Archinect - News 2016-12-08T23:16:25-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149980651/coop-himmel-b-lau-completes-work-on-the-museum-of-contemporary-art-planning-exhibition-in-shenzhen COOP HIMMEL(B)LAU completes work on the Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition in Shenzhen Nicholas Korody 2016-11-29T13:30:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:43:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/85/85hjhn8vr752muax.jpg" width="650" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/2739/coop-himmelb-l-au" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COOP HIMMELB(L)AU</a> has completed work on the Museum of Contemporary Art &amp; Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE), a major new cultural center in the Futian Cultural District of Shenzhen. The &ldquo;monolithic&rdquo; structure houses two separate institutions, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Planning Exhibition, under one roof, serving as a &ldquo;cultural meeting point and a venue for architectural exhibitions&rdquo;. The project completes the eastern part of a major master plan for central Shenzhen.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xt/xte7dlixixf4458n.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rt/rtcrk1opw0h5s2zs.jpg"></p><p>From the architects:</p><p><em>Both museums are designed as separate entities emphasizing their individual functional and artistic requirements and yet are merged in a monolithic body surrounded by a multifunctional facade. This transparent facade and a sophisticated internal lighting concept allow a deep view into the joint entrance and transitional areas between the buildings. From the inside, visitors are granted an unhindered view onto the city suggesting they are somewhere in a gently shaded outdoor area, an impression e...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980470/74-reported-dead-after-construction-scaffolding-collapses-in-eastern-china 74 reported dead after construction scaffolding collapses in eastern China Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-28T13:44:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T00:24:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l5/l5m9gbopmgn3a4dq.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The cooling tower was being built in the city of Fengcheng in Jiangxi province when the scaffolding tumbled down [...] Chinese President Xi Jinping urged local governments to learn from the accident and hold those responsible accountable. [...] China has suffered several major work-safety accidents in recent years blamed on weak regulatory oversight, systemic corruption and pressure to boost production amid a slowing economy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the&nbsp;<em>Associated Press</em>, the collapse is "the country's worst work-safety accident in over two years." The cause is currently under investigation.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Five dead after eight metre concrete wall collapses in Birmingham, England" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956616/five-dead-after-eight-metre-concrete-wall-collapses-in-birmingham-england" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Five dead after eight metre concrete wall collapses in Birmingham, England</a></li><li><a title="Berkeley balcony collapse investigation: no criminal charges from the DA, but five contractors could face license revocation" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941443/berkeley-balcony-collapse-investigation-no-criminal-charges-from-the-da-but-five-contractors-could-face-license-revocation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berkeley balcony collapse investigation: no criminal charges from the DA, but five contractors could face license revocation</a></li><li><a title='Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149815775/why-cranes-keep-collapsing-despite-sophisticated-equipment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment"</a></li><li><a title="Developer and architects of collapsed Taiwan apartment building arrested" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147884892/developer-and-architects-of-collapsed-taiwan-apartment-building-arrested" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Developer and architects of collapsed Taiwan apartment building arrested</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149976145/a-new-foster-partners-designed-university-campus-opens-in-shenzhen A new Foster + Partners-designed university campus opens in Shenzhen Nicholas Korody 2016-11-01T13:06:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T23:10:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xj/xjjirh9pz3vrmkx2.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On the eastern edge of Shenzhen, a new university campus designed by Foster + Partners just opened. The China Resources University, a 55,000 sq. meter project, is part of a larger mixed-used development headed by the London-headquartered firm.</p><p>According the press release, the campus sits on a hill with sweeping views of the South China Sea. Five teaching buildings and an &ldquo;innovation centre&rdquo; line a central boulevard leading to a main auditorium building that contains a large lecture hall. The campus also includes a library, more auditoria, a bar, gym, and student residences.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vy/vyjn0x1x3x6pyzmj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f3/f3c6lip5ximp9gjo.jpg">&ldquo;The idea was to create a cascading complex of buildings and spaces - a series of teaching and living spaces, terraces and informal streets that encourage interaction and a sense of wellbeing,&rdquo; states Chris Bubb, a partner at Foster + Partners.</p><p>The buildings share a palette of materials: fair-faced concrete, bronze-colored cladding, and clay brick. The clay bricks are one of the signature design elements of the proj...