Place-holder: Ningbo Historic Museum

[Wang Shu / Amateur Architecture Studio’s Ningbo Historical Museum, Ningbo, China, 2009. Photos © Evan Chakroff ] [Ed. Note 27 Feb 2012: Congratulations to Wang Shu & Amateur Architecture on the Pritzker Prize Win! Those of you who have found this page via archinect, google, or flickr, please consider subscribing (rss). On this blog I try to bring a critical eye to new (and old) architecture in China (and elsewhere). I hope you’ll find something of interest.]


A few months ago, I took a weekend trip from Shanghai down to Ningbo. The recently completed Hangzhou Bay Bridge (briefly the longest on earth, before it was surpassed by another, elsewhere in China) cuts the travel time down to 2.5 hours (even faster than the new high-speed rail, which connects Shanghai and Ningbo via Hangzhou). I’m constantly amazed by the infrastructure here, which turns the entire Yangtse delta into a huge, networked agglomeration, each city (Ningbo, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Nanjing) merely a node of this increasingly interconnected organism. It gives me hope, too, than while development speeds ahead in Shanghai, the old-China charms of Suzhou and the natural beauty of Hangzhou won’t be lost in a sea of towers. Continue reading

Voyage to the Orient!

CHINA ARCHITECTURE TOUR: December 6 – 22, 2011
two week whirlwind tour of traditional, colonial, and contemporary architecture in China!

This coming December I will be organizing an architectural tour up the East China Coast, hitting all major cities from Hong Kong to Shanghai, then traveling north to Beijing. This will be an intense, whirlwind tour – over ten cities in just 16 days – but we will see a HUGE amount; it will be an incredible experience, (and one that would be impossible to organize on your own). (The trip is open to anyone, but preference will be given to practicing architects and architecture students. The trip will be associated with the Ohio State University, and the program fee will count for AIA continuing education credit, and be tax-deductible).

In addition to the trip, we will be writing and constructing a guidebook to the architecture of the east China coast. This will include detailed building information, map locations, and a collection of essays on architecture and urbanism in China, a collaborative project by participants on the trip. As far as I know there is no trip like this, and no guidebook like this available at present.

This trip is coming up very soon, and space it limited, so please email me – Evan Chakroff ( with any questions, to see the detailed schedule, or to arrange payment and confirmation. The program fee will be around $1600 USD, which includes all ground transportation, hotels, admission fees, and some group meals. This does not include your transportation to Hong Kong, or from Beijing, or visa fees….)

This is going to be great. Let me know if you’re interested, A.S.A.P.

Rough itinerary:

SHENZHEN (Including 2011 Hong Kong – Shenzhen Architecture Bienale)