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31.10.2022 | Eileen Yu

The Bio-Tech Development Centre in Shijiazhuang, China has been opened

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After a year of planning and two years of construction the Bio-Tech Development Centre in Shijiazhuang, China has been opened in September 2022. 
It is the first project in a Bio-Tech Induatral Park and will accomodate the park administration, meeting rooms and a huge exhibition area in the centre of the building. 

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23.08.2022 | Eileen Yu

Thomas Fritzsche appointed Member of the Jury Comittee

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The Guangzhou Design Week appointed Thomas Fritzsche for 2022 Member of the Jury Committee for the Sustainable Design Award

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23.11.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

How Will Office Buildings Change?

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On 22.11.2021 the German Chamber of Commerce published an 'Opinion' article of Thomas Fritzsche, in which he explain tfa's understanding of office design in times, when the only constant is change

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20.11.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

How can industrial buildings contribute to decarbonisation?

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On 05.11.2021 Thomas Fritzsche joined the panel discussion of the Zhejiang International Digital Economy Summit and explained tfa's design approach to create sustainable buildings that support China's aim to become carbon neutral until 2060

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18.11.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

tfa captured on film

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On 13.-15.11.2021 a documentary about the work of tfa | thomas fritzsche architects in China has been filmed at our office and at some of our project sites

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31.10.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

China's way to carbon neutrality

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On 21.10.2021 Thomas Fritzsche joined the Sino-European Net-Zero Carbon Emissions Summit in Shanghai, organised by the TÜV Rheinland in China

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19.10.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

Chinese-European Culture Week

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On 15.10.2021 Thomas Fritzsche joined the opening ceremony of the Chinese-European Culture Week in Foshan

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18.10.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

How can Chinese and German industry cities cooperate and learn from each other?

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On 15.10.2021 Thomas Fritzsche joined the 2021 Alliance Conference in Foshan, organised by ISA, the Chinese-German Industry City Alliance

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09.10.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

How will office buildings and workplaces change, if change is constant?

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Read Thomas Fritzsche's 'Opinion' article on page 58 of the Fall 2021 issue of TICKER, the business journal of the German Chamber of Commerce in China

Download the article here

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06.10.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

Do our offices offer spaces for emotion?

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Spaces for emotion create company culture and foster connection between people. Besides technical equiment, perfect furniture and optimised floor layouts, employees need 'mental safety' that spaces for emotion can offer.

On 05.10.2021 Thomas Fritzsche joined the 'New Office Summit 2021 - Hybrid Now' presented by 'Designfunktion' Germany's industry leader for office design and office furniture. 

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Is wood the answer to climate change?

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On 04.10.2021 Thomas Fritzsche took part in an online panel discussion about the influence of using wood as construction material. The panel discussion was organised by the 'German Federal Environmental Foundation' (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU)

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02.10.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

Water in the City of the Future.

How to fight the consequences of climate change with intelligent urban water management?

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On 30.09. and 01.10.2021 Thomas Fritzsche took part in the online conference »Wasser in der Morgenstadt | Water in the City of the Future« organized by the Fraunhofer-Institut

für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO.

The speakers agreed, the crucial lesson to be learned is that all stakeholders have to work much closer together from the earliest stage of a project and water management will be one of the key drivers of urban planning in the future.

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29.09.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

Foshan, the centre of the Greater Bay Area

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On 27.09.2021 Thomas Fritzsche took part in a conference in Shanghai, organized by the Foshan Government and supported German Chamber of Commerce, focused on investment and trade insentives in Foshan

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How will architects design in light of scarcer resources?

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On 22.09.2021 Thomas Fritzsche took part in the 'Energy-Congress 2021', organised by the Federal Chamber of Architects in Germany
and the KfW-Bank, Germany's state-owned investment and development bank.

The main topics were, how to reuse existing structures and buildings, how to rate the value of materials in old structures and how to design and construct in a way that materials could be reused again in the future.
All these topics will determine the way architects will work in the future. 

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15.09.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

How will the Chinese-German Cooperation develop and how will carbon neutrality be reached in China and Germany?

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On 15.09.2021 Thomas Fritzsche joined the online 'China Day 2021' organised by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Germany

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23.07.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

Is the new normal really new?

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On 22.07.2021 Thomas Fritzsche joined a panel discussion of leader of international companies, organised by CoreNet Global, about what the real-estate industry has learned when responding to Covid-19.

All speakers agreed, that Covid 19 accelerated developments in the real-estate industry, especially in workplace-design, that have been discussed since long and that the way we work will be much more divers, than it was before

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16.07.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

Moving brains are more influencial than moving bytes?

