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Background, Chongqing, Hohhot, Xi'an

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Recently, Oriental Outlook, a Chinese news weekly, published excerpts from three chapters of our book: on Mr Deng in his floating village in Chongqing, on the residential compound in Xi’an, and on ethnic culture in Hohhot. Several Chinese news portals spread the stories. An excerpt of our story on Xi’an was published on amongst others Sohu, one of the biggest news portals in China, 565, a popular BBS on international news; and on the news portals dooland and FGS. News portal JSBBS published an excerpt of our chapter on Hohhot.

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Art districts and River Crab

Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Project, Xi'an

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A lot of the cities we visit have a so called ‘art district’. These places basically consist of abandoned factories where artists have created their studio’s. Chinese cities are stimulating these kind of places as an attempt to create ‘creative cities’, cities where the arts flourish and contribute to the GDP.
Typically is that the attitude from the Chinese government towards art has changed overtime from ignorant in the early ’80’s to supportive since around 2005. The reason for this change is as predictable as simple: money. Chinese artists and the products they make have gained worldwide attention, not in the least in auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s where Chinese art prices go through the roof since the start of the new millennium. And they’re still going strong.

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Go West organizes workshop in Xi’an University of Architecture

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Today, we did a presentation for students of the Xian University of Architecture. We were invited by professor Xiao Li – who we also interviewed last Sunday – to tell something about our project. We decided to do it different, and ask the students to give their vision on residential design in China – our subject of research in Xi’an.

First, we gave a brief introduction on our work, and our analysis of the current status quo of residential design: gated compounds with high rises, oriented north/south, with a private garden within the boundaries of the gate. We asked the students to come up with alternative concepts. The challenge for them was to do the fastest urban design in history: develop a concept for a compound of 400×500 m., with a FAR of 3,0 and to present the results within 30 minutes. And they succeeded. See below some impressions of the concepts they came up with.

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