Archinect - Features 2018-12-10T01:39:43-05:00 Beijing-Based Rocker-Turned-Architect Cao Pu Sees Architects as Social Workers Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-21T09:30:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Originally part of an electric-rock band, Chinese architect&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Cao Pu</a>&nbsp;began his architectural career doing stage design for his musical group. Today, his studio remains small with a focus on conversion and community revival projects and his designs demonstrate a talent for working within small spaces and low budgets.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this week's iteration of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snaphshots</a>, we talk with the musician-turned-architect about involving clients in his process, designing "in the gap," and architecture as a form of social work.&nbsp;</p> The People’s Architecture Office Uses Mass-Production and Readymades to Deliver Affordable Architecture to Difficult Sites Nicholas Korody 2017-03-07T12:21:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With a name like theirs, it&rsquo;s no surprise that the <a href="" target="_blank">People&rsquo;s Architecture Office</a> strives for inclusive, socially conscious and accessible design. The Beijing-based studio has developed a practice that takes advantage of aspects of the Chinese economy to deliver affordable, contemporary design to difficult sites, from historic <a href="" target="_blank"><em>hutong </em></a>districts to rural areas.</p> In honor of the Rio Games, 6 momentous projects from the Olympics' 21st-century history Julia Ingalls 2016-08-05T12:28:00-04:00 >2016-08-08T19:29:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>20 kilometer long traffic jams, eleven dead construction workers, and one slain jaguar: the lead-up to the <a href="" target="_blank">2016 Rio Olympics</a> has not been problem-free. Zika, pollution and political turmoil came alongside construction delays and problematic venues, with competitors refusing to move into the athletes' village until the wiring was fixed.&nbsp;And yet, aren't these types of problems just par for the course when it comes to the Olympics?</p> Screen/Print #38: Ma Yansong of MAD Architecture's "Shanshui City" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-21T18:16:00-05:00 >2015-12-26T16:49:45-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Part humanist wake-up call, part architecture manifesto, Ma Yansong&rsquo;s <em>Shanshui City</em> emerges at a critical point for Chinese urbanism, as urban development accelerates to a breakneck speed of environmental damage and social concessions. Yansong draws stark lines between the Beijing he grew up in and the Beijing where he founded <a href="" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>, pointing to the now-endangered urbanist details that made the city of his childhood livable and beautiful. <em>Shanshui City</em> is Yansong&rsquo;s conceptual strategy for how architecture in Beijing, and elsewhere in the developing world, must retain what is so easily lost &ndash; they key being integration with nature.</p> Showcase: Garden School / Beijing No.4 High School Fangshan Campus by OPEN Architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-11-14T19:41:00-05:00 >2015-01-26T05:40:53-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Taking cues from the urban and pastoral, Beijing No. 4 High School (aka Garden School) strives not only to model elite Chinese public education, but also to also drive development in its relatively new town of Fangshan.</p> ShowCase: Liyuan Library by Li Xiaodong/Atelier Archinect 2012-10-24T19:19:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>ShowCase</strong></a> is an on-going feature series on Archinect, presenting exciting new work from designers representing all creative fields and all geographies.</p><p><em>We are always accepting nominations for upcoming ShowCase features - if you would like to suggest a project, <a href="" target="_blank">please send us a message</a>.</em></p>