Archinect - News 2015-07-31T01:19:29-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/132349164/beijing-s-challenges-to-become-the-center-of-jing-jin-ji-a-supercity-of-130-million-people Beijing's challenges to become the center of Jing-Jin-Ji — a supercity of 130 million people Alexander Walter 2015-07-21T08:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:37:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zb/zbbz32f1h7rag2q5.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, China&rsquo;s government has tried to limit the size of Beijing, the capital, through draconian residency permits. Now, the government has embarked on an ambitious plan to make Beijing the center of a new supercity of 130 million people. The planned megalopolis, a metropolitan area that would be about six times the size of New York&rsquo;s, is meant to revamp northern China&rsquo;s economy and become a laboratory for modern urban growth.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430562/china-s-most-influential-architect-is-not-pleased-with-the-state-of-chinese-urbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China&rsquo;s "most influential architect" is not pleased with the state of Chinese urbanism</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119439038/beijing-mayor-says-air-pollution-makes-his-city-unlivable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing mayor says air pollution makes his city "unlivable"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105940558/china-moves-to-ease-home-registration-rules-in-urbanization-push" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China Moves to Ease Home-Registration Rules in Urbanization Push</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132024761/8-500-bottles-of-beer-in-the-wall-father-and-son-build-office-out-of-beer-bottles 8,500 bottles of beer in the wall - father and son build office out of beer bottles Julia Ingalls 2015-07-16T13:17:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T15:26:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8q/8q8o8b05os58lgfs.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 300-square foot office, located in Chongqing city, consists of 40 layers of bottles that Li and his father laid out over four months.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although full-scale installations in architecture are gaining ground as a method of successfully exploring and testing out spatial, material, and interstitial concepts (see the recent "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129881898/photos-from-the-bigger-than-a-breadbox-opening-reception" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bigger Than a Breadbox</a>" competition) Inner Mongolia University of Science and Technology graduate&nbsp;Li Rongjun's beer bottle office seems less intellectually rigorous than a dare gone to its extreme.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2s/2srrw4wd5720653i.jpg"></p><p>Of course, getting inspired isn't about doing what's proven: it's about taking risks and sometimes falling flat on your face.&nbsp;According to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.odditycentral.com/architecture/architecture-graduate-builds-his-office-out-of-8500-beer-bottles.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oddity Central</a>, instead of going to the trouble of presenting his designs via rendering or plan, Li has apparently opted to simply build them.&nbsp;Li said&nbsp;&ldquo;[The beer bottle office] will allow investors to see my products in real life and see my talent."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131258946/the-tiny-village-library-that-draws-beijingers-in-droves The tiny village library that draws Beijingers in droves Alexander Walter 2015-07-06T14:44:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T19:41:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wf/wfmhii1dl5s6d5k2.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The library is a tool to attract people to the village,&rdquo; said Mr. Li, a professor of architecture at Tsinghua University in Beijing. When visitors come to see the library, he said, they also spend money at the village&rsquo;s few restaurants, pay parking fees and donate money for the building&rsquo;s upkeep. &ldquo;The place is special,&rdquo; said Li Wenli, 45, an insurance saleswoman from Beijing [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Call it a rural Bilbao Effect or not, we're still quite excited that Archinect was one of the very first outlets to publish <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/57633928/li-xiaodong-atelier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Li Xiaodong</a>'s stunning Liyuan Library building: First spotted on the popular <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/59797437/epma-visit-to-liyuan-library-by-architect-li-xiaodong" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>China Builds</em></a> blog and then, in a little more detail, as a <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/59982286/showcase-liyuan-library-by-li-xiaodong-atelier" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ShowCase installment</a>&nbsp;in the <a href="http://archinect.com/features" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Features</a> section.