Archinect - News 2014-04-19T20:57:16-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98258696/rapid-construction-china-style-10-houses-in-24-hours Rapid Construction, China Style: 10 Houses in 24 Hours Archinect 2014-04-18T12:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T12:46:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c0/c0c4f80e7497e2d17f3cc2340b80070f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chinese companies have been known to build major real-estate projects very quickly. Now, one company is taking it to a new extreme. Suzhou-based construction-materials firm Winsun New Materials says it has built 10 200-square-meter homes using a gigantic 3-D printer that it spent 20 million yuan ($3.2 million) and 12 years developing.</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/98088369/this-chinese-city-s-property-market-is-even-chillier-than-its-22-degree-weather This Chinese City’s Property Market Is Even Chillier Than Its -22-Degree Weather Alexander Walter 2014-04-15T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T12:48:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2c/2cdffb7d701f65bb7c58015bb4222fed.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cities like Yingkou in China&rsquo;s northeast rust belt were among the earliest cities in the country to be overbuilt. [...] Yingkou, along with other cities, sold vast tracts of lands to developers to build apartments for the workers who &ndash; they hoped &ndash; would populate the new factories, malls and industrial parks to come. [...] But investments have been slow to materialize, and newcomers are scarce in Yingkou, a city of 2.4 million with a population that hasn&rsquo;t grown much in the past few years.</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/98036137/china-censors-sci-fi-film-about-hong-kong-s-political-and-social-anxieties China censors sci-fi film about Hong Kong's political and social anxieties Justine Testado 2014-04-14T16:56:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T17:03:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qd/qdvc6ivj0vjth6ul.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The video reveals Hong Kongers&rsquo; anxieties over political and social issues, such as their increasingly crowded and materialist city and the growing numbers of mainlanders since the city's transfer from the United Kingdom to China in 1997. It sends the opposite message of a very common view among mainlanders, that without China's economic support, Hong Kong would have been dead long ago.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Hong Kong Will Be Destroyed After 33 Years" is a nearly seven-and-a-half minute video by local film studio G.V.A Creative. Set in present-day Hong Kong, the city has become the target of an approaching meteor expected to hit in 2047 -- the year when the Special Administrative Region of China ceases to have separate laws from mainland China. As nearly two-thirds of the population abandons the city, the city is reborn despite its doom.</p><p>You can watch the entire film below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97795335/mad-founder-ma-yansong-celebrates-opening-of-la-office-with-lecture-in-hollywood MAD founder Ma Yansong celebrates opening of LA office with lecture in Hollywood Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-11T15:43:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:27:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j4/j44vyfhdg3au02e2.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Co-presented by <a href="http://www.space15twenty.com/files/Ma-Young.png" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hennessey + Ingalls, the A+D Museum and the Cal Poly LA Metro Program</a>, Ma Yansong lectured last night on MAD's history and the trials of Chinese architecture. Now with offices in Los Angeles and Beijing, MAD is poised to fulfill the high expectations bestowed on it as a Chinese firm cultivating a style unique from any western exceptionalism, while also building outside of Asia. Yansong's talk took place at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood -- a public, outdoor courtyard surrounded by hip storefronts and eateries. Free to people wandering through, the venue was refreshingly informal for an event type usually restricted to hallowed academic halls.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/84/84s7vaczik79qjhy.jpg"></p><p>Yansong presented works from throughout MAD's existence, focusing particularly on each project's context and relationship to nature -- whether or not it was ever built. Considering that many of MAD's projects in China are located in new, developing cities, where the urban context can run quite thin, the building's relationship to n...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97490476/china-s-fast-food-homes-were-built-quickly-and-cheaply-and-they-re-starting-to-collapse China’s “fast food homes” were built quickly and cheaply, and they’re starting to collapse Alexander Walter 2014-04-07T14:28:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T14:30:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1e65bac2f6b589593f033969d2cc11a7.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The collapse of a five-story building in the city of Fenghua trapped at least six people, one of whom has died so far, according to state media (in Chinese). The apartment building was built in 1994&mdash;part of a nationwide boom in the 1980s and &lsquo;90s that packed the Chinese real estate market with substandard, shoddily built buildings. Authorities are warning that the poor quality of buildings from the those decades could represent huge dangers in coming years.