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Shenyang Launches Future Tallest Competition


08 Apr 2013, Shenyang, China

Architecture firms RMJM, Aedas, Pelli Clarke Pelli and SCUT have been shortlisted to work on a giant skyscraper in the Chinese city of Shenyang. The tower would rise 92 stories and be connected by a shared podium to a second tower of 66 stories. Read more.

Artist Focuses on Hong Kong's Density


08 Apr 2013, Hong Kong, China

German-born photographer Michael Wolf has documented the extreme density of Hong Kong in his series "Architecture of Density." His images distort the scale of monolithic walls of apartment buildings, creating patterns with edges, windows, balconies and AC units. Read more.

MAD Architects on the Creators Project


02 Apr 2013, Tianjin, China

The Creators Project has produced a feature of MAD Architects and its Sinosteel International Plaza building. The building, which is under construction in Tianjin, features a honeycombed structural façade that eliminates interior columns. Read more.

Shanghai's Needle Towers Design Revealed


25 Mar 2013, Shanghai, China

Italian firm Gianluca Milesi Architecture (GMA) has released its design for the Needle Towers in Shanghai, World Architecture News reports. The project includes a 470-meter pair of tubular towers coated in glass and aluminum. Read more.

Shenzhen Construction Halted After Cheap Sand Warning


19 Mar 2013, Shenzhen, China

Work has been halted on several major tall building projects in Shenzhen, China, including the 660-meter Ping An Finance Centre, which is to be the country’s tallest, due to reports that concrete used by some local developers was made from untreated sea sand. Read more.

Beijing Re-Imagined Through “Light Park” Floating Skyscraper Competition Finalist


18 Mar 2013, Beijing, China

Finalist in the 2013 Skyscraper Competition by eVolo Magazine, "Light Park” is a floating skyscraper, held aloft by helium, providing citizens with much-needed access to light and fresher air. Read more.

Farm-scrapers Bring 'Eco-vision' to Tall Buildings


15 Mar 2013, Shenzhen, China

Belgian firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures has released the design of sustainable "farm-scrapers." The Asian Cairns project is designed to produce more energy than it consumes by producing food and harnessing wind and solar power. Read more.

Istanbul Launches International Financial Center


14 Mar 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

Construction work has commenced on the $2.6 billion Istanbul International Financial Center (IIFC) project in Turkey. The HOK-designed master plan is composed of four different districts, which are centered around culture, commerce, civic functions and government. Read more.

OMA Tower Promotes Serious Sustainability Techniques


07 Mar 2013, Shenzhen, China

ArchDaily has produced an interview with Arpan Bakshi, the Sustainability Manager at YR&G, consultants for the Essence Financial Building. The competition-winning building, designed by Rem Koolhaas's Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), will be built in Shenzhen, China. Read more.

Hong Kong Proposal Transforms Runway Into Tower


05 Mar 2013, Hong Kong, China

International architecture firm MA2 has produced a design proposal for Hong Kong's Kai Tak development. The Kai Tak tower is part of efforts to transform an air port landing strip in the city into a new cultural, business and residential district. Read more.

Wired Profiles China Broad Chairman


26 Feb 2013, Changsha, China

British magazine Wired profiles Broad Sustainable Building chairman Zhang Yue, the man behind the SkyCity proposal for the world's next tallest building. The article provides a summary of the company's efforts to create a sustainable, prefabricated, ultrafast building typology. Read more.

Steven Holl Gives a Personal Tour of His Latest Towers


21 Feb 2013, Chengdu, China

Upon last month's completion of Steven Holl's Sliced Porosity Block in Chengdu, China, the designer took part in a pair of short films to document the project to the fullest extent. The films, created by Chicago-based Spirit of Space, paint a portrait of the buildings from the point of view of the user.Read more.

Popular Science on Shanghai Tower


19 Feb 2013, Shanghai, China

The Shanghai Tower, which is slated to be the world's second tallest building upon completion, is featured by Popular Science in a recent article. Engineers involved in the tower's design explain the layered structure, the double façade and the twisted shape, which are key elements of the structure. Read more.