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149976141/despite-recent-territorial-disputes-over-the-south-china-sea-a-chinese-company-has-been-awarded-a-major-contract-to-build-artificial-islands-off-the-coast-of-the-philippines Despite recent territorial disputes over the South China Sea, a Chinese company has been awarded a major contract to build artificial islands off the coast of the Philippines Nicholas Korody 2016-11-01T12:41:00-04:00 >2016-11-01T12:41:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6x/6xlw9jlw3o2i3op9.jpg" width="650" height="489" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Located on the eastern edge of the body of water commonly referred to in English as the South China Sea, the Philippines is among the countries that dispute China&rsquo;s claim to the area and its islands. Earlier this year, a Hague-based tribunal, constituted under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, ruled that China has no historical claim or sovereign rights to the islands in a case brought by the Philippines against the People&rsquo;s Republic of China.</p><p>But the Philippines, under the leadership of the controversial President Rodrigo Duterte, has pivoted away from its relationship with the United States and towards China. Now, following a state visit by Duterte to Beijing, a state-owned Chinese company named CCCC Dredging has received a major contract to build the Philippines its own artificial islands.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ev/ev72goiypvcmhfri.jpg"></p><p>As reported by the state-owned Chinese paper <em><a href="http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/1025/c90000-9132369.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People&rsquo;s Daily</a>, </em>the Philippines will gain four artificial islands off the coast of Davao City&mdash;incidentally where Duterte served as ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975636/zaha-hadid-s-jockey-club-takes-riba-s-award-for-international-excellence Zaha Hadid's Jockey Club takes RIBA's award for International Excellence Julia Ingalls 2016-10-28T00:05:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T00:00:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ja/jadwqs07h5b20cmi.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Fittingly, Zaha Hadid Architects' 15-storey, 15,000 square meter Jockey Club International Tower has raced ahead of all other structural competition, winning RIBA's award for International Excellence. Here, the ever observant <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/148030/iwan-baan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iwan Baan</a> shows us why:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wi/wilbzlddt82m6dc8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kq/kqqm6eymvkuc2dx7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mt/mtggzk5nyxfq4wyd.jpg"></p><p>And for good measure, here's a video tour:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975398/next-architects-design-a-swooping-mobius-strip-bridge-for-changsha-china NEXT Architects design a swooping "Mobius strip" bridge for Changsha, China Nicholas Korody 2016-10-26T13:39:00-04:00 >2016-11-04T00:07:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iq/iqxukr36wnue612y.jpg" width="650" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Dutch-Chinese firm NEXT Architects has a well-deserved reputation for designing eye-catching bridges. Their latest project, a bright red, Mobius strip-like pedestrian bridge for the Chinese city of Changsha, is set to become another jewel in their portfolio.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u0/u06tt3wyds2mdqg1.jpg"></p><p>185 metres long and 24 metres tall, the &ldquo;Lucky Knot&rdquo; bridge will span the Dragon King Harbour River in Changsha&rsquo;s &lsquo;New Lake District&rsquo; development. The bridge will offer views of the nearby Meixi Lake and the mountain range that surrounds the city.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gk/gkwhimywfzybbudh.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;The shape of the Lucky Knot was inspired by the principle of the Mobius ring, as well as by the Chinese knotting art. In the ancient decorative Chinese folk art, the knot symbolises luck and prosperity,&rdquo; states John van de Water, partner at NEXT architects Beijing.&nbsp;</p><p>Additional images in the gallery.</p><p>More bridges:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149973601/as-the-city-grows-bridging-manila-s-bay-could-ease-population-strain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As the City Grows, Bridging Manila's Bay Could Ease Population Strain</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970065/michael-maltzan-envisions-the-future-of-la-s-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan Envisions the Future of LA's Infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973148/one-of-the-iconic-arches-of-the-old-sixth-street-bridge-in-la-will-be-preserved" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One of the iconic arches of the old Sixth Stree...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149974194/plans-revealed-for-the-new-china-philharmonic-hall-designed-by-mad-architects Plans revealed for the new China Philharmonic Hall designed by MAD Architects Nicholas Korody 2016-10-18T14:03:00-04:00 >2016-10-24T22:25:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1m/1mkib1xqhtekm469.jpg" width="650" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The China Philharmonic Orchestra has revealed designs by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1276712/mad" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a> for a new concert hall in Beijing. The 26,587 square meter concert hall will contain 1,600 seats laid out on a series of &ldquo;terraces&rdquo;. Developed with acclaimed acoustician&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/82294677/master-acoustician-yasuhisa-toyota-talks-about-kickstarting-his-career-with-the-disney-concert-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yasuhisa Toyota</a>, who also worked on the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the China Philharmonic Hall will serve as the first permanent residency of the the China Philharmonic Orchestra, considered one of the world&rsquo;s finest symphony orchestras.