1/2014 house by a lake – wuxi, china

Over the years, China has become a major construction site for contemporary architecture. Architects from all over the world have been engaged to renew Chinese cities. While many interesting buildings have been constructed, the functionality of these fast-growing cities in terms of urbanism remains to be seen. Of Finnish architects, most visibility in China has been achieved by Pekka Salminen. His office is involved in a range of projects, one of which, the Wuxi Grand Theatre, is presented in this issue. Ole Bouman, the Dutch Director of the Shenzhen Architecture Biennale, writes about the event that brought together international actors and made its own contribution to Shenzhen’s development.


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editorial | Global awareness
Jorma Mukala

Towards a Value Factory for Shenzhen
Ole Bouman

Juulia Kauste

Wuxi Grand Theatre, China
PES Architects

Sauna Kotiranta, Lahti
Lasse Lehtinen

Arctia headquarters, Helsinki
K2S Architects

utzon | China within Sydney Opera House
Chen-Yu Chiu

spaced | Interview with composer and computer artist Otto Romanowski
Miina Blot

speer | At the hub of power
Lauri Jääskeläinen

theory | Aestheticism is a fraud
Julius Jääskeläinen

speaker's corner | For a humane design culture
Helena Sandman

books | Adhocism
Kristo Vesikansa

déjà-vu | Timo Penttilä – Cultural centre, Bahrain 1976
Petteri Kummala