KCAP Shanghai celebrates 1st anniversary

On Saturday, May 12th it is one year ago that the branch office of KCAP Architects&Planners in Shanghai was officially opened and the Chinese website www.kcap.eu/cn was launched. In this first year of presence in China, we were able to enhance our personal relations with our clients and collaborators and expand our previous experience of more than 10 years of building activity in China. We were happy to also welcome one of our Chinese clients in Europe for a tour to major European cities including Hamburg and Amsterdam.

 

Throughout the year we were involved in more than 12 projects in 7 different cities in various parts China. The projects range from large-scale urban designs across masterplans to a series of architectural designs with a great variety of programs.

 

 

Related to our experience and research on sustainable urban regeneration processes, KCAP wrote a column for the Chinese Business Herald. The text with the title ‘Urban Breeding Grounds’ was published in January 2012. In February, DutchDFA released a film portrait about KCAP in their series ‘Dutch Profiles’, giving insights into how KCAP develops their ideas about cities.

 

Next to our architectural activities, KCAP joined the Beijing Design Week 2011 in September 2011, the Shanghai International Creative Industry Week 2011 in October, the International Green Habitat Forum 2011 in Zhenjiang in November and in March 2012, as part of a group of Dutch architects active in China, KCAP was present at the China Sustainable Building Forum & Expo 2012 in Shanghai. The presentation was organised by the Dutch Consulate General in Shanghai. Just recently, in the middle of April, KCAP participated in the Dutch Week 2012 Shanghai, also initiated by the Dutch Consulate General in Shanghai, on the occasion of 40 years of diplomatic relations between China and the Netherlands. Furthermore, KCAP is member of the Dutch Sustainable Building Platform.

 

On research level KCAP maintains close ties to the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) in Singapore, which is part of the Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability (SEC), an initiative of Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Swiss University ETH Zurich. Kees Christiaanse, partner and founder of KCAP and professor at ETH, is involved in the FCL since 2010 as program leader. His research activities cover several Asian cities like Singapore, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hongkong, Tokyo and support KCAP’s design work.