Archinect - News 2016-09-29T06:14:30-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149970082/the-end-of-shenzhen-s-baishizhou-urban-village The end of Shenzhen’s Baishizhou 'urban village' Alexander Walter 2016-09-22T15:37:00-04:00 >2016-09-26T23:32:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g6/g6xqpwih3loh4ni2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Village&rdquo; may not seem like the right term for a cluster of tenement-style walkups that can house more than 100,000 people.&nbsp;Chengzhongcun&nbsp;hang onto the name partly because of the familiarity evoked by the traditions and small-scale businesses that thrive among their migrant populations, and partly because when modern Shenzhen began growing, these places really were just villages in the middle of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961213/a-tragic-tale-of-live-and-let-die-development-on-shanghai-s-street-of-eternal-happiness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tragic tale of live-and-let-die development on Shanghai's Street of Eternal Happiness</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962264/ai-weiwei-calls-modern-chinese-architecture-fatalistic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei calls modern Chinese architecture 'fatalistic'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944440/take-a-look-at-the-rapid-urbanization-of-china-s-pearl-river-delta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968334/china-s-record-breaking-glass-bridge-already-closed-again-after-two-weeks China's record-breaking glass bridge already closed again after two weeks Alexander Walter 2016-09-13T14:40:00-04:00 >2016-09-13T14:42:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d629e2837c01c3f9c8f3b521da790970.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A glass-bottomed bridge in China that was heralded as a record-breaker when it opened just 13 days ago has closed. Officials said the government was planning urgent maintenance work in the area and the bridge closed on Friday, with a re-opening time to be announced. [...] He said there had been no accidents and the bridge was not cracked or broken. [...] The bridge can accommodate 8,000 visitors a day but the spokesman told CNN that 10 times as many people wanted access daily.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Yibada <a href="http://en.yibada.com/articles/158888/20160911/china-s-glass-bridge-clear-visitors-upgrades-nearing-completion.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a> that the bridge upgrades were going as scheduled and that the attraction was set to re-open to the public this week.</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965286/world-s-longest-and-highest-glass-bridge-opens-in-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's longest and highest glass bridge opens in China</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128114174/china-announces-world-s-longest-and-highest-glass-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China announces world's longest and highest glass bridge</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149966491/diller-scofidio-renfro-win-1-3-billion-pearl-eco-island-competition-in-the-south-china-sea Diller Scofidio + Renfro win $1.3 billion 'Pearl Eco-Island' competition in the South China Sea Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-02T13:28:00-04:00 >2016-09-06T09:05:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gj/gjbmuhrmo3ggoyv1.jpg" width="514" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The South Sea Pearl Eco-Island development is funded by HNA Group and will include houses, hotels, a cruise ship port, yacht harbour, spa and theme park. [...] The jury said the &ldquo;singular and clear&rdquo; design would &ldquo;create a beautiful, iconic form rising naturally out the landscape, recalling the volcanic caldera of the area, and shape the island into a continuous structure that would be an extremely efficient compaction of resort, retail, and housing."</p></em><br /><br /><p>The "eco" stands for... well, it depends. To HNA Group:&nbsp;&ldquo;This proposal is one for a truly a human-made island that celebrates all that makes such water-bound places so attractive and beautiful, while contributing to our understanding of deep, intrinsic ecology.&rdquo; To the <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/09/01/491395715/one-result-of-chinas-buildup-in-south-china-sea-environmental-havoc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague</a>, these manmade islands&nbsp;are an explicit move by China to exert sovereignty (a status that The Hague explicitly rejects), and they're causing massive environmental harm.</p><p>Investigating China's role in the South China Sea this past July,&nbsp;"The tribunal clearly decided that China had caused severe harm to the coral reef environment," according to&nbsp;Kent Carpenter, the tribunal's expert witness and a professor of biological science. Much of that damage was attributed to island building. You can find more on their proceedings <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/09/01/491395715/one-result-of-chinas-buildup-in-south-china-sea-environmental-havoc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Runners up to the competition include <a href="http://archinect.com/fosterandpartners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/42923078/morphosis-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis</a>.