MAD brings a surreal sports campus that mimics a green, martian landscape to China

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Architect Ma Yansong and his Beijing-based firm MAD Architects’ surreal designs often look as though they come from outer space—and his new masterplan for the Quzhou Sports Campus in China is no different. The massive development just broke ground in the historic Chinese city in Zhejiang province and will bring with it an undulating green landscape with mixed programming. Inspired by the traditional Chinese painting style called ‘shan shui,’ MAD Architects conceived a park-like setting with… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Deadly heatwaves may make parts of China uninhabitable by the end of the century

It is no surprise that the world’s most populous country, China, is also the largest polluter on Earth. However, for individuals living in China’s northern plain, the most densely populated region on the planet, it may come as a shock that their homes may become uninhabitable by the end of the century. The region is expected to be subject to aggressive heatwaves that could kill even the healthiest of individuals in a matter of hours. The country will be gambling with the lives of their citizens –… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

UNStudio completes a marina with a luxe yacht-like clubhouse in China

UNStudio’s Asia office recently completed the Keppel Cove Marina & Clubhouse, a massive waterfront complex in the city of Zhongshan in China’s Guangdong province. Set on the banks of the Xi River, the Keppel Cove Marina was created as part of a 50,000-square-meter masterplan that includes a service building, high-end residential villas, as well as supporting infrastructure such as bridges, roads, and external dykes. Sinuous lines define the eye-catching new marina and clubhouse, which is… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This beautiful planted bridge doubles as a public gathering place in China

When Beijing-based practice DnA Design and Architecture was tapped to renovate an old stone masonry bridge in Zhejiang, China, founding architect Xu Tiantian saw it as an opportunity to create a transformative and culturally significant gathering space for the public. Spanning the Songyin River, the updated Shimen Bridge now features a beautiful timber addition with built-in seating, planters, and even a centrally located square with trees. Here, villagers are encouraged to come and enjoy their surroundings… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

You can relax: A man in China did not just discover the world’s largest mosquito

If you think getting bit by your average mosquito is irritating, imagine being stabbed by one with a wingspan longer than your hands. Insect expert Zhao Li claims to have caught the world’s biggest mosquito, with a four and a half inch wingspan – 10 times longer than your average backyard sucker.

Zhoa Li is famous for discovering the longest insect in the world – a two foot long megastick insect found in China. Now he is breaking records again. Li identified the world’s largest mosquito in… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Zaha Hadid Architects designs robot-assisted vaulted classrooms for China

Zaha Hadid Architects unveiled designs for Lushan Primary School that blends forward-thinking construction techniques with deference to ancient Chinese culture. Located in the remote and beautiful countryside 160 kilometers northwest of Jiangxi’s capital Nanchang, Lushan Primary School will serve 12 local villages and offer a curriculum that focuses on the creative arts and STEM subjects. To reduce construction time and demands, the campus buildings will be housed in a series of modular vaulted… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

SOM unveils images of new undulating mixed-use tower in China

The form of SOM’s new mixed-use tower in China is the result of the structural, programmatic and environmental strategy. The first images of the structure show a distinctive silhouette of the Hangzhou Wangchao Center with an undulating glass façade and 8 mega-columns that slope outward at the corners which aim to minimize wind loads and create flexible floor plates.

The Center will be built at the heart of Hangzhou, near one of the city’s new subway station, the tower will combine office spaces,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

China built the ‘World’s biggest air purifier’ – and it’s actually working

What has been called the world’s largest air purifier by its operators is now up and running in the city of Xian in Shaanxi province, China. The 100-meter (328 feet) tall tower has already improved the local air quality, according to Cao Junji, the scientist in charge of the project, and could prove to be a valuable tool in China’s fight against urban air pollution. Greenhouses covering the size of half a soccer field surround the base of the tower, into which polluted air is pulled. The smog… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New 1 km solar road opens in Jinan, China

China is getting in on the solar road-building action. Qilu Transportation Development Group developed a one-kilometer, or around 0.6-mile, stretch of solar road near Jinan, the capital city of China’s Shandong Province. Quartz said three layers comprise the expressway: the solar panels rest in the middle with insulation below and transparent concrete on top.

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Crazy new building in China looks like a giant crab!

China may have decided to steer away from “weird buildings”, but new architectural “ducks” seem to continue to sprout throughout the country. China’s new Ecology Center in Kunshan that celebrates Chinese crab culture looks like a giant crab, complete with hairy claws and white pincers.

The building is located on Yangcheng Lake’s eastern shore and references the area’s famous crab-based delicacy. Dark stainless steel creates the outer shell of the main volume, with pincers and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building