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Richard Meier’s Shenzhen Clubhouse is a Naturally Lit Island Oasis

Richard Meier’s Shenzhen Clubhouse is a Naturally Lit Island Oasis

The main clubhouse is designed as a series of jutting white angular facades, with trapezoidal forms intersecting each other. Made from white metal panels, the facades allow daylight to flood the interior

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Nine Dragons Housing Complex is a Green-Roofed Residential Maze in China

Nine Dragons Housing Complex is a Green-Roofed Residential Maze in China

To design the mixed-use complex, YKH_lab began with a 'mat-hybrid' layout to differentiate between public courtyards and private spaces, and to infuse daylighting into all the buildings. The project is a

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Extraordinary 28 Storey Kowloon Office Tower in China Has a Bushy Greenery-Lined Carpark!

Extraordinary 28 Storey Kowloon Office Tower in China Has a Bushy Greenery-Lined Carpark!

We're not 100% what other green features have been incorporated into this design, but give credence to Aedas for attempting to influence a greening trend in the Kowloon Bay area with this incredible

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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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China Celebrates the Opening of Its Gorgeous Daylit Tianjin West Railway Station

China Celebrates the Opening of Its Gorgeous Daylit Tianjin West Railway Station

gmp Architekten won the station's design competition back in 2007 and then commenced on construction, which lasted 2 1/2 years in 2008. The new station is a contemporary interpretation of the

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Gucci Staff in China Claim Severe Abuse That Resulted in Illness and Miscarriages

Gucci Staff in China Claim Severe Abuse That Resulted in Illness and Miscarriages

Gucci's flagship store in Shenzhen, China, has been accused by former staff of sweatshop-like abuse.  Five ex-employees of the luxury brand cited abuse so severe that they suffered from stomach and

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SOM to Redevelop Nanjing Waterfront into Sustainable Mini Metropolis

SOM to Redevelop Nanjing Waterfront into Sustainable Mini Metropolis

Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill architects have certainly made their mark in the U.S. with their breathtaking World Trade Center Tower, and their next project will take their innovative designs all the way

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China’s Coal-Powered Grid Negates the Green Benefits of Electric Vehicles

China’s Coal-Powered Grid Negates the Green Benefits of Electric Vehicles

If any other country in the world was to announce plans to get 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, it would be a massive environmental victory -- except in China. Despite the Chinese

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Raccoon Dogs Skinned Alive for Knockoff UGG Boots (Graphic Video)

Raccoon Dogs Skinned Alive for Knockoff UGG Boots (Graphic Video)

We can all appreciate a good deal, but even if the price tag is cheap, there might be a whole different kind of price looming behind your knockoff UGGs.  Animal-rights group Swiss Animal Protection has

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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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China’s Rapid Infrastructure Growth Caused CO2 Emissions to Triple Between 1992 and 2007

China’s Rapid Infrastructure Growth Caused CO2 Emissions to Triple Between 1992 and 2007

A new study shows that between 1992 and 2007 emissions in China nearly tripled. The study explores not only the emissions but their causes and revealed something interesting, in the past two decades

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Crystalline Design for Harbin Airport Emulates the Region’s Icy Peaks

Crystalline Design for Harbin Airport Emulates the Region’s Icy Peaks

Harbin is a city of 7 million located in the snowy north of China, and is known as an “ice city.” Drawing upon that, Hassell created a design that integrated within Harbin’s crystalline icescape,

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Wind-Powered Pavilions in Shanghai Are Fun Candy-Coated Play Houses

Wind-Powered Pavilions in Shanghai Are Fun Candy-Coated Play Houses

Parks in China are used extensively by residents throughout the day to practice tai chi, dance, meet friends, relax or eat. Bailanjing Park along the river is a new development to increase the urban green

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Shanghai’s Stunning Sun Valley Pavilion Boasts the World’s Largest Membrane Roof

Shanghai’s Stunning Sun Valley Pavilion Boasts the World’s Largest Membrane Roof

Anchored around the theme of “Better City, Better Life,” the 2010 Shanghai Expo was the largest World Expo to date. The tent-like structure covering the grounds measures a massive 1,000 meters long

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Hurricane Irene Puts a Damper on Highly Anticipated MLK Memorial Dedication in D.C.

Hurricane Irene Puts a Damper on Highly Anticipated MLK Memorial Dedication in D.C.