</p><p>The poetic envelope for the small village library has been well recognized since then &mdash;&nbsp;last fall,&nbsp;Li Xiaodong was presented&nbsp;the inaugural <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111179592/reporting-from-toronto-li-xiaodong-wins-inaugural-moriyama-raic-international-prize-for-the-liyuan-library" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Moriyama RAIC International Prize</a> of $100,000 CAD.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131256528/china-appears-to-loosen-strict-exhibition-ban-on-work-by-ai-weiwei-and-other-artists China appears to loosen strict exhibition ban on work by Ai Weiwei and other artists Alexander Walter 2015-07-06T13:46:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T19:40:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ef/ef9a6e329a79964466652afdfb831c7e.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Beijing, Ai Weiwei is back with a vengeance. The dissident Chinese artist has had four solo shows in the Chinese capital, ending an implicit exhibition ban that had been in place since his arrest in 2011. The fact that the shows, which opened in June, were permitted with minimal interference beyond one amended opening date surprised everyone, including Ai. &ldquo;I never planned to have a few shows all at once,&rdquo; Ai tells us.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126380297/ai-weiwei-jacob-appelbaum-and-the-dissident-experience" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99309483/art-an-interview-with-ai-weiwei" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art? An interview with Ai Weiwei</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97185232/ai-weiwei-exhibition-underscores-dangers-and-importance-of-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei Exhibition Underscores Dangers and Importance of Art</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130950866/only-8-2-of-the-great-wall-of-china-is-in-good-condition-according-to-recent-study Only 8.2% of the Great Wall of China is in good condition, according to recent study Justine Testado 2015-07-02T14:55:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T09:12:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wh/whfwnketvcq19815.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Citing a recent report from the Great Wall of China Society, the [Beijing Times] claims that more than 30% of the original structure has disappeared. Approximately 74.1% is poorly preserved, and only 8.2% is in good condition. While concerns about the wall&rsquo;s condition have deepened in recent years, the study appears to be the first to actually quantify the problem.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Paul Rudolph's Government Center won't be saved, despite preservationist pleas" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130791045/paul-rudolph-s-government-center-won-t-be-saved-despite-preservationist-pleas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Rudolph's Government Center won't be saved, despite preservationist pleas</a></li><li><a title="U.S. LGBTQ preservation group pushes to preserve more heritage sites at the national level" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130505301/u-s-lgbtq-preservation-group-pushes-to-preserve-more-heritage-sites-at-the-national-level" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. LGBTQ preservation group pushes to preserve more heritage sites at the national level</a></li><li><a title="New list of America's Most Endangered Historic Places keeps fragile memories alive" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130424991/new-list-of-america-s-most-endangered-historic-places-keeps-fragile-memories-alive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New list of America's Most Endangered Historic Places keeps fragile memories alive</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130872169/new-satellite-images-show-progress-in-china-s-island-building-project New satellite images show progress in China's island-building project Nicholas Korody 2015-07-01T14:19:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T10:30:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gg/ggmfojl6oanwnxxy.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New satellite imagery of remote islands in the South China Sea shows several Chinese island-building projects are finished. In five of seven island projects, attention has turned to the next phase: building bases with potential military uses on the islands.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Taking a cue from the Gulf states, China has been <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108502429/china-is-busy-building-islands-in-the-south-china-sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">engaged</a> in a massive island-building project in the South China Sea. New images from the Washington Post show the staggering progress that is being made, with the first buildings cropping up. While relatively small, the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_China_Sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">South China Sea</a> is one of the most important shipping channels in the world &ndash; and may also hold a massive reserve of oil and gas deposits. Control of the waterway has become a source of increasing geopolitical tension in the region and internationally, with the United States and other countries asking China to cease island-building operations. But according to the Chinese, the artificial islands are a legal expression of their sovereignty.