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Old March 7th, 2011, 02:50 AM   #381
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Thanks, the reason i ask is she proposed one for Cardiff, completely different design to this one but interesting to see what might have been in a small way. Its very impressive, i especially like the glazed parts.
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Upon close inspection, the building was quite poorly-constructed. The wall tiles have big gaps between them and I suspect it may leak in the rainy season. The tiles themselves were also not well-cleaned before opening, and the glass definitely needs a polishing as well. It looks far better from a distance.
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Old March 14th, 2011, 05:46 PM   #383
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Nansha to drive Guangzhou development
9 March 2011
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With Beijing's blessing, Nansha is set to drive Guangzhou's development while becoming an integral part of an internationally competitive city cluster in the Pearl River Delta.

However, experts warned yesterday that the authorities would have to overcome institutionalised problems such as corruption and reform governance in order to achieve the ambitious goals set out for new development zones.

Nansha's repositioning comes as a major boost for the district after the beating its economic morale took in 2009 when it lost out to Zhanjiang , in western Guangdong, on two massive projects - a Sino-Kuwait petrochemical refinery and a national steel manufacturing hub.

During the annual session of the National People's Congress in Beijing this week, provincial party chief Wang Yang revealed a plan to reposition Nansha as a pioneer to rejuvenate Guangzhou's development.

"I think we can forge a new Guangzhou by positioning Nansha's new development zone as a breakthrough point," Wang told the Guangdong discussion panel meeting on Monday.

Guangzhou city planning authorities are expected to deliver a new planning proposal for Nansha by the end of this year. City party chief Zhang Guangning said Nansha could be turned into a service hub, connected to Hong Kong's "business, financial and technological innovation centre".

Under the nation's 12th five-year plan, Nansha, Qianhai in Shenzhen and Zhuhai's Hengqin district will be forged into three key platforms to help upgrade Guangdong's economic structure and turn the major Pearl River Delta cities into an internationally competitive city cluster.

Ding Li , a regional planning expert with the Guangdong Academy of Social Sciences, said Nansha's new positioning could help transform Guangzhou.

However, he said the ambitious national strategy for new development zones could only be achieved if the authorities overcame internal problems.

"If the government fails to tackle problems such as corruption and limiting government power, then these three development zones will not stand any chance of meeting the ambitious goals," Ding said.

Guangzhou Academy of Social Sciences researcher Peng Peng said it was a significant move that would lift Nansha's status. "From now on, every urban planning strategy, including transportation, basic infrastructure, population and education, for Nansha will have a much more important role," Peng said.

He said the plan was backed by the central government, and Nansha could develop into a logistics hub and outsourcing centre for technology products by working closely with Hong Kong.

In 2005, the authorities announced a plan to promote Nansha's position, saying that an area of 527 square kilometres, including Guangzhou's only sea port, had been placed directly under the municipal government. Initially, it was planned that Nansha would develop into a manufacturing base for heavy industries such as steel, iron, car manufacturing and petrochemicals, with harbour facilities to match.

But it lost out on the biggest foreign-investment project on the mainland at the time - a refinery capable of producing 15 million tonnes of oil and 800,000 tonnes of ethylene a year - after strong opposition from Hong Kong over its potentially disastrous impact on the regional environment.

It suffered another blow when Guangdong Iron and Steel Group opted to build a national manufacturing hub elsewhere.
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Old March 25th, 2011, 05:16 AM   #384
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Designs that make impossible possible
17 March 2011
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The first woman recipient of the Pritzker, Zaha Hadid, has always pushed the boundaries of architecture with her bold works that draw inspiration from a very Chinese concept - harmony. Yu Tianyu reports.

British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid has always defied the critics. Her unconventional designs invariably get the skeptics wondering whether they will ever see the light of day, only to be proven wrong.

Hadid's first Chinese project, the Guangzhou Opera House, with its "twin boulder" design, bears her signature style.

Standing on the banks of the Pearl River, the structure that cost 1.38 billion yuan ($202 million) and took five years to complete, was unveiled in May, 2010.

The Pritzker Prize-winning architect - the first woman to be honored with this "Nobel Prize in architecture" - says, "The Guangzhou Opera House project is a landmark of my architectural career, while my experiences in China since the 1980s have also been seminal to my art creation."

Hadid's first trip to China happened three decades ago when the country had just started opening its doors to the outside world.

"China in the 1980s and now are just two different worlds. At that time, the most striking thing was its uniformity - everyone wore a Mao suit. There were very few cars on the street and new buildings were almost all the same," she recalls.

But even then what struck her was the many parks and gardens dotting the nation, and their harmonious integration of the many elements of nature.