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On16.07.2021 Thomas Fritzsche joined a discussion between leaders of German companies and organisations about the future and influence of business traveling.
All speakers agreed, that traveling for businesses will continue, but will be more selective than before. Still a meeting face-to-face is seen as essential for building relations, networking and working on complex problems, but routine meetings will be organized online. 
The discussion was organized by the Fraunhofer Institute IAO and hosted by Dr. Stefan Rief

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14.07.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

How can Nanjing attract European enterprises and push carbon-neutrality?

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During the 'Nanjing Exclusive Dialog with European Entrprises'
on 13.07.2021 Thomas Fritzsche will introduce tfa to the Nanjing government and illustrate tfa's approach towards carbon-neutrality in the planning of office buildings.
The event is organised by the Nanjing government in cooperation with the European Union Chamber of Commerce

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10.07.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

Weifang International Advisory Workshop

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From 06.-09.07.2021 Thomas Fritzsche took part in the 'Weifang International Advisory Workshop' for the urban design of the Ledaoyuan historical and cultural area in Weifang. The workshop was organised by the Weifang government in cooperation with the South-East University Nanjing

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23.06.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

China's way to CO2-neutality
 

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On 22.06.2021 Thomas Fritzsche attended the Webinar 'Energy Efficiency in Industry with Focus on Industry Parks in China' organized by the German Chamber of Commerce in China (AHK)

The panelists broke down in detail the single steps China took and is about to take until 2060.

It would have been intersting to point out the influence the building industry has on the current CO2-emission and to show how big the potential here is, to contribute to CO2-neutrality

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How attractive is Zhejiang for German Companies?
 

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On 07.06.2021 Thomas Fritzsche took part in a conference in Ningbo, organized by the Zhejiang Government and supported by the German Chamber of Commerce, focused on investment and trade insentives in Zhejiang

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08.06.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

I love Design Shanghai

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On 05.06.2021 Thomas Fritzsche visited the Shanghai Design Fair to meet colleagues and friends

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Will we return to the office?
 

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On 18.06.2021 Thomas Fritzsche attended the Webinar 'IMPULSE FOR HYBRID WORK' organized by the Fraunhofer Institute IAO

As the Covid-19 pandemic hopefully comes to an end soon, the panelists discussed, how companies would use their offices in the future.

It seems that this largely depends on the industries companies are in. For some, personal encounters might be essential for creativity and a lively company culture, for others, they might be not so necessary.

In a poll among the listeners 60% voted, to be happy to return to the office soon

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18.06.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

From home-office to office-home?
 

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On 17.06.2021 Thomas Fritzsche attended the Webinar 'THE VIRTUAL OFFICE' organized by DESIGNFUNCTION in cooperation with VITRA

Stephan Hürlemann of Studio Hürlemann introduced the latest trends towards the virtual office as a supplement to the physical office and predicted a substancial change in the way we work in the future. Conventional offices could become the OFFICE-HOME as costumer experience centres or the social heart of companies, while the daily work could be done anywhere at anytime in any surrounding, even a virtual space

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18.06.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

How will future cities look like?
 

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On 17.06.2021 Thomas Fritzsche attended a panel discussion about 'Future Cities' organized by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Centre in Shanghai.

The panelists focused on aspects as identity, water-availability, energy-saving and workplace-design, but the main question, how we wanted to live in future cities was not asked.
Which social concept would we follow, what kind of communities would we have and how would this be transferred into built or even virtual environments.
Would we need new city concepts or would the old European city concept again be able to serve future developments as it did so many times before?

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14.06.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

Jung Architecture Podcast: Experience and Future Perspectives
 

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15 years of experience as architect in China. In this JUNG Podcast Thomas Fritzsche talks about his life in China, his love to Shanghai and his motivation to work is such a mega-city as an architect.

https://www.jung.de/sg/10831/architects/architects/jung-architecture-talks-the-podcast/may-2021/#thomas-fritzsche

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Will future mobility make our lives better or just different?
 

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On 10.06.2021 Thomas Fritzsche attended a panel discussion about 'Future Mobility' organized by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Centre in Shanghai.
Most interesting was, that all panelists not just focused on the technical part of mobility, but on the ethical, cultural and historical aspects of mobility and innovation

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07.06.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

How will 'Building Integrated Photo-Voltaics' or 'BIPV' change the design of facades of buildings?

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On 04.06.2021 Thomas Fritzsche took part in the Sino-German Round Table "Urban Energy Transition" online conference, organized by the DENA (German Energy Agency).

At tfa we believe that 'building integrated photovoltaics' or BIPV will one of the most important features in elevation design in the coming years

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Conference of the German 'Rat fuer Formgebung'
 

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On 04.06.2021 Thomas Fritzsche took part in a conference about innovation by climate-friendly architecture and urban planning, organised by the German Rat fuer Formgebung in Shanghai

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How does government and private sector funding lead to successful innovation hubs?
 

