Archinect - News 2016-05-04T17:27:43-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149942173/china-plans-to-build-a-fleet-of-floating-nuclear-power-plants China plans to build a fleet of floating nuclear power plants Alexander Walter 2016-04-25T15:15:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T11:49:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vczrt7kzpj14uivm.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All the radar systems, lighthouses, barracks, ports and airfields that China has set up on its newly built island chain in the South China Sea require tremendous amounts of electricity, which is hard to come by in a place hundreds of miles from the country&rsquo;s power grid. Beijing may have come up with a solution: floating nuclear power plants. A state-owned company, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, is planning to build a fleet of the vessels to provide electricity to remote locations [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130872169/new-satellite-images-show-progress-in-china-s-island-building-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New satellite images show progress in China's island-building project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108502429/china-is-busy-building-islands-in-the-south-china-sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China is busy building islands in the South China Sea</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938433/a-more-optimistic-view-on-china-s-ghost-cities A more optimistic view on China's ghost cities Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-05T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:39:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4n/4niazk3mtbyius4d.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Foreigners consider [Kangbashi] to be abandoned. Chinese consider the city to be still developing," [photographer Raphael Olivier] explains. "A lot of the early news reports focus on it being a failed, weird place -- but it's also a huge accomplishment and people there are not necessarily unhappy, there is a huge sense of hope. You have to respect that on a certain level."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other angles on the effects of China's massive urbanization:</p><ul><li><a title="China's Manhattan replica continues to lie abandoned as economy slows" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120506064/china-s-manhattan-replica-continues-to-lie-abandoned-as-economy-slows" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's Manhattan replica continues to lie abandoned as economy slows</a></li><li><a title="'Re-education' campaigns teach China's new ghost city-dwellers how to behave" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113580225/re-education-campaigns-teach-china-s-new-ghost-city-dwellers-how-to-behave" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Re-education' campaigns teach China's new ghost city-dwellers how to behave</a></li><li><a title='Ordos in 2014 - "Brave City of The Future"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94911890/ordos-in-2014-brave-city-of-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ordos in 2014 - "Brave City of The Future"</a></li><li><a title="Photos Of A Massive Chinese-Built Ghost Town In Angola" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/53640458/photos-of-a-massive-chinese-built-ghost-town-in-angola" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photos Of A Massive Chinese-Built Ghost Town In Angola</a></li><li><a title="Jing Jin City, China's luxury ghost town" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123909419/jing-jin-city-china-s-luxury-ghost-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jing Jin City, China's luxury ghost town</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935256/china-and-us-compete-to-invest-in-a-newly-opened-cuba China and US compete to invest in a newly-opened Cuba Nicholas Korody 2016-03-17T15:39:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T01:17:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3o/3o1ppzm3en7vlzqa.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American government&rsquo;s relaxation of its 56-year embargo against Cuba and the inauguration of direct flights from China has triggered a race to invest in the island&rsquo;s tourist infrastructure [...] There are reports that China&rsquo;s Suntime International Economic Trading Company will go ahead with a luxury hotel in Havana, in a joint venture Cuba&rsquo;s state tourism agency, Cubanac&aacute;n. The size of the hotel is reported variously at 600 to 650 rooms, with Suntime investing up to $150m</p></em><br /><br /><p>While diplomatic relations between Cuba and the US have thawed during the Obama administration, the embargo still remains in place effectively. But companies like Marriott International (whose chief executive will accompany the President on his historic visit to the island later this month) are optimistic that Cuba will soon be a major investment opportunity.</p><p>China, meanwhile, also has it's eyes on the (Ra&uacute;l) Castro-ruled country as well. For the sake of Havana and other Cuban cities' remarkable architectural heritage, here's hoping Cuba doesn't become the site for an ersatz-hotel-arms-race.<br><br>For related news, take a look at some other Cuba-specific Archinect content:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147117709/selling-cuba-gehry-s-already-there" target="_blank">Selling Cuba (Gehry's already there)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133977245/the-promises-and-problems-of-a-cuban-architecture-market" target="_blank">The promises and problems of a Cuban architecture market</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126711733/take-a-virtual-tour-of-havana-s-modern-architecture" target="_blank">Take a virtual tour of Havana's modern architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123298247/a-glimpse-at-havana-s-rooftop-dwellers-as-urban-landscape-transforms" target="_blank">A glimpse at Havana's rooftop dwellers as urban landscape transforms</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124359173/airbnb-now-open-for-business-in-cuba-despite-anemic-internet-access" target="_blank">Airbnb now open for business in Cuba, despite anemic internet access</a></li></ul><p><em>It's&nbsp;<strong>Money March</strong>&nbsp;here on Archinect! Have you ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149507559/smog-choked-beijing-plans-ventilation-corridors-to-provide-much-needed-fresh-air Smog-choked Beijing plans "ventilation corridors" to provide much-needed fresh air Nicholas Korody 2016-03-03T14:14:00-05:00 >2016-03-03T14:17:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zr/zrhjqmmhv241v7hw.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Beijing is stepping up measures to fight against smog and pollution by building a web of ventilation corridors as one of its plans to combat climate issues, according to municipal authorities. &ldquo;Ventilation corridors can improve wind flow through a city so that wind can blow away heat and pollutants, relieving urban heat island effect and air pollution,&rdquo; Wang Fei, deputy head of Beijing&rsquo;s urban planning committee, told Xinhua News Agency.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The planned "ventilation corridors" would range from less than 80 meters to more than 500 meters wide and &ndash; hopefully &ndash; do what their name suggests, providing a conduit for wind to blow away pollutants like particulate matter.</p><p>Five major corridors are planned for the Chinese capital, running primarily from the northern suburbs to the south of the city. One will cross Beijing's central axis, running from Taiping Suburban park down through the Olympic Park and the Temple of Heaven before finally intersecting with the Beijing-Shanghai Highway.