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a title="Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal &ldquo;organic highway&rdquo;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961625/transforming-the-bao-an-g107-into-a-multi-modal-organic-highway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal &ldquo;organic highway&rdquo;</a></li><li><a title='Despite ban on "weird architecture", a building that looks an awful lot like a toilet was built in Henan Province' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957478/despite-ban-on-weird-architecture-a-building-that-looks-an-awful-lot-like-a-toilet-was-built-in-henan-province" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Despite ban on...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965286/world-s-longest-and-highest-glass-bridge-opens-in-china World's longest and highest glass bridge opens in China Alexander Walter 2016-08-25T13:55:00-04:00 >2016-08-25T13:58:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8d/8db1ade706cdd37762aea5dba6d7b737.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's touted as the "world's highest and longest" glass-bottom bridge, elegantly stretched between two mountain peaks in central China's Hunan province. And as of this weekend, it's open to visitors. Now, one can walk the 470-yard length of the glass bridge, which is positioned a vertigo-inducing 328 yards above the ground, as China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported. The bridge is located in the Zhangjiajie National Forest [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yc/yc3kwf1zklyrnzz4.jpg"></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128114174/china-announces-world-s-longest-and-highest-glass-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China announces world's longest and highest glass bridge</a></li><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/149960204/now-that-s-a-skywalk-jin-mao-tower-to-open-world-s-highest-fenceless-all-transparent-walkway-in-shanghai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Now THAT's a skywalk! Jin Mao Tower to open world's highest fenceless, all transparent walkway in Shanghai</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138416767/chinese-glass-bottom-walkway-cracks-below-tourists-3-540-feet-above-ground" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese glass-bottom walkway cracks below tourists &ndash; 3,540 feet above ground</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963975/shl-s-shanghai-cloud-pavilion-is-a-stunning-glass-and-steel-extrusion-of-a-cartoon-cloud SHL's Shanghai Cloud Pavilion is a stunning glass and steel extrusion of a cartoon cloud Julia Ingalls 2016-08-18T12:44:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T19:17:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sm/sm5aitctz551fb2j.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Intended as both a counterpoint to the heavy industrial cranes that line Shanghai's West Bund as well as an art/exhibition space, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/851/schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHL</a>'s new Cloud Pavilion is the permanent version of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85236176/the-cloud-pavilion-by-schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects-opens-at-shanghai-west-bund-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wildly successful 2013 Shanghai biennial installation</a>, which was intended only to last for two months.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1r/1rxwd6xono0qg18g.jpg"></p><p>While the first iteration's ephemeral 20,000 white ropes have been replaced by steel rods and a glassed-in viewing area, the hope is that the initial free-floating feeling remains.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oh/oh1hfafuqqueqlrb.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2z/2zjomo8s4ki6q6do.jpg"></p><p>As Schmidt Hammer Lassen design partner&nbsp;Chris Hardie explains, "The new pavilion creates a singular space in the form of an extruded glass cloud. The cloud shape in plan directly relates to the cartoon like form associated with how a child would draw a cloud, and how clouds are often seen depicted in traditional Chinese prints. The cloud is considered a symbol of luck in ancient Chinese painting."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bq/bqkb4t2uogqb7zxf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u7/u78uimird4q7g5em.jpg"></p><p>Here's a video showing the Pavilion and the context of its site:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149963675/hallucinate-creates-a-surreal-ambience-in-this-sleek-trading-center HALLUCINATE creates a “surreal ambience“ in this sleek trading center Justine Testado 2016-08-17T10:00:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T00:38:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q6/q69h89q0f8kac7er.jpg" width="514" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Large industrial enterprises aren't typically known for conducting business inside jaw-dropping office environments. Shenzhen-based <a href="http://www.hallucinate.com.cn/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HALLUCINATE Design Office</a> certainly defies that assumption in their&nbsp;Midwest Inland Port Financial Town project in China's Xi&rsquo;an International Trade &amp; Logistics Park.&nbsp;</p><p>Completed last December, Hallucinate won the commission to design the commodity trading center from Maike Metals Group, one of China's largest suppliers of non-ferrous metals and minerals.