Shanghai currently has 100 buildings listed under China’s Green Building Label, which awards up to three stars for constructions identified as low-carbon in their design or operation. Currently flying the flag for this architectural eco-boom, the sustainable skyscraper known as the Shanghai Tower has been long-awaited.
Shape of the City
Suzhou’s outstanding gardens, unique architecture, and distinctly Chinese urban organization stand in stark contrast to the Western-influenced chaos of Shanghai. Increasingly, Shanghai proper is only one node of an enormous urban agglomeration that extends from Nanjing to Hangzhou, encompassing several vibrant urban centers connected by efficient high-speed rail. While the grey fields and endless rows […]
The plane descends through smog the color of cigarette smoke, coasting over low-slung industrial sheds in a brownfield landscape sliced by highways and dirty canals. Distant cranes hover above endless rows of towers, fading in the haze as the tarmac heaves up to meet the landing gear. The gleaming terminal fades into your subconscious […]
Hangzhou is nearly 200km from Shanghai, but the speed and efficiency of the Chinese rail system makes a day trip or weekend getaway incredible easy, and offers a tranquil respite from the chaos of the city on the Huangpu. West Lake is the biggest draw here, and an efficient trip to Hangzhou would […]
Though China is becoming well known as the home of startling, ambitious new architecture, the sweeping forms and epic scale of China’s new icons of modernity often appear only after extensive periods of relocation and demolition, and in many ways tastefully-preserved blocks are more impressive than new constructions, given the careful study and rehabilitation required […]