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Old August 9th, 2012, 02:05 PM   #281
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In Progress: Samaranch Memorial Museum / Archiland Beijing + HAO (Holm Architecture Office)

Architects: Archiland Beijing, HAO (Holm Architecture Office)
Location: Tianjin, China
Project Area: 15,000 sqm
Client: City of Tianjin
Collaborators: Krag & Berglund, Cowi Beijing
Photographs: Courtesy of HAO

After adjusting the design of the competition scheme, the Samaranch Memorial Museum construction is well under way. The museum is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

Juan Antonio Samaranch, the president of the International Olympic Committee from 1980 to 2001, devoted his life to the Olympic. Throughout his presidency he advocated for reform and inclusion and was a strong supporter of Chinas bid as host city for the 2008 Olympic Games.

The five interlocking rings of the Olympic Logo serves as the foundation for the buildings design.

The two main rings serve as counterparts in the story of the life of Juan Antonio Samaranch.

The first ring lifts and invites the visitor in through a public courtyard. This ring focuses on the legacy of the work Juan Antonio Samaranch did with the Olympic Committee and the impact it has had on China and the world. The second ring encloses a lush garden and focuses on the life and work of Juan Antonio Samaranch, serving as a memorial to his achievements.

Together the two rings create a continuous loop taking the visitor through both the exhibition and memorial areas.

The surrounding park design is includes art and activity zones anchored by a new lake.

The Samaranch Memorial Museum is designed to take full advantage of green technologies. Solar cells is designed to be installed on the buildings roof and geothermal heating and cooling will provide climate control.

“ With the design of the Samaranch Memorial Museum we propose to merge two existing typologies: the memorial and the museum. This new combination allows the building to both honor the life of Juan Antonio Samaranch while simultaneously creating a place which focuses on the true legacy of the Olympics: creating opportunities for people to meet and celebrate across cultural and geographical boundaries.”

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I'm surprised this is not being built in Beijing, where Samaranch supported the 2008 bid so strongly.
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Old August 16th, 2012, 05:51 PM   #283
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Shell builds lubricant plant in N China

TIANJIN, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Global petroleum company Royal Dutch Shell started the construction of a new lubricant plant in north China's industrial hub of Tianjin on Wednesday.

The new plant will go into operation in 2015, said Mark Gainsborough, executive vice president of Shell's global commercial business.

Gainsborough said China is one of Shell's most valued markets, adding that the country will likely take the place of the United States as the world's largest lubricant market in the next decade.

The plant, located in the Binhai New Area, will be Shell's seventh plant in China and will employ 250 people.
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gmp's Grand Theater in Tianjin opens like a sea shell on the water-side

Nestled in the newly formed Culture Park of Tianjin, Gerkan, Marg und Partners’ (gmp) Grand Theater has just opened its doors to an eagerly awaiting public. Situated on the edge of a lake, the site is separated from the busy hubbub of Tianjin as vehicular traffic is steered away from the waterside, creating a serene environment for enjoyment and education through the arts.

Taking inspiration from the water-side setting, gmp’s structure takes a shell-like form, it’s exterior delicately curved encasing three ‘pearls’: the opera hall, concert hall and a small multifunctional room. This natural form creates a bold cantilever which offers shelter from the hot sun over a pedestrian walkway parallel to the lake.

The three performance spaces are set on a stone slab and connected by a series of stairways in a cavernous atrium space, neutrally furnished and bathed in natural light. Slim façade panels cast ribbons of shade into the interior, furthering gmp’s connection to the Chinese philosophy of earth and sky.

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Tower of Ring / EASTERN Design Office

Architects: EASTERN Design Office
Location: Tianjin, China
Year: 2012
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STEVEN HOLL ARCHITECTS COMMISSIONED TO DESIGN ECOLOGY MUSEUM AND PLANNING MUSEUM NEAR TIANJIN, CHINA
09 January 2013
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Steven Holl Architects has been commissioned to design the Ecology Museum and Planning museum in a new city being constructed near Tianjin, China. The new Eco City is a cooperation between the government of Singapore and China. Currently 30 percent constructed, the city will be home to an estimated population of 500,000 when complete.

