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The Guardian Covers China’s Vertical Climb via CTBUH


30 Oct 2014, Shanghai, China

In late September, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat held its annual conference in Shanghai – two years after its last meeting there. The conference provided a venue for discussing tall building trends in China. Read more.

John Portman & Associates to Design Yinchuan Greenland Center


27 Oct 2014, Yinchuan, China

International architectural firm John Portman & Associates was selected to design the Greenland Yinchuan Super-Tall Project, a 306,000 square-meter, two-tower mixed-use project located in the Yinchuan Central Business District. Read more.

Chinese President: “No More Weird Architecture”


21 Oct 2014, Beijing, China

Chinese president Xi Jinping has called for an end to the "weird architecture" that has come as a result of China's construction boom. Xi attacked projects, including the Rem Koolhaas-designed CCTV headquarters in Beijing. Read more.

Eroded Urbanism Proposal Created for Shenzhen Bay Super City Competition


16 Oct 2014, Shenzhen, China

For the Shenzhen Bay Super City Competition, a firm has proposed “eroded urbanism” as a prototype for flexible metropolitan development, which integrates various commercial, residential, cultural, and environmental forces. Read more.

Master Plan Presented for Evergrande IFC Landmark Tower in Jinan


09 Oct 2014, Jinan, China

Design of the Evergrande Jinan IFC Landmark Tower and master plan was recently completed. The design comprises the 560-meter tower, serviced apartment towers, SOHO offices, retail mall, and support facilities. Read more.

Beijing’s Sunrise Kempinski Hotel Ready to Open


08 Oct 2014, Beijing, China

The Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, with a design that rises to a height of 97 meters, will be ready to open for business in November. As the name suggests, the architecture references the shape of the sun emerging above the horizon. Read more.

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre to Open Early 2016


08 Oct 2014, Guangzhou, China

The 530-meter Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre is slated to complete in early 2016, at which point it will be the tallest building in Guangzhou. The tower will offer an assortment of office space, an art mall, a hotel, and residences. Read more.

Park Place Breaks Ground in Wuhan


25 Sep 2014, Wuhan, China

Spanning over 20 acres (8 hectares) in Wuhan, China, Park Place is a large mixed-use development that just broke ground. It merges high-end retail, residential, and commercial spaces with an agrarian program. Read more.

Painting Inspires Hengqin International Financial Center in Zhuhai


24 Sep 2014, Zhuhai, China

Released soon after the completion of the unusual Aedas-designed Sandcrawler for George Lucas in Singapore, the Hengqin International Financial Center in Zhuhai, China takes its inspiration from a historical Chinese painting. Read more.

Mixed-Use Hub Planned for Ningbo


22 Sep 2014, Ningbo, China

Images have been released of a 120,000 square-meter mixed-use development in Ningbo, China. The scheme includes four high-rises and will blend residential units with retail outlets and commercial developments. Read more.

Nanjing Office Complex Proposal Encapsulates Multi-Modal Connectivity


18 Sep 2014, Nanjing, China

A large-scale masterplan has been proposed for Nanjing, China that would act as a zone of transition between the Old Nanjing City and the rapidly developing industrial area. The plan places an emphasis on walkable urban space. Read more.

Competition Entry Revealed for Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan


15 Sep 2014, Shenzhen, China

The Shenzhen Bay Super City Masterplan aims to create a new city center with headquarter offices for global corporations and related venues for international conferences, exhibitions, and cultural programs. Read more.

Wujin Forestry Tower Mimics Stacked Chinese Jade Seals


10 Sep 2014, Wujin, China

Overt symbolism is par for the course in Chinese architecture, and it's a pattern that an Australian architecture firm explored in the Forestry Tower, a competition-winning concept design for the Wujin Agriculture and Forestry Bureau. Read more.

Firm Presents Master Plan for Jinan Business District


08 Sep 2014, Jinan, China

A UK-based architecture firm has revealed plans for Jinan's business district. The site serves as a link between the historic old town in the west and the new airport district situated to the east. Read more.

Aedas Releases Images of Grand Mixed-Use Project in Wuhan


03 Sep 2014, Wuhan, China

Located on Jinghan Avenue in the bustling Qiaokou District of Wuhan, Heartland 66, designed by Aedas, is a mixed-use development that comprises a world-class shopping mall, Grade-A office tower, and serviced apartments. Read more.