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rq/rqjvjnxf3ndc7qgu.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qy/qydhxemvxwvoo3ks.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ya/yamkzqqp5l38rmdf.jpg"></p><p>The press release describes the designs with heavily&nbsp;organicist language:</p><p><em>"The 1,600-seat main concert hall is laid out in a vineyard style, with the seating surrounding the stage; rising up in serried rows in the manner of the sloping terraces. Its wooden lakes organically surround the stage while the white sound reflection petals on the ceiling are designed to resemble the segments of a lotus flower. The natural light coming from above will make audience members feel as if they are in the center of...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149973355/is-vancouver-s-15-tax-on-overseas-buyers-helping-to-cool-the-housing-market Is Vancouver's 15% tax on overseas buyers helping to cool the housing market? Alexander Walter 2016-10-12T14:22:00-04:00 >2016-10-15T22:52:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rv/rvwhm3ufqsuvqoaw.jpg" width="650" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is a city which is suffering a worse property bubble than Sydney, whose residents are more priced-out than Londoners, and where there is a greater divide between the housing haves and have-nots than even San Francisco. That city is Vancouver, and in response to these mounting challenges, the west-coast Canadian metropolis recently imposed an extraordinary new tax on foreign buyers &ndash; whose impact is now being watched closely by other cities grappling with bloated property markets.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149971225/mayor-of-london-launches-probe-into-the-impact-of-foreign-investment-in-city-s-real-estate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mayor of London launches probe into the impact of foreign investment in city's real estate</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126953722/another-case-of-poor-door-for-proposed-vancouver-high-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another case of "poor door" for proposed Vancouver high-rise</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137194843/can-vancouver-break-out-of-its-boring-architecture-mold-with-these-new-ambitious-skyscrapers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Vancouver break out of its 'boring-architecture' mold with these new ambitious skyscraper</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149973118/the-absorbing-design-of-china-s-anti-flood-sponge-cities The absorbing design of China's anti-flood "sponge cities" Julia Ingalls 2016-10-11T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-10-13T23:55:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6k/6kyrnetchp9fto5y.jpg" width="650" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Is flood mitigation the new frontier in urban planning?&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/643/china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China</a>, whose urban centers have regularly been experiencing infrastructure-shuttering floods, is actively encouraging its metropolises to start reshaping themselves to handle the new reality via the so-called "sponge city" program. As an article in<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2016/oct/03/china-government-solve-urban-planning-flooding-sponge-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;The Guardian</a> notes:</p><p><em>The sponge city programme takes inspiration from low impact development in the US, water sensitive urban design in Australia and sustainable drainage systems in the UK.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>But nothing at this scale has ever been attempted before. &ldquo;The sponge city programme is more comprehensive and ambitious,&rdquo; says WenMei Ha, head of the China water management team at Arcadis, an international urban consultancy which was appointed to this plan by the government.</em></p><p>For more on flood mitigation and the entities trying to rise above it:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149964898/come-rain-or-shine-reviving-collective-urban-form-with-the-gsd-s-office-for-urbanization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Come rain or shine: reviving collective urban form with the GSD's Office for Urbanization</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956094/designing-around-sea-level-rise-in-new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing around sea-level rise in New York</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149961143/at-home-in-a-changing-climate-strategies-for-adapating-to-sea-level-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">At home in a changing cli...