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xv/xv07zcr98fpsiw09.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vd/vdre561cu9k5iavt.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zn/zn8n1p0ttt3au4m1.jpg"></p><p>Designed with an &ldquo;unconventional open and tranquil style&rdquo;, Hallucinate&nbsp;beautifully contrasts bold details and textures with a subtle yet sleek color palette that doesn't appear sterile. The 326,200m&sup2; office shows off a glass wall curtain and aluminum panels on its exterior, while its interior boasts a careful arrangement of materials like artificial stone, aluminum, hardwood flooring, and mineral wood.&nbsp;A mixture of natural light and soft LED lighting throughout the space creates a&nbsp;&ldquo;surreal ambience&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bt/bttrk6svoruhai53.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/il/ilb3vw9pv93zs6n6.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q0/q0gpe13vb7jog8fi.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y1/y17c641h9p5ut0d3.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y4/y4zf248ct5fjmb0m.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q7/q7k2k15hvd9curio.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kw/kww3v5zcuzl7vmg0.jpg"></p><p>Most ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962456/mad-reveals-renderings-of-highly-sustainable-xinhee-design-center MAD reveals renderings of highly sustainable Xinhee Design Center Julia Ingalls 2016-08-10T18:00:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T01:10:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uj/uj0ijtsy0wx65xb0.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Pretty much every element of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD's</a> design for the Xinhee Design Center factors in sustainability: water features, full-blown gardens and offices commingle on the six star-shaped floors that sprout from the central atrium, while an envelope of PTFE provides ventilation and shade.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/li/li8ax51oyxp1c7ub.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g3/g38q408gcc3hnbcs.jpg"></p><p>Solar panels occupy the roof, while the footbridge in the atrium provides both air circulation and the opportunity for impromptu fashion modeling. The use of natural light throughout the building is aided in part by the facade's translucent coating, which allows light transmittance of up to 40%.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/br/brk8nfi7kvze1f8v.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3l/3l69oreajbuyf5ce.jpg">&nbsp;</p><p>However, the concept behind the building is meant to reflect the business of the client, an international fashion group. As MAD founding principal Ma Yansong explains, &ldquo;We envision it as a building with skin-and-bones. The correspondence of clothing and architecture is they both explore the relationship between the interior and the exterior.&rdquo;</p><p>For more on MAD:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143531682/photos-of-mad-s-harbin-opera-house-released" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photos of MAD's Harbin Opera House released</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940487/mad-slips-through-borders-with-salone-del-mobile-installation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD slips through ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149962264/ai-weiwei-calls-modern-chinese-architecture-fatalistic Ai Weiwei calls modern Chinese architecture 'fatalistic' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-09T13:12:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T01:19:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gk/gk58ig44po3tgr4g.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Everybody in China has been moved to a new location or a new city, new town, new apartment... But with such a big movement, or revolutionary change, there is very little discussion or very little meaningful challenge &mdash; intellectual challenge &mdash; about what architecture is in this fast developing society.&rdquo; Despite the country's building boom, Ai says that the state of China's architectural philosphy has largely remained stagnant because conversation is stifled.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ai Weiwei, along with former ambassador to China Uli Sigg, journalist Martin Meyer, and Jacques Herzog, discussed architecture's role in contemporary Chinese society as part of a panel hosted by Asia Society Switzerland.</p><p>Weiwei referred to architecture alongside any aesthetic discussions, as threatening to the sitting Chinese government:&nbsp;&ldquo;The discussion does not benefit who is going to be profited. So authorities doesn&rsquo;t like this kind of discussion &mdash; any discussion related to aesthetics. That means [conversation] about philosophy, legitimacy of power &mdash; then that&rsquo;s very dangerous [to officials].&rdquo;</p><p>Watch the panel discussion below.