ago. As part of a winning competition proposal, SWA stres...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108502429/china-is-busy-building-islands-in-the-south-china-sea China is busy building islands in the South China Sea Nam Henderson 2014-09-08T21:18:00-04:00 >2014-09-08T21:19:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2k/2k1lsh2bzopz0jpq.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But I&rsquo;ve seen aerial photographs of this place taken by the Philippine navy. They show the massive land reclamation work China has been doing here since January. Millions of tonnes of rock and sand have been dredged up from the sea floor and pumped into the reef to form new land.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rupert Wingfield-Hayes&nbsp;travels to the South China Sea, where&nbsp;the Chinese state is building&nbsp;islands.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108254401/beijing-public-transit-commuters-can-now-pay-fares-with-empty-bottles Beijing public transit commuters can now pay fares with empty bottles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-05T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:24:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5fa89990e5415835d890538aee79a29c.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Residents of Beijing can use one of the city&rsquo;s 34 newly installed recycling machines to trade empty bottles for phone card rebates or free public transit passes. Those who choose the phone card rebate just need to type in their phone numbers or scan their cards and the rebate will be automatically applied. The value of the rebate will correspond to the value of the type of bottle that was recycled.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read the original Chinese language report <a href="http://news.sina.com.cn/c/p/2014-08-14/140130684691.shtml" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108251982/the-soviet-city-is-dead-long-live-beijing The Soviet city is dead: long live Beijing Alexander Walter 2014-09-05T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:24:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6ac9c7658d14f0c9ad7975ff5d63838e.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture theorist Jacob Dreyer explains how the Stalinist model of urbanism &ndash; a centrally planned component within a national economic unity &ndash; is thriving in modern China</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/107648182/nimbys-go-to-court-over-modern-home-zaha-gets-an-apology-global-warming-rages-on-news-round-up-for-august-25-2014 NIMBYs go to court over "modern" home; Zaha gets an apology; global warming rages on: News Round-Up for August 25, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-02T20:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T22:16:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9vtxfdi8z3dbl47e.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Friday, August 29:</strong></em></p><ul><li><p><a title="MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107714855/mit-s-mindrider-helmet-draws-mental-maps-as-you-bike" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike</a>: The prototype is currently being used to create a mental-map and guidebook for NYC, and an upcoming Kickstarter campaign will attempt to fund the project for commercial sale.</p></li><li><p><a title="In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107711639/in-beirut-a-grassroots-push-for-more-grass" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass</a>: Lebanon's fifteen-year civil war made much of Beirut's green space inaccessible or dysfunctional. The Beirut Green Project is trying to bring at least a modicum of green space back to the city's residents.</p></li></ul><p><em><strong>Thursday, August 28:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107634526/norwegian-artists-plan-to-open-art-academy-in-north-korea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea</a>: Nothing's final yet, but the school is committed to its disbelief in sanctions or boycotts on art.</li><li><a title="Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107640149/alvar-aalto-gets-a-close-look-from-google-s-cultural-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute</a>: Google's cameras go inside the famous Finnish architects studio, as well as a selection of his works, for a curated photo-exhibition.</li></ul><p><em><strong>Wednesday, August 27:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="China considering drastic ban on coal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107557388/china-considering-drastic-ban-on-coal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China considering drastic ban on coal</a>: Chinese news outlets claim that work is underway to ban coal in Bei...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/107979560/chinese-school-puts-running-track-on-its-roof Chinese School puts running track on its roof Metropolitan Monk 2014-09-02T00:49:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:52:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5f34rfm52koxgcr.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In use since September 1, 2014, an elementary school in Tiantai, Zhejiang province, built a 200-meter running track on the roof of its school building. In "<a href="http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2014-09/02/content_18529602.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School puts running track on its roof</a>" Chinese architect Ruan Hao [<a href="http://lycs-arc.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LYCS Architecture</a>], chief architect of the teaching building, said "<em>that breaking the tradition of a running track on the ground might provide a solution for other schools with limited land."