OMA Wins Shenzhen Tower Competition


07 Feb 2013, Shenzhen, China

Rem Koolhaas's Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has won the design competition for the Essence Financial Building in Shenzhen, China. The design was chosen from the shortlist of four other entries by international and Chinese practices. Read more.

Multimedia: Hong Kong's Skyline Timeline


29 Jan 2013, Hong Kong, China

The South China Morning Post chronicles the development of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor skyline in an animated feature. The accompanying article includes a brief history of tall development in the city, and spotlights the city's two tallest buildings, ICC Tower and Two IFC. Read more.

China Company Breaks Ground on 560-meter Tower


02 Jan 2013, Jinan, China

Evergrande Real Estate Group has reportedly completed the foundation work on the Evergrande International Finance Center, a 560-meter tower in Jinan, China. The total complex will include more than 1.1 million square meters of residential, office, commercial and entertainment space. Read more.

Project Accused of ‘Pirating’ Zaha Hadid Design


02 Jan 2013, Chongqing, China

A developer in Chongqing has been accused of counterfeiting Zaha Hadid’s design for the Wangjing SOHO complex in Beijing, Der Spiegel reports. It is possible the copycat version may actually be completed before the original, according to the magazine. Read more.

Ma Yansong Creates Mountain Towers


14 Dec 2012, Guiyang, China

MAD Architects has revealed its design proposal for Shan-Shui City, which means the City of Mountains and Water. The complex, containing five skyscrapers, is inspired by ancient Chinese mountain-water worship practices and will be built in Guiyang, China. Read more.

Builder Digs Foundations Around Grave


07 Dec 2012, Taiyuan, China

Builders laying the foundation for a residential complex in Taiyuan, China have been forced to dig around a grave located on the site. The conflict arose because the relatives of the deceased person refused the $160,000 offered as compensation for the land. Read more.

JPA Designs Nanning's Future Tallest


05 Dec 2012, Nanning, China

Atlanta-based John Portman and Associates (JPA) has designed a new tower for the Chinese city of Nanning. The 400-meter (1,312-foot) Tian Long Fortune Center will be one of the first supertall skyscrapers in the area, World Architecture News reports. Read more.

AS + GG Wins Qintai Center Competition


06 Nov 2012, Wuhan, China

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has won the competition to design the Qintai Center in Wuhan. The complex will include a 248 meter (814 foot) tall, mixed-use tower and related podium structure, designboom reports. Read more.

'Tower of Ring' Completed in China


25 Oct 2012, Tianjin, China

The Japanese firm Eastern design office has completed a tower-shaped installation in a cultural square in Tianjin. Visitors cannot climb on or go in the tower. The piece seeks to encourage people to look into the sky, and to connect to the city and wider world.Read more.

People's Daily HQ Nears Completion in Beijing


23 Oct 2012, Beijing, China

Designboom has published the latest photos of the People's Daily Headquarters under construction in Beijing. The 100,000-square-meter tower consists of a concrete frame system with large cross beams, and will be one of China's super-tall buildings upon completion. Read more.

ZHA Hong Kong Innovation Tower Tops Out


09 Oct 2012, Hong Kong, China

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU) has topped-out the 76-meter-tall Zaha Hadid-designed Jockey Club Innovation Tower. On completion, Innovation Tower will be home to the School of Design and the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation. Read more.

Students Create a Pre-Fabricated Skyscraper for Beijing


05 Oct 2012, Beijing, China

Mock firm 'ANDO | Andalucia Office' explores the concept of "mutant vertical cities" in Beijing with its NODO project. With this prototypical tower, the students studied the possibility of locating ‘mini-cities’ within massive prefabricated skyscrapers. Read more.

Bamboo Tower Design Addresses China's Housing Shortage


04 Oct 2012, JingHong, China

China-based Tokamarch Architects has proposed a bamboo skyscraper to accommodate the Chinese population's housing needs. The firm's proposal mimics traditional Dai homes, made of local materials such as bamboo and wood, in a vertical setting. Read more.