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…
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…
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
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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…
There are so many awesome projects coming out of China these days, we can add this one to the list. de Architekten Cie has won an international invited competition for the Qixing district Urban Planning Museum of Tianjin, China. The building is composed of 3 distinct programs: urban planning museum and offices, New Year's painting gallery and studios, and a conference… Continue
International architectural firm Coop Himmelb(l)au has received first prize in the competition to design the new “Headquarter of China Insurance Group” in Shenzhen, China. The building will be part of a lively business quarter which is surrounded by a carefully composed ensemble of unique, individual towers that create a landmark silhouette in Shenzhen's Central… Continue
If an alien spaceship landed on Earth, this is how I would imagine it would look. Austrian architecture firm, Coop Himmelb(l)au won a competition to create the Dalian International Conference Center. The center is designed to “reflect the promising modern future of Dalian and its tradition as an important port, trade, industry and tourism city.” The design incorporates a public zone with shopping at ground level, a 1,900 seat theater, and a 2,500… Continue
Aside from the obvious beauty displayed in Zhong Biao's paintings, there's something else that really draws me in. His pieces have such depth and leave me with a curiosity of what is really going on...
"I don’t want to force my own understanding or interpretation of my paintings on the audience. The mixture of images within each of my paintings is like a… Continue
I've never seen anything quite like this. French artist, and G-Shock designer, Ricard Aurele plans to build a contemporary art museum shaped like a gigantic yellow dog (80 meters, 240 ft). The Shanghai skyscraper will be built in time for the 2010 world expo. I'm very curious to see how functional this structure will be, but I absolutely love the creativeness and… Continue
It's like China's version of Disneyland on Ice. These impressive ice sculptures are part of a display for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival. As well as the colorful life-sized ice buildings, which reflect traditional Chinese architecture, there is also a 160m (524ft) high Father Christmas sculpture, said by organizers to be the world's largest.… Continue
You can really see the thought Quentin Shih put into these photos. “I had to shoot the Dior models in Paris,” he says, “so I came up with the idea of putting them into a glass box. The glass divides the room into two worlds – one for Dior models and one for Chinese people – both finding each other mysterious and strange. But they can’t communicate with each other… Continue
Meet giant panda twins "Ping Ping" and "An An". These photos were taken on October 24th at the Bifengxia Base of the Chinese Giant Panda Research and Protection Center, in Ya'an County, southwest China's Sichuan Province. More than 30 giant pandas were transferred to the Bifengxia base from the Chinese Giant Panda Research and Protection Center in Wolong of… Continue