Shenzhen Super City Vision Revives Brutalist “Streets in the Sky”


27 Aug 2014, Shenzhen, China

In China, designers are looking to layer more transport corridors vertically above and below ground. One example is the Shenzhen Bay Super City - Xtremendous by UNIT Urban New Idea Team, which includes a 152-meter-high walkway. Read more.

Broadway Malyan Selected to Design Chengdu Creative Centre


21 Aug 2014, Chengdu, China

Broadway Malyan has been announced as the winning practice in a competition for Chengdu Creative Centre, a mixed-use venture blending office and retail units with green public spaces, anchored by a 110 meter-high central tower. Read more.

Winner Chosen to Design Mixed-Use Complex in Shenzhen


21 Aug 2014, Shenzhen, China

A winner has been selected for an invited competition to design the new headquarters for CITIC Securities in Shenzhen. The winning design calls for a tower that is situated on the western gateway to Shenzhen Bay. Read more.

Shenyang to Receive Diamond Hill Complex


20 Aug 2014, Shenyang, China

Architects have announced plans for Diamond Hill, a mixed-use project located in Shenyang, China. The project’s residential, office, and retail spaces will be built atop a fully integrated transportation hub. Read more.

Goettsch Partners to Design High-Rise Complex in Shenzhen


19 Aug 2014, Shenzhen, China

Architecture firm Goettsch Partners (GP) has been hired to design a massive project located in Neighborhood 2 of Shenzhen’s Qianhai district. The project covers 6.2 hectares and includes five commercial towers. Read more.

Prince’s Building Planned for Shenzhen Skyline


18 Aug 2014, Shenzhen, China

In the sprawling Chinese city of Shenzhen, architects have designed the Prince’s Building, a mixed-use development that caters to local merchants. The 27-story tower will rise to a total height of 110 meters. Read more.

Fish-Inspired Skyscraper in Zhuhai Wins Chinese Tower Contest


15 Aug 2014, Zhuhai, China

Proposed at the intersection of two rivers in the Doumen District of Zhuhai, the Doumen Observation Tower was designed to mimic the movement of water and aquatic life in the coastal city, sometimes known as the Chinese Riviera. Read more.

JAHN’s Leatop Plaza in Guangzhou Receives LEED Gold Certification


12 Aug 2014, Guangzhou, China

JAHN’s 303-meter Leatop Plaza has achieved LEED Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). It is the first LEED Gold-certified building in south (mainland) China, and JAHN’s first in Asia. Read more.

“One More” Tower Begins Construction in Kaohsiung


05 Aug 2014, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

A groundbreaking ceremony was held to mark the start of construction on spatial practice’s first residential tower "One More" in Kaohsiung City, in close proximity to the city’s Art Museum Park. Read more.

Shanghai Tower Gets Finishing Touch


04 Aug 2014, Shanghai, China

The final steel beam was installed on China’s soon-to-be tallest building, Shanghai Tower, with the skyscraper reaching its designed height of 632 meters. The 137-story tower is expected to open in the middle of 2015. Read more.

Window of Canton Revealed by Atkins


31 Jul 2014, Guangzhou, China

Atkins has unveiled a new commercial complex in the Chinese city of Guangzhou. The three-volume development comprises two buildings resembling “floating” windows, followed by a third 208-meter-high tower. Read more.

Zhengzhou Le Meridien Hotel Receives Contemporary Overhaul


23 Jul 2014, Zhengzhou, China

The Le Meriden Hotel has received a total exterior and interior overhaul, featuring a new facade resembling a pile of interwoven glass boxes and an entrance surrounded by a forest of bronze bamboo-like columns. Read more.

Sino-Singapore Knowledge City Taking Shape in Guangzhou


09 Jul 2014, Guangzhou, China

The Sino-Singapore Knowledge City (SSGKC) is progressively taking shape in the northern part of Guangzhou. Covering about 123 square kilometers, this new city will be developed over the coming 20 years. Read more.

Tianjin’s “Manhattan Replica” Rises Against Backdrop of Vacancies


30 Jun 2014, Tianjin, China

China’s project to build a replica of Manhattan is taking shape against a backdrop of vacant office towers and unfinished hotels, underscoring the risks of a slowing economy due to the nation’s unprecedented investment boom. Read more.

Megatall Pair Envisioned for Wuhan


16 Jun 2014, Wuhan, China

UK-based Chetwoods Architects has unveiled renderings of the twin 1,000-meter Phoenix Towers in Wuhan, China, which if completed would be the world’s tallest pair of skyscrapers. Read more.