</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/97039584/construction-update-zhongxun-times-by-10-design-in-chongqing Construction update: Zhongxun Times by 10 Design in Chongqing Justine Testado 2014-04-04T17:35:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:15:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ot/otc6c2e84x21qzj2.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction has been underway for <a href="http://archinect.com/10design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">10 Design</a>'s Zhongxun Times in recent months in the historic city of Chongqing, China. Commissioned by the ZhongXun Group, the mixed-use office and retail development is phase one of the Danzishi Central Business District, which 10 Design masterplanned.</p><p>Corporate investors NVC-Lighting Chongqing, Energy Investment Real Estate, Sinosteel Investment Group, and ZhongXun Group developed the 14-plot scheme of the Danzishi CBD seeking economic enhancement for Chongqing -- China's largest municipality.</p><p>Zhongxun Times is expected to be complete by spring 2015.</p><p>Here's more project info from 10 Design:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h7/h70r3gv9th91fkt6.jpg">"This mixed use office and retail development sits centrally within the new Danzishi Central Head Quarters in Chongqing, that sits on the banks of the Yangtze River.</p><p>The brief was to create an interactive retail environment that would interact and reflect with the rich topography that Chongqing is renowned for."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/36/36wxno2wgc8ctou5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rk/rkolk0t79371a3ys.jpg"></p><p>"The site set many challenges with a level difference o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97190063/shanghai-company-3-d-prints-village-of-humble-concrete-homes Shanghai Company 3-D Prints Village of Humble Concrete Homes Archinect 2014-04-03T17:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-04T10:50:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/19/19b51852ff05b61bbbed379d4d4c5c05.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Shanghai building company has erected a small village of pitched-roof, 3-D printed structures&mdash;in about a day. WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co is behind the series of humble buildings, which each cost less than $5,000 each. The homes were created through the use of a 490- by 33- by 20-foot 3-D printer that fabricates the basic components required for assembly.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2t/2tpdtpqoy6l1qokj.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/97043636/why-china-is-turning-to-chicago-for-advice-on-its-new-skyscrapers Why China is turning to Chicago for advice on its new skyscrapers Alexander Walter 2014-04-01T19:30:00-04:00 >2014-04-07T19:32:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/12/125dc10742b72858151b9261ba8b368e.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune, Blair Kamin, writes about China's building boom in his story, "Designed in Chicago, made in China." [...] "Chinese developers lack the expertise to do great skyscrapers," he says. "During the Cultural Revolution their architectural profession was decimated. It really became more about purely engineering. So if you're a Chinese developer, you go to Chicago."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Also read Blair Kamin's recent three-part series for the Chicago Tribune about China's building boom, "<a href="http://apps.chicagotribune.com/news/chicago-architecture-in-china/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designed in Chicago, Made in China</a>."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96959825/one-day-the-only-people-doing-architecture-in-china-will-be-chinese-architects One Day, The Only People Doing Architecture in China Will Be Chinese Architects Archinect 2014-03-31T17:15:00-04:00 >2014-04-01T17:13:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cs/csn43q5q022clpns.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... when it comes to buildings that have cultural significance &ndash; like museums and arts centers, those buildings have also been dominated by foreign architects like Zaha Hadid or Norman Foster, who designed the Beijing Airport for example. But I think with the Pritzker Prize winner being a Chinese, Wang Shu, in 2012, you &lsquo;ll find that when a building is important culturally and needs to relate to more to the Chinese culture, more and more that work will be done by Chinese architects.</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/96639074/u-s-architecture-firm-prospers-in-china-through-focus-fit U.S. Architecture Firm Prospers In China Through Focus, Fit Alexander Walter 2014-03-27T13:32:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:26:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7r/7rqoivlo980yhk6v.jpg" width="360" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China&rsquo;s economic boom has enriched many of the country&rsquo;s largest real estate entrepreneurs.[...] Yet China&rsquo;s building surge in recent years has also helped overseas architects to prosper in the world&rsquo;s most populous nation. One U.S. firm to find success is Altoon Partners of Los Angeles. Although relatively small compared with the largest global architecture firms, Altoon was &ldquo;unfazed by the muscle of (its) competitors&rdquo; when it entered the market, and has focused tightly on its strengths[...]</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/95556686/preparing-for-china-s-urban-billion Preparing for China's urban billion Alexander Walter 2014-03-13T12:47:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T19:29:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ni/nihua1i6efxjpvy2.