Populous To Design New Datong Sports Park In China

Populous has been selected to design a new sports park in the historic city of Datong, in the northern Shanxi Province, near Beijing, China. This is the second major sports hub for Populous in China.

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Shanghai 2010 Boulevard “Expo Axis” By SBA International Stuttgart Shanghai

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Shanghai 2010 Boulevard called “Expo Axis” features the world’s largest membrane roof that spans the entrance and boulevard building of the World Exposition in Shanghai. It was designed by SBA International Stuttgart Shanghai in cooperation with Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering, Stuttgart / N.Y.

Realising this membrane roof takes Stuttgart’s traditional engineering architecture internationally to the head of unique technical innovations. The combination of the membrane structure, which has a surface of 65,000 m2 in total with a span of 100 m, and the six steelglass funnels of 45 m height, formed of a freeform double-curved framework, constitutes the landmark of the Expo Shanghai 2010 and demonstrates the result of a successful German-Chinese cooperation at the same time.

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South Lake Recreational Retail Center By Studio Shift

From Studio Shift:

‘Taking advantage of Miyi’s beautiful topography and riverside location is the new South Lake Recreational Retail Center. The Center is positioned to capitalize on the naturally cleansed waters of the South Lake area. Drawn further north from the adjacent river, the water is made suitable for swimming and other water-based activities through a series of engaging and attractive ecologies.

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Hong Kong Pavilion For Shanghai 2010 By Ida and Billy

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The theme of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo is “Better City, Better Life”, and the special theme for the Hong Kong Pavilion is “Hong Kong – a city with unlimited potential“. A concept design competition was held in 2008 and received some 80+ submissions. Ida & Billy’s submission was awarded the Frist Prize, and formed the basis for the final design and execution by the government and another architectural firm.

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Perkins+Will Awarded First Place At International Architecture Biennale

Perkins+Will’s masterplan for SANY Beijing was selected as the first place winner in the “Conceptual Design” category at the 8th International Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. The judging committee based their award selection on four central themes of the exhibition: spatiality, connectivity, originality and sustainability.

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Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration + Information Center By Aedas

Being part of the Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University new campus, Aedas project Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University Administration + Information Center has been honored by the Architecture Award of the Asia Pacific Commercial Property Awards 2009. The project is designed by Andy Wen, Design Director of China.

The Administration + Information Center is situated in a beautiful environment inside Suzhou Industrial Park, where there is a harmonious coexistence of the city’s rich cultural traditions and its rapid economic development with convenient traffic. It has a complicated program consisting of administration center, learning and resources center, training center and student activities center. All of the programs are connected by the voids inside the building following the concept of Taihu stone, the ornamental stone used for decorating traditional Chinese gardens.

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UNStudio Wins 1st Prize For Beijing River Creative Zone

UNStudio has been awarded 1st prize in the recent competition for the masterplan of the Beijing River Creative Zone, located in Yanqing, 200km from Beijing. From the nine projects presented (Foster+Partners (UK), Zaha Hadid (UK), Atelier d’Architecture Christian de Portzamparc (FR), AS. Architecture-Studio (FR), Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning &Design Institute (CN), Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (CN), NPS (US) and KCAP (NL)), UNStudio’s design was selected as the winning entry.

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Luxembourg Pavilion For Shanghai EXPO 2010 By Francois Valentiny

The idea ‘forest and fortress’ comes from the literal meaning of the Chinese term for Luxembourg. The EXPO pavilion, built from steel, wood and glass, will be an open fortress around with greenery. The 15-meter-high main structure will resemble an ancient castle with large openings surrounded by medieval towers.

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