Referring to the disappearance of much of traditional Chinese culture in cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, she says: "It happens everywhere, when a historical city is being transformed as a world metropolis, but you need to find a balance."

This balance can be achieved by using traditional ideas or construction materials in new buildings, says the architect with a formidable body of work to her credit.

But it shouldn't look imposed, the trick is to find a harmony, she adds.

"We can still preserve some original historical sites as memorials or museums while building new ones."

Hadid's China interests include a performing space in Chengdu and another three projects in Beijing and in Shanghai for SOHO China Ltd, a private real-estate developer known for its high-end apartments.

Commenting on her design sketches that provoke mass discussion about their feasibility, she says: "Construction is never easy and (the inclusion of) curves or inclines are always (an exercise in) experimentation."

Following the successful completion of the Birds' Nest and Water Cube, the nation is ready for more creative architecture, she says.

Hadid was born in Iraq in 1950, a time when Modernism stood for glamour and progressive thinking in the Middle East.

She found her calling in life when she was just 11, delighting her parents by designing her own bedroom.

"I experimented with new shapes in my early works after researching new engineering concepts to understand all possible scenarios that a building could cope with," says Hadid, who earned a degree in mathematics, before moving on to study at the Architectural Association in London.

Her early style was all about fragmentation, with straight lines and folds, posing a major challenge to the design's translation into reality.

The Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, United States, completed in 2003, and her first commission in the United States, is a prime example of this style with its new spatial concepts and bold, visionary forms with many vertical angles.

Her later works put more emphasis on curves to capture a building's fluidity and its integration into its natural surroundings.

The Guangzhou Opera House is an excellent demonstration of Hadid's quest for this fluidity and integration.

"Many people say my works are too complicated. But it is similar to nature which is also complex," Hadid says. "But there is also order and organization in nature, just like in my works."

Her futuristic style has spawned many copycats.

She says: "This is the best time for vanguard architectural works.

"Architecture is not just about attracting attention or being entertaining; it is about sustainability and a better life."
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Old March 27th, 2011, 03:13 PM   #385
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By 敢都得 from a Chinese photography forum :



Notice the lower buildings to the right of the tower. It's actually a construction site, but nevertheless, the exterior scaffolding has been lit up with different patterns.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 05:38 PM   #386
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Notice the lower buildings to the right of the tower. It's actually a construction site, but nevertheless, the exterior scaffolding has been lit up with different patterns.
They did the same on the Guangdong Museum opposite of the river and it is absolutely horrible. I can't even tell what the patterns are supposed to represent, palm trees, sun? Whatever... the building is completeted, and original lightnight was good enough in my opinion. Those extra pattern have been added before the Asian games, they are still there almost 4 months after the end of those. Hope they will be removed shortly.
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They did the same on the Guangdong Museum opposite of the river and it is absolutely horrible. I can't even tell what the patterns are supposed to represent, palm trees, sun? Whatever... the building is completeted, and original lightnight was good enough in my opinion. Those extra pattern have been added before the Asian games, they are still there almost 4 months after the end of those. Hope they will be removed shortly.
They're completed? Was it recent? When I was there in January, it was still covered up in scaffolding.
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Old March 28th, 2011, 05:08 PM   #388
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The museum in Zhujiang New Town is completed, not the two buildings next to the Canton Tower. Sorry if I didn't make it clear enough
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Old April 2nd, 2011, 06:16 AM   #389
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Hunter Lane 猎人坊

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This project is located on the now destroyed Liede Village in Zhujiang New Town. The part on the north bank is already build, but all houses are empty, south bank still needs to be cleaned after demolition of the houses.



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Old April 2nd, 2011, 03:56 PM   #390
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Finally, some modern chinese architecture, why can't they build more of these?
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Old April 14th, 2011, 03:58 PM   #391
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Women's toilets to get facelift
17 March 2011
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GUANGZHOU - Women in the city won't feel cramped for space in restrooms for much longer as the authorities have decided to build larger women's toilets.

According to a notice issued by the urban management department, the size of a women's toilet must be at least 1.5 times that of a men's toilet when the city builds new restrooms or renovates old ones in future.

Meanwhile all women's toilets will be equipped with make-up mirrors, tap water, toilet paper and other facilities.

The notice came after many members of the Guangzhou city committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) asked for measures to improve women's toilets during the session of the city-level advisory body in February.

Han Zhipeng, a local CPPCC member, said building larger women's facilities showed the government's care for female residents.

"It benefits both men and women," Han said.

He said he was once embarrassed by not being able to use a men's room at a forum because it had to serve women temporarily because of a shortage of women's facilities.

Su Zequn, executive vice-mayor of Guangzhou, urged the urban management department to study the issue on March 8, International Women's Day.

