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 center with a slide on top. And it’s beautiful.

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 have found a temporary solution in bamboo.

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.

How A Chinese Company 3D-Printed 10 Houses In A Single Day

This month, architects in Amsterdam started work on the world’s first completely 3D-printed house. It will take three years and quite a bit of money to finish. Meanwhile, in Shanghai, a company claims to have printed 10 houses with inexpensive industrial scraps in less than a day. What’s the difference?

China Offers Smog Insurance For Sight-Seeing Tourists Who Can't See

China’s debilitating smog problem isn’t anything new at this point — at least for its residents. Tourists to Beijing, however, are still struggling with the fact that the sights they came for can often be virtually unseeable. To appease this growing group of angry travellers, China’s biggest online travel agency now offers smog insurance.

Watch The Chinese Air Force Bombing The Yellow River To Destroy Its Ice

The Yellow River has been completely frozen for weeks. So much that it doesn’t flow. China’s flood prevention authority decided that, before the snow melts and a huge clusterf*ck ensues, they should destroy the ice and make it flow again. So let’s ask the air force to bomb it because, fun!

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.

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 2 percent 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.

This Huge 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 have been beyond help. Not so for the architects at O-Office, who are turning the industrial site into an arts district.

What Is True Detective Really About?

What is True Detective really about? Was Stonehenge originally built as a musical instrument? What does springtime on Mars look like? What if light were a drug? Here are some answers is this week’s landscapes reads!