</p><p></p><p>More news on the world-famous dissident artist:</p><ul><li><a title="Ai Weiwei's latest works focus on refugee crisis in Greece" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946916/ai-weiwei-s-latest-works-focus-on-refugee-crisis-in-greece" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei's latest works focus on refugee crisis in Greece</a></li><li><a title="Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578495/ai-weiwei-documents-life-in-greek-refugee-camp-on-social-media" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei documents life in Greek refugee camp on social media</a></li><li><a title="China appears to loosen strict exhibition ban on work by Ai Weiwei and other artists" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131256528/china-appears-to-loosen-strict-exhibition-ban-on-work-by-ai-weiwei-and-other-artists" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China appears to loosen strict exhibition ban on work by Ai Weiwei and other artists</a></li><li><a title="Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126380297/ai-weiwei-jacob-appelbaum-and-the-dissident-experience" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience</a></li><li><a title="@Large: Ai Weiwei takes over Alcatraz with Lego carpets and a hippie dragon" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109714290/large-ai-weiwei-takes-over-alcatraz-with-lego-carpets-and-a-hippie-dragon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Large: Ai Weiwei takes over Alcatraz with Lego carpets ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961625/transforming-the-bao-an-g107-into-a-multi-modal-organic-highway Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal “organic highway” Justine Testado 2016-08-04T19:12:00-04:00 >2016-08-06T07:07:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hq/hq7eqbsiu361co2n.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[T]he city of Bao'an in Shenzhen is setting its sights on revamping the 30 kilometer, 12-lane G107 highway...By rethinking the notion of a highway and envisioned with a series of utopian-like renderings, [Avoid Obvious Architects + Tetra Architects &amp; Planners] proposed &ldquo;a smaller, more fluid, multi-layered thoroughfare that will be a spectacular starting point of growth for an organic smart city.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a preview of their proposal:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x8/x8gmxcp3ar2c4514.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z1/z1kk6ufi6i5sv8i1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yg/ygvveiwand4e16hm.jpg"></p><p>Find more of the project&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/5063/redeveloping-the-bao-an-g107-into-an-organic-highway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>. You can also watch the video below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961213/a-tragic-tale-of-live-and-let-die-development-on-shanghai-s-street-of-eternal-happiness A tragic tale of live-and-let-die development on Shanghai's Street of Eternal Happiness Alexander Walter 2016-08-03T17:00:00-04:00 >2016-08-03T17:07:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0y/0yaz8knnd1bu6wdx.jpg" width="514" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;One day at around eight in the morning, I was returning from the market when six of the developer&rsquo;s thugs tackled me outside my home and pushed me into a car,&rdquo; remembers Xi. Several others, she says, climbed a ladder to her balcony. Xi says she screamed for her husband, but it was too late. There was a scuffle inside, and then black smoke poured out of their balcony window before the house went up in flames. Xi&rsquo;s husband burned to death, and the developer&rsquo;s men escaped.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146747817/how-chinese-families-are-handling-the-country-s-ongoing-mass-evictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Chinese families are handling the country's ongoing mass evictions</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/149960204/now-that-s-a-skywalk-jin-mao-tower-to-open-world-s-highest-fenceless-all-transparent-walkway-in-shanghai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Now THAT's a skywalk! Jin Mao Tower to open world's highest fenceless, all transparent walkway in Shanghai</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961324/public-transit-boon-or-boondoggle-china-tests-out-its-road-straddling-bus Public transit boon or boondoggle? China tests out its road-straddling bus Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-03T13:21:00-04:00 >2016-08-03T20:18:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5w/5w1u835sta173w7n.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just months after its spectacular design was unveiled, the Transit Explore Bus had its inaugural run this week on 300 metres of specially constructed test track in Qinhuangdao [...] The vehicle, which goes up to 60km/h (37mph), runs on tracks with passenger spaces standing two metres above the road so that two lanes of cars can pass undisturbed underneath, helping to alleviate the notorious traffic jams of China&rsquo;s biggest cities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More transportation News on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='China plans to build an underwater "space station" in the South China Sea' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951897/china-plans-to-build-an-underwater-space-station-in-the-south-china-sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China plans to build an underwater "space station" in the South China Sea</a></li><li><a title="Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944440/take-a-look-at-the-rapid-urbanization-of-china-s-pearl-river-delta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta</a></li><li><a title="'Jet-like' maglev pods are coming to Abu Dhabi's Yas