The Ecology and Planning Museums will be 600,000 square feet total, and will be the first institutions to be constructed in the cultural center of the new city.

Both museums will be 20,000 m2 with a service zone connecting them below grade, bringing the total construction to 60,000 m2. A high speed tram running between these two museums connects to the the central business district of Eco-City.

The Ecology Museum experience begins with an orientation projection space next to a restaurant and retail opening to the ground level. From there, visitors take the elevator to the highest exhibition floor. Visitors proceed through the three ecologies in a descending procession of ramps: Earth to Cosmos, Earth to Man, Earth to Earth. At the ground floor, the Earth to Earth Exhibition turns clockwise, moving down towards the Ocean Ecology Exhibition located under the reflecting pond of the plaza. Four outdoor green roof terraces open out from Level 2 (Earth to Earth) with living exhibits changing with the seasons.

The Planning Museum, entered directly from the shared public plaza defined by the two buildings, opens to an introduction area and a temporary exhibition area. A large Urban Model Exhibition (all of the Eco-City) is followed by a theory and practice zone. Digital projections will facilitate the potential to update and increase information. Transportation and industry exhibits follow on Level 2 with escalators loading to an interactive section and 3D Cinema on Level 3. On Level 3, there is a restaurant with views out to the sea. Escalators lead to Level 5 with Green Architecture, landscape and water resources exhibitions. This skylit large open top level has access to the green roofscape.

The Bohai Sea site nearby has an ancient history as part of the Great Ridges of Chenier, which developed over thousands of years. The huge mounds of shells, a magnificent testimony to the power of nature, inspire the sliced edges of the mounds defining the public space around the new Ecology and Planning Museums.
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Transfer of industry urged from Beijing to Tianjin
Updated: 2013-01-27
By Zhao Yinan (China Daily)

Legislators in both Beijing and Tianjin have called upon governments to transfer some industries from the overloaded capital to the nearby port city.

Zhang Jiaxing, a senior lawmaker in Tianjin, suggested at the ongoing meeting of the Tianjin People's Congress on Saturday that Tianjin should better promote its proximity to Beijing to attract more companies and talent to move to Tianjin by offering favorable terms.

"Such industrial transfers can ease the traffic jams and air pollution in Beijing while boosting our economy," he said.

Zhang said Tianjin's advantages include land price, labor cost and logistical convenience as a port city. Preferential relocation benefits for talented workers and their families are also attractive.

For instance, he said, it is easier to qualify for a local hukou (household registration) in Tianjin than in the capital.

"Their kids can take the local college entrance exam in our city, and they can receive better medical care and social welfare. All this helps them integrate into local communities, instead of being outsiders," he said.

Currently, high school students in major cities without a local hukou have to go back to their hometowns to take the college entrance exam.

Zhu Liang, a petroleum engineer and political adviser to Beijing, made a similar suggestion at a meeting this week.

Zhu urged the Beijing government to promote economic cooperation with Tianjin, since the capital's population has already exceeded its regional resources and capacity.

The number of permanent residents has topped 20 million in Beijing, in an area about half the size of Belgium.

Tianjin, located southeast of Beijing, has Wuqing district and Jixian county in the north, bordering the capital. The two cities are also connected with two highways - and high-speed rail that cuts travel time to 30 minutes.

Wang Yuke and Yang Xiaofan contributed to this story.
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Extremely Massive Construction Boom!

It seems like Tianjin is the "new Dubai." heheheh

Tianjin along with Dalian are the probably the busiest Chinese cities in terms of construction for 2012 and 2013.

Guangzhou and Chongqing's construction activities have mellowed-down a bit and has achieved a more sustainable rate, it seems.

