In the Gansu province of China lies the Zhangye Danxia Landform, a beautiful expanse of land featuring naturally formed streaks of color. It's hard to believe, but these images of the vast landscape with a brilliant array of colors are not Photoshopped. They naturally boast rich hues of red, green, and gold in addition to the normal rock pigments of brown, black, and…
Amsterdam-based NL Architects recently proposed this design for a Bicycle Club in Sanya, the southernmost city of China. Sanya, located in the Hainan Province, is well-known for its tropical climate and is a popular tourist destination. The plans include a dedicated space for visitors and bike enthusiasts, who can pedal around the top oval structure or take a rest in the glass-enclosed café…
Street artist Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils, doesn't simply paint or graffiti over stencils. The Portuguese artist breaks away at the side of buildings using a combination of chisels, jackhammers, acid, and explosives to produce his large-scale wall murals across the…
The late photographer Don Hong-Oai split his time between San Francisco and his native land of China in his later years, photographing the country in a classic way. Using an old Asian photography technique, Hong-Oai captured stunning scenery with an abundance of elements that echo traditional Chinese paintings.
With so much hype about the rapidly growing economic force that is China, it's amazing that most of us here in the West don't really know that much about the country. That's exactly why this TED talk by Yang Lan, aka "the Oprah of China," is so fascinating and insightful. Lan gives us her expert perspective on two pivotal points - the rise of China's next generation and the role that social media is playing.…
When the owner of this structure asked for a music building, the architect took the request quite literally. Located in Huainan City, An Hui Province, China, the Piano House was built by the local government to draw interest to the newly developed area. It's also a place where music students from the local college can practice and perform. A gorgeous transparent violin is attached to the piano building,… Continue
Zaha Hadid Architects recently unveiled their design for the largest cultural building in China. Located in Sichuan Province, the Chengdu Contemporary Art Centre is a visually striking new landmark that will act as a gateway to the city.
The Chengdu Contemporary Art Centre will provide the city with an unprecedented collection of world-class arts,… Continue
Born in Beijing in 1967, Liu Yuanshou is one of China’s most respected and prominent contemporary painters. Painting with oil on canvas, Liu creates powerful scenes featuring women wrapped in bright red silk. They seem to be distraught, desperately struggling to escape their own misery.
Silkworm culture and the the production of silk textiles has always been… Continue
3GATTI Architecture Studio of Rome and Shanghai have won a competition to design a drive-in automobile museum in Nanjing, China.
An external concentric ramp allows visitors to drive around the exterior of the museum in their own car, past the exhibits, to a roof-top car park. Chief architect Francesco Gatti compares the experience to a “safari” because…
We have been constantly bombarded with the issue of climate change in a global scale. But to be remembered the message had to have impact and be engaging. The concept of rising tides due to rising temperatures isn't some kind of outlandish threat but actual fact.
From a series of nightscapes by a photographer known on Flickr as "Unseendesire".
This artist is masterful in capturing light. Ever tried to take a photograph at night? No matter how hard i try, it always comes out as a miserably failed attempt, followed by me trying to pass it of as something… Continue
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Located in Shenzhen, China, WORKac’s design for a one kilometer (.62 miles) section of Hua Qiang Bei Road was awarded first prize. The road is a market places for electronics products, and local mainland Chinese refer to it as the "path to prosperity."
The design responds to the area’s growing commercial character which has unfortunately created traffic…
From the same company that brought you Taqwacore comes this documentary. Based on the largest human migration, 130 million people return home from the factory cities in China to their villages for the Chinese New Year. The movie follows the Zhang family's return home after leaving their children with the grandmother to help send their daughter to school so she doesn't have to live as a migrant worker. Ironically, as a result of their absence, Qin… Continue
Added by Glen Brown on January 7, 2010 at 2:17pm —
This weekend China has unveiled what they call the fastest rail link in the world. The cities of Guangzhou and Wuhan will be connected by a train that can reach speeds of up to 217 mph (350 kph). The commute will now take 3 hours which is down considerably from the previous time of seven and a half hours. Eventually the train will connect Guangzhou (near Hong Kong) to the capitol Beijing. This would be a great service to offer here in the U.S. on the…
China certainly knows how to throw a party! Celebrating 60 years of communist rule, hundreds of thousands of participants marched past Tiananmen Square in costume or uniform, with floats and dancers mingling with soldiers and military hardware. The Big Picture is on… Continue
Added by Eugene on October 2, 2009 at 12:00am —
Chinese architecture firm Studio Pei Zhu recently won the competition to design an office building in Ningbo, China. The building takes on an interesting shape, one that is reminiscent of a cowboy boot. Covering the exterior, a uniform skin creates soft reflections of the surrounding city and sky.
Since there aren't many more details about the structure at…
Elegantly twisting, Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio recently unveiled plans for a 60-story building with two towers in Hangzhou, China. Named Raffles City, the 300 square meter design will feature retail spaces, offices, housing, and hotel facilities.
Built to be environmentally friendly, the project incorporates natural ventilation principles,…
Shenzhen is one of the fastest growing cities in China. In the last 20 years, it has grown from a fishing village, to the richest city in the country with a population of 14 million. Together with Hong Kong, this area is slowly but surely transforming into a world metropolis in terms of economy and population and will soon be among the top-5 in the world. Due to the… Continue