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Old March 16th, 2012, 10:50 AM   #261
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The students in those pictures really seems to be "hard-working students", lol. Doing shopping and taking boat tours? Just saying, it's quite funny looking.
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Old March 20th, 2012, 07:50 PM   #262
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Eco-city not yet green, but offers hope
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The world's largest eco-city is not a green, carbon-free paradise where cars are banned from the streets.

Instead, as its first residents moved in this month, they found it is remarkably like most other Chinese cities: shrouded in smog and depressingly grey.

But then the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco City, just over an hour from Beijing by train, is not supposed to be a whizzy vision of the future.

It is far more practical - a model for how Chinese cities could develop and solve some of the enormous problems facing them: permanent gridlock, a lack of water and ruinous electricity bills.

If a few of the small changes adopted in Tianjin were rolled out nationwide, the results could dramatically change China's devastating impact on the environment.

"Our eco-city is an experiment, but it is also practical," said Wang Meng, the deputy director of construction. "There are over 100 eco-cities in the world now, and they are all different. If you look at the one in Abu Dhabi, they spent a huge amount of money and bought a lot of technology. It is very grand, but is it useful?"

To date, almost all of the world's eco-cities have been green follies, crippled by a central paradox: the more they enforce bothersome environmental rules, the less people want to live in them.

In Tianjin, the residents will not be expected to make any particular effort to be green. "If they take the bus and sort their rubbish for recycling, they will be making their contribution," said a spokesman for the city.

Their main contribution, in fact, is to be guinea pigs as planners experiment with the city around them. General Motors, for example, is using Tianjin to work out if electric driverless cars can function in a normal traffic system.

"Some eco-cities are too idealistic. In Tianjin they do not want to stop people from driving, but they do want to put into place policies that will help our vehicles to operate successfully," said Chris Borroni-Bird, the head of GM's autonomous driving project in Detroit.

He said Tianjin will allow GM to road-test the next generation of vehicles: small urban cars that drive themselves but are safe in an environment full of unpredictable drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

Not only does China desperately need to solve its traffic problems, but it is one of the few countries that can throw significant resources at new ideas and indeed build cities from scratch in order to experiment.

Other projects on trial include a low energy lighting system from Philips and rubbish bins that can empty themselves, sucking litter into an underground network, by a Swedish company called Envac.

"We are not sure about that one," said a spokesman. "It requires people not to put the wrong sort of rubbish in the bins, or it could jam the system and prove expensive to maintain."

Just over three years ago, the site of the eco-city was a desolate wasteland of abandoned salt pans. An area half the size of Manhattan, it was tainted by decades of chemical pollution from the factories that border it.

By the time it is finished, in the next decade or so, some 250 billion yuan (£25 billion) will have been spent by the Chinese and Singaporean governments, and a number of private companies, on transforming the site into a comfortable home for 350,000 people - 60 families have already moved in.

Already, one new technology has been patented.

"We had an industrial reservoir that was full of heavy metals," said Mr Wang. "It used to be so bad that people could not go near it because of the smell. Now we have cleaned it with a special process that we can send to other parts of the country."

In a country where 70 per cent of the rivers are too polluted to provide drinking water, the technology is likely to be a money-spinner. Having ruined vast swathes of its countryside as it raced to wealth, China is now likely to spend billions on cleaning up the mess.

Elsewhere, the government-owned buildings in the city collect their own rain water for reuse, are powered by geothermal energy, have window shutters that move with the light, in order to keep buildings cool, and heating systems that use solar energy.

In a sign of how seriously the project is being taken, eight out of the nine members of the Politburo Standing Committee, the all-powerful council that rules the country, have visited.

"The idea is to create something that can be adapted to other cities in China," said Mr Wang. "What we want to develop is cheap technology that we can industrialise, produce and sell on elsewhere. We have to change people's ideas that being green is expensive."
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Old March 24th, 2012, 01:31 PM   #263
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Tianjin airport T2 construction

T2 construction was started on 5/31/2011. T2 will be built in 3 years with a total cost of 5.92 billion yuan. The target 2020 PAX is 25 million.

T2 is the biggest terminal in the middle, the current T1 is the smaller one on the right







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Old April 16th, 2012, 12:48 PM   #264
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Venue of Summer Davos takes shape in north China's Tianjin

TIANJIN, March 31 (Xinhua)-- Earthworks for the venue of the China "Summer Davos" summit, to be held in September in the north China city of Tianjin, was completed Wednesday.

Xu Xiangyong, safety supervisor of the Meijiang International Convention and Exhibition Center project, said the center, which would be able to accommodate more than 4,000 people, covered 230,000 square meters and would be able to withstand an 8-magnitude earthquake.

The center would be surrounded by an artificial lake of 380,000 square meters and bamboo groves and green islands.

"The lake, greenery and the building's glass roof were designed to help purify the air and save energy for the convention center, which will be in service before May 31," said Xu.

The summit would focus on sustainability and the green economy, said Andre Schneider, managing director of the World Economic Forum (WEF), on March 24.

With the theme, "Driving Growth Through Sustainability," this year's summit, from Sept. 13 to 15, is expected to attract more than 1,500 participants, including business executives, politicians, economists and scientists from about 90 countries.