</em></p><p>The "No 2 Elementary School of Tiantai Chicheng district" - located near Hangzhou - is one of the 11 case-studies that is part of the "<a href="http://movingcities.org/movingmemos/adaptation-la-biennale-di-venezia-architecture-2014-exhibition/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ADAPTATION - architecture and change in China</a>"-exhibition - one of the <a title="21 Collateral Events | 14th International Architecture Exhibition" href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/news/22-04.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">21 Collateral Events </a>of the <a title="14th International Architecture Exhibition | website" href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">14th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia - </a>curated by prof. Marino Folin &amp; <a href="http://movingcities.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MovingCites</a>, and hosted by the <a title="EMGdotART Foundation | website" href="http://emgdotart.net/main/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EMGdotART Foundation</a> at Palazzo Zen in Venice.</p><p>As part of the exhibition, and in co-production with China Daily Video, EMGdotART Foundation created a short documentary on the construction of this project called "<a href="http://video.chinadaily.com.cn/2014/0605/3159.shtml" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ruan...</a></p> 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/107480758/why-haven-t-china-s-cities-learned-from-america-s-mistakes Why haven't China's cities learned from America's mistakes? Alexander Walter 2014-08-26T13:43:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T23:18:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8e5c23594fcc3e06cecd76188cbde600.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the wake of economic reforms in the 1990s that helped set off the largest urban migration in history, China had the rare opportunity to embrace cutting-edge city-building approaches as it expanded its skyline. It could have avoided the mistakes that made Los Angeles into the land of gridlock, or bypassed the errors that turned the banlieues of Paris into what one American planner calls &ldquo;festering urban sores&rdquo;. But China looked back instead of forward.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Meanwhile in Africa: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106017728/urban-china-chinese-urbanism-in-africa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban China: Chinese Urbanism in Africa</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107409072/ghost-town-searching-for-remnants-of-russia-in-the-chinese-city-of-harbin Ghost town: searching for remnants of Russia in the Chinese city of Harbin Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T15:17:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c2b3811d6ad5d317acca440b9a67782d.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is not rare for a civilisation to abruptly falter, give way and fold into a new one. This insight seems obvious in the territories of the former Soviet Union &mdash; a universe transformed into a memory overnight. [...] that a city turned ruin continues to be inhabited, that the collapsing buildings and boulevards stained by a thousand footsteps, after the apocalypse, host new forms of human life, new memories. Harbin, in the far north-east of China, used to be a very Russian metropolis.</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/106017728/urban-china-chinese-urbanism-in-africa Urban China: Chinese Urbanism in Africa Alexander Walter 2014-08-07T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:46:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ln/ln1b19eltlt25u5f.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China&rsquo;s visible impact on urban development in Africa is substantial. One need only take a virtual bird&rsquo;s-eye tour on Google Earth to catch a glimpse of some of the most impressive changes brought to Africa by Chinese constructors, developers and designers. Not far from the Angolan capital of Luanda lies arguably one of the most impressive examples: Kilamba New City. A massive housing development designed to accommodate 500,000 people [...].</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/105806337/china-quake-renews-worries-over-construction-practices China Quake Renews Worries Over Construction Practices Nicholas Korody 2014-08-04T20:45:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T20:45:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n1/n18ou5dghgpomtt9.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Heavy rains on Monday complicated rescue efforts in south China&rsquo;s mountainous Yunnan province, where a major earthquake Sunday killed at least 398 people and injured more than 2,000 others [...] The magnitude 6.1 quake flattened or damaged more than 10,000 homes and other structures, again raising questions about China&rsquo;s building standards and ability to respond to natural disasters.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The tragic news from the Yunnan province is bringing back memories of the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, as well as the&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sichuan_schools_corruption_scandal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;public scandal</a>&nbsp;that emerged over allegedly faulty construction of schools by corrupt officials.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105359871/reality-check-shanghai Reality Check Shanghai Metropolitan Monk 2014-07-30T01:08:00-04:00 >2014-08-05T19:42:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qt/qtgqvcpai26tbys1.