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dy/dy1h6ll86b6evelq.jpg"></p><p>Ventilation corridors have already been carved out of other Chinese cities such as Shanghai, Nanjing, and Wuhan. In Wuhan, planners believe that the corridors have lowered temperatures by as much as 1 to 2 degrees Celsius (urban temperatures and pollution levels correlate).</p><p>Beijing has struggled with its pollution problem for many years now, with only marginal improvements following the closure of the city's worst polluting factories. China has also...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149370963/the-politics-behind-china-s-ban-on-weird-architecture The politics behind China's ban on "weird" architecture Nicholas Korody 2016-03-01T19:38:00-05:00 >2016-03-16T00:04:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i5/i5ta2svm6qo5go28.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...eye-catching edifices began as China&rsquo;s way of announcing its arrival as a powerful player on the world stage. Now, however, the Chinese government has changed course: It has officially declared this to be &ldquo;weird&rdquo; architecture that must be stopped. Chinese leaders have turned their backs on these structures, a shift that underscores China&rsquo;s new conception of itself and its ambitions for the future [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"But the government&rsquo;s mandate explicitly addresses both the function&nbsp;and&nbsp;form of new buildings, and the planning imperative seems designed to&nbsp;go beyond&nbsp;improving the quality of life. The&nbsp;end of &ldquo;weird&rdquo; architecture ties in to the government&rsquo;s recent efforts to champion frugality, revive&nbsp;traditional values, and keep foreign ideas at bay&mdash;priorities that have assumed even greater importance in the midst of China&rsquo;s ongoing corruption crackdown and fears of an economic slowdown."</em></p><p>For more on China's turbulent relationship with contemporary architecture, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148734913/china-says-no-to-weird-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China says no to "weird" architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148433180/win-the-architectural-guide-china-a-handy-travel-book-of-the-country-s-architectural-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Win the "Architectural Guide China", a handy travel book of the country's architectural history</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147749081/photographer-captures-the-changing-face-of-shanghai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer captures the changing face of Shanghai</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144427543/china-hopes-to-improve-its-cities-with-newly-released-urban-planning-vision" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China hopes to improve its cities with newly released urban planning vision</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/148433180/win-the-architectural-guide-china-a-handy-travel-book-of-the-country-s-architectural-history Win the "Architectural Guide China", a handy travel book of the country's architectural history Justine Testado 2016-02-23T12:25:00-05:00 >2016-02-28T01:11:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/30/30pnxfvfn6s71ez8.jpg" width="514" height="945" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>Architectural Guide China</em>&nbsp;is a unique travel guidebook that presents up-to-date insight into the rich architectural histories in Eastern China's megacities, which continue to create widespread impact through rapid urbanization, population growth, and the consequential effects on the natural environment.</p><p>In this volume of <em>Architectural Guide</em>, authors&nbsp;Evan Chakroff, Addison Godel, and Jacqueline Gargus give an architectural overview of nine major urban sites in mainland China as well as Hong Kong and Macau. If you're planning a trip to any of those places, this book can definitely come in handy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/km/kmgt8rfintt0hqn6.jpg"></p><p>Thanks to <a href="http://www.dom-publishers.com/en/Architectural-Guides" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DOM-publishers</a>, Archinect is giving away Architectural Guide China to three of our readers!</p><p>Read on for more about the book, and find out how to enter the giveaway.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3q/3qy4jd101joy8d93.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/84/844zeso2f3pj40ff.jpg"></p><p>"The 'Reform and Opening' era affected these metropolises in different ways and has influenced the existing structures of dynastic capitals, trade centers, former European colonies and discovery areas.&nbsp;</p><p>The volume contains 620...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/148734913/china-says-no-to-weird-architecture China says no to "weird" architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-22T13:56:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T01:29:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fb78b88dd482e260b4c991d9cd5354d8.jpg" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A directive issued on Sunday by the State Council, China&rsquo;s cabinet, and the Communist Party&rsquo;s Central Committee says no to architecture that is &ldquo;oversized, xenocentric, weird&rdquo; and devoid of cultural tradition. Instead, buildings should be &ldquo;suitable, economic, green and pleasing to the eye.&rdquo; The directive also calls for an end to gated communities. The guidelines come two months after a high-level meeting to address some of the problems that have arisen as a result of China&rsquo;s rapid urbanization.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em>&nbsp;notes that this will most likely result in "stricter design standards for public buildings":</p><p><em>Wang Kai, vice president of the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, under the Ministry of Construction, said that functionality should take precedence in public buildings. &ldquo;We shouldn&rsquo;t go overboard in pursuit of appearances,&rdquo; he said.</em></p><p>Orhan posted a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111679285/end-of-weird-architecture-in-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">very prescient piece</a> on this back in 2014, when China's President Xi Jinping denounced buildings like the CCTV tower, aka "Big Pants", and the "formerly penis-shaped" People's Daily building (below), for not being "morally inspiring art".</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mo/moip4wwgkddu95py.jpg"></p><p>More on China's "weird" architecture:</p><ul><li><a title="Giant golden Mao statue in China demolished after criticism" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145492332/giant-golden-mao-statue-in-china-demolished-after-criticism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Giant golden Mao statue in China demolished after criticism</a></li><li><a title="Jing Jin City, China's luxury ghost town" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123909419/jing-jin-city-china-s-luxury-ghost-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jing Jin City, China's luxury ghost town</a></li><li><a title='China&rsquo;s "most influential architect" is not pleased with the state of Chinese urbanism' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430562/china-s-most-influential-architect-is-not-pleased-with-the-state-of-chinese-urbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China&rsquo;s "most influential architect" is not pleased with the state of Chinese urbanism</a></li><li><a title="Chinese art institute resembles Hogwarts Castle" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116039165/chinese-art-institute-resembles-hogwarts-castle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese art institute resembles Hogwarts Castle</a></li><li><a title="Archinect's Lexicon: &quot;Duplitecture&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114120516/archinect-s-lexicon-duplitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Duplitecture"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147749081/photographer-captures-the-changing-face-of-shanghai Photographer captures the changing face of Shanghai Nicholas Korody 2016-02-09T18:45:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T18:45:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lm/lm3oxstdapv85t9b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Graham Fink has been documenting the demolition sites of Shanghai for five years, trying to capture the state of flux during this period of rapid urbanisation. His Ballads of Shanghai exhibition is at London&rsquo;s Riflemaker gallery until Sunday.