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SHAPING CHINA'S URBAN LANDSCAPE

by Suzanne Miao on Dec 31, 2012 in Architecture
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Having seeded ‘east-meets-west’ trends in the mainland since it was established in 2001, design firm BLVD is now anticipating a bountiful harvest

Headed by co-founders and designers Honglei Liu and Yun Du, BLVD perhaps epitomises the architectural scene in China today: with one foot in Canada and the other in the motherland, the firm recently relaunched itself to coincide with the move into larger premises in Beijing.

Through the course of the last decade, BLVD has impacted and changed the look and atmosphere of over a 100 cities throughout China. Its stated commitment is to build a fully integrated environment through landscaping as well as innovative and progressive architecture.

“Since our move from Canada 10 years ago, we’ve experienced an increasing appetite for ‘east-meets-west’ design trends and functionality in China,” explains Liu. “Since both Yun Du and I are trained in Canada, we implement a diverse range of western practices in our projects. By staying loyal to China’s existing charms and ambience we aim to enhance the beauty of a city, not to change it.”

The headquarters of BLVD International Inc (Canada) are located in Shenzhen, and the firm currently employs about 200 staff in China and works across numerous provinces. The main designers of BLVD work in Canada as well as operate architectural design, planning and design, interior design and landscape design in China. “With advanced network communication, international and domestic designers of BLVD are able to exchange ideas and cooperate to finish the same piece of design,” adds Liu. “Abundant manpower and integration of information allow BLVD to be efficient and bring out excellent quality of design.”

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