Archinect - News 2014-08-29T20:24:32-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107557388/china-considering-drastic-ban-on-coal China considering drastic ban on coal Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-27T13:30:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T13:30:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2fguc6kj1qhsx2nb.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>State-owned news outlets reported this month that the government would ban the use of coal in Beijing and other urban areas by 2020 in an effort to reduce the noxious air pollution that chokes many cities. [...] But [President Xi Jinping] and other officials have provided few details &mdash; and, indeed, have sent conflicting, even disturbing, signals about their plans. Some measures China is considering could actually exacerbate climate change.</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/107480758/why-haven-t-china-s-cities-learned-from-america-s-mistakes Why haven't China's cities learned from America's mistakes? Alexander Walter 2014-08-26T13:43:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T11:44:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8e/8e5c23594fcc3e06cecd76188cbde600.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the wake of economic reforms in the 1990s that helped set off the largest urban migration in history, China had the rare opportunity to embrace cutting-edge city-building approaches as it expanded its skyline. It could have avoided the mistakes that made Los Angeles into the land of gridlock, or bypassed the errors that turned the banlieues of Paris into what one American planner calls &ldquo;festering urban sores&rdquo;. But China looked back instead of forward.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Meanwhile in Africa: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106017728/urban-china-chinese-urbanism-in-africa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban China: Chinese Urbanism in Africa</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107409072/ghost-town-searching-for-remnants-of-russia-in-the-chinese-city-of-harbin Ghost town: searching for remnants of Russia in the Chinese city of Harbin Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T15:17:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c2b3811d6ad5d317acca440b9a67782d.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is not rare for a civilisation to abruptly falter, give way and fold into a new one. This insight seems obvious in the territories of the former Soviet Union &mdash; a universe transformed into a memory overnight. [...] that a city turned ruin continues to be inhabited, that the collapsing buildings and boulevards stained by a thousand footsteps, after the apocalypse, host new forms of human life, new memories. Harbin, in the far north-east of China, used to be a very Russian metropolis.</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/106017728/urban-china-chinese-urbanism-in-africa Urban China: Chinese Urbanism in Africa Alexander Walter 2014-08-07T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:46:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ln/ln1b19eltlt25u5f.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China&rsquo;s visible impact on urban development in Africa is substantial. One need only take a virtual bird&rsquo;s-eye tour on Google Earth to catch a glimpse of some of the most impressive changes brought to Africa by Chinese constructors, developers and designers. Not far from the Angolan capital of Luanda lies arguably one of the most impressive examples: Kilamba New City. A massive housing development designed to accommodate 500,000 people [...].</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/105940558/china-moves-to-ease-home-registration-rules-in-urbanization-push China Moves to Ease Home-Registration Rules in Urbanization Push Alexander Walter 2014-08-06T13:48:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:51:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bd/bdfef725df488e8e2ef439eeac9363d1.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Chinese government issued proposals on Wednesday to break down barriers that a nationwide household registration system has long imposed between rural and urban residents and among regions, reinforcing inequality, breeding discontent and hampering economic growth. Yet even as officials promoted easier urbanization [...], they said changes to the system [...] must be gradual and must protect big cities like Beijing.</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/105937337/china-to-ban-coal-use-by-2020 China to Ban Coal Use by 2020 Nicholas Korody 2014-08-06T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:41:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s4vh83t31t1xcl5j.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China has announced plans to ban the use of coal in its smog-plagued capital by the end of 2020, as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities. Beijing's Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau posted the plan on its website on Monday, saying the city would instead prioritize electricity and natural gas for heating. The Chinese central government recently listed environmental protection as one of the top criteria by which leaders will be judged.</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/105806337/china-quake-renews-worries-over-construction-practices China Quake Renews Worries Over Construction Practices Nicholas Korody 2014-08-04T20:45:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T20:45:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n1/n18ou5dghgpomtt9.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Heavy rains on Monday complicated rescue efforts in south China&rsquo;s mountainous Yunnan province, where a major earthquake Sunday killed at least 398 people and injured more than 2,000 others [...] The magnitude 6.1 quake flattened or damaged more than 10,000 homes and other structures, again raising questions about China&rsquo;s building standards and ability to respond to natural disasters.