The Chinese cities of Dalian and Tianjin have offered to host three summer versions of the Davos forum.
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New hospital will bring scientific research to the bedside

Tianjin Third Central Hospital is a new hospital for the people of Tianjin, China that puts world-class research at the forefront of healthcare and brings such research directly to the bedside....http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com...pload_id=19766











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Old May 12th, 2012, 05:00 AM   #266
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Nice renders. Where is the exact location of this hospital?
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Old May 24th, 2012, 12:12 AM   #267
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Clean lines and natural light define KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten's Tianjin Art Museum in the city's Hexi District

The Tianjin Art Museum, which in April 2009 was won by KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, has space to house four permanent exhibitions. In addition to rooms for Chinese calligraphy, western art, sculpture, and modern art, there are also galleries in which changing exhibitions can be presented. Together with three additional cultural facilities (a library, an opera house and another new museum) the new exhibition center forms part of a 90-hectare culture and leisure time development in the Hexi district of Tianjin.

This new quarter is dominated by an extensive area of greenery boasting a lake. In the row of striking exhibition and cultural edifices, the art museum is located on the lakeside promenade, which its visible side and main entrance overlook. The new buildings used for cultural purposes face the road, i.e., in the direction of the city, thereby creating a harmonious overall impression.

In front of Tianjin Art Museum the promenade expands to form a plaza, from where visitors are guided via the pedestal storey to the museum’s interior. A museum shop with floor-to-ceiling glass opens onto the entrance courtyard and forecourt. This special entrance creates a close link between the museums interior and exterior. At the same time it represents a transition from the lakeside promenade to inside the four-storey exhibition building with its gross surface area totaling 33,000 sq m.

An imposing entrance hall some 14m in height extends across the entire width of the museum and welcomes the visitors on the ground floor. In addition to the entrance hall this level also houses the museum shop, rooms for the museum’s collection and archive, administration rooms, a conference area, an educational section with child care, an approx. 500 square meter special exhibition section, as well as the VIP area with separate access for special guests.

In terms of spatial structure the museum is reminiscent of a solid stone cube with precise indentations, cut-outs and hollow spaces. All the exhibition rooms, artists’ studio, a restoration room which only visitors can look into, the library, as well as conference and meeting rooms are housed in the solid part of the monolithic structure. The cascade-shaped sequence of stairs and landings leading to the exhibition rooms on the upper storeys seem to have been hewn from this solid slab of stone.

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Old May 24th, 2012, 06:35 AM   #268
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Love the design and interiors of the future museum.
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Old May 24th, 2012, 03:47 PM   #269
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Museum opened a few weeks ago actually.
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Old May 25th, 2012, 08:48 AM   #270
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Museum opened a few weeks ago actually.
Interesting. Thanks for the info.

I think all artifacts and artworks are already in display.
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Old June 9th, 2012, 12:05 AM   #271
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I made a Tianjin diagram today:

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Old June 28th, 2012, 01:26 AM   #272
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MOD designs the Triple V Gallery for China's largest developer

Designed as a permanent show gallery & tourist information centre for Tianjin city, MOD’s dramatic design for this 750-sq-m building has become an icon along the Dong Jiang Bay coastline. The client, Vanke, is China's largest developer and their program called for 3 main spaces: a tourist information centre, a show gallery & a lounge for discussions. Requiring their own entrances, the tourist centre and the show gallery had to be orientated towards separate existing pedestrian pathways and also operated independently. The scope included architecture, landscape and interior design.

Despite its obvious sculptural qualities, the building’s DNA evolved rationally from a careful analysis of key contextual & programmatic perimeters. The solution merged structure, sculpture and space into a single form - resulting in the Triple V Gallery’s triangulated floor plan as well as the 3 soaring edges that have come to define its form. By stretching it in three directions, the architects were able to orientate it to different views and accommodate a trio of uses. Sitting on a concrete plaza, the gallery immediately grabs one's attention with its dramatic zig-zag form and rugged Corten steel shell. Upturned corners engage visitors by letting them look inside and see what is going on and the combination of weathered steel and clear glass introduces an additional tectonic layer to the building's triangulated geometry.

In both plan and section, the design sets the gallery in motion. From the outside, the building seems to be a sharp-prowed ship slicing through the plaza. On the inside, space flows gracefully from the corners to the centre, where the client displays information on the tourism activities available in Tianjin city and the neighbouring residential development. Materials are paired in contrast to each other such as Corten steel and glass on the exterior of the Triple V Gallery, white-oak walls and ceilings with cement floors in the interiors. An extension of the show gallery, the lounge area is where discussions are conducted. This space takes advantage of the panoramic views of the coastline and comprises a sculptural bar counter.

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Old June 30th, 2012, 12:59 PM   #273
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Did Vanke started the construction?
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Old June 30th, 2012, 06:29 PM   #274
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you are looking at the finished product.
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you are looking at the finished product.
I never knew it was complete...
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Old July 31st, 2012, 11:34 AM   #278
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I would say for decades since this whole area is one complete project and I don't think any supertalls will rise there anytime soon.
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In the future I hope they can redevelop some of the industrial parks. This area has the potential to become a nice CBD of Tianjin.

Also keep in mind that this project also includes 70+ floor twins, so at least the main tower won't look so alone...
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