Konami has teamed up with Starlight Media, a Chinese media giant, to create a live-action Contra movie AND a TV drama series. In fact, the film project was originally revealed earlier this year, and movie’s plot, according to the press release, appears to be taking elements from the varying storylines from both the Japanese and English versions of the game. Continue reading The Live-Action Contra TV Series & Film Will Get A Worldwide Release→
This is the new passenger terminal for the Beijing Daxing International Airport, which is soon to be the largest aviation hub in the world. Why and how? This large structure will cover an area of 3,369,103.96 square feet thanks to the five “limbs” that spread outward from a central area. The size of this new terminal will relieve pressure from the suburb-based (and really over-crowded) Beijing Capital International Airport. According to Xinhuanet News, each “limb” will showcase images from Chinese culture, including “silk, tea, porcelain, farmlands, and Chinese gardens.” Continue reading Check Out the Structural Bones of this new Airport Terminal in Beijing from Zaha Hadid Architects…→
Many consider the Macau region of China to be the gambling capital of Earth, so — according to Bloomberg — in an effort to improve bank security (while also allowing China to monitor how their money moves in and out of the country), they are upgrading all 1,200 of their ATMs with facial recognition cameras. Here’s how they’re going to work: a user wanting to make a withdrawal will need to enter their PIN, followed by staring into the facial recognition lens for six seconds for identity verification. So, cool (in terms of technology) AND creepy (in terms of privacy and liberty) at the same time, but it is THEIR money and THEY want to track it NOW!
SLOW Architects designed this addition to a teaching school located in the mountain area of Enshi City, Hubei province — at the intersection of three counties — thanks to multiple (and I mean MULTIPLE) donations of funds and materials (as funding for new hardwood was difficult to obtain). The teaching school is the only one close enough to the students who live in this area, as they live far away from any of the central school of the three counties, so the school is of REAL NEED. Continue reading A Donated Reading Room at Shenwan Teaching School→
In case you’re wondering what the latest baffling and confusing corporate branding decision will be, look no further than PepsiCo (you know, the Pepsi folks). According to Reuters, PepsiCo confirmed plans to launch smartphones and accessories in China, STARTING TODAY! That’s right; should you find yourself in China on this date, you can pick up your own Pepsi-branded smartphone! Continue reading Sooo, yeah….Pepsi is launching smartphones TODAY in China→
There’s something about a red front door that calls your attention to building. It makes a bright, confident and cheerful statement to those you are about to enter or just happen to pass by. After some light research, it turns out there are MANY reasons red is the popular color choice around the world for front doors. So go ahead and ask yourself, should you paint your door red, what exactly are you telling the rest of the world? Continue reading Some History Behind Why Some Front Doors are Red…→
You read that correctly; NINETEEN DAYS. In fact, a representative for this 57-floor skyscraper stated that “three floors in a day is China’s new normal.” The tower in Changsha is referred to as the “Mini Sky City,” which is a 180,000-square-meter mixed-use building was built in record time with modular, “LEGO-like” blocks. This particular construction process claims to have required fewer materials, which significantly reduced the amount of air pollution commonly caused by dusty construction sites. Continue reading Chinese Company Builds 57-Story Skyscraper in 19 Days→
It’s time for Episode 122 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses China’s vertical, space-saving school, Windows 95 on Android Wear, a gamer’s PSP memorial, and Disney princesses head to the squared-circle! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading A Proper Memorial for the PSP – WIRed #122→
To me, it’s always great seeing new schools popping up. A new school usually means a beautiful environment that cultivates knowledge, culture, physical fitness, art and ethics for its students. This is the TianTai No.2 Primary School, which strives for a unique design that will serve as a model school for elementary school children. The project also solves China’s key problem with building new, large structures; a shortage of land in an old city. Kudos to LYCS Architecture!
Besides the embedded parking garage, the most visible element that demonstrates the space-saving design strategy of the school, is the 200m running track placed on the roof level, that would have used roughly 40% of the land if it was simply placed on the ground as your average playground — thus creating a very cramped campus. Simultaneously, the design ensures that the students still have a playground at the same level, as this design provides an additional 3000+ square meters of usable ground area and the oval shape of the main school building. That same oval design creates a sense of inwardness, inclusion, community and security for the vast number of students.
The running track’s location on the roof allows for a height total of 4 floors in the building rather than the 5 levels that were originally intended and required. This decrease in the number of levels allows the school building to create a more harmonious visual relationship between itself and the surrounding and existing urban context. The school’s site design — in which the building is rotated approximately 15 degrees — also allows for a more available green courtyard spaces by creating smaller pockets of space between the site wall and the exterior building envelope.
Back to the school’s main feature; the rooftop track has 3-layered custom safety guardrails creation installed to protect the students (you know, because they’re elementary children, notorious for their curiosity). the guardrails consist of an exterior layer of 1.8m high tempered glass wall, a middle layer of 50cm wide green belt, and an interior layer of 1.2m high stainless steel guardrail. In order to resolve and noise issues, a spring cushions is placed at every 50x 50cm point under the plastic track, resulting in the reduction of additional kinetic noise through a double-layer structure.
It’s time for Episode 116 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a tiny A-Frame House, a 3D-printed vertebra implant, from Microsoft to Nintendo to indie games, and the art of striking in pro wrestling! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and professional wrestling. Continue reading Tiny Strikes & 3D Implants Indies – WIRed #116→