Island" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954976/jet-like-maglev-pods-are-coming-to-abu-dhabi-s-yas-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Jet-like' maglev pods are coming to Abu Dhabi's Yas Island</a></li><li><a title="Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944742/bjarke-ingels-group-aecom-join-forces-with-hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop</a></li><li><a title="Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943941/aerial-cable-cars-proposed-for-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960204/now-that-s-a-skywalk-jin-mao-tower-to-open-world-s-highest-fenceless-all-transparent-walkway-in-shanghai Now THAT's a skywalk! Jin Mao Tower to open world's highest fenceless, all transparent walkway in Shanghai Alexander Walter 2016-07-27T15:04:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T01:58:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e576e881423a798bc1a7146de4766561.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Looking for something new to do in Shanghai? Well, if you're someone who enjoys dangling off a terrifyingly high ledge with nothing but a safety rope to stop you from plunging to your death, then have we got an activity for you! Tomorrow, a skywalk will open outside of the 88th floor of the Jin Mao Tower in Lujiazui. [...] it will be the highest fenceless, all transparent walkway outside a high-rise building in the world and is sure to scare you senseless, 340 meters above the ground.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e8/e86e62fa3b36ff344b0319280216ad02.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ce/ce9d479060396bc4c85c1d4f07db0869.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b4/b4695d4886d1ed7fca249415d92116f4.jpg"></p><p>For more terrifying photos, head over to <a href="http://shanghaiist.com/2016/07/27/shanghai_skywalk_jin_mao_tower.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghaiist</a> (if you can handle it).</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138416767/chinese-glass-bottom-walkway-cracks-below-tourists-3-540-feet-above-ground" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese glass-bottom walkway cracks below tourists &ndash; 3,540 feet above ground</a></li><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/145197064/sorry-willis-tower-but-shanghai-tower-just-kicked-you-out-of-the-top-10-tallest-buildings-club-after-41-years" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sorry, Willis Tower, but Shanghai Tower just kicked you out of the Top 10 Tallest Buildings club &ndash; after 41 years!</a></li></ul><p>Traveling to Shanghai soon but too chicken to dare the new Jin Mao Tower skywalk? Worry not&mdash;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/117980971/four-o-nine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four O Nine</a> co-founder Andrei Zerebecky shares his <a 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">must-see architectural sites in Shanghai</a> as part of Archinect's ongoing&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/623429/archinect-travel-guide" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Travel Guide</a> series.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957478/despite-ban-on-weird-architecture-a-building-that-looks-an-awful-lot-like-a-toilet-was-built-in-henan-province Despite ban on "weird architecture", a building that looks an awful lot like a toilet was built in Henan Province Nicholas Korody 2016-07-12T17:23:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T20:01:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1a5e0cc1679cbbf2360045bb9d98c35b.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Back in February, the Chinese central government demanded an end to all mainland construction of buildings that are &ldquo;oversized&rdquo;, &ldquo;xenocentric&rdquo; or &ldquo;weird&rdquo; and a move toward architecture that is &ldquo;pleasing to the eye&rdquo;. Fast forward five months, and a 12-story toilet has been built in Henan province.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ironically enough, the building is home to the North China Water Conservancy and Electric Power company.</p><p>For more on the state of architecture in China, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951897/china-plans-to-build-an-underwater-space-station-in-the-south-china-sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China plans to build an underwater "space station" in the South China Sea</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945789/megatall-shanghai-tower-receives-ctbuh-signboard-officially-marking-it-as-china-s-tallest-and-the-world-s-second-tallest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Megatall Shanghai Tower receives CTBUH signboard officially marking it as China's tallest and the world's second-tallest</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149370963/the-politics-behind-china-s-ban-on-weird-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The politics behind China's ban on "weird" architecture</a></li><li><p><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></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953254/a-closer-look-at-the-eye-in-mvrdv-s-tianjin-library A closer look at "the eye" in MVRDV's Tianjin Library Julia Ingalls 2016-06-22T14:29:00-04:00 >2016-06-22T14:45:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w92wgu69ne66yxgi.