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fv/fvu4xrsuv9urlm3o.jpg"></p><p>With an eye for the juxtaposition of graphic imagery and demolition sites, Graham Fink takes fascinating images of a city under the midst of mass transformations. His camera is drawn, in particular, to remnants of street art and commercial advertisements.&nbsp;</p><p>For other depictions of the built environment, take a look at some of these featured photographers from our dedicated architectural photography series&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/7347/in-focus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Focus</a>:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/92472606/in-focus-peter-wegner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Peter Wegner</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/87542917/in-focus-andrew-prokos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Andrew Prokos</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/83212140/in-focus-nico-marques" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nico Marques</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/66165882/in-focus-yohan-zerdoun" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yohan Zerdoun</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/47288629/in-focus-brad-feinknopf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brad Feinknopf</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/38879033/in-focus-sam-javanrouh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Javanrouh</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/37361749/in-focus-franck-bohbot" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Franck Bohbot</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vv/vv7w3x7xdbsgdhd5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2b/2braaj5j4c68djyw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/se/seq6o4f4c1a04plz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sbskusugroqwkt39.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4cue86c47fs6rijj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qp/qpzdnwwwqrn44xj8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gz/gzkhz582vbv5qvfw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wi/wi91x6npudknfc1v.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147345873/china-may-dam-its-only-free-flowing-river-left China may dam its only free-flowing river left Nicholas Korody 2016-02-04T13:07:00-05:00 >2016-02-04T13:07:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/er/erl8n6xanrx1m6ql.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...the Nu [River is] the last remaining major watershed in China without a dam. For years, though, the local government has planned to build a series dams along the Nu, too. Entire villages have already been relocated to make way. If the dams are built, China&rsquo;s last free-flowing river will turn into a series of cascading lakes.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a uniquely Chinese phenomenon,&rdquo; smiled Fan. &ldquo;A local government sets up an investment company, attracts investors, approves and builds its own projects with developers. All of them make enormous profits. They claim this helps alleviate poverty, but it only causes common people more problems.&rdquo;</em></p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143895090/disastrous-landslide-burying-dozens-in-shenzhen-likely-caused-by-piled-up-soil-from-construction-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Disastrous landslide burying dozens in Shenzhen likely caused by piled up soil from construction work</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142982682/touring-china-s-past-present-and-future-an-examination-of-architectural-guide-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Touring China's past, present, and future: an examination of "Architectural Guide China"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142916001/beijing-s-latest-airpocalypse-is-bad-enough-for-city-to-issue-first-ever-red-alert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's latest "airpocalypse" is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146747817/how-chinese-families-are-handling-the-country-s-ongoing-mass-evictions How Chinese families are handling the country's ongoing mass evictions Justine Testado 2016-01-27T18:16:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:28:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vi/vio7yuu6as76s1wx.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'My family has lived here for generations. We don&rsquo;t want the money, we don&rsquo;t want our house destroyed, we just want to live here,' Mrs. Zhang declared. The physical re-facing of China is cutting some very deep social scars. Abuse of power, corruption, developers in cahoots with government officials, and the misappropriation of funds are rife throughout the eviction and relocation process, littering the country with the seeds of discontent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wade Shepard digs into China's ongoing mass evictions and the country's laws that have long enabled such property seizures. While some families were lucky enough to receive compensation to give up their homes, the evictions have been the harshest for those who have lived in the same towns for centuries.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137952110/another-olympics-another-story-of-displacement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Olympics, another story of displacement</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140944999/a-closer-look-at-the-often-complicated-relationship-between-placemaking-and-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at the often complicated relationship between placemaking and gentrification</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145193048/the-new-east-is-where-western-starchitect-dreams-come-true-or-turn-into-nightmares" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Baku win ignites protests over forced eviction and suspicions over worker's rights and human trafficking</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115651532/activists-evict-businesses-in-gentrifying-l-a-neighborhood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Activists &ldquo;Evict&rdquo; Businesses in Gentrifying L.A. Neighborhood</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146741386/best-snow-ice-architecture-2016-edition Best snow + ice architecture, 2016 edition Julia Ingalls 2016-01-27T14:35:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:25:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oj/ojuzn377vsuqn19w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In China each year, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/378146/ice-structures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harbin Ice and Snow Festival</a> features both buildings and sculptures constructed entirely of ice and snow, which are augmented with nighttime illumination. Here are a few highlights from this year's festival:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/os/osw6udp51vwzjy3s.