Archinect - News 2017-05-24T23:25:19-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150008209/the-tectonic-bravery-of-nbbj-s-nanjing-eco-tech-exhibition-centre The "tectonic bravery" of NBBJ's Nanjing Eco-Tech Exhibition Centre Julia Ingalls 2017-05-18T14:11:00-04:00 >2017-05-18T14:12:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x4/x4u0g7zlbb21s0n8.jpg" width="650" height="595" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Symbolizing mountain ranges in architecture has the potential for a dramatic, iconic payoff, especially when the materials used to do so play an integral role in the interior experience of the building (think: the fabric peaks of the Denver International Airport, which allude to the Rocky Mountains and Native American settlements while providing ample natural light). NBBJ's Nanjing Eco-Tech Exhibition Centre manages not only to reference the&nbsp;Zhong and Stone Mountains with its eight-peaked, light cannon rooftop, but also represent the economic ascension of Nanjing itself.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/y7/y7ijt7poo9kcdpzj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/w3/w35j9jqu1ywoqh6r.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/wb/wbun4xsoegq3nj0a.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/gq/gq4rk5fbd3b307ub.jpg"></p><p>Each peak drives light through the four principal floors of the structure, weaving instances of what the architects describe as "tectonic bravery" throughout. This bravery becomes the signature characteristic of the structure. While the Exhibition Centre lists a typical compliment of sustainable 21st century amenities (roof garden, integrated water retention and distribution, natural ventilation, responsive facades,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150008085/som-foundation-awards-2017-china-prize-to-three-grad-students SOM Foundation awards 2017 China Prize to three grad students Justine Testado 2017-05-17T20:08:00-04:00 >2017-05-17T20:08:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2z/2z6gvg6go8isj5nu.jpg" width="650" height="187" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a>&nbsp;Foundation recently awarded the 2017 China Prize to three graduate students, who each received a $5,000&nbsp;fellowship for travel and research outside of China.&nbsp;</p><p>The recipients are (click their names to see their portfolio submissions):</p><p><a href="http://www.somfoundation.som.com/fellow/yue-wu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yue Wu</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;Tongji University, Graduate Student</p><p><a href="http://www.somfoundation.som.com/fellow/zhaoyang-luo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zhaoyang Luo</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;Harbin Institute of Technology, Graduate Student</p><p><a href="http://www.somfoundation.som.com/fellow/hanxue-wei" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hanxue Wei</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;Tongji University, Graduate Student</p><p>The winners were chosen among a competitive&nbsp;group of applicants,&nbsp;who must currently be&nbsp;enrolled in the last two years of an&nbsp;undergraduate or graduate degree program in architecture or urban design in China. Entrants had to submit a portfolio, research proposal, and travel itinerary.</p><p>The&nbsp;SOM Foundation's reputable Travel and Research Fellowships have offered over 200&nbsp;student recipients an opportunity to travel outside of their home country to conduct research on&nbsp;architecture, history, culture, and design. First offered in the U.S., the program has expanded to include students...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150006619/preservation-with-panache-the-experimental-structure-preserving-the-qianfoya-cliff-inscriptions-in-guangyuan Preservation with panache: the experimental structure preserving the Qianfoya Cliff Inscriptions in Guangyuan Nicholas Korody 2017-05-09T12:41:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T12:35:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k2/k2fhnrk3pcc3zxzr.jpg" width="650" height="451" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designing a structure to protect a historic artifact or monument from the elements can often be a dry affair. At their most basic, such structures are often simple tent canopies, or more permanent, but still bare-bone, envelopes. Not the Qianfoya Cliff Inscriptions in Guangyuan, Sichuan Province, however. Rather, Cultural Heritage Protection Center at the Architectural Design and Research Institute of <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/14275323/tsinghua-university" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tsinghua University</a> crafted a unique structure to protect the 23 caves and niches containing inscriptions from the North Wei Dynasty, some 1700 years ago.</p><p>The project description details that the local climatological conditions&mdash;lots of rain, strong winds, and a fair amount of sunshine&mdash;all are to the disadvantage of conservation. So, first and foremost, the team collected a large amount of data, which was used to create, essentially, the design brief. In other words, the architecture had to protect the inscriptions from water, decrease the velocity of passing winds, and reduce temperatur...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003817/mad-announces-the-2017-architecture-travel-fellowship-for-students MAD announces the 2017 Architecture Travel Fellowship for students Nicholas Korody 2017-04-19T16:59:00-04:00 >2017-04-19T16:59:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8o/8oox4ccuzvnl0gw8.jpg" width="650" height="1156" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in 2009, Ma Yansong of MAD started a fellowship for young architects. Dubbed the MAD Architecture Travel Fellowship, it sends five international students to China, and five Chinese students out of the country. It's an incredibly simple application process: just submit a letter explaining your interests in architecture alongside a CV and a portfolio to <a href="mailto:travel@i-mad.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">travel@i-mad.com</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001830/in-china-70-of-millenials-own-property In China, 70% of millenials own property Nicholas Korody 2017-04-06T17:44:00-04:00 >2017-04-12T17:25:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/la/lahz9ezlg4jlrqua.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Unless you live under a rock, you&rsquo;ve probably read some think piece about how millenials aren&rsquo;t buying homes. Sometimes this is construed as a cultural thing, but it probably has more to due with coming of age during and after the Great Recession.