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Sou Fujimoto Unveils Plans for Cloud-Like 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London

Sou Fujimoto Unveils Plans for Cloud-Like 2013 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London

Each year, the Serpentine Gallery in London's Kensington Gardens invites an architect to design a temporary structure in the park. This year, 41-year-old Sou Fujimoto will become the youngest architect to

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Matt Hope’s ‘Breathing Bike’ Creates Clean Air in Polluted Beijing as it Rides

Matt Hope’s ‘Breathing Bike’ Creates Clean Air in Polluted Beijing as it Rides

Riding a bicycle is normally a healthy alternative to driving a gas-guzzling vehicle. But in places like Beijing where air pollution is hitting record levels, keeping yourself separated from the deadly

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LOT-EK’s Sanlitun South is an Urban Shipping Container Village in Beijing

LOT-EK’s Sanlitun South is an Urban Shipping Container Village in Beijing

LOT-EK's Sunlitan South is one part of a larger retail and living center in Beijing. Master planned by The Oval Partnership for Swire Properties, the project also features building designed by KKAA/Kengo

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The Bao House is a Tricycle-Powered Mobile Home That Pedals Around Beijing

The Bao House is a Tricycle-Powered Mobile Home That Pedals Around Beijing

Able to float through the streets like a cloud, the Bao House was created for the Get it Louder 2012 exhibition of art in Beijing. Prompted to design a human powered mobile living space, dot Architects

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Zaha Hadid’s Light-Filled LEED Silver Galaxy Soho Opens in Beijing

Zaha Hadid’s Light-Filled LEED Silver Galaxy Soho Opens in Beijing

The new Galaxy Soho project is a 330,000 sq m commercial complex that includes office, retail and entertainment outlets. Designed by Zaha Hadid, the project is characterized by four large organic shaped

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Cinderella-Inspired Pumpkin Room Transforms EDG Creatives into Fairytale Brainstormers

Cinderella-Inspired Pumpkin Room Transforms EDG Creatives into Fairytale Brainstormers

The award-winning pumpkin room comes in two different varieties: either a complete mini-room that can be installed in just about any office, or partitions comprised of just two of the polycarbonate panels

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JDS Architects’ Beijing Green Visitor Center is a Sustainable Building You Can Walk On

JDS Architects’ Beijing Green Visitor Center is a Sustainable Building You Can Walk On

JDS Architects recently unveiled their plans for the Beijing Green Visitor Center, which will sit at the entrance to a new sustainable industry park. The building serves as a welcome area for visitors and

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Beijing Infrastructure Crippled By Worst Flooding In 60 Years!

Beijing Infrastructure Crippled By Worst Flooding In 60 Years!

China's capital city Beijing is in chaos after experiencing the the heaviest rainfall in 60 years. The ensuing flooding has overwhelmed the city's infrastructure causing drains to overflow and rivers to

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Beijing’s Encapsulated ‘Parkview Green FangCaoDi’ Has Its Own Energy-Efficient Microclimate

Beijing’s Encapsulated ‘Parkview Green FangCaoDi’ Has Its Own Energy-Efficient Microclimate

Parkview Green FangCaoDi is a 800,000 sq ft mixed-use development and is quite possibly one of the largest sustainable projects in the city. The collaborative design work of Integrated Design Associates

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FLOAT Beijing Monitors Air Quality With High-Flying Kites!

FLOAT Beijing Monitors Air Quality With High-Flying Kites!

FLOAT Beijing is an interactive, community driven art project that uses kite making and kite flying to activate dialogue, map and record air quality in Beijing, China. Urban air quality is a serious issue

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OMA’s Folded CCTV Tower in Beijing is Now Complete

OMA’s Folded CCTV Tower in Beijing is Now Complete

Construction on the CCTV headquarters began back in 2004, but the frame caught fire in 2009 causing a major setback. The media conglomerate expects to move into the tower where all of their offices will

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Baidu’s Science and Technology Campus is a Circular Green Haven in Beijing

Baidu’s Science and Technology Campus is a Circular Green Haven in Beijing

The green space is so well-articulated that it's possible for students, faculty and visitors to experience all of the seasons on what ZNA proposes to be one of Beijing's greenest university campuses. But

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The Garden School is a New Green-Roofed Learning Facility for China

The Garden School is a New Green-Roofed Learning Facility for China

Strategic orientation of the 51,000 square meter Garden School, construction of which is currently underway, makes optimum use of passive solar design, daylighting, and natural ventilation. Some of the

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SOM Wins Master Plan Competition for Beijing Bohai Innovation City Along High Speed Rail Line

SOM Wins Master Plan Competition for Beijing Bohai Innovation City Along High Speed Rail Line

“Beijing Bohai Innovation City establishes a new model of transit-oriented development at an unprecedented scale,” said project chief designer Thomas Hussey of SOM’s Chicago urban planning studio in

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World’s Largest Bus: China’s 300 Passenger Youngman JNP6250G Set to Serve Beijing and Hangzhou