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Imagine close to the entire population of the U.S. picking up and moving somewhere else. That&rsquo;s the scale of China&rsquo;s urbanization campaign: 250 million farmers moving to the city over the next 15 years. [...] In Southwest China, the city of Chongqing is being used as a test case for transitioning rural Chinese to change their residency status to urban residents. The government is persuading millions of farmers there to move to the city.</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/95409267/steven-holl-architects-presents-two-new-films-with-spirit-of-space-on-the-sifang-art-museum Steven Holl Architects presents two new films with Spirit of Space on the Sifang Art Museum Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-11T15:39:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T20:15:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fq/fq9dlggsz20t3mq3.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Perhaps you remember <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80010418/spirit-of-space-presents-art-in-the-city-a-short-film-honoring-chicago-s-public-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space's <em>Art in the City</em> film</a> from back in summer of 2013, meditating on the interplay between city life and public art in Chicago. More recently, the architectural film-making creative agency produced two short films showcasing <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85914123/sifang-art-museum-designed-by-22-architects-including-wang-shu-sanaa-adjaye-holl-opens-its-first-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl's work for the Sifang Art Museum in Nanjing, China</a>. SOS has previously worked with Steven Holl on five film pieces, featuring his work in both China and the U.S.</p><p>The films follow SOS's tried-and-true style -- one with Holl explaining to the camera his design choices, interspersed with languishing shots of the now-open museum:</p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/88662960" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sifang Art Museum: A Conversation with Steve Holl</a></p><p>...and a second, more contemplative film that in turn dwells on the architecture itself:</p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/88664984" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sifang Art Museum</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95129309/china-plans-to-unleash-smog-killing-drones-to-zap-its-pollution China plans to unleash smog-killing drones to zap its pollution Alexander Walter 2014-03-07T19:07:00-05:00 >2014-03-11T12:34:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c5/c511b153bb0d9e1c11b25c812a178c20.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China&rsquo;s premier, Li Keqiang, announced a &ldquo;war on pollution&ldquo;&mdash;evidence that the highest levels of government have acknowledged that China&rsquo;s smog and dirty air have reached a crisis point. And what better way to launch a war on pollution than with a fleet of smog-clearing drones?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86933403/seven-ways-residents-in-china-are-fighting-pollution-with-their-own-inventions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seven ways residents in China are fighting pollution with their own inventions</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94978858/advanced-geometry-with-oyler-wu-collaborative-s-the-cube Advanced geometry with Oyler Wu Collaborative's "The Cube" Justine Testado 2014-03-05T20:24:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:21:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f0/f0by6jwvrcxz7pyq.jpg" width="514" height="519" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>L.A. architectural practice <a href="http://oylerwu.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oyler Wu Collaborative</a> designed "The Cube" from a fundamental notion: to challenge the spatial and geometric properties of the cube, a geometric form long regarded as a basic element for design, art, and science. Built for the 2013 Beijing Biennale, the sculpture transforms a solid idea into an abstract piece -- and just a really cool-looking installation that surely makes a nifty backdrop for picture-taking.</p><p>We'll let Oyler Wu explain the intricate details behind the project:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pt/ptpt5o01cgp2iwhf.jpg"><br><br>"The Cube was designed with the intention of challenging the perceptual reading of the volumetric object. Beginning with this iconic and basic geometry, the overall scheme is designed to maintain the clear presence of the six-sided object in space.</p><p>Closer inspection of the scheme, however, is intended to reveal a more nuanced and experiential spatial effect - one that moves beyond the object and offers a radically different reading. Approximately sixteen meters tall and constructed of ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94964969/new-u-s-consulate-general-by-som-officially-opens-in-guangzhou New U.S. Consulate General by SOM officially opens in Guangzhou Justine Testado 2014-03-05T19:03:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:21:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/77/7770rtgubq8ysr17.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>U.S. and local Chinese officials gathered to host the ribbon-cutting of the new U.S. Consulate General today in Guangzhou, China. Perceived as a symbol of the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and China, companies from both countries collaborated on the $267 million project, which broke ground in October 2009 and was completed in June 2013.</p><p><a href="http://www.som.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings, &amp; Merrill</a>'s San Francisco office designed the complex while BL Harbert International, LLC, of Birmingham, AL and China Huashi Enterprises, Ltd., of Chengdu, China were the project's contractors.