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1l/1l0rl7b4hju0dji9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4u/4uw8fnip6ky90605.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mm/mmftzofe4hamrt12.jpg"></p><p>China doesn't have a lockdown on spectacular ice and snow architecture. The Pyotr Yeropkin-designed 20 meter tall by 50 meter wide Russian Ice Palace, which has been reconstructed every year since 2005 (although the design dates back to 1740) in St. Petersburg, has interior spaces with custom ice furniture:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qz/qz2vamoq0ic728b5.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/89511849/snow-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quebec's Hotel de Glace</a> offers a functional, if chilly, opportunity to experience ice and snow architecture. Each year, guests can stay inside one of its 44 rooms (some of which come with seemingly oxymoronic amenities, like a fireplace):</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yl/yl7vqg998f28uuj7.jpg"></p><p>Lastly, there is the SnowCastle of Kemi by the Gulf of Bothnia in Finland, which is constructed annually and features an accompanying SnowRestaurant, SnowChapel, and SnowHotel. The SnowCastle's official website is carefu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146361522/the-strength-of-chinese-suburbia The strength of Chinese suburbia Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-22T17:38:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T00:44:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gh/ghb2xtx5dnq2tztv.jpg" width="514" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As of the 2010 census, the vast majority of Shanghai&rsquo;s population lived in suburban areas. Between 2000 and 2010, suburban areas grew by 50 percent or more, compared to the city&rsquo;s central districts, which grew slower or in some cases even shrank [...] The villagers who join the urban economy, then, don&rsquo;t go downtown, but to the settlements that dot the fringes of the city. The industries that really help China to grow are here, too</p></em><br /><br /><p>More related news:</p><ul><li><a title="China to sustainably build 10 New York City's worth of space in the next decade" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145119991/china-to-sustainably-build-10-new-york-city-s-worth-of-space-in-the-next-decade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China to sustainably build 10 New York City's worth of space in the next decade</a></li><li><a title="In weaker market, architecture firms in China are cutting back" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134029472/in-weaker-market-architecture-firms-in-china-are-cutting-back" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In weaker market, architecture firms in China are cutting back</a></li><li><a title="China hopes to improve its cities with newly released urban planning vision" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144427543/china-hopes-to-improve-its-cities-with-newly-released-urban-planning-vision" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China hopes to improve its cities with newly released urban planning vision</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/116348258/student-works-townization-a-new-chinese-urbanization-paradigm-from-the-gsd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Student Works: "Townization", a new Chinese urbanization paradigm from the GSD</a></li><li><a title="China relaxes restrictions on who gets perks of urban public services" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143363013/china-relaxes-restrictions-on-who-gets-perks-of-urban-public-services" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China relaxes restrictions on who gets perks of urban public services</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145492332/giant-golden-mao-statue-in-china-demolished-after-criticism Giant golden Mao statue in China demolished after criticism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-11T11:11:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T02:04:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bn/bnh62nxtmguc2w75.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just two days after images of a giant gold-colored statue of Mao in the bare fields of Henan Province spread across the Internet, the statue was gone &mdash; torn down apparently on the orders of embarrassed local officials. [...] According to villagers and reports on online chat sites, the statue was the idea of a local businessman, Sun Qingxin ... &ldquo;He is crazy about Mao,&rdquo; said a villager who identified himself as Mr. Wang, a potato farmer. &ldquo;His factory is full of Maos.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from China:</p><ul><li><a title="China to sustainably build 10 New York City's worth of space in the next decade" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145119991/china-to-sustainably-build-10-new-york-city-s-worth-of-space-in-the-next-decade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China to sustainably build 10 New York City's worth of space in the next decade</a></li><li><a title="China hopes to improve its cities with newly released urban planning vision" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144427543/china-hopes-to-improve-its-cities-with-newly-released-urban-planning-vision" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China hopes to improve its cities with newly released urban planning vision</a></li><li><a title="China relaxes restrictions on who gets perks of urban public services" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143363013/china-relaxes-restrictions-on-who-gets-perks-of-urban-public-services" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China relaxes restrictions on who gets perks of urban public services</a></li><li><a title="Construction stalled on 'world's tallest building', so locals made its foundation into a fish farm" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131871411/construction-stalled-on-world-s-tallest-building-so-locals-made-its-foundation-into-a-fish-farm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction stalled on 'world's tallest building', so locals made its foundation into a fish farm</a></li><li><a title="Chinese prefab company builds a 57-story skyscraper in just 19 days" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126482891/chinese-prefab-company-builds-a-57-story-skyscraper-in-just-19-days" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese prefab company builds a 57-story skyscraper in just 19 days</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145231648/pentagon-replica-built-in-shanghai Pentagon Replica Built in Shanghai Metropolitan Monk 2016-01-08T12:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-08T15:15:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/du/du8qxwi94f0b41h7.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this week, drone footage capturing a shanzhai Pentagon in suburban Shanghai went viral. The knock-off replica building, which is shaped just like the real headquarters of the US Military in Washington DC, is a massive a shopping center in Nanxiang Town out in Shanghai's Jiading District.