Chicago’s Willis Tower falls off top ten list of tallest buildings in world

Chicago in 2010. (Monika Thorpe via Flickr)

The former tallest building in the world, now 11th, the Willis Tower in Chicago. (Monika Thorpe/Flickr)

The Willis Tower (formerly known as, and still referred to by locals as, the Sears Tower) has been bumped from the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) top ten tallest buildings in the world list with the completion of the Gensler-designed Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China.

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What’s happening with that giant golden statue of Mao in China?

International, News, Other
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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(Buster&Bubby / Flickr)

(Buster&Bubby / Flickr)

This month, a 120-foot-tall statue of former Communist Party leader Mao Zedong in the village of Zhushigang, Henan province, was completed. The steel-and-concrete statue sat, somewhat incongruously, in the middle of a field. Days later, the statue was torn down. What happened? Read More

Penda creates a river-like pavilion for the 10th International Garden Expo in Wuhan, China

Where the River Runs pavilion. (Courtesy Penda)

Where the River Runs pavilion. (Courtesy Penda)

Where the River Runs, a 1,500 square-meter (4,921 square-foot) pavilion by the Beijing– and Vienna–based firm Penda Architecture and Design, is currently under construction for the 10th International Garden Expo in Wuhan, China. The expo will span over 200 acres and expects more than 12 million visitors.

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KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten to Design New Shenzhen Art Museum

International
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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(Courtesy KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten)

(Courtesy KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten)

German studio KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten was selected last month in an international competition to design the new Shenzhen Art Museum and Library complex. The winning scheme was chosen over submissions by world-renowned firms including OMA, Mecanoo and Steven Holl.

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Enough Buildings: the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

Architecture, International, Urbanism
Saturday, December 5, 2015
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Opening day at Re-Living the City at the Former Dacheng Flour Factory in Shenzhen. (Mimi Zeiger/AN)

Opening day at Re-Living the City at the Former Dacheng Flour Factory in Shenzhen. (Mimi Zeiger/AN)

“City-ness” is at the heart of the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, which kicked off last Friday in Shenzhen, China. Titled Re-Living the City and curated by Aaron Betsky, Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner, and Doreen Heng Liu the event brought together architects, designers, urbanists, and makers on the site of the former Dacheng Flour Factory not far from Shekou Port.

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On View> Cao Fei’s “Shadow Plays” explores the rapid pace of Chinese development

Art, Development, On View, West
Monday, November 16, 2015
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(Courtesy the Mistake Room)

(Courtesy the Mistake Room)

Cao Fei: Shadow Plays
The Mistake Room
1811 E. 20th St., Los Angeles
Through November 21, 2015

Cao Fei’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, Shadow Plays, features a chaotic conglomerate of contemporary urban forms in Chinese life. Focusing on the obscurities, Fei’s work offers a surreal sideways glance at China’s rapid development.

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Clifford Pearson, deputy editor at Architectural Record, will direct USC’s American Academy in China

East, News, Shft+Alt+Del
Monday, November 16, 2015
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Clifford Pearson (Courtesy World Building Institute)

Clifford Pearson (Courtesy World Building Institute)

Clifford Pearson, deputy editor at Architectural Record, is leaving his post to join the University of Southern California‘s (USC) School of Architecture as Director of the American Academy in China (AAC). Read More

Winner of 2015 Curry Stone Design Prize Announced

Architecture, Awards, International
Thursday, October 1, 2015
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Stepped roofs designed to be planted with gardens on top of Jintai Village houses.

Stepped roofs designed to be planted with gardens on top of Jintai Village houses. (Rural Urban Framework)

Hong Kong–based nonprofit research and design firm Rural Urban Framework (RUF) won the Curry Stone Design Prize for its work rebuilding villages across China.

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Who needs Paris? Chinese copycat culture strikes again with I.M. Pei’s Louvre

Architecture, International
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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(Courtesy China.org.cn)

(Courtesy China.org.cn)

China is no stranger to unashamedly ripping off landmark Western structures—the country has replicas of the Eiffel Tower and several renditions of the White House. However, this time they have copied one of their own architects, I. M. Pei, with a 1:1 duplicate of the Louvre in a Shijiazhuang theme park.

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Despite no first prize winner, competition to rethink urban growth in China produces some big ideas

(Courtesy Marcos Betanzos)

(Courtesy Marcos Betanzos)

To address the urgent and emerging issue of urban development in China, Creativersal and the International Union of Architects (UIA) staged the Mount Lu Estate of World Architecture (MOLEWA) competition.

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First this casino in Macau built the world’s first figure-eight Ferris wheel, then it built a time-lapse LEGO model of the spectacle

(Courtesy Studio City Macau)

(Courtesy Studio City Macau)

Calling itself Asia’s entertainment capital, the nearing completion casino, Studio City Macau, is a $3.2 billion resort that has enough glittering amenities to claim such a title. But as we know from Las Vegas, no casino sprawling out over the size of a mini city is complete without some sort of amusement park flourish, and Studio City doesn’t disappoint, boasting the world’s first figure-eight Ferris wheel.

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Chinese tech exec Liu Dejian builds $100 million home modeled after Star Trek’s USS Enterprise

(Courtesy Hacktron)

(Courtesy Hacktron)

Architecture purists, turn back now. Star Trek aficionado and wealthy tech exec Liu Dejian purchased the rights from CBS to build a home and office space that’s a deadringer for the sci-fi film franchise’s famous starship, the USS Enterprise.

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