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ky/kyflfb9yjqbsutog.jpg"><br><br>Located on a 7.4-acre site in Guangzhou's blossoming Business Center District near the Pearl River, the seven-building complex includes a 4-story main consular building for visa services and public events, an office building for 400 employees, a residence for U.S. Marines, a warehouse with service shops, three entrance pavilions.</p><p>Building fa&ccedil;ades and landscaped areas integrate local stones from the Fujian province as well as trees and...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94502910/construction-update-kohn-pedersen-fox-s-riverside-66-in-tianjin-china Construction Update: Kohn Pedersen Fox's Riverside 66 in Tianjin, China Justine Testado 2014-02-27T15:52:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:06:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/98/98k39h9lvnxqgkpe.jpg" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.kpf.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kohn Pedersen Fox</a>'s Riverside 66 in Tianjin, China is steadily working its way to completion, scheduled for this September. The 10-year retail project will be one of China's longest buildings, with a 350-meter "super shell" made of 22 seven-story concrete ribs and 10,000 panels of glass. At this point, Riverside 66's structure is now complete and its enclosure will be finished in April.</p><p>The project is already decked out with numerous awards including the NY AIA Design Award, the Architectural Review Future Award, and a recent pre-LEED Gold certification.</p><p>Check out the newest construction photos and images KPF shared with us:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1bu8apkvr02m0slr.jpg"></p><p>"When it opens this fall, the megastructure of the Riverside 66 retail project in Tianjin will complete a new phase of He Ping Lu becoming the centerpiece of the Hai He commercial district, and will be prominently visible from the Hai He River...</p><p>In the words of KPF Design Principal James von Klemperer, 'Now that the structural frame is complete, to wander inside a ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94289721/graft-penda-s-myrtle-garden-hotel-to-break-ground-in-xiangyang-china Graft & penda’s Myrtle Garden Hotel to break ground in Xiangyang, China Justine Testado 2014-02-24T20:49:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T20:49:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4e0fddj75e6fxo9x.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scenery at The Myrtle Flower Garden in Xiangyang, China will look quite different once the new hillside Myrtle Garden Hotel is built. Designed by graft lab architects and penda as a commission, the wooden haptic-structured hotel is ready to break ground within the next few weeks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sneak a peek of the new hotel:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/dbgzg4gdwh2w1edc.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rq/rqggeu6zfuxsc6vb.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9b/9bgei5rwj43yo8cy.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6h/6hd1upksjw5r3pow.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y7/y7ykimddu1i5k63g.jpg"></p><p>Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/graft_pendas_myrtle_garden_hotel_to_break_ground_in_xiangyang_china/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for full details.<br><br>You can also click the thumbnails below for more images</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93090291/floating-art-platform-winner-of-the-west-kowloon-arts-pavilion-competition “Floating Art Platform” - winner of the West Kowloon Arts Pavilion competition Justine Testado 2014-02-07T20:36:00-05:00 >2014-02-11T14:32:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v5/v5sncd8nxo1etkso.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here's a better look into the first-place entry of the West Kowloon Arts Pavilion Design Competition by VPANG architects ltd + JET Architecture Inc + Lisa Cheung. Their proposal 'Floating Art Platform' will be realized into the new Arts Pavilion as part of the growing development of Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l8/l8wvxcipxo1x955x.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/do/do9tjecf72cuou6i.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1aalofnew4cshesw.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/88/88w146v08duaxu34.jpg"><br><br>You can find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/floating_art_platform_-_winner_of_the_west_kowloon_arts_pavilion_competitio/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92786647/winners-of-the-west-kowloon-cultural-district-arts-pavilion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the West Kowloon Cultural District Arts Pavilion</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92787451/xml-s-arts-pavilion-proposal-for-the-west-kowloon-cultural-district XML’s Arts Pavilion proposal for the West Kowloon Cultural District Justine Testado 2014-02-04T00:01:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:21:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fn/fnrzroq5rvnrfswq.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In light of the recent conclusion of the Arts Pavilion Design Competition for Hong Kong's developing West Kowloon Cultural District, Dutch design practice XML shared their competition entry "A&sup2;" with us. Although they were met with stiff competition and didn't place, their proposal is still worth knowing about.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Catch a glimpse of how XML would've designed the pavilion.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gs/gso4zm9q7eam1h2c.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zq/zqges0dwsx9mgd0e.