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While pronounced ocular structural features are not unheard of (consider the exterior of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106441/diller-scofidio-renfro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DS+R</a>'s&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/137204495/the-broad-museum-opens-its-doors-for-a-look-beyond-the-veil" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Broad Museum</a>) Winy Maas, co-founder of <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/327/mvrdv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV,</a> is drawing attention to his firm's mirrored spherical auditorium sited in the almost complete&nbsp;34,200 square meter <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94502910/construction-update-kohn-pedersen-fox-s-riverside-66-in-tianjin-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tianjin</a> Library.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q8/q8dwobs3hshc7dy5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yu/yuf28lhkr419bbis.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The Eye is the centre of the library," Maas explained in a press release. "It &lsquo;hollows out&rsquo; the building and creates, out of bookshelves, an environment to sit, to read, to hang out, to climb and to access, to create an organic social space. In its heart is the auditorium which mirrors the environment, giving a 360 degree panorama of the space inside; a truly reflective and pensive environment.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vn/vnlmvtdghb36cs82.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rv/rvkahkevy2fjjc1o.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c5/c59xfowtvr7wyosl.jpg"></p><p>The library will likely open to the public by mid-2017.&nbsp;</p><p>What else is MVRDV up to?</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947764/a-video-tour-of-mvrdv-s-the-stairs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A video tour of MVRDV's "The Stairs"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943474/cobe-mvrdv-s-rockin-new-ragnarock-museum-opens-to-the-public" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COBE + MVRDV's rockin&rsquo; new Ragnarock Museum opens to the public</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138956251/mvrdv-completes-the-couch-their-eighth-project-in-amsterdam" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV completes The Couch, their eighth project in Amsterdam</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149952348/russian-government-wants-to-build-its-own-hyperloop-with-china-s-help Russian government wants to build its own Hyperloop, with China's help Justine Testado 2016-06-17T18:00:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T11:48:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ew/ewqu3hj65xokmt62.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government of Russia has announced a desire to build a 70km Hyperloop line on its Pacific Coast to link the port of Zarubino with China&rsquo;s Jilin province, but wants China to help fund it. The link would be part of Russia&rsquo;s plan to develop a series of transport corridors between its Primorye region and northeast China...The project&rsquo;s cost has been estimated at about $500m...the ministry would try to interest China in co-financing the link as part of its Silk Road grand strategy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947131/hyperloop-as-transportation-s-new-girlfriend-mysterious-unencumbered-exciting-expensive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Hyperloop as transportation&rsquo;s new girlfriend: mysterious, unencumbered, exciting, expensive.'</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944742/bjarke-ingels-group-aecom-join-forces-with-hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944419/hyperloop-hopefuls-turn-to-passive-maglev-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147190059/mit-and-tu-delft-emerge-victorious-at-hyperloop-competition-elon-musk-drops-hint-about-electric-jets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT and TU Delft emerge victorious at Hyperloop competition; Elon Musk drops hint about "electric jets"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149951897/china-plans-to-build-an-underwater-space-station-in-the-south-china-sea China plans to build an underwater "space station" in the South China Sea Nicholas Korody 2016-06-15T19:35:00-04:00 >2016-06-16T12:16:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pb/pbbq2qkprbv5hd0p.jpg" width="500" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China is speeding up efforts to design and build a manned deep-sea platform to help it hunt for minerals in the South China Sea, one that may also serve a military purpose in the disputed waters. Such an oceanic &ldquo;space station&rdquo; would be located as much as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) below the surface, according to a recent Science Ministry presentation viewed by Bloomberg.