Archinect - News 2015-03-29T02:13:26-04:00 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 >2015-03-27T20:16:54-04:00 <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> http://archinect.com/news/article/115799243/illegal-air-corridor-apartment-built-between-two-high-rises-in-china Illegal "air corridor" apartment built between two high-rises in China Archinect 2014-12-12T11:22:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:37:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eh/eh1h3i3b9l74oywl.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An illegally built corridor connecting two high-rise buildings in a residential area on Dongge Road of Nanning, Guangxi has become a cause for concern after images of the thing were posted online. The corridor joins two separate apartment buildings and was constructed and used by only one tenant.</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/115499717/architecture-s-expensive-taste-weekly-news-round-up-for-december-1-2014 Architecture's expensive taste: Weekly News Round-Up for December 1, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-08T17:45:00-05:00 >2014-12-09T13:02:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b6/b6qjqbfkfg3s56p4.jpg" width="514" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, December 5:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="William B. Callaway, noted Bay Area landscape architect at SWA Group, dies" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115267109/william-b-callaway-noted-bay-area-landscape-architect-at-swa-group-dies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William B. Callaway, noted Bay Area landscape architect at SWA Group, dies</a>: He is survived by his four children and wife,&nbsp;Barbara Meacham. A memorial will be held in January.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, December 4:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="How architecture is helping make Arcadia a magnet for Chinese money" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115206156/how-architecture-is-helping-make-arcadia-a-magnet-for-chinese-money" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How architecture is helping make Arcadia a magnet for Chinese money</a>:&nbsp;<em>LA Times&nbsp;</em>architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne unpacks the changing style of residential architecture in southern-California's San Gabriel Valley, built to appeal to wealthy Chinese immigrants.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, December 3:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="NCARB announces reciprocity program across the US, Canada and Mexico" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115137911/ncarb-announces-reciprocity-program-across-the-us-canada-and-mexico" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB announces reciprocity program across the US, Canada and Mexico</a>: Qualified, licensed architects from the U.S., Mexico or Canada can now apply for a credential to work within any of those countries. The so-called "Tri-National Mutual Recognition Agreement for International Practice of Architecture" was born of the 1994 NAFTA Agreement.</li><li><a title="Deborah Berke's design for new Cummins distribution HQ is unveiled" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115117011/deborah-berke-s-design-for-new-cummins-distribution-hq-is-unveiled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deborah Berke's design for new Cummins distribution HQ is unveiled</a>: Berke beat out&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1492/twbta-tod-williams-billie-tsien" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/SHoP" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a>&nbsp;when chosen fo...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/115206156/how-architecture-is-helping-make-arcadia-a-magnet-for-chinese-money How architecture is helping make Arcadia a magnet for Chinese money Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-04T18:43:00-05:00 >2014-12-05T14:45:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u2/u2cod6udfjqbubtj.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Blocks that were once sleepy, with single-story ranch houses from the 1940s set comfortably back from the street, are now lined with bloated villas pushed near the front of their lots [...] What's happening in Arcadia is less about big new houses and startling sales figures than how new patterns of immigration are transforming the architecture of Southern California. [...] The architectural landscape is being remade not to displace [Chinese immigrants] but as a magnet for their money.</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/114120516/archinect-s-lexicon-duplitecture Archinect's Lexicon: "Duplitecture" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-21T14:28:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T19:22:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3d989npru4kv8u2q.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>duplitecture</strong>&nbsp;[d(y)o&#862;opl&#601;tek(t)SH&#601;r],&nbsp;noun: an intentional, functioning copy of a pre-existing, and often familiar, piece of architecture. For example, "Hangzhou's replication of Venice takes duplitecture to the city-level." This definition is Archinect's own wording.</p><p>A few examples in China, the site of the term's inspiration, include an Eiffel Tower in Hangzhou and Shanghai's "Thames Town" (images <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/02/duplitectural-marvels-exploring-chinas-replica-western-cities/273366/?single_page=true" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>). Ranging from single structures to entire communities, duplitecture is distinguished from mere models or miniatures (as are common in theme parks or historical institutions) by its use &ndash; duplitecture is not decorative or merely artistic.