</p><p>In any case, according to a <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-39512599" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC article</a>, that&rsquo;s not universally the case. In China, 70% of millennials own their own home and 91% plan to buy one in the next five years. Meanwhile, in Mexico, 46% of millennials own property and, in France, 41% do. The US edges out the UK and the UAE for the fourth spot, with 35% owning property.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150000479/dragon-proofing-why-skyscrapers-in-hong-kong-have-holes Dragon-proofing: why skyscrapers in Hong Kong have holes Julia Ingalls 2017-03-30T18:55:00-04:00 >2017-03-31T19:05:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8r/8rfuajo0i46dtobg.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Have you ever realized that Hong Kong skyscrapers have holes in them? They're called dragon gates, and according to the Chinese principle feng shui these holes allow dragons to fly from the mountains to the water each day. It's believed that blocking the dragon's path could bring misfortune. Buildings with bad feng shui, such as the Bank of China Tower, have been blamed for surrounding companies going out of business.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Double-paned, waterproofed windows for insulation? Check. Reinforced steel beams for stability during an earthquake? Check. Hole in the center of the building so dragons can fly through?&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150000186/ping-an-finance-center-surpasses-one-wtc-as-world-s-fourth-tallest-building-ctbuh-reports Ping An Finance Center surpasses One WTC as world's fourth tallest building, CTBUH reports Justine Testado 2017-03-29T15:12:00-04:00 >2017-03-30T12:28:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kl/kl2sn1ddw0qkmtfa.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat officially declared the Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen as the world's fourth tallest building &mdash; knocking One World Trade Center down to Number 5 in the CTBUH's ten tallest buildings in the world. Rising above Futian District at 599 meters, the Ping An tower is Shenzhen's tallest building and China's second tallest.</p><p>As of March 2017, the CTBUH's top three tallest buildings are the&nbsp;Burj Khalifa, the Shanghai Tower (which <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">recently</a> pushed&nbsp;Chicago's Willis Tower out of the CTBUH's top 10 tallest buildings), and the Makkah Royal Clock Tower.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/7p/7pi3msvl2z1am0fl.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7p/7pi3msvl2z1am0fl.jpg"></a><br><em>Image &copy; CTBUH. (click to enlarge)</em></p><p>Developed by Ping An Finance Center Construction &amp; Development, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/776/kohn-pedersen-fox-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates</a> designed the tower like a &ldquo;taut steel cable&rdquo; with a public atrium at the base and floors of office space for the Ping An group and other tenants. Its streamlined shape reduces baseline wind loads by 35 percent and comprises eight composite megacolumns. Most notably, the Ping An...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998385/to-win-recognition-china-s-smaller-cities-bet-on-starchitecture To win recognition, China's smaller cities bet on starchitecture Alexander Walter 2017-03-20T14:38:00-04:00 >2017-03-21T11:21:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zl/zllkm3vd57a6fyl0.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From egg-shaped concert halls to skyscrapers reminiscent of big pairs of pants, China&rsquo;s top cities are famously full of curious monuments to architectural ambition. But as land prices in the main metropolises have shot into the stratosphere, developers have been scrambling to buy up plots in the country&rsquo;s second and third-tier cities, spawning a new generation of delirious plans in the provinces.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"From Harbin &ldquo;City of Music&rdquo; to Dezhou &ldquo;Solar Valley&rdquo;, provincial capitals are branding themselves as themed enclaves of culture and industry to attract inward investment, and commissioning scores of bold buildings to match."</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995806/using-architecture-to-combat-air-pollution Using architecture to combat air pollution Nicholas Korody 2017-03-07T13:11:00-05:00 >2017-03-11T11:03:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2f/2fqdm39mw9cj03a5.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Birds fly in and out of the eight-storey "Green Office Building" in Shenzhen, China, because a third of its walls are completely open to the air. It's a clever natural design that enables the building to stay cool without air conditioners. Across town, in a vast campus known as the "Low Carbon Park", mist is sprayed into the air to cool the streets down and remove dust.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Experiments like these are appearing across China's cities, as part of a devolution of power designed to clean up smoggy air and meet energy targets to tackle climate change.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992403/mcgregor-coxall-to-design-bird-airport-wetland-park-in-tianjin McGregor Coxall to design “bird airport” wetland park in Tianjin Justine Testado 2017-02-16T21:12:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T18:49:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ru/ruji34q138civb0t.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Australian practice McGregor Coxall had the winning scheme to transform a degenerate landfill site into a new migratory-bird wetland sanctuary park in Tianjin, China. The Asian Development Bank and the Port of Tianjin co-launched the park design competition in response to the increasing loss of critical bird habitats and declining shorebird populations in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, which an estimated 50 million migratory shorebirds use every year. The EAAF extends to Alaska and Russia's Taimyr Peninsula in the north, East Asia and parts of Southeast Asia, and Australia and New Zealand in the south.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/as/asdlnm9zl6q6c748.