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pi/pi6ccm2knvytik3j.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cu/cuhgb4uckobbgqiw.jpg"><br><br>Find more project details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/xmls_arts_pavilion_proposal_for_the_west_kowloon_cultural_district/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92786647/winners-of-the-west-kowloon-cultural-district-arts-pavilion Winners of the West Kowloon Cultural District Arts Pavilion Justine Testado 2014-02-03T20:45:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:53:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c5/c5skm5fzrypz4ziq.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Development plans for Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) continue to grow with the recently concluded Arts Pavilion Design Competition, wherein the new waterfront pavilion will become the main exhibition space for the to-be-built M+ Museum. The new Arts Pavilion is set to be built by 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The jury chose three prize winners out of 100 submissions:</p><p><strong>1st Prize: VPANG architects ltd + JET Architecture Inc + Lisa Cheung </strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wq/wqosi5bxob8ldcwc.jpg"></p><p><strong>2nd Prize: ROGERSPARTNERS and Arthur C. S. Kwok Architects &amp; Associates </strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pj/pjwy5p0p72h3iwjy.jpg"><br><br><strong>3rd Prize: Hestia &amp; Vish Limited</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zg/zgjm3fe6r0snsasi.jpg"><br><br><strong>Six honorable mentions were also selected:</strong> Matheson Whiteley and Andrew Lee King Fun &amp; Associates Architects Ltd; ESKYIU and LEAD; O Studio Architects Limited with ARCA Limited; J&auml;gnef&auml;lt Milton with Leigh &amp; Orange Ltd; David Kohn Architects with TFP Farrells; and Nina Lesser, Michel Chung, Man Hok Wai, Nic Banks, Glory Wang.</p><p>Find additional details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/winners_of_the_west_kowloon_cultural_district_arts_pavilion/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91850728/schmidt-hammer-lassen-architects-to-design-new-island-school-in-hong-kong schmidt hammer lassen architects to design new Island School in Hong Kong Justine Testado 2014-01-22T17:44:00-05:00 >2014-01-23T08:16:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t8/t8dgi0nraap9xf7k.jpg" width="514" height="269" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designing the new Island School in Hong Kong is the latest competition win for schmidt hammer lassen architects. Project client English Schools Foundation selected the Danish firm and Hong Kong-based Thomas Chow Architects as the winning team to build a new 28,000-sq.meter learning facility for the school's estimated 1,200 students.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1n/1npnqlkp2p37cewa.jpg" title=""><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4w/4wv73k43wvm74t29.jpg" title=""><br><br> Find more details on the project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/schmidt_hammer_lassen_architects_to_design_new_island_school_in_hong_kong/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91298445/interview-with-ai-weiwei-my-virtual-life-has-become-my-real-life Interview with Ai Weiwei: 'My Virtual Life Has Become My Real Life' Alexander Walter 2014-01-15T14:11:00-05:00 >2014-01-15T17:01:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j6/j60q4d89p1mtmocn.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a SPIEGEL interview, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, 56, discusses how the authorities monitor his movements in sometimes bizarre detail and the feud with the government in Beijing that has kept him from being allowed to leave the country for three years now.</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/90386122/leo-a-daly-honored-with-china-s-luban-award-for-huijin-international-center LEO A DALY honored with China’s Luban Award for Huijin International Center Justine Testado 2014-01-03T18:02:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T19:30:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lb/lbsxvxb9v3omrnom.jpg" width="514" height="773" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Huijin International Center designed by architecture/engineering firm LEO A DALY was recently honored with the Luban Award, China's prestigious prize for design and construction. Since 1989, the biennial Luban Award acknowledges architecture and engineering firms that produce high-quality work and maintain strong quality control and project management.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "The 30-story, 52,000-square-meter tower, which is located in the coastal city of Xiamen, serves as the headquarters for Septwolves Holding Company, a publicly traded holding company with more than 4,000 fashion stores in China. LEO A DALY designed the tower and interiors to express the culture and mission of the Septwolves Company.<br><br> The project&rsquo;s scope included the tower core and shell design, custom lobby design, chairman&rsquo;s 30th-floor private apartment and gallery, the full 29th floor fit-out of the investment group&rsquo;s offices, and a two-story VIP board room with views to the South China Sea. The project is the first LEED Gold, (BD+C) Core and Shell v2009 project to be certified by the USGBC in Fujian Province."<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zl/zlgh9cbvm7zcb5g5.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/89832858/an-enormous-ice-castle-worthy-of-china-s-biggest-bank An enormous ice castle worthy of China’s biggest bank Archinect 2013-12-27T13:55:00-05:00 >2013-12-30T18:19:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4c2fa8d392805a91c6a959b6ebd394cc.