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In celebratory June-July 2014 issue of <a title="MARK Magazine #50 Jun-Jul14 | Frameweb" href="http://www.frameweb.com/magazines/mark/mark-50" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark magazine #50</a>, <a title="MovingCities | website" href="http://movingcities.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MovingCities</a> published &lsquo;<strong><a title="Reality Check Shanghai | MARK Magazine#50 | MovingCities" href="http://movingcities.org/bertdemuynck/on-china/reality-check-shanghai-mark-magazine50/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reality Check Shanghai</a></strong>&lsquo; revisiting three Shanghainese buildings previously published and applauded in Mark: the <a title="Himalayas Centre | website" href="http://zendaihimalayas.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Himalayas Centre</a> by <a title="Arata Isozaki | website" href="http://www.isozaki.co.jp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arata Isozaki</a>, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo site and the <a title="Giant Interactive Group&rsquo;s headquarters | Morphosis" href="http://morphopedia.com/projects/giant-interactive-group-corporate-headqu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Giant Interactive Group&rsquo;s headquarters</a> by <a title="Morphosis | website" href="http://www.morphosis.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis</a>. <em>What has become of them?</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/uk1j2253fzbvi8rs.jpg"></p><p>Excerpt from &lsquo;<strong><a title="Reality Check Shanghai | MARK Magazine#50 | MovingCities" href="http://movingcities.org/bertdemuynck/on-china/reality-check-shanghai-mark-magazine50/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reality Check Shanghai</a></strong>&lsquo;:</p><p>" Making architecture in China is not easy; occupying it is even more difficult. In recent years, amazing stories have appeared in various media about China&rsquo;s shoddy construction culture, copycat designs, empty icons, and building projects apparently doomed to remain unfinished forever. [...] The area where once the European, Asian and American pavilions were located is in a serious state of disrepair. The French pavilion seems to be under (re)construction, the skin of <a title="EMBT | website" href="http://www.mirallestagliabue.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EMBT</a>&rsquo;s Spanish pavilion has been removed, some of the Portuguese pavilion&rsquo;s cork has disappeared, and a few of my favourites &ndash; pavilions ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105018420/china-to-extend-railroad-into-india-through-tibet China to Extend Railroad Into India Through Tibet Nicholas Korody 2014-07-25T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:49:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3tewetxo4gqjibwy.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China plans to extend by 2020 a railroad on the high trans-Himalayan plateau of Tibet to the borders of India, Bhutan and Nepal, according to a report in People&rsquo;s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party [...] The planned lengthening was criticized by Tibet advocates who said it would bring too many ethnic Han migrants to Lhasa and other Tibetan areas.</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/104329867/chinese-museum-building-boom-slightly-slows Chinese Museum-building Boom Slightly Slows Nicholas Korody 2014-07-16T15:33:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T15:52:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jx/jxxnne5putegq3mz.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As money has piled up in recent decades, Chinese are turning to culture and the country is in a museum-building boom. Last year one museum was built every day on average, though the rush has since &ldquo;slowed&rdquo; to about one every three days, says Cathy Giangrande, co-author with Miriam Clifford and Antony White of the &ldquo;Chinese Museums Association Guide,&rdquo; an updated version of their 2009 book &ldquo;China: Museums.&rdquo;</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/104245331/china-town-meet-the-architecture-giant-with-asian-designs-on-london China town: meet the architecture giant with Asian designs on London Alexander Walter 2014-07-15T13:24:00-04:00 >2014-07-15T23:44:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dc/dc5859e1d5f029e81e5c71a43de515d3.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our Chinese clients have their sights set on London, and they know what they want,&rdquo; says Keith Griffiths, the Welsh-born chairman of Aedas, who presides over the 1,400-strong practice from its Hong Kong headquarters. &ldquo;They are used to high rise, high density, truly mixed-use developments &ndash; having everything on one site, so you can live, work and play without ever leaving the building. We think that's the way London needs to densify.&rdquo;</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/103097785/china-s-replica-of-wall-street-is-full-of-half-built-deserted-skyscrapers-and-floods-regularly China’s replica of Wall Street is full of half-built, deserted skyscrapers and floods regularly Archinect 2014-06-30T15:10:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T15:10:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ed/ed80df3ac52bf772fa72335b727809e3.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The skyline of Yujiapu in the Chinese city of Tianjin looks more like an expensive, abandoned movie set than it does &ldquo;China&rsquo;s new Manhattan,&rdquo; as the financial district was once billed. A patina of dust covers the glass doors of the 47 office buildings and hotels that still sit empty, and in come cases unfinished.</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>