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The tragic news from the Yunnan province is bringing back memories of the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, as well as the&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sichuan_schools_corruption_scandal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;public scandal</a>&nbsp;that emerged over allegedly faulty construction of schools by corrupt officials.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105359871/reality-check-shanghai Reality Check Shanghai Metropolitan Monk 2014-07-30T01:08:00-04:00 >2014-08-05T19:42:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qt/qtgqvcpai26tbys1.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In celebratory June-July 2014 issue of <a title="MARK Magazine #50 Jun-Jul14 | Frameweb" href="http://www.frameweb.com/magazines/mark/mark-50" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark magazine #50</a>, <a title="MovingCities | website" href="http://movingcities.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MovingCities</a> published &lsquo;<strong><a title="Reality Check Shanghai | MARK Magazine#50 | MovingCities" href="http://movingcities.org/bertdemuynck/on-china/reality-check-shanghai-mark-magazine50/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reality Check Shanghai</a></strong>&lsquo; revisiting three Shanghainese buildings previously published and applauded in Mark: the <a title="Himalayas Centre | website" href="http://zendaihimalayas.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Himalayas Centre</a> by <a title="Arata Isozaki | website" href="http://www.isozaki.co.jp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arata Isozaki</a>, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo site and the <a title="Giant Interactive Group&rsquo;s headquarters | Morphosis" href="http://morphopedia.com/projects/giant-interactive-group-corporate-headqu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Giant Interactive Group&rsquo;s headquarters</a> by <a title="Morphosis | website" href="http://www.morphosis.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis</a>. <em>What has become of them?</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/uk1j2253fzbvi8rs.jpg"></p><p>Excerpt from &lsquo;<strong><a title="Reality Check Shanghai | MARK Magazine#50 | MovingCities" href="http://movingcities.org/bertdemuynck/on-china/reality-check-shanghai-mark-magazine50/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reality Check Shanghai</a></strong>&lsquo;:</p><p>" Making architecture in China is not easy; occupying it is even more difficult. In recent years, amazing stories have appeared in various media about China&rsquo;s shoddy construction culture, copycat designs, empty icons, and building projects apparently doomed to remain unfinished forever. [...] The area where once the European, Asian and American pavilions were located is in a serious state of disrepair. The French pavilion seems to be under (re)construction, the skin of <a title="EMBT | website" href="http://www.mirallestagliabue.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EMBT</a>&rsquo;s Spanish pavilion has been removed, some of the Portuguese pavilion&rsquo;s cork has disappeared, and a few of my favourites &ndash; pavilions ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105018420/china-to-extend-railroad-into-india-through-tibet China to Extend Railroad Into India Through Tibet Nicholas Korody 2014-07-25T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:49:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3tewetxo4gqjibwy.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China plans to extend by 2020 a railroad on the high trans-Himalayan plateau of Tibet to the borders of India, Bhutan and Nepal, according to a report in People&rsquo;s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party [...] The planned lengthening was criticized by Tibet advocates who said it would bring too many ethnic Han migrants to Lhasa and other Tibetan areas.</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/104329867/chinese-museum-building-boom-slightly-slows Chinese Museum-building Boom Slightly Slows Nicholas Korody 2014-07-16T15:33:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T15:52:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jx/jxxnne5putegq3mz.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As money has piled up in recent decades, Chinese are turning to culture and the country is in a museum-building boom. Last year one museum was built every day on average, though the rush has since &ldquo;slowed&rdquo; to about one every three days, says Cathy Giangrande, co-author with Miriam Clifford and Antony White of the &ldquo;Chinese Museums Association Guide,&rdquo; an updated version of their 2009 book &ldquo;China: Museums.&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/104245331/china-town-meet-the-architecture-giant-with-asian-designs-on-london China town: meet the architecture giant with Asian designs on London Alexander Walter 2014-07-15T13:24:00-04:00 >2014-07-15T23:44:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dc/dc5859e1d5f029e81e5c71a43de515d3.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our Chinese clients have their sights set on London, and they know what they want,&rdquo; says Keith Griffiths, the Welsh-born chairman of Aedas, who presides over the 1,400-strong practice from its Hong Kong headquarters. &ldquo;They are used to high rise, high density, truly mixed-use developments &ndash; having everything on one site, so you can live, work and play without ever leaving the building. We think that's the way London needs to densify.&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/103097785/china-s-replica-of-wall-street-is-full-of-half-built-deserted-skyscrapers-and-floods-regularly China’s replica of Wall Street is full of half-built, deserted skyscrapers and floods regularly Archinect 2014-06-30T15:10:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T15:10:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ed/ed80df3ac52bf772fa72335b727809e3.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The skyline of Yujiapu in the Chinese city of Tianjin looks more like an expensive, abandoned movie set than it does &ldquo;China&rsquo;s new Manhattan,&rdquo; as the financial district was once billed. A patina of dust covers the glass doors of the 47 office buildings and hotels that still sit empty, and in come cases unfinished.