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tf/tfnv5bhxd743uwfn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fp/fp9548ptpse80123.jpg"></p><p>While artificial islands may seem incredibly modern &ndash; if not downright sci-fi &ndash; there's <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">evidence</a> that humans have been doing it for some time now. The massive Aztec city of Tenochtitlan largely consisted of artificial islands, or <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinampa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>chinamitl</em></a>, surrounding a smaller natural island in Lak...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129712218/how-the-chinese-steve-jobs-is-trying-to-build-the-ideal-city How the "Chinese Steve Jobs" is trying to build the ideal city Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-16T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-07-10T04:37:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yh/yh640qzevaq696i9.jpg" width="426" height="700" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He has a vision of a future where his company makes a third of the world's buildings &ndash; all modular, all steel, and all green. &ldquo;The biggest problem we face in the world right now isn't terrorism or world war. It's climate change,&rdquo; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A fascinating profile of Zhang Yue, the man behind <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126482891/chinese-prefab-company-builds-a-57-story-skyscraper-in-just-19-days" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mini Sky City</a>, a 57-story tower built in 19 days. Yue's company, the Broad Sustainable Group, was able to construct at such speeds by assembling prefab parts at the rate of 3-storeys a day. Now, Yue's set his sights on on building the full-size Sky City &ndash; a 220-story tower where residents would live and work &ndash; in seven months. That height would make it taller than Dubai's Burj Khalifa, currently&nbsp;the world's tallest building.</p><p>Watch a timelapse of the Mini Sky City building process below:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129268297/a-landscape-architect-just-joined-china-s-roster-of-billionaires A landscape architect just joined China's roster of billionaires Alexander Walter 2015-06-10T19:00:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:24:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xr/xrde45xcbxbryriq.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The boom in China stock prices that has created more than 100 new billionaires and billionaire families in the past month is continuing this week. [...] Tu Shanzhong, chairman of Pubang Landscape Architecture, became China&rsquo;s newest landscape architecture billionaire after shares in his 31%-owned Pubang Landscape Artchitecture closed at a record high of 38.53 yuan [...]. Our estimate of his fortune, at $1 billion on Wednesday, includes discounts for collateralized shares and includes dividends.</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/128117392/chinese-game-developer-designs-hq-after-star-trek-uss-enterprise Chinese game developer designs HQ after Star Trek USS Enterprise Justine Testado 2015-05-26T20:30:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T20:30:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qq/qqxbzlhog8k58zd8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 260-meter long, 100-meter wide, six-floor building was built by Hong Kong-listed Chinese online game developer NetDragon Websoft, whose founder Liu Dejian &mdash; a 43-year-old University of Kansas alumni &mdash; is a huge [Trekkie]...With a total investment of 600 million yuan ($97 million), the building was inspired by the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E, which appeared in three &ldquo;Star Trek&rdquo; movies in the late 1990s and early 2000s.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sources report that construction of the office building started in October 2010 and was then completed in May 2014.</p><p>Check out the building on <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Changle,+Fuzhou,+Fujian,+China/@25.963433,119.6955983,528m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x3441b0d56df58391:0xe5e086c4e19c6ce2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Maps</a> or in the drone footage below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128114174/china-announces-world-s-longest-and-highest-glass-bridge China announces world's longest and highest glass bridge Alexander Walter 2015-05-26T19:03:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:01:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/px/px62ov5v1ceoorxt.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zhangjiajie, a scenic national park in the country's Hunan province, is set to open the world's longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge in July. Spanning two cliffs in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area, it will stretch 430 meters (1,410 feet) long and 6 meters (20 feet) wide, hovering over a 300-meter (984-foot) vertical drop. In comparison, the Grand Canyon Skywalk in the United States is 21 meters (69 feet) in length and stands 219 meters (718 feet) above the canyon floor.