Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The Ordos 100 is a new residential development in the city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. One hundred emerging architects from around the world have each been invited to design a 10,700 square foot villa on lots ranging from a quarter to a half acre. With a master plan by artist Ai Weiwei and architect selection by Herzog & de Meuron, the Ordos 100 challenges conventional ideas about urban design, placemaking, and context. Criticized by some for its scale and environmental impact, applauded by others as a form of art practice, Ordos underscores and intensifies the complexities of contemporary architectural practice.
The Architectural League presents projects by the thirteen New York-based architects participating in the Ordos 100 in the current exhibition 13:100 | Thirteen New York Architects Design for Ordos, on view through November 26, 2008. For this exhibition, interviews were conducted with the participating architects, to allow them to describe in their own words their experiences working in Ordos and how they feel about it now that the design phase has come to an end.
via: The Architecture League
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