</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/102725192/china-furious-over-us-plan-to-rename-street-in-front-of-its-embassy-after-dissident China furious over US plan to rename street in front of its embassy after dissident Nicholas Korody 2014-06-25T19:14:00-04:00 >2014-06-29T19:46:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rn/rn26cqldtfvsj1vw.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chinese diplomats on Wednesday said Congress&rsquo; decision to rename the street in front of Beijing&rsquo;s embassy in the U.S. capital after a Chinese dissident is "really absurd" [...] On Tuesday the House Appropriations Committee voted to rename the street outside the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., to &ldquo;Liu Xiaobo Plaza&rdquo; &mdash; after a Chinese dissident who received the Nobel Peace Prize in absentia and is currently serving an 11-year prison term for subverting the government&rsquo;s authority.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is not the first time that place-naming &ndash; or toponymy &ndash; has provoked a political dispute. Actually, it's pretty likely that as long as people have been naming places, other people have been getting upset about it. For example, as immortalized by Jimmy Kennedy in the classic song, Istanbul has been called Constantinople, Byzantium, and Stamboul among other names. What isn't mentioned in the song is that these name changes signal major political shifts, in particular the waves of (often violent) colonization by the Greeks, the Romans, and the Turks. More recently Russian cities were renamed to commemorate Soviet leaders, then changed back to their older names following the collapse of the USSR. Likewise, after the Arab Spring, squares and streets in Tunis and Cairo were renamed to obliterate mention the deposed dictators Ben Ali and Mubarak, respectively.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102553852/phoenix-towers-plans-revealed-as-world-s-tallest-pinkest-and-greenest-skyscrapers-to-be-built-in-china Phoenix Towers plans revealed as world’s tallest, pinkest and greenest skyscrapers to be built in China Alexander Walter 2014-06-23T14:00:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T14:02:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d446281b49d8f3efeeee789f9d0e13b1.jpg" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Imagined with bright pink and green lights, standing more than 150m taller than the Burj Khalifa and emerging from an island in a lake in central China, these plans for Wuhan&rsquo;s Phoenix Towers seem a world away from grey old London. Yet the ambitious design revealed this week has been put forward by the British architectural firm Chetwoods, and owes much of its inspiration to an award-winning project for a new, greener London Bridge.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It remains to be seen if Wuhan's Phoenix Towers will enjoy a smoother run to completion than Hunan's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78369996/sky-city-world-s-tallest-building-stops-construction-due-to-lack-of-government-approval" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">failed Sky City project</a>&nbsp;&mdash; once proposed as the world's tallest building.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101706294/aedas-wins-top-honors-for-revitalisation-project-at-the-latest-hkia-annual-awards-in-hong-kong Aedas wins top honors for Revitalisation Project at the latest HKIA Annual Awards in Hong Kong Justine Testado 2014-06-12T14:22:00-04:00 >2014-06-12T14:22:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z6/z6wt8e2xm540va8w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the latest Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) Annual Awards, Aedas was no doubt victorious once again with two preservation/renewal projects: "Art Community": Revitalisation Project in Wan Chai, Hong Kong and Center 66 in Wuxi, China. As the highest architectural awards program in Hong Kong, the HKIA Awards recognizes outstanding architecture designed by HKIA members.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/6259264/aedas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aedas</a> once again won the highest honor, Medal of the Year, in addition to the Special Architectural Award in Heritage + Adaptive Reuse for the Revitalisation Project.</p><p>Here's a glimpse of the project, which preserved and revived an early 20th-century shophouse building into a public space for arts and culture:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j5/j5qhhlfg97ge7nqs.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/43/43vepjjf4k5oiheg.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h7/h7zrud75prg3uv9q.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ca/caql556hsnzafm7h.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7l/7lcfx5r6kpbv8ivl.jpg"></p><p>More info and photos on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/aedas_wins_top_honors_for_revitalisation_project_at_the_latest_hkia_annual_/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101013571/from-tower-bridge-to-sydney-harbour-welcome-to-china-s-city-of-clones From Tower Bridge to Sydney Harbour, welcome to China's city of clones Alexander Walter 2014-06-03T13:21:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T13:27:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cbde74fcd2e7533168282e83fe7056f1.jpg" width="460" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Suzhou is like many Chinese cities. It has a historic core, including nine Unesco world heritage sites, as well as many beautiful gardens, waterways and temples. [...] But Suzhou has also embarked on another fascinating project: urban mimicry. From Venetian-style &ldquo;water town&rdquo; districts to Dutch-style suburban living, Suzhou hosts what journalist Bianca Bosker calls &ldquo;original copies&rdquo;: simulations of western landmarks. The city is fast becoming China&rsquo;s city of clones.