</p><p>The term was coined by Bianca Bosker in her 2013 book, <em><a href="http://biancabosker.com/OriginalCopies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China</a>. </em>She points out that while China is&nbsp;notorious for knocking off intellectual property (in the case of consumer technology and fashion as well as duplitecture), copying isn't considered bad in and of itself. In Chinese aesthetic tradition,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114126142/tracking-economic-conditions-with-satellite-imagery-and-shadows Tracking economic conditions with satellite imagery and shadows Archinect 2014-11-20T17:39:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T21:47:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/789648f9a507cb229e9feb24fe7993c3.jpg" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Proving that some market somewhere will find a value for anything, a company called Orbital Insight is now tracking "the shadows cast by half-finished Chinese buildings" as a possible indicator for where the country's economy might be headed.</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/113580225/re-education-campaigns-teach-china-s-new-ghost-city-dwellers-how-to-behave 'Re-education' campaigns teach China's new ghost city-dwellers how to behave Alexander Walter 2014-11-13T15:43:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:02:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cbd5cf81987f83f21d1ed310fed45c67.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The region of Ordos made headlines in 2010 for the pre-built metropolis that had everything but people. Now, however, Kangbashi city is rapidly filling up with country people who are being encouraged to live in cities and diversify China&rsquo;s economy. For ageing farmers who&rsquo;ve spent their whole life on the land, however, becoming &ldquo;urbanites&rdquo; is a tall order.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/41748450/ordos-the-biggest-ghost-town-in-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ordos: The biggest ghost town in China</a></p></li><li><p><a 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></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/113497437/the-courtyard-house-plug-in-a-house-within-the-house The Courtyard House Plug-In: A House Within The House Alexander Walter 2014-11-12T13:48:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:02:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e260424e59eb42fb7087eb599542dbfa.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Courtyard House Plug-in is a modular home that was created by People&rsquo;s Architecture Office to respond to the need of Beijing&rsquo;s historic neighborhoods for modern facilities. [...] This sort of living solution comes in handy when renovating old protected buildings and presents an alternative to tearing them down. &ldquo;Houses tend to degrade when they&rsquo;re vacant and unkempt,&rdquo; says Shen, so plug-ins may help keep places like Hutongs alive despite their beat up look.</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/112718435/landmarks-of-shanghai-s-semicolonial-past Landmarks of Shanghai’s semicolonial past Nam Henderson 2014-11-02T12:05:00-05:00 >2014-11-02T12:05:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qv/qvuot0o1pr83b73v.jpg" width="514" height="442" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>His favored collaborator was the British architect George Leopold (Tug) Wilson, whose travels had exposed him to Parisian Art Deco and the latest American skyscrapers...His clean designs, though not the first time modernism came to Shanghai, brought a touch of Gotham to a city whose architectural face had hitherto had a stodgy, neo-Classical cast.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Taras Grescoe explores the architectural remnants of pre-revolutionary Shangha built by&nbsp;Sir Ellice Victor Sassoon, the third baronet of Bombay.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112493011/china-s-obsession-with-vertical-cities China's obsession with vertical cities Alexander Walter 2014-10-30T14:04:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T18:48:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b911110e736139b64b29492e3209f56a.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>By the end of next year one-in-three of the world&rsquo;s 100m+ skyscrapers will be in China, as its state-orchestrated urbanisation drive prompts a megacity building bonanza [...] China now has over 140 cities of more than one million people; America has nine</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/112260775/law-breakers-prize-winners-bird-flippers-weekly-news-round-up-for-october-20-2014 Law breakers, prize winners, bird flippers: Weekly News Round-Up for October 20, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-27T17:53:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:14:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lj/ljpyleaaoybcxsmn.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, October 24:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architecture in Flux: Reporting from ACADIA Conference, Day 1" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112032093/architecture-in-flux-reporting-from-acadia-conference-day-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture in Flux: Reporting from ACADIA Conference, Day 1</a>: The Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture has changed a lot since its inception in the early 1980s; the conference takes a look at the present moment of "digital design" practice, while that term still exists.