</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/128025754/chinese-sinkhole-develops-its-own-eco-system Chinese sinkhole develops its own eco-system Nicholas Korody 2015-05-25T15:51:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T11:08:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o5/o5orra4zb3w1pqum.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A sinkhole more than 317 yards deep in Xuanen has become home for various plants and animals</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iy/iymvncafsjwqgsou.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127807528/oma-designed-chinese-pavilion-now-open-at-2015-venice-art-biennale OMA-designed Chinese Pavilion now open at 2015 Venice Art Biennale Justine Testado 2015-05-23T01:31:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T21:10:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n7/n7za0b1guwwn3px2.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>OMA returns to Venice once again in the debut of the Chinese Pavilion they designed for the 2015 International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, "All the World's Futures", which opened to the public on May 9. Commissioned by the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation, the multimedia exhibition balances aspects of traditional Chinese culture and society with the works of various contemporary artists and designers all under the theme, "Other Future."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8s/8sunhytc3bmxfk00.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/44/44dpl3gjdzxb7sia.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ge/gerogi3ip2jroeh4.jpg"></p><p>The exhibition features work by notable Chinese creatives like classical composer Tan Dun, Liu Jiakun of Jiakun Architects, artist Lu Yang, filmmaker Wu Wenguang / Caochangdi Work Station, and Wen Hui / Living Dance Studio. The artworks are positioned against a backdrop of digital projections so as to connect the interior and exterior works.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7w/7wvyszdshnu174f4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fo/fo0nwk9a1irj2rin.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ni/niek2i57d17vkt7f.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1cltdd178ywjro9x.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dq/dqriwnv8otxys7sc.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ok/ok7kt76temaq6uxx.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tv/tvqjrxj1t6x3l0g2.jpg"><br><em>All images Copyright OMA</em>.</p><p>OMA Asia designed "Other Future" in collaboration with curatorial advisor Kayoko Ota, who was in charge of the Japanese Pavilion at the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/453301/2014-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 Venice Architecture Biennale</a>. Dong...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126775719/massive-tomb-complex-unearthed-in-beijing-suburb Massive tomb complex unearthed in Beijing suburb Alexander Walter 2015-05-05T16:34:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T22:53:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/02/024e4e0f29cd07f1f73261049ebe8ece.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Archeologists have unearthed a massive tomb complex in a southwest suburb in Beijing, according to the Beijing Institute of Cultural Heritage on Monday. They said the complex is a rare discovery given its size, time span and location. The 70 hectare archeological site consists of 129 tombs built over 1,100 years, spanning from the East Han Dynasty (25-220) to Tang Dynasty (618-907) and Liao (907-1125).</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/126482891/chinese-prefab-company-builds-a-57-story-skyscraper-in-just-19-days Chinese prefab company builds a 57-story skyscraper in just 19 days Alexander Walter 2015-04-30T14:07:00-04:00 >2015-05-01T10:56:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/eaa09922d998cce10a6dbeee98327bb8.jpg" width="300" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Chinese construction company is claiming to be the world&rsquo;s fastest builder after erecting a 57-storey skyscraper in 19 working days in central China. Broad Sustainable Building, a prefab construction firm, put up the rectangular, glass and steel Mini Sky City in the Hunan provincial capital of Changsha, assembling three floors a day using a modular method [...]. The company now has ambitions to assemble the world&rsquo;s tallest skyscraper, at 220 floors, in only three months.</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/125209648/china-s-new-weapon-to-censor-the-internet China's New Weapon to Censor the Internet Nicholas Korody 2015-04-13T15:53:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:01:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/un/unugtzfymaekgwjc.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The Great Cannon] allows China to intercept foreign web traffic as it flows to Chinese websites, inject malicious code and repurpose the traffic as Beijing sees fit. The system was used, they said, to intercept web and advertising traffic intended for Baidu &mdash; China&rsquo;s biggest search engine company &mdash; and fire it at GitHub, a popular site for programmers, and GreatFire.org, a nonprofit that runs mirror images of sites that are blocked inside 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/124746279/this-guangzhou-skyscraper-still-stands-unfinished-after-16-years This Guangzhou skyscraper still stands unfinished after 16 years Alexander Walter 2015-04-07T15:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-07T15:22:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/76/76a3a64227d4947ea99cc5e6312c3616.jpg" width="280" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An abandoned skyscraper still stands incomplete in the bustling capital of Guangdong Province after 16 years because no one is brave enough to ask for it to be torn down. The 46-story building looks strange as it towers over Guangzhou, a commercial hub in southern China with a population of more than 12 million. Its location just behind a golden high-rise building -- popular in China -- and luxury hotels makes the concrete shell look especially creepy and eerie.