World’s Largest Bus: China’s 300 Passenger Youngman JNP6250G Set to Serve Beijing and Hangzhou

China has made a momentous step forward for public transportation by unveiling the world's largest bus - the Youngman JNP6250G. The megabus Superliner is 13 meters longer than regular city buses, and it

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Rollercoaster: Louvered Pavilion Snakes Around a Schoolyard Like an Amusement Park Ride

Rollercoaster: Louvered Pavilion Snakes Around a Schoolyard Like an Amusement Park Ride

The school was originally considering a large sculpture to occupy the courtyard as a highlight for the center of the campus. But upon further inspection, they realized the campus lacked a public space for

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Liyuan Library’s Wood Facade Filters the Sun While Harmonizing With the Surrounding Landscape

Liyuan Library’s Wood Facade Filters the Sun While Harmonizing With the Surrounding Landscape

The library, which is located in the tiny village of Huairou, gives the local villagers a serene reading space as well as access to reading materials. Li Xiaodong wanted to create a place conducive to

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Chinese Architects Tap Tibetan Expertise in Award-Winning Niyang River Visitor Center Design

Chinese Architects Tap Tibetan Expertise in Award-Winning Niyang River Visitor Center Design

Standing on a concrete foundation, the minimalist stone building is covered with aga clay - a waterproofing and heat insulation material commonly used in Tibetan vernacular architecture. It is also useful

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Sprialing Phoenix International Media Center Rises in Beijing

Sprialing Phoenix International Media Center Rises in Beijing

The Phoenix Center is located in the city's largest park, which was once home to the 2008 Summer Olympic beach volleyball games. Surrounded by lush greens and public pathways, the building's open

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Beijing Water Cube Transformed Into Happy Magic Water Park!

Beijing Water Cube Transformed Into Happy Magic Water Park!

The Water Cube, originally designed by Australian firm PTW Architects with the help of Arup, was already an amazing work of architecture that garnered a number of awards and had some record-breaking

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SOM’s CBD Center for Beijing Wins AIA Regional and Urban Design Award

SOM’s CBD Center for Beijing Wins AIA Regional and Urban Design Award

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's plan for a new sustainable Central Business District in Beijing was met with much fanfare when it was first announced, and now SOM has garnered even more attention by

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Mentougou: Eriksson Architects Unveils Geodesic Gemstone Eco Valley for China

Mentougou: Eriksson Architects Unveils Geodesic Gemstone Eco Valley for China

The 100 sq km development will include space for 9 environmental research institutes and companies and a city center and smaller residential villages with enough housing for 50,000 people. Public

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Beijing to Eliminate Gridlock by Cutting Vehicle Registrations by 2/3

Beijing to Eliminate Gridlock by Cutting Vehicle Registrations by 2/3

Gridlock in and around Beijing, China is a huge problem -- earlier this year a traffic jam outside of the city stretched for 60 miles and lasted ten days. Fortunately, the Chinese government is about to

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Chinese Commercial Train Obliterates Speed Record At 302MPH

Chinese Commercial Train Obliterates Speed Record At 302MPH

Image © AP Photo/Xinhua, Liu Junxi In October, Inhabitat brought you news about China claiming to have broken the speed record for locally produced trains with one of their scheduled service trains

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Seven Questions With Architect Steven Holl

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Seven Questions With Architect Steven Holl

Steven Holl is one of the most celebrated and well-respected architects working today. His architectural work is widely recognized and covers extensive ground ranging from museums, educational

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SOM Announces Opening of LEED Gold Tower, Tallest in Beijing

SOM Announces Opening of LEED Gold Tower, Tallest in Beijing

The China World Trade Tower III celebrated its grand opening today, closing the third and most recent phase of the incredible China World Trade Center development. The 81-story mixed-use tower is now

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Chinese Traffic Jam Extends 60 Miles and Nine Days

Chinese Traffic Jam Extends 60 Miles and Nine Days

If ever there were a case for the importance of good urban planning that includes mass transit, this is it: a 62-mile traffic standstill on a road leading to Beijing is now in its ninth day, with

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GM Unveils Chevy Volt MPV5 Electric Crossover Vehicle

GM Unveils Chevy Volt MPV5 Electric Crossover Vehicle

You've probably noticed that we at Inhabitat are super excited for the commercial release of the Chevy Volt in the US. Well it turns out that General Motors has another extended range electric Volt model

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China to Launch Multi-Billion Dollar Renewable Energy Program

China to Launch Multi-Billion Dollar Renewable Energy Program

Photograph: Bob Sacha/Corbis China recently announced that it is planning to reduce its carbon intensity by 40-45% (from 2005 levels) and generate 15% of its electricity from renewables by 2020.

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SOM Unveils Plans For a Green Geothermal District in Beijing

SOM Unveils Plans For a Green Geothermal District in Beijing

SOM recently unveiled plans for a new urban center in Beijing’s Dawangjing District that will feature an integrated heating and cooling solution designed to reduce energy use and carbon emissions. The

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