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, October 23:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Frank Gehry gives the crowd a piece of his mind (and his middle finger)" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111961395/frank-gehry-gives-the-crowd-a-piece-of-his-mind-and-his-middle-finger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry gives the crowd a piece of his mind (and his middle finger)</a>: At a press conference in Oviedo, Spain, in response to a reporter's insinuation that his architecture was "showy". Frank Gehry is 85 years old.&nbsp;</li><li><a title="Keep Portland Architecture Weird!: Episode 3 of Archinect Sessions out now" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111882633/keep-portland-architecture-weird-episode-3-of-archinect-sessions-out-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Keep Portland Architecture Weird!: Episode 3 of Archinect Sessions out now</a>: Feat. special guest <a href="https://twitter.com/brianlibby" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Libby</a>, we discuss the trials and tribulations of Michael Graves' Portland Building, and&nbsp;<em>The</em>&nbsp;<em>Guardian</em>'s speculations on Obama's presidential library.&nbsp;</li><li><a title="Denver's Union Station is lacking diversity and local critic places the blame on the architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111950133/denver-s-union-station-is-lacking-diversity-and-local-critic-places-the-blame-on-the-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denver's Union Station is lacking diversity and local critic places the blame on the architecture</a>: The&nbsp;<em>Denver Post</em>'s fine arts critic sees a lack of diversity at Union Station's multi-use redesign, and...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/112142042/wtf-human-marionettes-draw-structures WTF, Human Marionettes Draw Structures Orhan Ayyüce 2014-10-26T12:11:00-04:00 >2014-10-26T12:11:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mt/mta1gpt1k22eq1rr.jpg" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>thanks lot my dear friend Very nice amazing beautiful day wonderful day to you dear friend God bless you too much kind regards Best wishes Ahmed &#65279;-a youtube quote on the video</p></em><br /><br /><p>Probably you have seen it already last August. For those who have seen it I recommend Giraffe f**k on the same youtube page. "How this video and rest of the videos on that page are related?., is my open question to you.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111874576/back-to-the-future-the-fake-relics-of-the-old-chinese-city-of-datong Back to the future: the fake relics of the 'old' Chinese city of Datong Alexander Walter 2014-10-22T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T21:38:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/de23440dde4b355190358a7007e6bb17.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Six years ago the then-mayor launched an ambitious plan to reconstruct the lost walls, watchtowers and Ming-style homes of the city &ndash; resettling tens of thousands of residents and transforming Datong into a tourist site. Now few want to live here</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/111679285/end-of-weird-architecture-in-china End of weird architecture in China? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-10-20T11:44:00-04:00 >2014-10-24T13:55:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mo/moip4wwgkddu95py.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Art should serve the people, Xi Jinping says, and China's weird and wonderful buildings - including a mobile phone building, an excessivley blinged-up hotel, and a penis tower - are evidently not good examples of "morally inspiring art". Duh.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Is it possible&nbsp;Xi Jinping is using a diplomatic language to break loose from imported architecture? The so called elite star architecture now going to have third tier copies? Don't forget the elite post modernism was finally trickled down to strip mall architecture finally in early 90's.&nbsp;</p><p>This whole thing started with this link I got from my friend and continued with a conversation below.</p><p><a href="http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fshanghaiist.com%2F2014%2F10%2F18%2Feliminate_all_weird_architecture_in.php&amp;h=kAQFonHo0&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="https://fbexternal-a.akamaihd.net/safe_image.php?d=AQANV_rkGA-6x1aX&amp;w=158&amp;h=158&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fshanghaiist.com%2Fassets_c%2F2014%2F10%2Fweird-building-china-1-thumb-640xauto-864354.jpg"></a></p><p><a href="http://shanghaiist.com/2014/10/18/eliminate_all_weird_architecture_in.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eliminate all weird architecture in China, Xi Jinping declares</a></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.tectonicus.com/about/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ben Lepley</a></strong>- Not sure what this means for MAD &gt;:l&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Orhan Ayyuce</strong>- Maybe he sees architecture as the poster child of socio-cultural threat?</p><p><strong>BL</strong>- Or a threat of power from investors who cant be controlled by state owned banks? Or both.</p><p><strong>OA</strong>- Are you back in China?</p><p><strong>BL</strong>- No, in Tucson still. Clean air here.&nbsp;but I keep in contact with those who are still there.