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YUAN Jai - Year of Abundance


"Yuan Jai has a long and deep connection with the Chinese classical tradition of blue-and-green landscape painting; yet through her intuitive, playful reinterpretations of that tradition, she creates uniquely fresh and surprising visions of an alternative ‘natural’ world. Yuan also draws inspiration from folk traditions, in particular Chinese paper-cuts, using their formal elements as a foundation for creative restructuring in a range of presentations, from collage to painting. She employs the accoutrements of realism to conjure the world of her own imagination, an approach that reveals both her conceptual process and her ambition to break new ground in the realm of figurative painting". Yuan Jai’s new work, Year of Abundance, is up at Hanart TZ Gallery until 14 March. Details.

Post by Sherry Yong Chen.

Milan Expo 2015: Tsinghua University Teams with Studio Link-Arc to Design China Pavilion


Tsinghua University, alongside their partners at New York-based Studio Link-Arc, have been announced as winners of a competition to design the Chinese Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. Expanding on the Expo’s overarching theme, ‘Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life’, the pavilion…is centered on the idea that hope can be realised when nature and the city exist in harmony”. Via ArchDaily.

Latitude Design Studio x ECAL


Following a one-week trip to southeast China to discover its immense wholesale market and manufacturing hub, students of the ECAL Product Design Masters programme were asked to portray via sketch the many places they visited throughout their journey, capturing unique moments and casting a fresh look on China’s industry and everyday life. Find out more.

1/2 Stadium


Described as “an intervention” of an existing sports ground in a public school in Beijing, this project is referred to as 1/2 Stadium because the size, scale, formal expression and use of the resulting architecture stand in between an official stadium and a sports field. Continue reading.

Value Farm


"Value Farm creates value by cultivating the land as a collective effort. The project intersects issues of urban transformation, architecture and urban agriculture with an international cultural event, and explores the possibilities of urban farming in the city and how this may integrate with community-building". Continue reading.

Design Shanghai x AD China


Design Shanghai is collaborating with international home and lifestyle magazine AD China to present an extensive four-day international design forum. The AD China Design Forum will feature five daily seminars staged in the Collectibles Hall with prolific designers meeting to discuss the future of global design. With the capacity to hold 200 visitors, the seminar theatre will be designed by Neri&Hu. Talk details.

Acclaimed Literary Magazine Chutzpah! Shuts Down


Critically acclaimed literary magazine Chutzpah! has stopped publication after nearly four years. Chief Editor Ou Ning announced the news on 19 February 2014 on his Weibo and Facebook accounts. Over its print run of 16 issues, the publication has earned “rave reviews by lovers of literature for its presentation and edgy selection of literary content. Subjects ranged from dialect to minority literature, poetry, diaspora, and the last on the ‘Diamond Generation’ of post-89 youth. Each issue also included an abridged English-language supplement consisting mainly of translations from the Chinese”. Read more via randian.

More on EcoChic Design Award


It’s been a while since we’ve reported on EcoChic Design Award, but that’s not to say that there haven’t been any interesting developments lately. From catwalk shows to forums, the 2013 version of the award and involvement in fashion weeks, Redress seem firmly committed to promoting concepts surrounding sustainable fashion. Find out more.

Image courtesy of Andy Jones/Studio East.

Beijing Creatives 7


Looking for some mid-week inspiration? Beijing Creatives 7 is set to take place this coming Wednesday (19 Feb) at Dada Bar. Speakers include Anthony Tao, the blogger behind Beijing Cream, marketing director Iris Zhao, 3D photographer Matjaž Tančič, and Penguin Random House China designer Suo Di. Details in the poster above. Find Dada here.