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more news from the South China Sea, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108502429/china-is-busy-building-islands-in-the-south-china-sea" target="_blank">China is busy building islands in the South China Sea</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130872169/new-satellite-images-show-progress-in-china-s-island-building-project" target="_blank">New satellite images show progress in China's island-building project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942173/china-plans-to-build-a-fleet-of-floating-nuclear-power-plants" target="_blank">China plans to build a fleet of floating nuclear power plants</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948178/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-brazilian-togetherness-chinese-traditions-and-australian-lidos Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: Brazilian togetherness, Chinese traditions and Australian lidos Ed Frith 2016-06-01T14:58:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T00:58:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/du/dufzftg4zia75tw5.jpg" width="514" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This year's Biennale has tried to raise fundamental issues around the role of the architect through social and economic issues. Challenges of social inequality, housing, urbanisation, are found across the world but perhaps they are nowhere more apparent than in the cities of Brazil.</p><p>The Curator of the Brazilian Pavilion, Washington Fajardo&mdash;architect, planner, government and advisor to the Rio de Janeiro Mayor&mdash;aimed to "present the stories of people who struggle for and effect change in the face of institutional passivity in the nation's big cities." These are often platitudes but in the Brazilian show there is a depth and reality that may not be at first apparent, it is a serious show dealing with serious issues. Through the title, "Juntos [Together]",&nbsp;the pavilion exhibits a number of projects across Brazil. One example being <a href="http://programavivenda.com.br/#main_header" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Programme Vivenda</a>, a government supported program in S&atilde;o Paulo that brought about small changes through a DIY support program for favelas. At the same time, th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149948655/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-rewarding-obscurity Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: rewarding obscurity Andrea Dietz 2016-05-31T17:22:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T00:58:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0ewozzdlur1mpkwz.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Much will be published over the coming days about the Biennale's national pavilion winners&mdash;Spain&rsquo;s &ldquo;Unfinished&rdquo; (with the Golden Lion) and Japan&rsquo;s &ldquo;en: Art of Nexus&rdquo; and Peru&rsquo;s &ldquo;Our Amazon Frontline&rdquo; (with special mentions). It is a phenomenon that conceals the terrain, limiting the perspective of the majority, and inaccurately reduces the dynamism of the lived experience. At the same time, after the fascination with the nominations wears off, it garners those passed over with a certain mystique. In the interest of representation and curiosity, then, it seems fitting to acknowledge a (very) small sampling of the more and wider.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kw/kwyd6vakp6f6whum.jpg"></p><p>Oh, Canada. This year, per curator Pierre B&eacute;langer, the Canadians overcame &ldquo;a list of every possible bureaucratic, logistical, and material blockade imaginable multiplied times three&rdquo; in order to participate in the Biennale. With their permanent pavilion closed for construction and an agitator&rsquo;s stance, the &ldquo;Extraction&rdquo; team&rsquo;s contribution is all fight. They t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945882/oma-s-hyper-corb OMA's hyper Corb Orhan Ayyüce 2016-05-17T20:31:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T22:01:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bk/bkt7n2n5o8wuj1y1.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA&rsquo;s design for the National Art Museum of China in 2011 was planned as a city, revolutionizing the way in which museum&rsquo;s work today. Like any city, circulation can be efficient and direct &ndash; for larger groups &ndash; or meandering and individual. The story of Chinese art can be told, or discovered. The main circulation of the city is based on a five-pointed star that leads from the multiple entry points on the periphery to the centre.- OMA on Instagram</p></em><br /><br /><p>I had to think twice or more, but I think my title for this plan works.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945789/megatall-shanghai-tower-receives-ctbuh-signboard-officially-marking-it-as-china-s-tallest-and-the-world-s-second-tallest Megatall Shanghai Tower receives CTBUH signboard officially marking it as China's tallest and the world's second-tallest Alexander Walter 2016-05-17T13:48:00-04:00 >2016-05-17T17:22:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ru/ru9ixxng9o2upkej.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) joined officials of Shanghai Tower in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Shanghai Tower the tallest building in China and the second-tallest building in the world. With a height of 632 meters, Shanghai Tower is only the third &ldquo;megatall&rdquo; building of 600 meters or higher in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8n/8n13fw0ews5s3kd8.jpg"></p><p>A tall plaque for a tall building: attendees of the ceremony included (from left to right) CTBUH China Office Board Member Junjie Zhang, President, ECADI, China Tall Building Awards Jury; Jiaming Cao, President, Architectural Society of Shanghai, China Tall Building Awards Jury; CTBUH China Office Director Daniel Safarik; CTBUH Chairman David Malott, Principal, KPF, China Tall Building Awards Jury; Chunhua Song, Former Vice-Minister, Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, China Tall Building Awards Jury Chair; Jianping Gu, General Manager, Shanghai Tower Business Operation &amp; Management Co., Ltd.; Yi Zhu, Managing Principal, Pacific Rim Regional Director, Thornton Tomasetti, China Tall Building Awards Jury; Xiaomei Lee, Principal, Managing Director, Gensler.