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Old January 20th, 2013, 05:57 PM   #461
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The view of Guangzhou's skyline from the Canton Tower. by cookiesound, on Flickr
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awesome pic! though it's a bit older already. CTF Tower is just above ground here .
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awesome pic! though it's a bit older already. CTF Tower is just above ground here .
Yikes! Taken in November and it's badly outdated already.
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Link to SZ airport in Nansha design
2013-February-1 08:53
Shenzhen Daily

URBAN designs for the development of Nansha District in Guangzhou include a rail line that connects with Shenzhen International Airport.

The light-rail line depicted in Nansha’s latest development plans also connects the district with Hong Kong International Airport and Guangzhou South Railway Station.

The Guangzhou Nansha New Zone Urban General Plan for 2011-2030 was posted on the city government’s website Monday, starting 30 days of public consultation that end Feb. 26.

The plan also includes a subway system, with seven lines and 34 stations linking Nansha with airports in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, and also with Guangzhou South Railway Station.

Construction of the rail system will improve transportation in Nansha to Shenzhen’s airport and Hong Kong’s airport in the east, and to Gongbei Checkpoint in the west and the Baiyun airport in the north.

A planning expert with Nansha’s district government said several light-rail lines were proposed, linking Zhongshan and Nansha with Dongguan, Guangzhou and Xintang; Dongguan with Qianhai in Shenzhen; and Qianhai with Hong Kong International Airport. The lines are scheduled for completion in 2020 and will enable trains to travel 200 km/h.

Nansha, Qianhai and the Hengqin area in Zhuhai are three development zones in Guangdong Province that are focusing on cooperation with Hong Kong.

The Nansha plan says 300 square kilometers — 38 percent of the zone’s total area — will be used for urban construction. The plan also includes seven environmental zones to protect wetlands and restore areas formerly used for mining.

The plan is posted on Nansha government sites at www.upo.gov.cn and www.gzns.gov.cn.





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Rainer Schmidt Landscape Architects one of two winners of Guangzhou Fangcun Huadi Sustainable Master Plan Competition

Guangzhou City Government recently announced Rainer Schmidt Landscape Architects and City Planners (and their local partners GZPI) as the winners of the Guangzhou Fangcun Huadi Sustainable Master Plan competition. Another entry by West 8 was a joint winner.

The competition brief had the vision of wide landscape, wetland parks and residential development for over 50,000 inhabitants. The former delta with its tradition of horticultural usage will be transformed into an ecological urban landscape.

Guangzhou Fangcun Huadi is located in the Guangzhou Western Liwan District, easily accessible from both Baiyun Airport and Guangzhou South Train Station. Huadi has cultivated flowersfor 1,700 years, as well as flowers used for Buddhist and royal ceremonies. Guangzhou government is planning to integrate the Huadi flower cultivation and agriculture resources into the new high standard Huadi ecological area.

This area will become a distinctive new marker for Guangzhou and a model of New Urbanization. Specifically, the primary goal is to build this Flower City, Green City, and Water City as an Eco-city. Key themes highlighted by the Government for investigation include the flower theme, improvement of the water network system, and developing a local identity for the Lingnan Water Village.

The architects have created a site concept which has been derived from the form and character of the dominant elements of flowers and water. A romantic, dreamy and fragrant city emerges as a new centre for the region. The structure comprises one central area and seven urban groups radiating out like the petals of a flower.

The site's green space network links the Foshan ecological corridor, Pearl River ecological corridor and the Pearl River Delta into one connected system. The centrepiece of the water system is the Huadi Lake and wetlands in the core area. Cleaned water from the system can be used for recreation, within the urban area and the core area, and for irrigation of flower fields and other agriculture.

Within the concept, Huadi is developed as a 'DREAM City', a place which as described by the architects is: "Dynamic, Romantic, Ecological, with excellent Amenity: a Model city." The city is has dynamic and varied functions which consists of the Horticulture Expo and related business transactions, recreation and tourism, ecological conservation, and creative industries. Related issues are also considered, including flower cultivation, the integration of low-carbon technology, commercial services, business offices and a waterfront residential community.

The Master plan will develop 6 zones: a flower trading and ecological leisure zone; a dynamic city centre; a low-carbon community; a business area; a science and technology area; and space for urban industry. The architects have created this plan using five design principles:

Living with water: connecting, expanding and integrating the water network across the site for better ecology and recreation opportunities

Restoring balance: using water systems to assist with ecological restoration.

Meeting point: creating a new attractor between Foshan and Guangzhou to better integrate the cities and using the site to connect surrounding ecological corridors together.

Make it financially viable: integrate the flower industry and provide opportunities for new industries.

Getting around: by integrating sensible transport systems for visitors, workers, residents and business people.

