Embedded architecture

Taiyuan

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hand of client

From Daan’s Diary:

Mondaymorning. I am having a cup of coffee and am reading a bit in my just acquired copy (!) of SMLXL. In the essay ‘Bigness’ I read: ‘Beyond a certain critical mass, a building becomes a Big Building.’

The phone rings. It is my friend S. ‘Hey Daan, we are going to do a 131,000 square meter project in Taiyuan. The program is mall, office, hotel. Can you join our team and meet the client?’ I discuss the idea with Michiel. Taiyuan is one of the Go West cities. It is a perfect opportunity to be part of the architectural process in one of the cities: embedded architecture.

Tuesdaymorning 10.40am my plane lands in Taiyuan. Our local partner, an LDI awaits us at the airport. They take us to the site, where we meet the client. The client is a local coal mine owner, who wears a blue suit and a Rolex. When I ask him what kind of building he has in mind he says: ‘Number 1 international!’ So far our architectural debate.

One week later, the client wants to see where the project is heading. We submit some schemes. The LDI has presented them already. We are waiting for reply…

To be continued

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Eeuw van de Stad: Residential Complex, Taiyuan

Newsletter, Taiyuan

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Residential Complex, Taiyuan

On the blog ‘Eeuw van de Stad’we posted a series of pictures and a small story about a remarkable residential complex we ran into in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province last month. The complex is interesting sice it combines ultimate urbanity with ultimate suburbanity. Sounds familiar? We already posted one picture of the complex on our site earlier. Now check out the full story (in Dutch) and pictures at: Eeuw van de Stad » Go West Project 4: Uitzicht.

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Waiting for people..

Taiyuan

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The city of Taiyuan (3 million inhabitants) wants to expand in the coming years with 1 million people. In the last week, we were more than once confronted with the enourmous impact these plans have on the urban condition. Some impressions:

Road towards north, new development

Residential area under construction between Changfeng Jie and Nanzhonghuan Jie.

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Proposal competition Drum Tower traditional district, Taiyuan

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For the Drum Tower traditional district in Taiyuan the city government is planning a revitalization. A competition has been organized for the urban planning. In this movie you can see the proposal of one of the architects, Preston Scott Cohen, inc, who are also building a museum in the new city center. Bring your Mandarin phrasebook.

via TY Urban on Vimeo.

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Power plant, Taiyuan

Newsletter, Taiyuan

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On Sunday July 5 we visited a coal area in the western part of Taiyuan. The chimney is part of a coal power plant. The area is amongst the most polluted in the world.
worker pointing at chimney

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Interview at English speakers corner

Project, Taiyuan

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Interview at the English speakers corner in Taiyuan (every Saturday at 19.oo at May 1st square) by embedded director Daniel van Veen.

interview with guy

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A window to the future

Taiyuan

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On the west side of the river Fen in Taiyuan, a part of the city center will be realized: a culture island with 5 public buildings containing a diverse program. This is the current situation.

Guys walking on building site

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Just arrived in Taiyuan

Taiyuan

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Go West Project just arrived in China’s coal city of Taiyuan!

view from 18th floor of Royal Garden Plaza Hotel

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