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/145119991/china-to-sustainably-build-10-new-york-city-s-worth-of-space-in-the-next-decade China to sustainably build 10 New York City's worth of space in the next decade Julia Ingalls 2016-01-06T14:38:00-05:00 >2016-01-06T19:05:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yu/yu0fbofz5nqfrgp6.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In this rush to urbanize, China also has an enormous opportunity to move toward a &ldquo;new pattern of urbanization.&rdquo; Chinese cities could fulfill their potential to be the most energy-efficient human habitat rather than stoking energy consumption.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With a projected urban population of one billion by 2030, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142982682/touring-china-s-past-present-and-future-an-examination-of-architectural-guide-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China</a> needs a few more cities&mdash;but it needs them to be sustainable, a challenge that could be met if smart growth and planning is instituted now. According to this article, no perfect eco-city model exists yet, but certain practices could be scaled up to help create urbanities that are both dense yet green, or at least greener than current smog-laden metropolises (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119439038/beijing-mayor-says-air-pollution-makes-his-city-unlivable" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hello, Beijing</a>). Archinect has been keenly following different strategies for building large-scale sustainable living situations, including:</p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138417575/werner-sobek-believes-we-could-live-in-entirely-renewable-energy-powered-cities-by-2020" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Werner Sobek believes we could live in entirely renewable-energy-powered cities by 2020</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bk/bkjt8mvtmjg7t8im.jpg"></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139461710/viennese-student-dorms-may-passively-house-refugees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/o0/o00gyheyadzrz5yt.jpg"></p><p>&bull; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138958669/powering-your-som-designed-house-with-your-car-and-reverse" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Powering your (SOM-designed) house with your car (and reverse)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fr/fraz8jjvncw68dkp.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144576879/forget-it-jake-it-s-antarctica-nations-jostle-to-establish-influence-at-the-world-s-end Forget it, Jake, it's Antarctica: nations jostle to establish influence at the world's end Julia Ingalls 2015-12-30T12:48:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:47:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/73rhasvtmav56apd.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than a century has passed since explorers raced to plant their flags at the bottom of the world, and for decades to come this continent is supposed to be protected as a scientific preserve, shielded from intrusions like military activities and mining. But an array of countries are rushing to assert greater influence here, with an eye not just toward the day those protective treaties expire, but also for the strategic and commercial opportunities that exist right now.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Water, oil, krill: <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/86840199/ice-lab-new-architecture-and-science-in-antarctica" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Antarctica</a> isn't just an ice-locked science station any longer, but a giant potential resource center hotly pursued by several strategic-thinking nations. Is the pursuit of scientific inquiry being stripped away in favor of the extraction of raw materials? Um, it would appear so, at least according to this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/29/world/countries-rush-for-upper-hand-antarctica.html?action=click&amp;contentCollection=Magazine&amp;module=MostPopularFB&amp;version=Full&amp;region=Marginalia&amp;src=me&amp;pgtype=article&amp;_r=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times article</a> which predicts changes in the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136882061/a-world-divided-mapping-border-fences-globally" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Europe</a>-plus-sized continent's status: "The treaty banning mining here, shielding coveted reserves of iron ore, coal and chromium, is expected to come up for review by 2048 and could be challenged before then."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1t/1thlv8uhw9xxuufs.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144427543/china-hopes-to-improve-its-cities-with-newly-released-urban-planning-vision China hopes to improve its cities with newly released urban planning vision Alexander Walter 2015-12-28T14:54:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:45:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xv/xvyh7izuk6foeq1a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China has detailed its urban planning vision, which has been designed to make its sprawling cities more inclusive, safer and better places to live. [...] policymakers pledged to transform urban development patterns and improve city management. The last time China held such a high-level meeting was in 1978, when only 18 percent of the population lived in cities. By the end of 2011, in excess of 50 percent of the population called the city their home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107557388/china-considering-drastic-ban-on-coal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China considering drastic ban on coal</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143895090/disastrous-landslide-burying-dozens-in-shenzhen-likely-caused-by-piled-up-soil-from-construction-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Disastrous landslide burying dozens in Shenzhen likely caused by piled up soil from construction work</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142916001/beijing-s-latest-airpocalypse-is-bad-enough-for-city-to-issue-first-ever-red-alert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's latest "airpocalypse" is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430562/china-s-most-influential-architect-is-not-pleased-with-the-state-of-chinese-urbanism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China&rsquo;s "most influential architect" is not pleased with the state of Chinese urbanism</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143997037/cool-roofs-substantially-reduce-temperatures-during-a-heat-wave-according-to-new-study 'Cool roofs' substantially reduce temperatures during a heat wave, according to new study Nicholas Korody 2015-12-22T19:39:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T22:35:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l9/l94dpy351zzi66zf.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is well established that white roofs can mitigate the urban heat island effect, reflecting the sun's energy back into space and reducing a city's temperature. In a new study of Guangzhou, China, researchers found that during a heat wave, the effect is significantly more pronounced. Reflective roofs, also called cool roofs, save energy by keeping buildings cooler, thus reducing the need for air conditioning.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to a new study by Berkeley lab researchers&nbsp;Dev Millstein, Ronnen Levinson, and Pablo Rosado, alongside Meichun Cao and Zhaohui Lin of the Institute of Atmospheric Physic in Beijing, so-called "cool roofs," or roofs painted white, substantially reduce the urban heat island effect during a heat wave.