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'Flower city' masterplan unveiled by West 8

International architecture firm West8 have unveiled an ecological masterplan to transform Guangzhou Huadi Fangcun (the Flower City) in China. The Guangzhou Huadi Sustainable Masterplan was the winning entry of a local government competition and represents a sustainable vision for the city. Covering an area of 20.5 sq km, the site contains more than 450 hectares of wetland area with the masterplan including an ecological water system network and various water cleaning sections to help cleanse the polluted local eco-system.

The division of the various areas of the site is a key component of the masterplan to help create better urban development. With the architects proposing a ‘zoning plan’ as part of the project, there will be clear divisions between the horticultural land and the urban areas, while recent housing developments and historical monuments will be carefully preserved.

However, new residential spaces are still an integral part of the scheme with 6-storey housing blocks surrounded by green areas being constructed to house resettled people from nearby villages, as well as the modernisation and renovation of housing, schools and roads on Huadi Island. A new designated horticultural area will be attached to the new housing developments located in the South East of the site, which will contain research centres for horticultural and herbal medical uses.

The public realm is also an important aspect of the design as West 8 Architects explains: “All canals, roads, sidewalks and paths are part of the public space of the Huadi competition area. That gives these spaces of movement also the task of creating a certain atmosphere in the area. Roads become boulevards; canals become first addresses for housing, and nice and comfortable spaces to move through....All together a coherent recreation and mobility network is created consisting out of boulevards, squares and parks, which fulfill both excellent access and a high quality of life.”

As part of the project, a central park will be created in the first stage of the project’s development which will host the Guangzhou International Flora Expo. The Flora Expo design contains various different themed areas including Flower Fields, Romance Gardens and Hidden/Secret Gardens with main building of the flower show, the Palace of Flowers, located at the centre of the expo.

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Architects: Atelier cnS
Location: Guangzhou, China
Architect: Atelier cnS
Area: 25,000 sqm
Year: 2010
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For the preparation of Asian Games, landscape rearrangement was needed for the sides of the Pearl River. Pearl River Beer Factory has been the main focus of this rearrangement, which is located just opposite the Haixinsha Island, where the Asian Games Commencement Ceremony took place. This rearrangement consisted of 2 parts: firstly to beautify the urban landscape along the Pearl River Beer Factory, and secondly to create a public space for activity within the city.

The design intervention starts from the intent for the architecture to be a landmark. Due to the strict height constraints of the architecture along the Pearl River, the amount of construction needed to be reduced. A public square is proposed in the area along the Pearl River, so as to create a space for activity within the city. Thus, the final design solution that was adopted is not only in line with these ideas, but also corresponded to the tides of the Pearl River and possessed formal logic features of the stated parameterization. This formation system successfully reduced the construction amount and created an alternative activity space for the public and future commercial activities.

With regard to the construction of the project, a focus was put on the the combination of landscape and architecture, and the functionality of each material and their forms. There was also a focus on cost-effective construction that comprised local materials, and the final architecture was a result of various experiments and tests made upon the materials and how they were put together.




















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Old April 23rd, 2013, 03:28 PM   #469
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2 cities in bid to cool real estate market
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BEIJING, April 1 -- Authorities in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, two large cities in Guangdong province, announced detailed regulations on Sunday to further cool the real estate market amid expectations of rising property prices this year.

According to the regulations, Guangzhou, the provincial capital, will provide land for residential use of up to 5.95 square kilometers this year, up 1.47 sq km compared with the average during the past five years.

Those without hukou in the city are permitted to buy houses after they have continually paid tax or social security fees there for one year or longer two years before they buy a house.

"The measures are aimed at better cooling down the property market by providing more land for residential use," said Huang Wenbo, spokesman for the Guangzhou Land Resources and Housing Administrative Bureau.

Land for construction of small- and medium-sized dwellings will account for at least 70 percent of the total for residential use, according to the regulations.

The regulations in Guangzhou did not mention detailed measures to limit property prices. But Huang said the city's rules are strictly in line with the central government's policies.

"We will strictly implement the 20-percent tax on capital gains from property sales," he said.

In contrast, authorities in Shenzhen have planned to limit the price increase of new properties below the city's per capita disposable income target, which was set at 9 percent by the local people's congress earlier this year.

However, authorities in Shenzhen did not explain how they will implement the 20-percent tax on capital gains from property sales.

The southern special economic zone also planned to build some 40,000 units of affordable government-subsidized properties this year.

Before Guangzhou and Shenzhen's detailed rules, Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing, along with Hefei in Anhui province and Xiamen in Fujian province, also announced on Saturday how they will implement the central government's regulatory plan set earlier in March.