However, I'm becoming a bit worried. I mean, although all these construction activities are great to a skyscraper fan, I am concerned that a Dubai-esque collapse of the real estate sector would happen if they continue to build at such a insanely frenzied speed. I mean, Dubai's was obviously worse in terms of scale than Tianjin, but Tianjin is getting there.
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Tianjin Galaxay Mall

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Architects: tvsdesign
Location: Tianjin, China
Area: 213,324 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of tvsdesign

More than a building design, the Tianjin Le Yuan Commercial Complex is a place for living. A place where nature and culture, fashion and entertainment, social interaction and contemplation are in harmony. The core of this concept is the belief that the commercial complex should open out to embrace the cultural activities and the natural amenities with the pedestrian flow of the grand promenade linking the Peoples Building and the Zhong Hua Opera House.

The global architecture and interior design firm, tvsdesign, celebrates the opening of Galaxy Mall, the retail portion of the Tianjin’s prestigious new Cultural Center District, which opened in October of 2012. With 360,000 square meters of total building area, Galaxy Mall ranks among the top five largest retail complexes in China, and is more than 80 percent leased.

Awarded the project upon winning an government sponsored international design competition in 2009, the tvsdesign team conceived of a commercial complex located on the northern edge of the cultural district arranged around a large central lake. The complex opens out to the cultural activities and pedestrian flow of the grand promenade linking the grand Theater and Opera House to the east and the museums, art gallery and library to the south. The central lake extends into the retail site as the water feature flows down a dramatic waterfall and into the below grade retail.

he retail center features five floors rising to a height of 30 meters above ground and a single below grade level linked to the adjacent subway terminals and underground parking. Creating a concept for the interior of the Galaxy Mall organized around four distinctly unique shopping experiences with the Sun, Moon, Star and Earth Courts, tvsdesign conceived of a unique feature in each court with shopping and dining opportunities.

Arranged along a gentle arc, the complex’s focal point is a crystalline building of feature restaurants. This faceted glass building is the sculptural icon of the Commercial Complex, creating a complementary building edge for the buildings across the lake while maintaining the visual prominence and importance of the Opera House.

“We had the opportunity and the responsibility to create a retail project that would be seen and experienced as an integral piece of the city’s new cultural landmark,“ said tvsdesign Principal, Mark Carter. “It demanded a combination of a respectful, sophisticated architecture and a dynamic shopping experience“.























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Old May 5th, 2013, 01:00 PM   #294
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Hebei University of Technology Library Winning Proposal


By Shanghai-based Architects: Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute


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Architect: Damian Donze (Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute)
Location: Tianjing, China
Project: Beichen Campus Library of Hebei University of Science and Technology
Design Team: Wensheng Wang, Damian Donze, Wang Shuyi, Zhang Xü
Site Area: 48,636m2
Total Area: 45,290m2
Total Height: 40m
Floors: 8
Car Parking: 99
Bicycle Parking: 800
Book Space: 2,400,000
Seats: 4500



With an area of 48,636m2, the site of the Hebei University Library is located in the center of the new Beicheng Campus. This competition winning proposal by Damian Donze, of the Tongji Architectural Design and Research Institute, is clearly divided. The base of the building is designated for some offices, an archive, a network center, a convention center and an exhibitions center. This way, the West entrance is reserved for the offices and the the network center while the East entrance is reserved for the convention center and the exhibition center. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Having taken care of the secondary functions inside the base, we were able to keep the library itself pure and clean inside the main, central part of the building. There are two entrances to the library: One from the North, on the ground floor, and one from the South on the second floor. The South entrance was put on the second floor to leave base undisturbed. Additionally, did we emphasize the staircase by extending it all the way to the East entrance. Together with the sloped roof of the base, this creates a smooth transition from the site to the building. The site’s design extends the buildings functions into becoming a place where people can stay and take a break from the stress of their studies.

Site and Surrounding

The South of the campus is designated to teaching buildings while the North and West are designated for living and sport buildings. The standard height of the other campus buildings is 24 meters, and most buildings are kept in gray or white tones. However, the buildings in the North are clad in bricks and, somehow, try to imitated the old campus. In the center, separating the functions, is a green belt which includes a park and the location of the new library. The library is surrounded by water that starts from the park in the West and runs all the way to the East gate. This gives it some distance from the teaching buildings and gives us the opportunity to create a nice landscape.