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t2/t29mky7ig0h0nddu.jpg"></p><p>As a pilot project in China's national <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973118/the-absorbing-design-of-china-s-anti-flood-sponge-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sponge city program</a>, the project in the Lingang region is a 60-hectare masterplan of constructed wetlands, parkland, and urban forest.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ru/ruji34q138civb0t.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lr/lrl6lmuylvk9k2rp.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6m/6m1wmicr9z9s9nhe.jpg"></p><p>Described as a &ldquo;bird airport&rdquo; by the architects, the wetland sanctuary will allow weary migratory birds to feed and rest, while human visitors can check out the Water Pavilion education and research center or t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986180/shenzhen-s-design-society-to-feature-v-a-gallery-for-its-october-2017-opening Shenzhen's Design Society to feature V&A gallery for its October 2017 opening Julia Ingalls 2017-01-12T13:38:00-05:00 >2017-01-18T00:36:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/k2/k2vy2ey0xx6g7imp.jpg" width="625" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As brand-new collaborations go, the Shenzhen Design Society's choice to feature London's V&amp;A gallery as part of its cultural hub opening this October isn't too shocking, unless you consider that galleries of Chinese art and photography aren't necessarily a common feature of the global art world circuit. The inclusion of the gallery is partly a tribute to the V&amp;A's numerous exhibitions that showcased Chinese culture in Europe, including one of the first exhibitions on contemporary Chinese film and photography in 2005 (!).&nbsp;According to <a href="http://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2017/01/03/shenzhen-design-society/#ixzz4VZcDY8bh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lonely Planet</a>, the hub's goal is to "focus on the history of groundbreaking design, with the aim of opening a dialogue on how design can be a catalyst for social change."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984722/smog-continues-to-choke-beijing Smog continues to choke Beijing Nicholas Korody 2017-01-04T13:18:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T16:18:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c0/c07cl6n40myx0oqh.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chinese capital issued its highest red fog alert for a second day on Wednesday, keeping highways closed in and around the city which is already under a smog alert after weeks of choking winter pollution. China's weather bureau warned of visibility of less than 50 meters in some areas, leading many airports to cancel flights.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Air pollution is one of the most significant public health issues facing major cities around the world. Find out more here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951667/working-indoors-not-enough-to-protect-you-from-air-pollution-according-to-new-study" target="_blank">Working indoors not enough to protect you from air pollution, according to new study</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941633/these-are-the-most-polluted-cities-in-the-us" target="_blank">These are the most-polluted cities in the US</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143127994/reducing-turin-s-smog-with-free-public-transit" target="_blank">Reducing Turin's smog with free public transit</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135341282/why-hypoallergenic-landscaping-needs-more-priority-in-urban-planning" target="_blank">Why hypoallergenic landscaping needs more priority in urban planning</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984176/the-world-s-highest-bridge-opens-in-china The ‘world’s highest bridge’ opens in China Alexander Walter 2016-12-30T13:18:00-05:00 >2016-12-30T13:20:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f5/f5yp6ld7trx7cgpv.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The world&rsquo;s highest bridge officially opened Thursday in China, spanning a gorge that&rsquo;s almost 2,000 feet deep. The Beipanjiang Bridge in southwest China took three years to build, and cost $146.7 million. The four-lane structure stands 1,854 feet above the Beipan River below. [...] Technically, France&rsquo;s Millau Viaduct bridge still holds the title of world&rsquo;s tallest bridge, thanks to the height of its towers rising from the valley floor. But its road bed is a mere 890 feet above the ground.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hu/huugpxgselkkcr87.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0d/0dl4cdcmll6hwuvt.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mw/mw7y2a5adxtgt5n8.jpg"></p><p><em>Photos by&nbsp;Eric Sakowski (Illustration of the completed bridge by Jon Fether, Jesus Catalan, Eric Sakowski); Images via <a href="http://www.highestbridges.com/wiki/index.php?title=Beipanjiang_Bridge_Duge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HighestBridges.com</a>.</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968334/china-s-record-breaking-glass-bridge-already-closed-again-after-two-weeks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's record-breaking glass bridge already closed again after two weeks</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965286/world-s-longest-and-highest-glass-bridge-opens-in-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's longest and highest glass bridge opens in China</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975398/next-architects-design-a-swooping-mobius-strip-bridge-for-changsha-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NEXT Architects design a swooping "Mobius strip" bridge for Changsha, China</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960423/a-look-at-penda-s-elegant-san-shan-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look at penda's elegant San Shan Bridge</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983656/another-airpocalypse-strikes-china Another "airpocalypse" strikes China Nicholas Korody 2016-12-22T12:23:00-05:00 >2016-12-22T12:37:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b2/b247l8tw6venyw7g.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tens of thousands of &ldquo;smog refugees&rdquo; have reportedly fled China&rsquo;s pollution-stricken north after the country was hit by its latest &ldquo;airpocalyse&rdquo; forcing almost half a billion people to live under a blanket of toxic fumes. Huge swaths of north and central China have been living under a pollution &ldquo;red alert&rdquo; since last Friday when a dangerous cocktail of pollutants transformed the skies into a yellow and charcoal-tinted haze.