In Beijing, single adults with the capital's hukou, household registration, are allowed to buy only one apartment, as opposed to two previously.

Meanwhile, banks in Shanghai will be banned from giving loans to residents who own two apartments and are attempting to buy more. The city will strictly follow the 20 percent tax policy and increase the down payment and mortgage rates for second-home purchases, depending on market conditions.

Zhou Feng, a senior manager with the real estate agent MyTopHome in Guangzhou, said transactions of secondhand properties in the city will decline after the rules are announced.

"A large number of residents sold their properties before the regulation finally took force. So transactions in the following months will decrease," he said.

Transactions of pre-owned homes in the city's Huangpu district have increased dramatically since the central government announced further policies to cool the real estate market, with deals for 2,680 homes signed, sources with the Guangzhou Municipal Land Resources and Housing Administrative Bureau said.

Due to relatively lower property prices in Guangzhou compared with Beijing and Shanghai, the regulations in the southern Chinese city were slightly loose, he said.

"Most buyers in Guangzhou have not owned property before. So there is high demand for houses, rather than investment property," Zhou told China Daily.

Internet users said the latest rules announced by major cities were just more of the same.

"For example, the Guangdong regulations are exactly the same as the central government's. They just repeated the policy. And I am worried that property prices will be even higher this year," said a micro blogger under the screen name "Woaiqiuying".

Microblogger "Laoaiguancha," a financial columnist for Sina.com, regarded the measures as too mild to fulfill the central government's requirements but not to reduce home prices.

The micro blog of People's Daily expressed fears over the "fake divorce" trend in recent weeks in which couples who are "divorced" will try to remarry as soon as possible to take advantage of loopholes.

However, real estate agents such as Zhongyuan said the phenomenon was rare and people investing in real estate are unlikely to choose such a complicated and risky way to do business.
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Home frenzy moves to cheaper suburb
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Thursday, May 02, 2013

A Guangzhou home-buying spree has shifted away from the city center to a suburb where prices are three times lower.

According to Yangcheng Evening News, the project - the only new one in Conghua, a satellite town under Guangzhou city - attracted many customers during the holiday.

The price for a quasi-detached home is as low as 9,800 yuan (HK$12,330) per square meter, said a customer who was attracted by the absence of home-purchase restrictions. This compares with 35,000 yuan per square meter on average in a new Guangzhou project.

As Guangzhou announced new property cooling measures last week, it has been difficult for developers to get any pre-sale approvals since new projects cannot be priced higher than existing units on sale in previously built phases or homes nearby. Some developers are reluctant to put their homes on the market because of that.

Others have tried to get around the rules by preparing two price lists - a lower price for an undecorated unit and a higher price for a richly decorated unit.

The report said 14,000 units out of 24,000 new flats cannot be put on the market during the "Golden Week" holiday as nothing has been approved yet. Thus, the current supply is less than last year's.

While potential buyers have been lured to the suburban areas, only a few customers were spotted in a sales center in Haizhu District's only new project.

Meanwhile, Shenzhen started to implement cooling measures yesterday, asking developers to report if pre- sale prices rise 15 percent above previous projects. Offenders will be fined 100,000 yuan for each unit.
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TIT Creative Park

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Location: Guangzhou, China
Project Architects: Gang Song, Guanqiu Zhong, Zhu Zhiyuan, Ben Dai
Area: 6,000 sqm
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TIT Art Studios located in TIT Creative Park, includes 10 buildings vary from 200 to 1000 sqm. It used to be a marginalized zone of the entire factory, right next to aherbal pharmaceutical factory. The purpose of our Architecture and landscape design is to explore the possibilities on activating margin area.

1.Urban Life: Regeneration and Micro-Planning

In the process of rapid urbanization of China, the original urban context has been demolished and some margin areas in the city have been abandoned. The booming effect of creative parks, integrated the resources and capital, make it possible to revitalize such areas. We are trying to bring urban live into our site from the perspective of material space; think carefully of the citizen’s needs, and explore more possibilities.

2.Integrated Landscape: Conformability and Diversity

We integrated planning, architecture, landscape and interior design and established a generalized design philosophy of Integrated Landscape. Meanwhile, in such conformability, we are free to work on every detail and generated an Integrated Landscape with Diversity.

3.Rapid construction: Replicability and Uniqueness

The building forms in the Art studio area are relatively simple, but the space and landscape among are sample of rethinking contemporary urban design and the construction process isa exploration of new technology and the reality. The spirit of experimental are embedded in this project.


ince itscompleted, The project has caught a lot of attentions. Especially, many Planning Bureaus called the designer and wanted to introduce similar projects into their cities. Such are project, from an individual business proposal to a general role-model, shows that it is important for Architects to focus on meaningful explorations on Urban space.



























