The Roof of This Sloped Library Doubles as an Awesome Slide

Imagine how much easier it would be to get kids excited about going to the library if the library itself doubled as a playground. That's exactly what's happened in an earthquake-ravaged village in China's Yunnan Province. The town's new library doubles as a community centre with a slide on top. Read More >>

These Bamboo Micro-Homes Would Turn Abandoned Buildings Into Villages

As China designs a roadmap to bring 100 million rural citizens into cities over the next five years, it and other booming east Asian countries will confront a problem that's been around since the 1980s: The massive housing shortage and the illegal dwellings that result. Two architects think they've found a temporary solution in bamboo. Read More >>

Why do Chinese Investors Want to Build a Dubai-Style City in Kenya?

A coalition of 100 investors announced plans to build a "Chinese-controlled economic zone" populated by skyscrapers and luxury residences. Their new city will be in Kenya, but the goal is to "match the glamour of Dubai." What would motivate investors to go to the trouble of building a massive new city in a country other than their own? It's pretty simple, actually. Read More >>

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How a Chinese Company 3D-Printed Ten Houses in a Single Day

This month, architects in Amsterdam started work on the world's first completely 3D-printed house. It'll take three years and quite a bit of money to finish. Meanwhile, in Shanghai, a company claims to have printed ten houses with inexpensive industrial scraps in less than a day. What's the difference? Read More >>

China's Ambitious Plan to Move 100 Million People From Farms to Cities

This week, Chinese authorities published the results of a long-delayed blueprint for how it will grow its cities—and its economy—by 2020. The plan is sweeping, ambitious, and dense, and it gives us a glimpse of China's future. Read More >>

Welcome to the World's Largest Ghost City: Ordos, China

Built for over a million people, the city of Ordos was designed to be the crowning glory of Inner Mongolia. Doomed to incompletion however, this futuristic metropolis now rises empty out of the deserts of northern China. Only two per cent of its buildings were ever filled; the rest has largely been left to decay, abandoned mid-construction, earning Ordos the title of China's Ghost City. Read More >>

This Sprawling, Decrepit Factory is Home to an Amazing Art Gallery

With the right touch, most abandoned buildings can become something great. But to my eyes, this massive, crumbling factory in the jungle outside Shenzhen would've been beyond help. Not so for the architects at O-Office, who have turned the huge industrial site into what amounts to a small village. Read More >>

A Boeing Plane Carrying 239 People Has Been Missing Since Friday Night (Update)

Extremely worrying news from Asia this weekend, with a Malaysia Airlines Boeing B777-200 plane from Kuala Lumpur vanishing with 239 people on board on Friday, and almost 48 hours later, there's still no trace. Read More >>

China is Deploying Smog-Busting Drones So That its Airports Can Stay Open

With smog in Beijing so bad it's forced pilots to land blind and officials to shut the airport, China has unveiled a new plan to test drones that spray smog-clearing chemicals around fly-zones . How will it work? Read More >>

China's Designating Graffiti-Friendly Sections of the Great Wall

What is it about going to a famous place that makes you feel like you need to "leave your mark by defiling the spot with your name?" It's a particular problem, as you might imagine, at the Great Wall of China. China's solution? Let people do it—in a few specific spots. Read More >>

Apple Sues Chinese Government's Patent Office as Battle for Siri Heats up

Apple's widened one of its patent disputes in China to involve the actual government patent office itself, with reports saying it's taking a fight over rights to use the Siri technology to the State Intellectual Property Office. Read More >>

Developers Want to Turn This Old London Dock into a Chinese Super-Hub

London's Royal Albert Dock lies derelict, but developer Xu Weiping has a billion pound plan to turn it into Europe's central hub for Chinese companies. Read More >>

Your Next Scuba Destination is an Entire Drowned City in China

An entire drowned city has become the world's most mind-boggling scuba-diving attraction. Consider booking a trip to Qiandao Lake, China, where you can wreck-dive a 1,800 year old flooded metropolis. Read More >>

China's New Research Station and the International "Rush" to Claim Antarctica

In 2048, a very important international event will occur: The Antarctic Treaty, which stops countries from mining the continent's abundant resources, will come up for review. China, the US, the UK, and other countries intend to be ready. Read More >>

Don't Throw Stones (Or Use the Loo) in This House with Glass Ceilings and Floors

Privacy is a big deal in the home. That's why we have walls and curtains and doors and things. Because after all, you don't want even your closest friends and relatives to see what you're up to all the time. Unless you live in Shanghai's Vertical Glass House. With glass ceilings and floors, privacy is not its selling point. Read More >>

Shop at Appla and Drink Sffcccks Coffee on China's "Street of Fakes"

A cursory glance at this street in Wuxi, China would give the impression of a booming downtown marketplace that runneth over with only the hottest international brands. Look a little closer, and you'll notice that some of the spellings are a bit—er, off. Look even closer than that, and you'll realise that this bizarro strip mall is even more off-kilter than you could have ever known—all of the buildings' interiors are totally bone-bare. Read More >>


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