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3 reasons why coworking is booming in China and what’s next?

3 reasons why coworking is booming in China and what’s next?

According to real estate services firm Jones Lang Lasalle, by the end of 2016 there were over 500 coworking sites in Shanghai and Beijing alone, compared to just a few in the end of 2015. As the sharing economy takes root in China with increasing vigour, a growing number of Chinese customers are shifting to a collaborative consumption lifestyle, resulting in a huge boom of co-working spaces in recent years with thousands of operators emerging. Generally speaking this is a mindset change: from owning something to renting something. Since this ‘new’ mindset is not totally a new thing in China, coming from a collectivist...
The Greening of Chinese Office Spaces

The Greening of Chinese Office Spaces

In the last few years there has been a huge movement to make working environments more “green”. You can barely get on line without coming across a story about an office that has just installed a vertical garden to create an enhanced working environment. There are endless reasons behind this growing green trend. Some want to create a space more conducive to creativity or reap the benefits of a healthier working environment. Others, like Anken in Shanghai, have created a whole green philosophy around their newly designed business space. But for most companies following these trends means setting themselves apart by...
Why a flexible approach is crucial to waterfront design in China

Why a flexible approach is crucial to waterfront design in China

  According to a research done by National Geographic, If All The Ice Melted, There are more than five million cubic miles of ice on Earth, and some scientists say it would take more than 5,000 years to melt it all. If we continue adding carbon to the atmosphere, we’ll very likely create an ice-free planet, with an average temperature of perhaps 80 degrees Fahrenheit instead of the current 58 raising the sea level 216 feet and creating new shorelines for our continents and inland seas. Rising ocean water would flood China’s most economically developed region of more than one...
[infographic] The issues of the seven seas?

[infographic] The issues of the seven seas?

I hope you enjoy this infographic we did for the 66m Under installation. You can click on the image to enlarge, sadly it’s mostly in Chinese. All the information and numbers included in this graphic come from the research we did [I know, I know, I forgot to write down the sources…]. Feel free to Please share it! Now, I think it’s time to tell the truth about what really happened during the 2012 BJDW to our installation. What was intended to improve people’s awareness on environmental issues, actually enlightened us on how impossible hard it is to achieve such a goal. During the whole design...
Has China been an architects’ test field for too long?

Has China been an architects’ test field for too long?

As the New York Times and Xinhua report, president  Xi Jinping has shared some opinions about on the desirable path that Chinese “art” scene should follow at a symposium in Beijing. Some of these tips were more obvious, like that artists should not be “slaves” of the market or “lose themselves in the tide of market economy nor go astray while answering the question of whom to serve” (Andy Warhol would disagree on this one). Or that Chinese artists should “disseminate contemporary Chinese values, embody traditional Chinese culture and reflect Chinese people’s aesthetic pursuit” and avoid “plagiarism, mechanization and fast-food style...
Context is God. Try to understand this before building your China monument

Context is God. Try to understand this before building your China monument

Two days ago while I was on a cab ride through Beijing Haidian district, I noticed a glittery gate of a newly constructed compound with geometric decorations on its surface. It is common in Beijing, as in most of Chinese cities, to enclose residential 大院 compounds in walls. Usually the higher is the value of the compound, the stricter is the security at the compound’s gates. This reminds me of how castles in medieval Europe were built. The opposition between the rationality of the human-built environment and the chaos of the outside world, with the uncontrolled mess of a still frightening...