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d4segr6qig2fij59.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p>Prior research had shown that cool roofs could mitigate the urban heat island effect, but the new study shows just how drastically this can make a difference during a heat wave. Heat waves affect both public health and energy resources, requiring massive amounts of air conditioning and other cooling systems that can overtax the electric grid.<br><br>"The hotter it is, the more cooling you get with cool roofs--and it is a significant difference, compared to the margin of error," Millstein told ScienceDaily. "We found that the stagnant conditions of a heat wave, where the air is just sitting over the city, was one of the main factors."<br><br>The research was conducted in&nbsp;Guangzhou, a large city ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/143895090/disastrous-landslide-burying-dozens-in-shenzhen-likely-caused-by-piled-up-soil-from-construction-work Disastrous landslide burying dozens in Shenzhen likely caused by piled up soil from construction work Alexander Walter 2015-12-21T11:58:00-05:00 >2015-12-21T12:00:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f9100c1aaf94d04f08cd1f2b90071149.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dozens of people are missing after a landslide engulfed 22 buildings at an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. [...] Local media reported that the soil that came loose had been dug up in the past two years in construction work and was piled up nearby. A statement on Weibo from the Shenzhen municipal government said the landslide had also triggered an explosion at a nearby gas station. A landslide in the country's Zhejiang province in November killed at least 25 people.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Shenzhen's fire brigade said it was working to free other trapped people - state media say 59 remain missing.&nbsp;Two workers' dormitories are among the affected buildings."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a3/a3bdba847b414b973ae4b6187ff952d8.jpg"></p><p>It's been a rough few months in the news for China lately:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143530079/following-warehouse-explosion-three-new-high-rises-in-tianjin-planned-for-demolition-amid-anti-corruption-campaign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Following warehouse explosion, three new high-rises in Tianjin planned for demolition amid anti-corruption campaign</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142916001/beijing-s-latest-airpocalypse-is-bad-enough-for-city-to-issue-first-ever-red-alert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's latest "airpocalypse" is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142899081/developer-of-som-designed-nanjing-skyscraper-found-guilty-of-depriving-nearby-residents-of-precious-sunlight" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developer of SOM-designed Nanjing skyscraper found guilty of depriving nearby residents of precious sunlight</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143530079/following-warehouse-explosion-three-new-high-rises-in-tianjin-planned-for-demolition-amid-anti-corruption-campaign Following warehouse explosion, three new high-rises in Tianjin planned for demolition amid anti-corruption campaign Justine Testado 2015-12-16T18:26:00-05:00 >2015-12-16T18:47:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wj/wjf88ryashxn64a4.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China is reportedly planning to demolish three new high-rise [residential] buildings [in Tianjin, which] are up to 30 floors taller than originally planned...It&rsquo;s the latest blow to the [city], which saw a devastating explosion at a warehouse in its port in August...state media pointed out that...the scale of illegal construction meant the building was unsafe, [deeming] the 'completely corrupt project' [as] unusable, and to be demolished was 'its destiny.'</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103097785/china-s-replica-of-wall-street-is-full-of-half-built-deserted-skyscrapers-and-floods-regularly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China&rsquo;s replica of Wall Street is full of half-built, deserted skyscrapers and floods regularly</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141820527/brazilian-engineering-companies-building-olympic-venues-very-probably-broke-laws-accepted-bribes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brazilian engineering companies building Olympic venues "very probably" broke laws, accepted bribes</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125842117/labor-violations-affirmed-in-latest-report-of-nyu-abu-dhabi-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Labor violations affirmed in latest report of NYU Abu Dhabi construction</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/143363013/china-relaxes-restrictions-on-who-gets-perks-of-urban-public-services China relaxes restrictions on who gets perks of urban public services Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-14T14:52:00-05:00 >2015-12-27T23:24:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3b7wjxk4z7boaobs.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chinese citizens have for decades been limited in public services they can access by their household registration [...] The problem is especially acute for the millions of migrant workers who are often forced to either leave their children in the countryside or place them in unregistered and often sub-standard schools in the city. [...] &ldquo;The move is to improve basic public services in urban areas and provide conveniences for residential permit cardholders&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from China:</p><ul><li><a title="Touring China's past, present, and future: an examination of &quot;Architectural Guide China&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142982682/touring-china-s-past-present-and-future-an-examination-of-architectural-guide-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Touring China's past, present, and future: an examination of "Architectural Guide China"</a></li><li><a title="Beijing's latest &quot;airpocalypse&quot; is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142916001/beijing-s-latest-airpocalypse-is-bad-enough-for-city-to-issue-first-ever-red-alert" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's latest "airpocalypse" is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert</a></li><li><a title="Four O Nine's Andrei Zerebecky shares his must-see architectural sites in Shanghai" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141012454/four-o-nine-s-andrei-zerebecky-shares-his-must-see-architectural-sites-in-shanghai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four O Nine's Andrei Zerebecky shares his must-see architectural sites in Shanghai</a></li><li><a title="Exploring China's urban decay " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140026317/exploring-china-s-urban-decay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exploring China's urban decay</a></li><li><a title="In weaker market, architecture firms in China are cutting back" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134029472/in-weaker-market-architecture-firms-in-china-are-cutting-back" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In weaker market, architecture firms in China are cutting back</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/142982682/touring-china-s-past-present-and-future-an-examination-of-architectural-guide-china Touring China's past, present, and future: an examination of "Architectural Guide China" Julia Ingalls 2015-12-09T18:02:00-05:00 >2016-01-04T11:46:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hk/hkk1bs4yd6kjzqn6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If architecture is the ultimate fourth dimensional experience, then &ldquo;Architectural Guide China&rdquo; by Evan Chakroff, Addison Godel and Jacqueline Gargus is a remarkable fourth dimensional tour guide. It encapsulates not only the physical attributes and detailed locations of architecture in China, but its complex journey through time in a way that's compact enough to be useful, yet thorough enough to be thought-provoking.