&nbsp;I'm not sure if this statement from Xi was off the cuff, or an actual decision, but it could be big.&nbsp;If you want to know more I can introduce you to one of my old MAD co-workers who is still there...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111195701/new-podcast-new-banknotes-new-neurons-weekly-news-round-up-for-october-6-2014 New podcast, new banknotes, new neurons: Weekly News Round-Up for October 6, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-13T20:27:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T21:26:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/28fvn3tucg9zxp2q.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Sunday, October 12:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111135399/a-classic-american-look-feng-shui-notwithstanding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding</a>: Investigating the impact of wealthy Chinese immigrants on suburban Seattle's real estate boom.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Saturday, October 11:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110936408/indiana-ponders-abolishing-licensing-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects</a>: Part of a state-wide reconsideration of more than "200 types of professional licenses, permits and certifications", aimed at cutting regulatory costs.</li><li><a title='Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110877796/announcing-archinect-sessions-our-brand-new-podcast-listen-to-episode-1-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now</a>: We're launching a weekly podcast to discuss prominent news items, feat. members of the Archinect community and other special guests. Ep. #1: "Where are the women?"</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, October 9:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110875379/architects-create-a-3-d-printed-column-that-survives-earthquakes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes</a>: Made of cement and based on ancient Incan techniques.</li><li><a title="Renzo Piano admits he's &quot;struggling to do something good&quot; for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110868931/renzo-piano-admits-he-s-struggling-to-do-something-good-for-the-la-academy-of-motion-picture-arts-and-sciences-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano admits he's "struggling to do something good" for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project</a>: A fable to remind us that architecture is never solely the product of architects.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 8:...</em></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111135399/a-classic-american-look-feng-shui-notwithstanding A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding Nam Henderson 2014-10-13T00:22:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T20:01:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ri/riovw8953qu1voxj.jpg" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Seattle was a better opportunity for me than China right now,&rdquo; Mr. Wang said. &ldquo;A lot of Chinese families are planning to move here.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Robert Frank reports in from Seattle, where wealthy Chinese seeking to relocate and/or invest are driving up the&nbsp;real estate market in eastern suburbs.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110410415/a21studio-5468796-cook-robotham-and-others-win-big-at-this-year-s-world-architecture-festival a21studio, 5468796, Cook Robotham and others win big at this year's World Architecture Festival Justine Testado 2014-10-03T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-10-03T14:03:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7p/7p7vc6cnaio6ksc4.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The World Architecture Festival 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands closed on a festive note with the final top-prize winners being announced during a gala dinner and awards ceremony on October 3...The WAF "super jury" awarded the overall winning World Building of the Year award to The Chapel in Vietnam designed by Vietnamese architecture firm a21studio. Three projects in Victoria, Canada, Australia, and China also won major top awards, and two Inaugural Prizes were given.</p></em><br /><br /><p>World Building of the Year: The Chapel, Vietnam, designed by a21studio</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v6/v6hany9y9sm5fend.jpg"></p><p>Future Project of the Year: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada, designed by 5468796 Architecture + number TEN architectural group</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u8/u8bwq5j3gtr2hvlh.jpg"></p><p>Landscape Project of the Year: National Arboretum Canberra, Australia, designed by Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1h/1hox5tp2qysohdzp.jpg"></p><p>Small Project of the Year: The Pinch, China, designed by Olivier Ottevaere and John Lin, The University of Hong Kong</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n9/n9n3zquct3tzleno.jpg"></p><p><strong>INAUGURAL PRIZE WINNERS</strong><br>Colour Prize: Departments of Law and Central Administration, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria, designed by Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wi/wi01jp3a7q4iwdq1.jpg"></p><p>Wood Excellence Prize: Alex Monroe Studio, Snowfields, UK, designed by DSDHA</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gx/gxi4dnkgip8ppxos.jpg"></p><p>Learn more about each project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/a21studios_the_chapel_in_vietnam_wins_the_waf_world_building_of_the_year_20/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p>