</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/123909419/jing-jin-city-china-s-luxury-ghost-town Jing Jin City, China's luxury ghost town Alexander Walter 2015-03-27T18:59:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T09:10:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/16/16dde572eab0e48a6e3d206b7197a7b0.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Artist/photographer&nbsp;Andi Schmied&nbsp;chose one of these Chinese new towns as the subject for a project that goes beyond merely capturing a desolate townscape. Jing Jin City, 100 miles from Beijing, is a luxury resort town consisting of some 4000 villas, a Hyatt Regency resort spa and amenities such as a golf course and a horse racing track. It is not really a ghost town, however, since it is partially populated, but many of the villas remain in various states of completion.</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/123814572/china-used-more-cement-in-3-years-than-the-u-s-did-in-the-entire-20th-century China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th century Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-26T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-03-26T17:35:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oy/oyhzxsopg8hea1e4.jpg" width="514" height="245" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All of America&rsquo;s cement consumption during the [20th] century adds up to around 4.4 gigatons (1 gigaton is roughly 1 billion metric tons). In comparison, China used around 6.4 gigatons of cement in the three years of 2011, 2012 and 2013 [...] The country is urbanizing at a historic rate, much faster than the U.S. did in the 20th Century. More than 20 million Chinese relocate to cities each year, which is more people than live in downtown New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago combined.</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/122583531/b-ro-ole-scheeren-reveals-design-of-new-guardian-art-center-hybrid-auction-house-in-beijing Büro Ole Scheeren reveals design of new Guardian Art Center hybrid auction house in Beijing Justine Testado 2015-03-10T15:21:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T17:57:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4j/4j81loh1jzbx963p.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction is already in progress for the new Guardian Art Center, China's oldest auction house, in Beijing. Designed by B&uuml;ro Ole Scheeren in collaboration with Beijing Institute of Architectural Design and local planning authorities over four years, the Guardian Art Center is an embodiment of its significant historic surroundings that "explicitly pays respect to its context and location" while still functioning as an auction house, Ole Scheeren describes in a statement.&nbsp; In other words, the GAC is yet another structure that reflects the balance between tradition and contemporary, a concept that is growing more prominent as China continues to undergo major urban development.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fg/fg840ifegm3pwu70.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ol/ol2gmbplz1dvqnfg.jpg"></p><p>The GAC is located at an intersection where commerce and culture meet: Wangfujing, Beijing's famous commercial street and Wusi Dajie, where the New Cultural Movement originated following the Qing Dynasty. As a souped-up version of its typology, the hybrid auction house consists of 8 levels above ground and 5 be...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121665563/chinese-coal-mining-company-destroys-nearly-every-building-in-protected-village-dating-back-to-ming-dynasty Chinese coal mining company destroys nearly every building in protected village dating back to Ming dynasty Alexander Walter 2015-02-26T14:37:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T12:17:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/96/96442bf5d726d6fb93f17abeecd1175b.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chinese government has promised to protect a rural mountain village that contains some of the country&rsquo;s oldest temples and residences. [...] Despite designating Banpo as a protected heritage site in 2007, the Jincheng city government nonetheless allowed the Shanxi Jincheng Anthracite Mining Group to displace the village later that year. [...] Nearly every building was destroyed and those that remained were left in ruins.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;Corporations are people, my friend.&rdquo;</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121663958/the-future-of-3d-printing-will-be-neoclassical-villas The future of 3D printing will be...neoclassical villas? Alexander Walter 2015-02-26T14:03:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T22:08:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/35/3584bad1dbce4a457da9cc721f4fa118.