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/la/labowx5dheu2d6m5.jpg"></p><p>The guide begins with three introductory essays, each of which attempts to make sense of the thousands of years of history, philosophy, and socio-economic realities that have informed both classical and contemporary Chinese architecture (all in less than fifty pages). This is of course a daunting if not impossible task, but each essay wisely chooses a specific aspect of this overwhelming scope to make a particular point. For his part, <a href="http://archinect.com/evanchakroff" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Evan Chakroff</a> chooses to tackle what he describes as the centuries-old notion of &lsquo;scalelessness&rsquo; in conjunction with rigidly defined diag...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142916001/beijing-s-latest-airpocalypse-is-bad-enough-for-city-to-issue-first-ever-red-alert Beijing's latest "airpocalypse" is bad enough for city to issue first ever red alert Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-08T18:34:00-05:00 >2015-12-08T18:34:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5q/5qk1zuqfuusyz14d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A red alert should go into effect if there is a prediction that the air quality index will stay above 200 for more than 72 hours. The United States government rates above 200 as &ldquo;very unhealthy,&rdquo; and 301 to 500 as &ldquo;hazardous.&rdquo; At 7 p.m. Monday, the Beijing municipal reading was 253. [...] At international climate change talks, including the ones now underway in Paris, Chinese officials have promised to curb coal use in order to address both air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from Beijing:</p><ul><li><a title="Beijing's challenges to become the center of Jing-Jin-Ji &mdash; a supercity of 130 million people" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132349164/beijing-s-challenges-to-become-the-center-of-jing-jin-ji-a-supercity-of-130-million-people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing's challenges to become the center of Jing-Jin-Ji &mdash; a supercity of 130 million people</a></li><li><a title="The tiny village library that draws Beijingers in droves" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131258946/the-tiny-village-library-that-draws-beijingers-in-droves" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The tiny village library that draws Beijingers in droves</a></li><li><a title='Beijing mayor says air pollution makes his city "unlivable"' 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 title="China considering drastic ban on coal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107557388/china-considering-drastic-ban-on-coal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China considering drastic ban on coal</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/142899081/developer-of-som-designed-nanjing-skyscraper-found-guilty-of-depriving-nearby-residents-of-precious-sunlight Developer of SOM-designed Nanjing skyscraper found guilty of depriving nearby residents of precious sunlight Alexander Walter 2015-12-08T13:40:00-05:00 >2015-12-08T13:40:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/cceed74b7b78e6e8c986fead23d69c9f.jpg" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The developers of the 450-meter high Zifeng Tower in Nanjing have been found guilty of robbing the surrounding neighborhood of precious sunshine, and will have to compensate residents accordingly. [...] The 89-story Zifeng Tower was designed by American architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. It is the tallest building in Nanjing, fourth tallest in China and 12 tallest in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127304066/crowded-skies-sunlight-as-the-new-amenity-for-the-super-rich" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Crowded skies: Sunlight as the new amenity for the super rich</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118733118/as-manhattan-grows-supertaller-its-shadows-are-getting-superlonger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Manhattan grows supertaller, its shadows are getting superlonger</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98843123/welcome-to-the-permanent-dusk-sunlight-in-cities-is-an-endangered-species" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the permanent dusk: Sunlight in cities is an endangered species</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/142395018/editor-s-picks-436 Editor's Picks #436 Nam Henderson 2015-12-02T12:57:00-05:00 >2015-12-04T06:14:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cu/cumrdzqvvnwxjkgo.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;published back to back chats with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/141017276/emotional-tactility-tom-kundig-s-latest-works" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tom Kundig</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/140953853/a-dance-for-architecture-a-conversation-with-steven-holl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a>.&nbsp;The former, on the release of &lsquo;<strong>Tom Kundig: Works</strong>&rsquo; by Princeton Architectural Press which features nine of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/49784837/olson-kundig-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olson Kundig</a>&rsquo;s most recent works.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sn/sn4ez3wsvna5ou3n.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/08/08i3neht4ca0xvpl.jpg"></p><p>The later, on the occasion of Phaidon&rsquo;s comprehensive new monograph &lsquo;<strong>Steven Holl</strong>&rsquo;, written by Holl&rsquo;s friend, colleague and former student, Robert McCarter.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l1/l1v22ez3fwqaw9qd.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141359175/architecture-billings-index-in-october-still-showing-an-increase-in-design-services" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) returned to positive territory after a slight dip in August</a>.&nbsp;The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI score was 53.7, up from a mark of 49.1 in August.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fy/fy5zcw9q77deh9np.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141282117/big-sanaa-lacaton-vassal-pre-qualified-to-compete-in-designing-new-aarhus-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>&nbsp;(in collaboration with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125740749/sanaa-sn-hetta-kpmb-west-8-david-baker-architects-and-egor-orlov-are-among-this-week-s-many-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">West 8</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75257656/riba-international-award-winners-2013-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier Ten</a>) released <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141437838/big-unveils-28-acre-master-plan-for-pittsburgh-s-lower-hill-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a master plan</a> for Pittsburgh's&nbsp;Lower Hill District.