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to Greenpeace, the total number of afflicted people equals the populations of the United States, Canada and Mexico combined.</p><p>Air pollution is a major problem that affects nearly every city in the world. Find out more here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951667/working-indoors-not-enough-to-protect-you-from-air-pollution-according-to-new-study" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working indoors not enough to protect you from air pollution, according to new study</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941633/these-are-the-most-polluted-cities-in-the-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">These are the most-polluted cities in the US</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143127994/reducing-turin-s-smog-with-free-public-transit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reducing Turin's smog with free public transit</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135341282/why-hypoallergenic-landscaping-needs-more-priority-in-urban-planning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why hypoallergenic landscaping needs more priority in urban planning</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983413/china-will-build-modular-housing-factories-in-the-uk-aiming-to-produce-25-000-homes-per-year China will build modular housing factories in the UK, aiming to produce 25,000 homes per year Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-20T13:00:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T15:03:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uz/uzxooguffkhmdi7b.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The six planned factories will use British light gauge steel framing to produce panelised components for residential developments that are &ldquo;at least 75% off-grid&rdquo; thanks to solar power and energy efficient design, renewables developer Welink said in announcing the joint venture today (19 December). [...] The UK government greeted the news enthusiastically, as it tries to lure innovative entrants to the UK housing market to help it deliver its objective of 1 million new homes by 2020.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More pre-fab on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="SHoP-designed Brooklyn tower &ndash; now world's tallest modular building &ndash; opens its doors" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979856/shop-designed-brooklyn-tower-now-world-s-tallest-modular-building-opens-its-doors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP-designed Brooklyn tower &ndash; now world's tallest modular building &ndash; opens its doors</a></li><li><a title="Jean Nouvel's prefab 'Simple' home can be reconfigured from the inside out" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974727/jean-nouvel-s-prefab-simple-home-can-be-reconfigured-from-the-inside-out" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel's prefab 'Simple' home can be reconfigured from the inside out</a></li><li><a title="To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958641/to-solve-a-housing-crisis-invest-more-in-modular-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction</a></li><li><a title="A Parisian architect's plan to solve housing shortages by adding pre-fab houses to existing structures" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147884890/a-parisian-architect-s-plan-to-solve-housing-shortages-by-adding-pre-fab-houses-to-existing-structures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Parisian architect's plan to solve housing shortages by adding pre-fab houses to existing structures</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982124/whatever-happened-to-china-s-futuristic-traffic-elevated-bus Whatever happened to China's futuristic Traffic Elevated Bus? Alexander Walter 2016-12-09T13:32:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T17:44:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t7/t7l0yk4abah8dqq6.jpg" width="640" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China's once-celebrated Traffic Elevated Bus (TEB) has been left abandoned in the middle of a Hebei city road, not having moved once in over two months. Originally touted as the futuristic solution to urban traffic jams, the "straddling bus" is currently causing them. A local reporter recently checked up on "the future of public transportation" at its testing site in Qinhuangdao, only to find it forgotten in a rusted garage, covered in dust.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yz/yz6vllssbwzv23nu.jpg"></p><p><em>"To test its invention, the company actually leased part of a city road in Qinhuangdao. Since the bus now remains exactly where it was abandoned , it continues to block three lanes of traffic, annoying residents to no end."</em></p><p>The 'road-straddling bus' previously in the Archinect news:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961324/public-transit-boon-or-boondoggle-china-tests-out-its-road-straddling-bus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Public transit boon or boondoggle? China tests out its road-straddling bus</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980651/coop-himmel-b-lau-completes-work-on-the-museum-of-contemporary-art-planning-exhibition-in-shenzhen COOP HIMMEL(B)LAU completes work on the Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition in Shenzhen Nicholas Korody 2016-11-29T13:30:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:43:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/85/85hjhn8vr752muax.jpg" width="650" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/2739/coop-himmelb-l-au" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COOP HIMMELB(L)AU</a> has completed work on the Museum of Contemporary Art &amp; Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE), a major new cultural center in the Futian Cultural District of Shenzhen. The &ldquo;monolithic&rdquo; structure houses two separate institutions, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Planning Exhibition, under one roof, serving as a &ldquo;cultural meeting point and a venue for architectural exhibitions&rdquo;. The project completes the eastern part of a major master plan for central Shenzhen.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xt/xte7dlixixf4458n.