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Outside, across the car park of this otherwise unremarkable industrial estate, is a grand, neoclassical mansion that recently became a global internet sensation . It is the world&rsquo;s first 3D-printed villa. [...] Not all architects are convinced that 3D printing is good for architecture as a discipline. [...] "It may come without economic cost at a small scale but in architecture, if we are not careful, this is at the expense of integrity.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98258696/rapid-construction-china-style-10-houses-in-24-hours" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rapid Construction, China Style: 10 Houses in 24 Hours</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121659936/plans-to-rebuild-crystal-palace-likely-shattered Plans to rebuild Crystal Palace likely shattered Archinect 2015-02-26T12:59:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T22:07:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wd/wdbgwnp9c0nwjcno.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Plans for a replica Crystal Palace have suffered a set back after a south London council pulled out of negotiations with a Chinese developer. ZhongRong Group wants to rebuild Crystal Palace, which burnt down in 1936, but has failed to meet a deadline set by the council to produce plans.</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/120506064/china-s-manhattan-replica-continues-to-lie-abandoned-as-economy-slows China's Manhattan replica continues to lie abandoned as economy slows Alexander Walter 2015-02-11T13:39:00-05:00 >2015-02-18T23:27:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1f1928a32aa97f061ea2683c20493c5e.jpg" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Manhattan may be a bustling metropolis filled with busy people rushing off to work, the theatre, restaurants and the myriad attractions the city has to offer. A replica in China, complete with knock-offs of Rockefeller Center and the Hudson River, is missing that one key element that makes New York, New York: the people. [...] &ldquo;All of these tall buildings just appeared,&rdquo; one local man recently told CTV News.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103097785/china-s-replica-of-wall-street-is-full-of-half-built-deserted-skyscrapers-and-floods-regularly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China&rsquo;s replica of Wall Street is full of half-built, deserted skyscrapers and floods regularly</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120430562/china-s-most-influential-architect-is-not-pleased-with-the-state-of-chinese-urbanism China’s "most influential architect" is not pleased with the state of Chinese urbanism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-10T14:17:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T22:39:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ud/ud4rhpkf1i1xc7mu.jpg" width="514" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For 70 years, Mr. Wu has ridden out the country&rsquo;s political storms, including one that killed his mentor, to establish himself as the most influential architect, urban planner and &eacute;minence grise of China&rsquo;s cities. But looking out the window of his apartment in this city&rsquo;s northern suburbs, he can only shake his head at the dim building emerging from the haze. &ldquo;Our environment is unfit for daily life, and the responsibility is very heavy on our shoulders,&rdquo; he said.</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/119439038/beijing-mayor-says-air-pollution-makes-his-city-unlivable Beijing mayor says air pollution makes his city "unlivable" Alexander Walter 2015-01-28T17:22:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T18:19:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7n/7n01cn0ldrgi86md.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China's smog-shrouded, overcrowded, traffic-choked capital has become unlivable. And that's not the assessment of some tourist or disgruntled cubicle-dweller: That's the mayor talking. [...] "In establishing a top-tier, internationalized livable and harmonious city, Beijing is currently establishing a system of standards, something that is very important," Wang said in comments reported by state news outlets. "At the present time, however, Beijing is not a livable city."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98666532/giant-bubbles-could-be-built-over-beijing-parks-to-save-residents-from-smog-danger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Giant bubbles could be 'built over Beijing parks to save residents from smog danger'</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95129309/china-plans-to-unleash-smog-killing-drones-to-zap-its-pollution" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China plans to unleash smog-killing drones to zap its pollution</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/119270281/keep-china-s-expo-pavilions-weird Keep China's Expo pavilions "weird" Alexander Walter 2015-01-26T13:04:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T16:30:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/54/54febbd0f984f2bd56d5970d6c8bc027.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For six months starting on May 1st, Milan is hosting the World Expo, which has been held every five years since 1851 as a showcase for human progress. [...] Of the 53 countries constructing pavilions, China&nbsp;is&nbsp;building not one, but five.