Su promised to build even more women's toilets in the following months to help solve the problem. He said he has received many complaints from the public on the shortage of women's toilets.

Xu Guilin, an urban management official in charge of toilet construction, said his department has been trying to build larger women's toilets in Guangzhou in recent years.

"Larger women's toilets would certainly help ease the great pressure for women's lavatories," Xu said.

Many local residents, particularly women, have welcomed the notice to build larger women's toilets.

Wang Fangbing, a local white-collar worker, said the notice was a people-oriented move.

"Guangzhou does not have enough women's toilets," she said. "There are often long lines of women waiting to use toilets while men's are relatively vacant in many public places, particularly during peak hour."

The city now has about 800 public toilets and plans to build another 700. But most of the existing ones are the same size for both genders, even though women usually spend more time in the toilet.

According to a recent survey conducted by Guangzhou department of environment sanitation, a woman usually takes more than 2 minutes 10 seconds for a toilet visit, while a man takes about 45 seconds a visit.
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Fired-up foes battle garbage burner plan
2011-04-15 10:00
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GUANGZHOU - Residents of the Panyu district of Guangdong province's capital city are taking their fight against a proposed garbage incinerator onto the Internet.

Workers pack trash at a garbage transfer station in the town of Shawan in Guangzhou's Panyu district on Tuesday. The district government listed Shawan on Tuesday as a possible location for a garbage incinerator.

The residents are calling on opponents of the planned project to register their objections online after the local government announced on Tuesday that five venues within the Guangzhou district were being considered for the controversial burner.

The authorities have promised that the facility will meet the State's environmental protection requirements but many residents have said they are still worried it will pollute their environment and harm their health.

"Burning garbage will generate dioxins, which will certainly affect our health and even cause cancer," said a resident surnamed Hong from Panyu's Shawan town, which is one of the five possible locations.

Li Guangqi from Riverside Garden, a residential community near one of the possible locations, said people living there should resoundingly oppose it.

"I hope all the residents in my community will join hands and vote online in opposition to this project ending up near our homes," Li said.

Residents in other communities in each of the five proposed areas have also been mobilizing supporters and publishing notes on online forums that urge their neighbors to actively vote against local construction.

Panyu district government announced on Tuesday that the five potential construction sites are slated for the district's towns of Dashi, Shawan, Dongchong, Lanhe and Dagang.

The local government said that a site will be selected from the shortlist of five locations based on netizens' online votes and experts' appraisals and advised that construction will start in the second half of the year. The project is scheduled to be completed and start operation in 2014.

At present, more than 2,300 tons of household waste is produced every day in Panyu but the district is only geared up to dispose of 1,700 tons.

In 2009, Guangzhou city government planned to build a garbage incinerator in Panyu but it ended up shelving that project because of strong objections from residents.

The project has also sparked controversy among environmental experts.

Zhao Zhangyuan, a researcher from the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, said incineration can certainly cause pollution.

"Burning garbage produces many poisonous gases, even when advanced technology and equipment is used," Zhao was quoted by local media as saying.

Zhao, a prominent figure in the fight against burning garbage in China, disputed claims that garbage incinerators are safe if they are built more than 1.5 kilometers away from homes.

But Xu Haiyun, chief engineer with the China Urban Construction Design and Research Institute, said garbage incinerators will not harm people's health because they will only discharge gases strictly in line with the State's standards.

"A garbage incinerator was built in the downtown area in Bonn, Germany, and similar facilities have been constructed near homes in Japan," Xu said.

Guangzhou is currently dealing with more than 12,000 tons of household waste every day. Most of it is either burned, buried or composted.
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Guys, can anyone tell me what is being built here? The site looks massive and it seems busy and I even got in and wandered around (noone seemed to mind) when exploring Guangzhou. The thing is it's virtually impossible to find out info on some projects or even completed buildings in Chinese cities
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Kingold Tower 227 meters, 47 floors
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Thanks. Not one of "the" grand projects but sems quite nice.
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It is much more than just "quite nice" imo. They have renderings hanging on the walls around the site, and I have to say this is my favorite project under construction in the entire CBD, with the Pearl River Tower. Height is not that impressive, but design is absolutely awesome.
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It is much more than just "quite nice" imo. They have renderings hanging on the walls around the site, and I have to say this is my favorite project under construction in the entire CBD, with the Pearl River Tower. Height is not that impressive, but design is absolutely awesome.
Admittedly Guangzhou is spoiling us with magnificent architecture. I agree that height is not everything... I saw that magnificient W Hotel building... to be honest I was more impressed by it than perhaps most taller skyscraper that I saw around it. Guangzhou is surely boosting its portfolio of top-notch contemporary architecture.
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