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rt/rtcrk1opw0h5s2zs.jpg"></p><p>From the architects:</p><p><em>Both museums are designed as separate entities emphasizing their individual functional and artistic requirements and yet are merged in a monolithic body surrounded by a multifunctional facade. This transparent facade and a sophisticated internal lighting concept allow a deep view into the joint entrance and transitional areas between the buildings. From the inside, visitors are granted an unhindered view onto the city suggesting they are somewhere in a gently shaded outdoor area, an impression e...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980470/74-reported-dead-after-construction-scaffolding-collapses-in-eastern-china 74 reported dead after construction scaffolding collapses in eastern China Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-28T13:44:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:24:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l5/l5m9gbopmgn3a4dq.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The cooling tower was being built in the city of Fengcheng in Jiangxi province when the scaffolding tumbled down [...] Chinese President Xi Jinping urged local governments to learn from the accident and hold those responsible accountable. [...] China has suffered several major work-safety accidents in recent years blamed on weak regulatory oversight, systemic corruption and pressure to boost production amid a slowing economy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the&nbsp;<em>Associated Press</em>, the collapse is "the country's worst work-safety accident in over two years." The cause is currently under investigation.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Five dead after eight metre concrete wall collapses in Birmingham, England" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956616/five-dead-after-eight-metre-concrete-wall-collapses-in-birmingham-england" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Five dead after eight metre concrete wall collapses in Birmingham, England</a></li><li><a title="Berkeley balcony collapse investigation: no criminal charges from the DA, but five contractors could face license revocation" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941443/berkeley-balcony-collapse-investigation-no-criminal-charges-from-the-da-but-five-contractors-could-face-license-revocation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berkeley balcony collapse investigation: no criminal charges from the DA, but five contractors could face license revocation</a></li><li><a title='Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149815775/why-cranes-keep-collapsing-despite-sophisticated-equipment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment"</a></li><li><a title="Developer and architects of collapsed Taiwan apartment building arrested" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147884892/developer-and-architects-of-collapsed-taiwan-apartment-building-arrested" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developer and architects of collapsed Taiwan apartment building arrested</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149976145/a-new-foster-partners-designed-university-campus-opens-in-shenzhen A new Foster + Partners-designed university campus opens in Shenzhen Nicholas Korody 2016-11-01T13:06:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T23:10:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xj/xjjirh9pz3vrmkx2.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On the eastern edge of Shenzhen, a new university campus designed by Foster + Partners just opened. The China Resources University, a 55,000 sq. meter project, is part of a larger mixed-used development headed by the London-headquartered firm.</p><p>According the press release, the campus sits on a hill with sweeping views of the South China Sea. Five teaching buildings and an &ldquo;innovation centre&rdquo; line a central boulevard leading to a main auditorium building that contains a large lecture hall. The campus also includes a library, more auditoria, a bar, gym, and student residences.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vy/vyjn0x1x3x6pyzmj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f3/f3c6lip5ximp9gjo.jpg">&ldquo;The idea was to create a cascading complex of buildings and spaces - a series of teaching and living spaces, terraces and informal streets that encourage interaction and a sense of wellbeing,&rdquo; states Chris Bubb, a partner at Foster + Partners.</p><p>The buildings share a palette of materials: fair-faced concrete, bronze-colored cladding, and clay brick. The clay bricks are one of the signature design elements of the proj...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149976141/despite-recent-territorial-disputes-over-the-south-china-sea-a-chinese-company-has-been-awarded-a-major-contract-to-build-artificial-islands-off-the-coast-of-the-philippines Despite recent territorial disputes over the South China Sea, a Chinese company has been awarded a major contract to build artificial islands off the coast of the Philippines Nicholas Korody 2016-11-01T12:41:00-04:00 >2016-11-01T12:41:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6x/6xlw9jlw3o2i3op9.jpg" width="650" height="489" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Located on the eastern edge of the body of water commonly referred to in English as the South China Sea, the Philippines is among the countries that dispute China&rsquo;s claim to the area and its islands. Earlier this year, a Hague-based tribunal, constituted under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, ruled that China has no historical claim or sovereign rights to the islands in a case brought by the Philippines against the People&rsquo;s Republic of China.</p><p>But the Philippines, under the leadership of the controversial President Rodrigo Duterte, has pivoted away from its relationship with the United States and towards China. Now, following a state visit by Duterte to Beijing, a state-owned Chinese company named CCCC Dredging has received a major contract to build the Philippines its own artificial islands.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ev/ev72goiypvcmhfri.jpg"></p><p>As reported by the state-owned Chinese paper <em><a href="http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/1025/c90000-9132369.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People&rsquo;s Daily</a>, </em>the Philippines will gain four artificial islands off the coast of Davao City&mdash;incidentally where Duterte served as ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975636/zaha-hadid-s-jockey-club-takes-riba-s-award-for-international-excellence Zaha Hadid's Jockey Club takes RIBA's award for International Excellence Julia Ingalls 2016-10-28T00:05:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T00:00:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ja/jadwqs07h5b20cmi.