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On the topic of these "creative parks", local media have reported in April that several creative parks in Guangzhou may be demolished or relocated. Some were even a few years old only :

http://www.lifeofguangzhou.com/node_...59139784.shtml
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Large Guangzhou site sells for record price
Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 4:07am

A large residential site in Guangzhou sold for a record 4.56 billion yuan (HK$5.73 billion) at a government auction last week, underscoring optimism about the housing market in first-tier cities over the next several years.

After more than 160 rounds of bidding, mid-sized developer Kaisa Group teamed up with a local partner to outbid major developers such as China Overseas Land & Investment, Greenland, and China Vanke to secure the 200,000 square metre residential site in the Huangpu district. The site will yield a total built area of 583,600 square metres.

"There was wide media coverage of the recent record-high land auction prices. Our analysis of land sales in major cities suggests that [record-setting] sales are concentrated in tier one cities, unlike in 2009-10," said Lee Wee Liat, the head of property research at BNP Paribas Securities (Asia).

Under the auction system in Guangzhou, sites are sold at a fixed land price, and bidders compete on undertakings to provide social housing.

In the latest tender the Kaisa consortium won the site because it agreed to set aside or 33.8 per cent of the site area for the social housing, while the remaining 425,200 square metres will be developed into private housing that it can sell in the open market. The consortium's contribution of social housing was the highest among the bidders.

With one third of the site area committed to social housing, property consultants estimate the 4.56 billion yuan price tag represents an accommodation value of 10,000 yuan per square metre for the remaining area designated for private housing.

"We think the government is not very worried about the recent [record-setting] deals given their nature," Lee said.

"We are positive about the government's strategy as it should reduce the risk of shock and disruption to property transaction volumes in the short and medium terms."
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Violent clashes over plan for incinerator in Guangzhou
Suspected protest leaders rounded up after four injured in running battles with police as thousands take to the streets of Guangzhou
Saturday, 20 July, 2013 [Updated: 4:00AM]



Riot police rounded up about a dozen people late last night in a raid on Qianjin village, Guangzhou, the site of a planned incinerator, after violent clashes earlier in the day.

Officers moved in hours after police used force to disperse thousands of protesters in Huadu district following a series of running battles. At least four protesters were injured during protests involving as many as 10,000 people at times.

It was the third large-scale rally in two weeks to fight the proposed refuse incinerator in Shiling township, a national hub for leather-goods manufacturing.

Villagers said the riot police who took part in last night's raid were armed with helmets and shields and that they took away suspected leaders of the protest.

Despite a heavy police presence, protesters broke through police barricades at about 11am to enter Huadu Plaza, an open area outside the district government headquarters. They then marched along some of Huadu's busiest roads, bringing traffic to a halt in many areas.

Chanting slogans and waving banners, demonstrators claimed the incinerator would "damage their health" and turn Shiling into a "death zone".

Things got violent after the crowd returned to the Huadu district government headquarters at about 2.30pm and called on district officials to respond to their demands. Some protesters pushed on police lines while others threw water bottles and hit police with sticks.

Police injured at least four men with batons and arrested another man. Two of the injured men appeared to be unconscious and required medical attention.

Protesters lowered the national flag to half-staff outside the government headquarters.

At 5.30pm, police began to use force to disperse the some 2,000 protesters left in the plaza, chasing them with batons. It was cleared by 6pm.

Protesters said the city should learn a lesson from Likeng village in the city's Baiyun district. Residents there complain that the air, ground and water supply have been severely polluted by two incinerators there.

"If we don't keep on fighting, there will be no home to go back to," said a 30-year-old Shiling bag maker. "We don't want to be the next Likeng, move the incinerator elsewhere and work on other ways to reduce garbage."

Such environmental protests have been on the rise across the mainland. The Huadu clashes come just days after large protests in the Guangdong city of Jiangmen forced local officials to cancel plans for a uranium processing plant.

Some of yesterday's protesters said they had been warned not to take part.

Huadu officials announced plans to locate the incinerator in Qianjin village earlier this month. The project is expected to be finalised on August 30, with an environmental assessment ready in February, and construction to start in June next year.
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It was the third large-scale rally in two weeks to fight the proposed refuse incinerator in Shiling township, a national hub for leather-goods manufacturing.

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Shiling is a very well known area for bags/luggage production, not only leather bags. It is one of the biggest such centers in China. If any fraction of the industrial waste produced there would be utilized in that incinerator (which is quite likely), then... well... not surprised people are fighting against it.
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help me outplz

Hello I m new here, I will like to know if you could tell me the name of the street at GUANGZHOU and if if you could tell me the name of the Tower underconstruction .If you tell me also on google map the location Thank
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