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100170732/colossal-bavarian-castle-set-to-open-in-dalian-china" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Colossal Bavarian Castle Set To Open In Dalian, China</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/50566573/chinese-secretly-copy-austrian-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese secretly copy Austrian town</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/100940393/the-giant-chinese-odor-dome-and-other-sad-ideas-for-surviving-our-future-cities The Giant Chinese Odor Dome, and Other Sad Ideas for Surviving Our Future Cities Alexander Walter 2014-06-02T14:15:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T18:54:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/03cee4cfd2f2f0b5a6c4747be528629c.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an effort to remediate a large patch of heavily contaminated soil in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, engineers managed to unleash a smell so pungent that, last week, owners of the site took a new tactic: a giant tent to contain it all. [...] Though the 20,000-square-meter polyester tent contains an area roughly the size of three football fields and rises 36 meters near downtown, it only covers less than half of the contaminated area.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98666532/giant-bubbles-could-be-built-over-beijing-parks-to-save-residents-from-smog-danger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Giant bubbles could be 'built over Beijing parks to save residents from smog danger'</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100603503/adaptation-architecture-and-change-in-china Adaptation - architecture and change in China Metropolitan Monk 2014-05-29T12:59:00-04:00 >2014-05-29T13:00:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/ab8bqzrnn7j3w4iq.jpg" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>EMG set up <a href="http://emgdotart.net/main/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EMGdotART</a> Foundation [in 2012] &ndash; the first art and culture foundation established by a Chinese enterprise, to have a permanent gallery and headquarters in the heart of Venice, Italy.</p><p>"<em>More than roofs, doors, courtyards or staircases, adaptation is fundamental for the understanding of Chinese architecture.&nbsp;If the fleeting fascination for fundamentals during the upcoming&nbsp;<a title="14th International Architecture Exhibition | website" href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">14th International Architecture Exhibition</a>&nbsp;[June 7 &ndash; 23 November 2014, Venice]&nbsp;will deal and&nbsp;try to understand the basic principles that create architecture; than,&nbsp;<strong>ADAPTATION</strong>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<strong>architecture and change in China</strong>&#12298;<strong>&#24212;&#21464;</strong>&mdash;&mdash;<strong>&#20013;&#22269;&#30340;&#24314;&#31569;&#21644;&#21464;&#21270;</strong>&#12299;&nbsp;focuses on the flexible framework that makes architecture (in China) possible.</em>" MovingCities co-curatorial statement</p><p>Taking place on the ground floor the historic Palazzo Zen &ndash; newly renovated by Chinese architectural studio <a href="http://www.o-officearch.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">O-OFFICE</a> &ndash; <a href="http://movingcities.org/movingmemos/adaptation-la-biennale-di-venezia-architecture-2014-exhibition/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ADAPTATION, architecture and change in China</a> &ndash; selected as one of <a href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/news/22-04.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">21 Collateral Events</a> &ndash; is curated by Prof. Marino Folin (Rector of the IUAV University (19...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100170732/colossal-bavarian-castle-set-to-open-in-dalian-china Colossal Bavarian Castle Set To Open In Dalian, China Alexander Walter 2014-05-21T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:02:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fc/fcb594f50e0df6f55b5a5077f4418ba3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Luxury hotel chain Starwood Hotels unveiled the upcoming opening of The Castle Hotel in Dalian, a major seaport city in China&rsquo;s northeastern Liaoning province. This makes it one of the various examples of European-inspired architecture sprouting across China in recent years. Starwood Hotels announced in a press release of the opening of The Castle Hotel later this year, when it is done with its final stages of interior renovation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/50566573/chinese-secretly-copy-austrian-town" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese secretly copy Austrian town</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99309483/art-an-interview-with-ai-weiwei Art? An interview with Ai Weiwei Alexander Walter 2014-05-06T15:54:00-04:00 >2014-05-13T23:05:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a0/a06a8bac7825900acaaa1ade5a985dcc.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ai&rsquo;s studio, called 258 Fake, has become China&rsquo;s equivalent of Andy Warhol&rsquo;s Factory. And Ai himself has increasingly taken on Warholian overtones: there is now little distinction between Ai the artist who creates artworks, and Ai the dissident who gets beaten by the cops. (In 2009, police pummelled his face, causing a cerebral haemorrhage.) Both are merged in an ongoing performance in which the man has become the art, and the art is the man.</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/98666532/giant-bubbles-could-be-built-over-beijing-parks-to-save-residents-from-smog-danger Giant bubbles could be 'built over Beijing parks to save residents from smog danger' Alexander Walter 2014-04-25T12:47:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:59:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/677d812fa207f38ad3527e880ca26fff.jpg" width="486" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Beijing has the worst smog levels among the world's capital cities - so bad that playing sports outdoor is often banned - but it could get a stunning new set of lungs in the form of a covered botanical garden, retail and office complex under a giant transparent roof. Called Bubbles, the architectural concept might seem an unlikely candidate for a high-rise city of 21 million people. But its designers believe it offers something that every urban environment needs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Another Chinese bubble to burst?</p> 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>