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149972550/the-story-behind-didi-china-s-uber-slayer The story behind Didi, China's "Uber Slayer" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-06T18:41:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T23:03:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a8/a8c5852840a81d2b81b394f59b6ee2cc.jpg" width="650" height="866" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In August, after a multibillion-dollar, year-and-a-half-long battle, Uber agreed to sell its business in China and depart the country. It was a face-saving retreat for Uber, which got a 17.7 percent ownership stake in Didi and $1 billion in cash. [...] Investors recently valued Didi at $35&nbsp;billion, making it one of the most valuable private companies in the world. Uber, with operations in almost 500&nbsp;cities on six continents, is worth $68&nbsp;billion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More stories from the Uber-verse:</p><ul><li><a title='The view from inside a self-driving Uber: "the technology is not quite ready"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149968712/the-view-from-inside-a-self-driving-uber-the-technology-is-not-quite-ready" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The view from inside a self-driving Uber: "the technology is not quite ready"</a></li><li><a title="Uber and the future of on-demand public transit" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966342/uber-and-the-future-of-on-demand-public-transit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber and the future of on-demand public transit</a></li><li><a title="Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles</a></li><li><a title="Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937269/women-only-uber-alternatives-face-pushback-from-antidiscrimination-laws" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws</a></li><li><a title="Paris erupts in riot as taxi drivers protest Uber" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris erupts in riot as taxi drivers protest Uber</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971750/china-adds-nearly-100-sites-from-the-last-century-onto-architectural-heritage-list China adds nearly 100 sites from the last century onto architectural heritage list Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-03T13:24:00-04:00 >2016-10-09T23:32:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/85/85foo4pu5la5qo83.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr Shan Jixiang, head of the Chinese Society of Cultural Relics, said many of the selected structures tell abundant stories and are witnesses to key events in the nation's history. He added that the new list will make people aware of the need to preserve more recent architectural sites for future generations. [...] "Masterpieces of the 20th century prove that Chinese architects' spirit and techniques are well inherited. And they deserve to be passed on to modern times."</p></em><br /><br /><p>98 sites make up China's first 20th-Century Chinese Architectural Heritage List, issued by the Chinese Society of Cultural Relics and the Architectural Society of China.&nbsp;The announcement comes about half a year after the country declared <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148734913/china-says-no-to-weird-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an official end to "weird" architecture</a>.</p><p>It's not exactly clear what special treatment the sites will receive now that they're on the list&mdash;aside from "making people aware" that these sites are in need of preservation&mdash;but Mr. Jixiang, the head of the Heritage List's issuing office, had expressed criticism of China playing host to the "strange-looking" designs of foreign architects.</p><p>Check out some of the newly-minted heritage sites below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/85foo4pu5la5qo83.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>The Bund waterfront in Shanghai</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gl/glwcdj595mq8qcy5.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Sofia Cathedral in Harbin</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qo/qokdlp3mdmsbbqto.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Great Hall of the People and Monument to the People's Heroes in Tiananmen Square in Beijing</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ev/ev7tud9bfv8zml1u.jpg"></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;<em>Monument on Marco Polo Square in Tianjin</em></p><p>Note: at the time of posting, the complete list doesn't seem to be available online.</p>... 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 >2016-09-29T15:22:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/g6/g6xqpwih3loh4ni2.jpg" width="650" height="488" 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/650x/d6/d629e2837c01c3f9c8f3b521da790970.jpg" width="624" height="383" 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/650x/gj/gjbmuhrmo3ggoyv1.jpg" width="650" height="555" 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/650x/8d/8db1ade706cdd37762aea5dba6d7b737.jpg" width="650" height="487" 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/650x/sm/sm5aitctz551fb2j.jpg" width="650" height="437" 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/650x/q6/q69h89q0f8kac7er.jpg" width="650" height="509" 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/650x/uj/uj0ijtsy0wx65xb0.jpg" width="650" height="406" 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/650x/gk/gk58ig44po3tgr4g.jpg" width="640" height="428" 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/650x/hq/hq7eqbsiu361co2n.jpg" width="650" height="417" 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/650x/0y/0yaz8knnd1bu6wdx.jpg" width="650" height="475" 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/650x/5w/5w1u835sta173w7n.jpg" width="650" height="433" 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/650x/e5/e576e881423a798bc1a7146de4766561.jpg" width="640" height="426" 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/650x/1a/1a5e0cc1679cbbf2360045bb9d98c35b.jpg" width="620" height="463" 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/650x/w9/w92wgu69ne66yxgi.jpg" width="650" height="406" 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/650x/ew/ewqu3hj65xokmt62.jpg" width="650" height="339" 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/650x/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/650x/du/dufzftg4zia75tw5.jpg" width="650" height="476" 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/650x/0e/0ewozzdlur1mpkwz.jpg" width="650" height="435" 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/650x/bk/bkt7n2n5o8wuj1y1.jpg" width="650" height="650" 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>