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This ice castle&mdash;or, ice bank fortress&mdash;is perhaps the most spectacular entrant in the 30th annual International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin. A sign hanging outside the sculpture suggests it&rsquo;s intended to look like a branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the nation&rsquo;s biggest bank.</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/89307302/china-tries-to-promote-human-centered-urbanization-with-a-policy-ode-to-nature China tries to promote “human-centered” urbanization with a policy ode to nature Archinect 2013-12-20T18:13:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:35:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adcfdeb2cacedfb0f804f1dbafc6f5d0.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What hides behind the literary aspect of this report are deep reflections on the lessons, errors, approaches and paths of China&rsquo;s previous urbanizations efforts,&rdquo; concluded an editorial in the newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily. The state-controlled People&rsquo;s Daily gushed: &ldquo;If we want high rises, we even more need the fresh mountain waters. Only by seeing the past can we grasp the future.&rdquo;</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/89235035/gmp-to-design-new-urban-development-in-shenzhen-china gmp to design new urban development in Shenzhen, China Justine Testado 2013-12-19T19:32:00-05:00 >2013-12-19T19:33:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5n/5nvbknh9n1ix2t0l.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture firm von Gerkan, Marg, and Partners won a large commission earlier this week to design a new urban development in Shenzhen, China. The 45-hectare project is part of an economic plan that China developed for the area.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "It comprises a transportation hub including five underground railway stations, a border control point and numerous commercial areas. Above ground there will be a range of tower blocks of different heights with apartments, shops and offices to form multi-functional city quarters."<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5n/5nvbknh9n1ix2t0l.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dx/dx5vu51j7ju0057p.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images &copy; gmp</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88758253/twist-proposal-to-turn-catskills-into-china-city Twist! Proposal to turn Catskills into "China City" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-13T15:09:00-05:00 >2013-12-13T22:49:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s3/s3eayfi69hfp9m9w.jpg" width="514" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The Catskills] could become a lot flashier, thanks to [Sherry Li's] proposal for the area: a multibillion-dollar "China City of America," complete with an amusement park, mansions, a casino, retail centers, a college, and more. [...] The Center for Immigration Studies wrote a comprehensive take-down of "China City," criticizing the project's potential for environmental disruption, dubious promise of job creation, and possible role as a stalking horse for the Chinese government.</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/88517908/beijing-cracks-down-on-the-city-s-growing-population-of-unofficial-underground-residences Beijing cracks down on the city's growing population of unofficial underground residences Archinect 2013-12-10T12:08:00-05:00 >2013-12-10T12:08:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ca/cade7fe34ae75555ff803b6a97e172b0.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Because of Beijing&rsquo;s sky-high apartment rental costs, as many as two million people&mdash;about a tenth of the city&rsquo;s population&mdash;are said to be living below street level in underground storage basements and air-raid shelters partitioned into cramped, windowless rooms. Many of those who have to crowd into these homes are migrant workers like Wang, from the nearby province of Hebei.</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/88469661/schmidt-hammer-lassen-to-design-new-ningbo-central-library-in-ningbo-china schmidt hammer lassen to design new Ningbo Central Library in Ningbo, China Justine Testado 2013-12-09T21:04:00-05:00 >2013-12-10T17:19:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r8oqbkbkj804qej7.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>schmidt hammer lassen has been chosen to design the new 30,000 m2 Ningbo Central Library in the coastal city of Ningbo, China. shl's winning design will display the library's collection of more than 2 million books &mdash; including the largest number of historic and ancient books in Ningbo, one of China's oldest cities.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/et/et43xglscb94znhp.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8v/8vmqjpwxcyfczuwt.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/schmidt_hammer_lassen_to_design_new_ningbo_central_library_in_ningbo_china/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86933403/seven-ways-residents-in-china-are-fighting-pollution-with-their-own-inventions Seven ways residents in China are fighting pollution with their own inventions Archinect 2013-11-19T20:18:00-05:00 >2013-11-19T20:19:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2f5ba7ed23fda2252616b04fc4a8747d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The latest market opportunity for entrepreneurs in China? Polluted air. For nearly as long as pollution has been a salient, public issue in the country, foreigners and locals have been devising ways to help residents avoid the worst of smog&mdash;and in some cases make a little money in the process. Here are some of the most notable ones.</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>