&nbsp;&nbsp;Photo &copy; CTBUH.</p><p>Shanghai Tower previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145197064/sorry-willis-tower-but-shanghai-tower-just-kicked-you-out-of-the-top-10-tallest-buildings-club-after-41-years" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sorry, Willis Tower, but Shanghai Tower just kicked you out of the Top 10 Tallest Buildings club &ndash; after 41 years!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118985363/megataaaall-shanghai-tower-enters-final-construction-phase" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Megataaaall Shanghai Tower enters ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944852/world-s-tallest-elevator-tower-is-going-up World's tallest elevator tower is going up Julia Ingalls 2016-05-12T12:37:00-04:00 >2016-05-12T12:37:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jq/jq1mtbburxzd8on5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Elevator manufacturer Otis will build the world&rsquo;s tallest elevator test tower in Shanghai, as part of the company&rsquo;s bid to develop lifts for skyscrapers in China and around the world. The elevator test tower will be 270 metres high and it is an anticipated to be the tallest above-ground test tower in the world upon completion, Otis said on Tuesday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In addition to being the home of the tallest building in the world with <a href="http://archinect.com/gensler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a>'s Shanghai Tower, in 2018 <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142454438/sci-arc-expands-to-shanghai-with-more-global-programs-on-the-way" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai</a> will also have the distinction of having the globe's tallest elevator test tower, which, to judge from Otis' renderings, could be described generously as occupying the extreme end of functionalism.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/80/80svd2ku3d44y2wp.jpg"></p><p>Meanwhile, in other sky-is-the-limit project news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145578340/will-tall-towers-and-sky-walks-populate-the-stockholm-of-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will tall towers and sky walks populate the Stockholm of the future?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134740546/london-s-oligarch-transformation-continues-with-a-sky-pool" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's oligarch-transformation continues with a "sky pool"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941796/construction-of-shop-s-29th-floor-skybridge-pool-nearing-completion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction of SHoP's 29th-floor skybridge pool nearing completion</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944440/take-a-look-at-the-rapid-urbanization-of-china-s-pearl-river-delta Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta Nicholas Korody 2016-05-10T15:23:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T22:04:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s7/s7vo2y8goziecdgd.jpg" width="514" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The region where the Pearl River flows into the South China Sea has seen some of the most rapid urban expansion in human history over the past few decades &ndash; transforming what was mostly agricultural land in 1979 into what is the manufacturing heartland of a global economic superpower today.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Shenzen (1964)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/374ws9o0j5m9jmjf.jpg"></p><p><strong>Shenzen (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b4/b49iq4wsm2ehgg82.jpg"></p><p><strong>Macau (1991)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tz/tzhp17fmkhfp5d5m.jpg"></p><p><strong>Macau (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o9/o9nsivpx387udkf9.jpg"></p><p><strong>Hong Kong (1964)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ej/ejg4wpm02hbj4ojk.jpg"></p><p><strong>Hong Kong (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dv/dv0knfslnceiza6w.jpg"></p><p><strong>Guangzhou (1949)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f84pja8o7rc6ic51.jpg"></p><p><strong>Guangzhou (2015)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hn/hndo5l1ti3e7fw8k.jpg"></p><p>Some related content:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942173/china-plans-to-build-a-fleet-of-floating-nuclear-power-plants" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China plans to build a fleet of floating nuclear power plants</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938433/a-more-optimistic-view-on-china-s-ghost-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A more optimistic view on China's ghost cities</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149507559/smog-choked-beijing-plans-ventilation-corridors-to-provide-much-needed-fresh-air" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smog-choked Beijing plans "ventilation corridors" to provide much-needed fresh air</a></li><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></ul> 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>