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fittingly, Zaha Hadid Architects' 15-storey, 15,000 square meter Jockey Club International Tower has raced ahead of all other structural competition, winning RIBA's award for International Excellence. Here, the ever observant <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/148030/iwan-baan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iwan Baan</a> shows us why:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wi/wilbzlddt82m6dc8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kq/kqqm6eymvkuc2dx7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mt/mtggzk5nyxfq4wyd.jpg"></p><p>And for good measure, here's a video tour:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975398/next-architects-design-a-swooping-mobius-strip-bridge-for-changsha-china NEXT Architects design a swooping "Mobius strip" bridge for Changsha, China Nicholas Korody 2016-10-26T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-11-04T00:07:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iq/iqxukr36wnue612y.jpg" width="650" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Dutch-Chinese firm NEXT Architects has a well-deserved reputation for designing eye-catching bridges. Their latest project, a bright red, Mobius strip-like pedestrian bridge for the Chinese city of Changsha, is set to become another jewel in their portfolio.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u0/u06tt3wyds2mdqg1.jpg"></p><p>185 metres long and 24 metres tall, the &ldquo;Lucky Knot&rdquo; bridge will span the Dragon King Harbour River in Changsha&rsquo;s &lsquo;New Lake District&rsquo; development. The bridge will offer views of the nearby Meixi Lake and the mountain range that surrounds the city.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gk/gkwhimywfzybbudh.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The shape of the Lucky Knot was inspired by the principle of the Mobius ring, as well as by the Chinese knotting art. In the ancient decorative Chinese folk art, the knot symbolises luck and prosperity,&rdquo; states John van de Water, partner at NEXT architects Beijing.&nbsp;</p><p>Additional images in the gallery.</p><p>More bridges:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149973601/as-the-city-grows-bridging-manila-s-bay-could-ease-population-strain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the City Grows, Bridging Manila's Bay Could Ease Population Strain</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970065/michael-maltzan-envisions-the-future-of-la-s-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan Envisions the Future of LA's Infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973148/one-of-the-iconic-arches-of-the-old-sixth-street-bridge-in-la-will-be-preserved" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One of the iconic arches of the old Sixth Stree...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149974194/plans-revealed-for-the-new-china-philharmonic-hall-designed-by-mad-architects Plans revealed for the new China Philharmonic Hall designed by MAD Architects Nicholas Korody 2016-10-18T14:03:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T22:25:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1m/1mkib1xqhtekm469.jpg" width="650" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The China Philharmonic Orchestra has revealed designs by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a> for a new concert hall in Beijing. The 26,587 square meter concert hall will contain 1,600 seats laid out on a series of &ldquo;terraces&rdquo;. Developed with acclaimed acoustician&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/82294677/master-acoustician-yasuhisa-toyota-talks-about-kickstarting-his-career-with-the-disney-concert-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yasuhisa Toyota</a>, who also worked on the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the China Philharmonic Hall will serve as the first permanent residency of the the China Philharmonic Orchestra, considered one of the world&rsquo;s finest symphony orchestras.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rq/rqjvjnxf3ndc7qgu.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qy/qydhxemvxwvoo3ks.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ya/yamkzqqp5l38rmdf.jpg"></p><p>The press release describes the designs with heavily&nbsp;organicist language:</p><p><em>"The 1,600-seat main concert hall is laid out in a vineyard style, with the seating surrounding the stage; rising up in serried rows in the manner of the sloping terraces. Its wooden lakes organically surround the stage while the white sound reflection petals on the ceiling are designed to resemble the segments of a lotus flower. The natural light coming from above will make audience members feel as if they are in the center of...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149973355/is-vancouver-s-15-tax-on-overseas-buyers-helping-to-cool-the-housing-market Is Vancouver's 15% tax on overseas buyers helping to cool the housing market? Alexander Walter 2016-10-12T14:22:00-04:00 >2016-10-15T22:52:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rv/rvwhm3ufqsuvqoaw.jpg" width="650" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is a city which is suffering a worse property bubble than Sydney, whose residents are more priced-out than Londoners, and where there is a greater divide between the housing haves and have-nots than even San Francisco. That city is Vancouver, and in response to these mounting challenges, the west-coast Canadian metropolis recently imposed an extraordinary new tax on foreign buyers &ndash; whose impact is now being watched closely by other cities grappling with bloated property markets.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149971225/mayor-of-london-launches-probe-into-the-impact-of-foreign-investment-in-city-s-real-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor of London launches probe into the impact of foreign investment in city's real estate</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126953722/another-case-of-poor-door-for-proposed-vancouver-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another case of "poor door" for proposed Vancouver high-rise</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137194843/can-vancouver-break-out-of-its-boring-architecture-mold-with-these-new-ambitious-skyscrapers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Vancouver break out of its 'boring-architecture' mold with these new ambitious skyscraper</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149973118/the-absorbing-design-of-china-s-anti-flood-sponge-cities The absorbing design of China's anti-flood "sponge cities" Julia Ingalls 2016-10-11T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-10-13T23:55:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6k/6kyrnetchp9fto5y.jpg" width="650" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Is flood mitigation the new frontier in urban planning?