“A rapidly developing area along the Yangtze River called for a community center for…the burgeoning city of Yangzhou, China. The structure [makes use of a] streamlined form and a rich architectonic palette to balance the likes of the nearby 2500-year old Beijing-Hangzhou grand canal and the sleek glass office blocks. Zhang Lei of Chinese firm AZL Architects used the cluster of three buildings to assert a statement about the potential for architecture to unify a shifting landscape”. Via designboom.
CAFA Graduate Shows 2013
This year’s CAFA graduate exhibitions are currently underway. Taking place throughout the school campus, from now until the end of May 2013.
Beijing-based NLGX have just sent in these images of their newly-renovated store. The brand also released new tee designs last month, including a much needed ‘I ♥ Beijing’ set. More images under the cut.
“The shocking pink and blue velour drapes that bifurcate Arrow Factory’s front window are the daytime manifestations of Zhuang Hui’s new work ‘No Title’. Each day at dusk strobe lighting behind the curtains comes to life, transforming these static colours into a mysterious yet silent disco lightshow, causing fleeting shadows to dance sporadically upon the windows. An experiment in pure visual abstraction, ‘No Title’ distills the colours and materials of vernacular culture to tap into a reaction that is purely physical and visceral”. Continue reading.
More on BJDW 2013
Beijing Design Week 2013 opened their call for applications this week. Completed materials are due 10 June 2013. Find out more.
Born and raised in the US, David Hu (Hu Yuwen) has lived and worked in Shanghai, Beijing, Taiwan and New York City. With degrees in both mechanical engineering and industrial design, David brings together strategic design, technical expertise and highly conceptual work to every project he undertakes, including those for multinational corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, Unilever and Diageo. EightSix recently caught up with the industrial designer to talk about his life, his influences and “Chinese design”.