&nbsp;[...] Like many pavilions in the Expo, the designs of the Chinese-sponsored buildings are nothing if not adventurous&mdash;even though president Xi Jinping has called for an end to &ldquo;weird architecture&rdquo; [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111679285/end-of-weird-architecture-in-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">End of weird architecture in China?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118985363/megataaaall-shanghai-tower-enters-final-construction-phase Megataaaall Shanghai Tower enters final construction phase Justine Testado 2015-01-22T20:44:00-05:00 >2015-02-14T00:04:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m6/m6a77wj9zswt426t.jpg" width="514" height="719" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Shanghai Tower is projected to be the one megatall tower to be completed this year, according to The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118200781/2014-was-the-tallest-year-by-far-for-skyscrapers-ctbuh-finds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>2014 Tall Building Data Research Report</em></a>. Since construction began in 2008, the 632-meter structure recently began its final phase.</p><p>Designed by a large collaborative team at Gensler, the approximately US$4.2 billion Shanghai Tower will complete a majestic -- if not overwhelming -- trio of supertall buildings in the Lujiazui neighborhood of Shanghai's developing commercial district Pudong. The adjacent Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center represent "China's past" and "China's present", respectively, whereas the Shanghai Tower will symbolize "China's future."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/dbp0bgwxxqgkhks2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7z/7z401ztnv8s9qmvu.jpg"></p><p>The tower's final phase is focused on constructing the buildings interior, which includes the first several floors and the top floors. It will have 121 stories above ground and 5 stories beneath, and a total area of 538,000 m&sup2; once complete. The tower's shape is twist...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116117898/the-chinese-government-is-building-affordable-housing-in-brooklyn The Chinese government is building affordable housing in Brooklyn Alexander Walter 2014-12-16T14:44:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:18:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r82a9qzfclf4905c.jpg" width="353" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Greenland&rsquo;s affordable housing venture&nbsp;in Brooklyn, 298 apartments in an 18-story building in Prospect Heights, is part of a larger 15-tower apartment project in Atlantic Yards, (now rebranded &ldquo;Pacific Park) adjacent to the Barclays Center, which will cost an estimated $4.9 billion to build. Half of the 298 units are supposed to be for families that make as low as 40% of the median income for the area&mdash;that&rsquo;s about $33,560 for a family of four.</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/116042386/oma-to-design-shanghai-s-lujiazui-exhibiton-center OMA to design Shanghai’s Lujiazui Exhibiton Center Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T15:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:19:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zi/zifxzjrh67py8tc0.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA appears to be rolling up their sleeves before the holidays: last Friday, we published new details on their Norra Tornen twin towers in Stockholm, and now we're kicking the week off with a recent competition win in China, the Lujiazui Exhibiton Center at the banks of the mighty Huangpu River in Shanghai. Conceptualized as a "spatial armature," the exhibition center will rise on the grounds of the former Shanghai Shipyard and aims for completion by the end of 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b8/b8hk9j6eayh1s02d.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/in/inl64xgaxngkuek4.jpg"></p><p>Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/oma_to_design_shanghais_lujiazui_exhibiton_center/" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more images and project details.</p><p><em>All images courtesy OMA</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116039165/chinese-art-institute-resembles-hogwarts-castle Chinese art institute resembles Hogwarts Castle Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T14:06:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:19:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f6bs9zdh69cevvnq.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Hebei Academy of Fine Arts in China&rsquo;s Hebei Province has constructed a new campus in Xinle City that, rather than resembling local architecture, adheres more to Gothic and European styles.&nbsp;Specifically, it bears a striking resemblance to&nbsp;the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. [...] But the new building is&nbsp;actually called &ldquo;Cinderella&rsquo;s Castle,&rdquo; and was modeled on structures from medieval Europe. Unfortunately, the building has little to do with Cinderella or Hogwarts.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109113660/chinese-colleges-are-trying-to-look-like-the-ivy-league" target="_blank">Chinese Colleges Are Trying to Look Like the Ivy League</a></p>