&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/643/china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China</a>, whose urban centers have regularly been experiencing infrastructure-shuttering floods, is actively encouraging its metropolises to start reshaping themselves to handle the new reality via the so-called "sponge city" program. As an article in<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2016/oct/03/china-government-solve-urban-planning-flooding-sponge-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;The Guardian</a> notes:</p><p><em>The sponge city programme takes inspiration from low impact development in the US, water sensitive urban design in Australia and sustainable drainage systems in the UK.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>But nothing at this scale has ever been attempted before. &ldquo;The sponge city programme is more comprehensive and ambitious,&rdquo; says WenMei Ha, head of the China water management team at Arcadis, an international urban consultancy which was appointed to this plan by the government.</em></p><p>For more on flood mitigation and the entities trying to rise above it:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149964898/come-rain-or-shine-reviving-collective-urban-form-with-the-gsd-s-office-for-urbanization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Come rain or shine: reviving collective urban form with the GSD's Office for Urbanization</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956094/designing-around-sea-level-rise-in-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing around sea-level rise in New York</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149961143/at-home-in-a-changing-climate-strategies-for-adapating-to-sea-level-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">At home in a changing cli...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149972550/the-story-behind-didi-china-s-uber-slayer The story behind Didi, China's "Uber Slayer" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-06T18:41:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T23:03:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a8/a8c5852840a81d2b81b394f59b6ee2cc.jpg" width="650" height="866" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In August, after a multibillion-dollar, year-and-a-half-long battle, Uber agreed to sell its business in China and depart the country. It was a face-saving retreat for Uber, which got a 17.7 percent ownership stake in Didi and $1 billion in cash. [...] Investors recently valued Didi at $35&nbsp;billion, making it one of the most valuable private companies in the world. Uber, with operations in almost 500&nbsp;cities on six continents, is worth $68&nbsp;billion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More stories from the Uber-verse:</p><ul><li><a title='The view from inside a self-driving Uber: "the technology is not quite ready"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968712/the-view-from-inside-a-self-driving-uber-the-technology-is-not-quite-ready" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The view from inside a self-driving Uber: "the technology is not quite ready"</a></li><li><a title="Uber and the future of on-demand public transit" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966342/uber-and-the-future-of-on-demand-public-transit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber and the future of on-demand public transit</a></li><li><a title="Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles</a></li><li><a title="Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937269/women-only-uber-alternatives-face-pushback-from-antidiscrimination-laws" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws</a></li><li><a title="Paris erupts in riot as taxi drivers protest Uber" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris erupts in riot as taxi drivers protest Uber</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971750/china-adds-nearly-100-sites-from-the-last-century-onto-architectural-heritage-list China adds nearly 100 sites from the last century onto architectural heritage list Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-03T13:24:00-04:00 >2016-10-09T23:32:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/85/85foo4pu5la5qo83.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr Shan Jixiang, head of the Chinese Society of Cultural Relics, said many of the selected structures tell abundant stories and are witnesses to key events in the nation's history. He added that the new list will make people aware of the need to preserve more recent architectural sites for future generations. [...] "Masterpieces of the 20th century prove that Chinese architects' spirit and techniques are well inherited. And they deserve to be passed on to modern times."</p></em><br /><br /><p>98 sites make up China's first 20th-Century Chinese Architectural Heritage List, issued by the Chinese Society of Cultural Relics and the Architectural Society of China.&nbsp;The announcement comes about half a year after the country declared <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148734913/china-says-no-to-weird-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an official end to "weird" architecture</a>.</p><p>It's not exactly clear what special treatment the sites will receive now that they're on the list&mdash;aside from "making people aware" that these sites are in need of preservation&mdash;but Mr. Jixiang, the head of the Heritage List's issuing office, had expressed criticism of China playing host to the "strange-looking" designs of foreign architects.</p><p>Check out some of the newly-minted heritage sites below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/85foo4pu5la5qo83.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>The Bund waterfront in Shanghai</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gl/glwcdj595mq8qcy5.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Sofia Cathedral in Harbin</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qo/qokdlp3mdmsbbqto.