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On 02.06..2021 Thomas Fritzsche joined another interesting webinar organised by the Matchmaker Ruhr that focused on funding of innovation.

China's leadership has not only significantly increased investment in research & development and innovation promotion in the new five-year plan adopted this spring, but has long amazed the Western world with the speed of implementation of new technologies into innovative business models

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28.05.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

Who will be the winner at the end of the race between tradtional and new car makers?
 

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On 27.05.2021 the German Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai invited Hao Fei (BANMA), David Powels (SIAC), Dr. Shen Feng (NIO) to a discussion, hosted by Zhao Jiawei (PORSCHE CONSULTING), to share their insights about the differences between traditional car makers and new car makers.

It was intersting to learn, that one big difference is the average age of their customers of 57 respectively 32.

While the older customers care for reliability in general, the younger care for the connectivity and experience most - at least for now

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24.05.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

IBA 2027 Competition for Mixed-use Complex Post Office Site, Böblingen, Germany
 

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tfa | thomas fritzsche architects in cooperation with Wolfgang Keuthage Architekten, Berlin

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How to lead and cooperate in a hybrid work situation?
 

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On 21.05.2021 Thomas Fritzsche joined a discussion between leaders of German companies and organisations about the difficulties and opportunities of hybrid work. All speakers agreed, that the experience we make now when employees are forced to work from home, will help to push for innovation in company structures and company culture.

The discussion was organized by the Fraunhofer Institute IAO and hosted by Dr. Stefan Rief.

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Which influence does innovation have on architecture in China?
 

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On 20.05.2021 Thomas Fritzsche shared his insights into the planning and building process in China and showed the possibilities and limits of innovation on architecture in China.

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20.05.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

Launch of the DGNB International System for China
 

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On 19.05.2021 Thomas Fritzsche took part in the Sino-German Cooperation Forum Low-Carbon Construction Technologies in China, where the German Sustainable Building Council (DGBN) launched the Chinese version of the 2020 DGNB international system.

This new version in Chinese makes it easier for developers and local governments to certify buildings and city-quarters according to the DGNB system

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12.05.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

How can we understand and measure China's ambitious innovation based growth?
 

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On 11.052021 Thomas Fritzsche joined an online discussion organised by the CCST of the Technical University Berlin and the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel that focused on the drivers of the innovation, on the plan behind it and on the depth of the innovation in China

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11.05.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

How does the floating population in industrialized hinterlands integrate in their new surroundings?
 

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On 10.05.2021 Thomas Fritzsche joined a webinar organized by the CCST of the Technical University of Berlin about the socio-spacial typologies of mobility of the floating population in the industrialized hinterlands in which Ava Lynam explained the motivations and expectations of the floating population

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01.05.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

Farewell of Dr. Christine Althauser, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Shanghai on 29.04.2021.
 

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Many nice words have already been spoken and many article been posted.

So just our best wishes from tfa and Thomas Fritzsche for her, soon back home in Freiburg/Germany. We all will miss her!

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01.05.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

How will the Chinese healthcare system develop in the coming years?
 

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On 29.04.2021 the German Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai invited Ms. Hong Chow, CEO of Roche Pharmaceuticals China, to share her insights about this question.

Thomas Fritzsche attended this event together with many other representatives of German companies in China

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29.04.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

Interesting investment opportunities and beautiful scenery

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On 24.and 25.04.2021 Hangzhou government representatives as Yang Fusong, deputy director of the Hangzhou Municipal Investment Promotion Bureau and members of the German chamber of commerce together with representatives of German companies discussed opportunities to invest in Hangzhou during a trip to the beautiful Qiandao Lake in Zhejiang

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26.04.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

The Importance of Healthy Buildings after COVID 19

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On 27.04.2021 during the Glasstech Asia Online Conference I will speak about the influence, COVID 19 has on the design of buildings

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23.04.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

How to create successful business environments?

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On 22.04.2021 Thomas Fritzsche and representatives of German companies attended an event at the Jiaxing Economic & Technological Development Zone (JXEDZ), organised by the Jiaxing Government and the German Chamber of Commerce.

The JXEDZ is one of the most successful business parks in China and it keeps on attracting more and more international companies.

To be even more successful, its 2. phase is planned as a fully sustainable and healthy development and a role-model for the future

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16.04.2021 | Eileen Yu                                                                                                                         

How will digitialization in production change the way we work?

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On 15.04.2021 Thomas Fritzsche joined an event, organised by the German Chamber of Commerce, at the Start-up Factory in Kunshan, where several leaders of Chinese and German companies shared their vision about this topic.

The meeting was also attended by the major and the party leader of Kunshan and by members of the standing committee of the CPC Kunshan