The much-anticipated Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial dedication ceremony that was expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to D.C. this Sunday has been cancelled due to Hurricane

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Steven Holl’s Horizontal Skyscraper Wins Coveted 2011 American Architecture Award!

Steven Holl’s Horizontal Skyscraper Wins Coveted 2011 American Architecture Award!

As long as the Empire State Building is tall, the horizontal skyscraper is enormous and could have had a disastrous environmental impact. Instead, by pushing it off the ground, covering it in green roofs,

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Solar-Powered Split Bathhouses Provide Sanitation for 700 Children in Gansu Province

Solar-Powered Split Bathhouses Provide Sanitation for 700 Children in Gansu Province

The bathhouse is composed of two rectangular buildings connected via a breezeway in the center. This public central space is covered in translucent panels and acts like a greenhouse, while doors on either

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Shenzhen’s New Bao’an Stadium Evokes the Greenery of China’s Bamboo Forests

Shenzhen’s New Bao’an Stadium Evokes the Greenery of China’s Bamboo Forests

Located in the Bao'an District, the new stadium was designed as a perfect circle to fit within the urban space without any specific orientation. Access into the stadium can be gained from almost every

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All Natural Museum of Handcraft Paper in China Doesn’t Use a Single Nail

All Natural Museum of Handcraft Paper in China Doesn’t Use a Single Nail

The museum was built in a field next to Xinzhuang Village at the foot of Yummnan's Gaoligaong Mountain. There it acts as an extension to the homes, where making paper is a fixture of daily life, creating

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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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MIT’s New Tools for Sustainability-Minded Designers and Developers

MIT’s New Tools for Sustainability-Minded Designers and Developers

MIT researchers, in collaboration with China’s Tsinghua University, have recently created a new set of tools to evaluate the energy performance of large-scale development projects. The tools are a

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The Water House Showcases Local Materials and Traditional Techniques in China

The Water House Showcases Local Materials and Traditional Techniques in China

The old town of Lijiang was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site back in 1997 and is known for its orderly system of waterways and bridges. Cobblestone streets and over 350 bridges connect the city, which is

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“The Big Dig” in China is a Ginormous Green Hole in the Ground

“The Big Dig” in China is a Ginormous Green Hole in the Ground

These Chinese spectators staring at “The Big Dig” exhibit at the Xi’an International Horticultural Expo are clearly wondering why there is a giant hole in the ground – and so,

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Greenpeace Links Nike and Adidas to Toxic River Polluters in China

Greenpeace Links Nike and Adidas to Toxic River Polluters in China

Talk about dirty laundry. Enviro-watchdog Greenpeace recently nabbed Nike and Adidas for working with Chinese factories responsible for washing heavy metals and hormone-disrupting substances in the

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Green-Roofed Terminal Building Spans River to Connect Shenzen and Hong Kong

Green-Roofed Terminal Building Spans River to Connect Shenzen and Hong Kong

The building's soft form appears to float over the river and contrasts with the rigid struc­ture of the surrounding truck park­ing and. Organization and design of the building largely hinged on

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Integer Bamboo House: The World’s First Multi-Story Laminated Bamboo House

Integer Bamboo House: The World’s First Multi-Story Laminated Bamboo House

With a growth cycle of four years, bamboo is a quick growing material that can be raised almost anywhere, making it one of the more natural and eco-friendly building materials -- assuming it is harvested

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China Plans To Clone The Entire Village of Hallstatt, Austria

China Plans To Clone The Entire Village of Hallstatt, Austria

This won't be the first time that China has pinned its sights on a European village and set about building an exact replica of it in their own country. But their latest  effort to do so may be the most

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Airy Chu Hai College Campus in Hong Kong Will be Cooled by Sea Breezes

Airy Chu Hai College Campus in Hong Kong Will be Cooled by Sea Breezes

Chu Hai College of Higher Education in Hong Kong is getting an airy new look designed by OMA. Slated to open in 2013, the 90,000 square foot campus will house open spaces for classrooms, studios and

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Nanjing Eco Housing To Feature Cascading Living Walls and High Tech Facade

Nanjing Eco Housing To Feature Cascading Living Walls and High Tech Facade

Working with a predetermined massing and volume of the development, BDP maneuvered around the basic block buildings to design a sustainable project. Relying on solar passive design, the east-west

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