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Great Hall of the People and Monument to the People's Heroes in Tiananmen Square in Beijing</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ev/ev7tud9bfv8zml1u.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Monument on Marco Polo Square in Tianjin</em></p><p>Note: at the time of posting, the complete list doesn't seem to be available online.</p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149970082/the-end-of-shenzhen-s-baishizhou-urban-village The end of Shenzhen’s Baishizhou 'urban village' Alexander Walter 2016-09-22T15:37:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T15:22:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g6/g6xqpwih3loh4ni2.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Village&rdquo; may not seem like the right term for a cluster of tenement-style walkups that can house more than 100,000 people.&nbsp;Chengzhongcun&nbsp;hang onto the name partly because of the familiarity evoked by the traditions and small-scale businesses that thrive among their migrant populations, and partly because when modern Shenzhen began growing, these places really were just villages in the middle of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961213/a-tragic-tale-of-live-and-let-die-development-on-shanghai-s-street-of-eternal-happiness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tragic tale of live-and-let-die development on Shanghai's Street of Eternal Happiness</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962264/ai-weiwei-calls-modern-chinese-architecture-fatalistic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei calls modern Chinese architecture 'fatalistic'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944440/take-a-look-at-the-rapid-urbanization-of-china-s-pearl-river-delta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968334/china-s-record-breaking-glass-bridge-already-closed-again-after-two-weeks China's record-breaking glass bridge already closed again after two weeks Alexander Walter 2016-09-13T14:40:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T14:42:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d6/d629e2837c01c3f9c8f3b521da790970.jpg" width="624" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A glass-bottomed bridge in China that was heralded as a record-breaker when it opened just 13 days ago has closed. Officials said the government was planning urgent maintenance work in the area and the bridge closed on Friday, with a re-opening time to be announced. [...] He said there had been no accidents and the bridge was not cracked or broken. [...] The bridge can accommodate 8,000 visitors a day but the spokesman told CNN that 10 times as many people wanted access daily.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Yibada <a href="http://en.yibada.com/articles/158888/20160911/china-s-glass-bridge-clear-visitors-upgrades-nearing-completion.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a> that the bridge upgrades were going as scheduled and that the attraction was set to re-open to the public this week.</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965286/world-s-longest-and-highest-glass-bridge-opens-in-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's longest and highest glass bridge opens in China</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128114174/china-announces-world-s-longest-and-highest-glass-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China announces world's longest and highest glass bridge</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966491/diller-scofidio-renfro-win-1-3-billion-pearl-eco-island-competition-in-the-south-china-sea Diller Scofidio + Renfro win $1.3 billion 'Pearl Eco-Island' competition in the South China Sea Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-02T13:28:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T09:05:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gj/gjbmuhrmo3ggoyv1.jpg" width="650" height="555" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The South Sea Pearl Eco-Island development is funded by HNA Group and will include houses, hotels, a cruise ship port, yacht harbour, spa and theme park. [...] The jury said the &ldquo;singular and clear&rdquo; design would &ldquo;create a beautiful, iconic form rising naturally out the landscape, recalling the volcanic caldera of the area, and shape the island into a continuous structure that would be an extremely efficient compaction of resort, retail, and housing."</p></em><br /><br /><p>The "eco" stands for... well, it depends. To HNA Group:&nbsp;&ldquo;This proposal is one for a truly a human-made island that celebrates all that makes such water-bound places so attractive and beautiful, while contributing to our understanding of deep, intrinsic ecology.&rdquo; To the <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/09/01/491395715/one-result-of-chinas-buildup-in-south-china-sea-environmental-havoc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague</a>, these manmade islands&nbsp;are an explicit move by China to exert sovereignty (a status that The Hague explicitly rejects), and they're causing massive environmental harm.</p><p>Investigating China's role in the South China Sea this past July,&nbsp;"The tribunal clearly decided that China had caused severe harm to the coral reef environment," according to&nbsp;Kent Carpenter, the tribunal's expert witness and a professor of biological science. Much of that damage was attributed to island building. You can find more on their proceedings <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/09/01/491395715/one-result-of-chinas-buildup-in-south-china-sea-environmental-havoc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Runners up to the competition include <a href="http://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/42923078/morphosis-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis</a>.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a title="Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal &ldquo;organic highway&rdquo;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961625/transforming-the-bao-an-g107-into-a-multi-modal-organic-highway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal &ldquo;organic highway&rdquo;</a></li><li><a title='Despite ban on "weird architecture", a building that looks an awful lot like a toilet was built in Henan Province' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957478/despite-ban-on-weird-architecture-a-building-that-looks-an-awful-lot-like-a-toilet-was-built-in-henan-province" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Despite ban on...</a></li></ul>