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/118068376/marc-miller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marc Mille</a>r&nbsp;offered some criticism "<em>The plan as presently proposed ignores much of the history and context of the lower hill...In some respects it repeats previous mistakes...Small gestures that look internally instead of making large connections across the urban fabric...it's improperly grou...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/141012454/four-o-nine-s-andrei-zerebecky-shares-his-must-see-architectural-sites-in-shanghai Four O Nine's Andrei Zerebecky shares his must-see architectural sites in Shanghai Justine Testado 2015-11-13T19:25:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T20:59:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b5/b54ctmpsx3ydqi4o.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No two people, let alone architects, perceive even the most frequented cities in the same way.&nbsp;How do designers experience their cities as locals?</p><p>As the largest metropolis in mainland China <em>and</em> the world, Shanghai continues to boom at a dizzying pace. Among all the sights and sounds within the city, Shanghai is bustling with people (about 24 million, that is), tantalizing food, and of course a rich mix of architecture -- from the historic ancient structures to the futuristic Lujiazui skyline. How can a visitor not feel overwhelmed?</p><p>Archinect reached out to locally based <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/117980971/four-o-nine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four O Nine</a> co-founder Andrei Zerebecky to share what places around town he would recommend to the architecturally inclined traveler. Read on to check out his suggestions, along with some historic factoids.</p><p><strong>1.&nbsp; Let Sleeping Dragons Lie - Nine Dragon Pillar</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ll/ll5h3unl1q1moq23.jpg"></p><p>One ubiquitous thing about getting around in Shanghai is the &lsquo;gaojia&rsquo; or elevated roadways. At night, the underbelly of these massive infrastructural ribbons are illu...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/140026317/exploring-china-s-urban-decay Exploring China's urban decay Julia Ingalls 2015-10-29T20:54:00-04:00 >2015-11-05T20:06:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1k/1kivoqvr7w0irb6b.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Connal...is one of the most active members of China&rsquo;s approximately 200-strong urbex community. Worldwide, the pursuit &ndash; which some describe as &ldquo;recreational trespass&rdquo; &ndash; is estimated to have about 20,000 adherents, the majority in Europe and the United States. Connal&rsquo;s urbexing has taken him into derelict science museums, &ldquo;haunted&rdquo; pre-Revolution hotels, ghostly amusement parks, and a half-finished shopping centre that he calls the Great Mall of China.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on abandoned, decaying sites worldwide, check out Archinect's coverage:&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rj/rjztqgt1dimlewnr.jpg"><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133584551/abandoned-schools-new-development-opportunities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Abandoned schools = new development opportunities</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ek/ekbt7uxvxveatqg0.jpg"><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113881197/the-mysterious-abandoned-silos-of-washington-dc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Mysterious, Abandoned Silos of Washington, DC</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5i/5i70fogp2fexqbwj.jpg"><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135124382/chinese-fun-photographer-stefano-cerio-captures-the-eerie-side-of-empty-amusement-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese Fun: Photographer Stefano Cerio captures the eerie side of empty amusement parks</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/138416767/chinese-glass-bottom-walkway-cracks-below-tourists-3-540-feet-above-ground Chinese glass-bottom walkway cracks below tourists – 3,540 feet above ground Alexander Walter 2015-10-07T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T12:25:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wm/wmf446j2inmrq394.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A section of a new glass-bottomed walkway at Yuntai Mountain Geological Park in Henan Province, China, cracked at around 5 p.m. Monday afternoon, causing the tourists on it to understandably freak out. [...] The walkway is suspended at a height of about 1,080 meters, or 3,543 feet. [...] Glass walkways and bridges have become extremely popular in China: The walkway at Yuntai opened on Sept. 20, and just days later a 900-foot glass suspension bridge opened in Yunnan province.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"A spokesperson for the Yuntai Mountain tourism bureau told People's Daily Online that the cracks occurred after a tourist dropped a stainless steel mug on the walkway."</em></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137723119/china-opens-590-foot-high-glass-bottom-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China opens 590-foot-high glass-bottom bridge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100632473/glass-cracks-below-tourists-in-chicago-skydeck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glass Cracks Below Tourists in Chicago Skydeck</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/137952110/another-olympics-another-story-of-displacement Another Olympics, another story of displacement Alexander Walter 2015-10-01T13:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T01:23:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f06c59e16c591f6ade7ed1ac7f678387.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Team China beat out Team Kazakhstan to host the games. Zhangjiakou, a city of 4 million people in the mountains of Hebei province, will host the games alongside Beijing. [...] They're worried I'll talk to people like Lu Wanku, who will be forced to move to make way for the region&rsquo;s investment boom. Lu herds cattle and has lived in his tiny brick home for more than 20 years. His home is now in the way of a Four Seasons Town Dream Resort ski run. [...] Lu has two weeks to move out.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71337150/olympic-displacement-atlanta-1996-to-rio-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Displacement: Atlanta 1996 to Rio 2016</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/67094314/putin-s-olympic-steamroller-in-sochi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Putin's Olympic steamroller in Sochi</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107949061/olympic-infrastructure-displaces-brazilian-families" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olympic Infrastructure Displaces Brazilian Families</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/137723119/china-opens-590-foot-high-glass-bottom-bridge China opens 590-foot-high glass-bottom bridge Alexander Walter 2015-09-28T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T13:52:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d1374e0f16a2e3acc5fca0dd45fb7ec7.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The recently completed span is a glass walkway suspended a stomach-flipping 180 meters (590 feet) above a sheer drop in China's central Hunan Province. Haohan Qiao, as it's known in Chinese, is the latest in a series of glass-floored attractions to open in China and the rest of the world. Each of the glass panes is 24 millimeters thick and 25 times stronger than normal glass. Hunan is due to open another glass bridge later this year in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<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></p>