The site is located right at the intersection of the 3 main axes which places the building in the middle of the view from each gate. This puts the library in a privileged situation and makes it easily accessible from the whole campus.

Building Borders

Both, the building outline in the North and the building outline in the South, are perpendicular to their axis. The building is off-setted 50m from the waterfront and 45m from the street in the North. Similarly, the East/West outline is derived from the site and runs, mostly, parallel to the site border. We tried to control the width of the building so that it would be fully visible from two important viewpoints. One point was the North gate and the second point was the square in the South, between the teaching buildings.


People Flow

1.The main student flow comes either from the teaching area in the South across the pond and up the monumental stair to enter on the second floor, or from the dorms in the North to enter on the ground floor. Either way they will be received with a reception from where they can continue into the main library.

2.The West entrance is designated for the staff of the library offices, the network center and the archives.


3.The East entrance is reserved for the convention and exhibition center and is located as close to the East gate as possible to improve the accessibility of external visitors.

4.The underground car entrance is located on the North side and provides access to a garage with 99 parking spaces.

5. By utilizing the, otherwise difficult to use, space under the sloped roof, we managed to create space for 800 bicycles.

Function Layout

The functions of the library have been separated into 3 main parts to improve circulation and guarantee ease of access. This reduces the main flow hitting the main South and North entrances. The main building with 30’000m2 is reserved for the library while the large first floor, with around 10’000m2 holds the secondary functions and is divided up into East and West.


The library offices are located on the South-West side of the base and reaches all the way to the library reception and the book check in/out area. The short distance improves the book processing time. The convention center, containing an auditorium (500 people), lecture hall (200 people) and a conference hall (100 people) is located on the East side close to the East gate to ensure good accessibility.

Library Functions

The library, besides providing functions like an E-reading area, a periodical reading area and a leisure reading area, also contains a variety of study areas. We focused on creating study spaces with a lot of natural lighting. We, therefore, arranged them inside and around the two large atria as well as along the facade. To further improve the quality of the reading spaces along the facade, we created many “Loft” spaces where the ceiling was set back from the facade to generate double/triple height space. This not only adds more natural light for the reading area, but also moves the stacks further away from the natural light which is desirable considering the damaging effect of direct sunlight on books.


Internally, the library is organized in a way so that the functions that are more frequented are on the lower floors while functions which are less frequented are on the top floors. This brings a great improvement in terms of circulation.

Structure

The basic structure is made of concrete column and beam structure connected with the shear walls of the cores. However, we made use of a steel truss to span the two overhangs in the North and the South.


Natural Lighting & Ventilation

The lower atria (floors 2-5) obtain their light through the structural glazing facade while the upper atria (floors 6-8) each have an additional skylight to provide a comfortable reading environment. Most of the facade, however, is using standard windows to ensure energy efficiency as well as to control the direct sunlight that enters into the building.


Besides the natural ventilation provided by the facade, we added two shafts on the East side and the West side to provide fresh air for the toilettes and the fresh air rooms.The building is horizontally divided between the 5th and the 6th floor. The client wants to use the lower part first while opening up the upper part later on. By thermally dividing the building, we answered to that request and made sure that the lower part can be heated/cooled independently from the upper part during the first phase.

Circulation

Having taken care of the necessary fire evacuation cores in an efficient way, we were able to play with the public circulation. Most important are the 4 elevators in the center that provide fast access to (being in the center) to every part of the building and create a strong “backspine” of our circulation system. However, elevators require waiting time and use energy, so we developed an intricate system of public stairs to reduce the traffic for the elevators.


Facade

Looking at the facade of the building, one may easily be reminded of ying and yang. These principles were, in fact, part of our influence.The buildings in the North of the library are made up of a lot of brick and, somewhat, try to imitate the style of the old campus. Hence, we decided to use a similar earthy material, terracotta.


The buildings in the South of the library use simple and plain colors. We tried to develope a fitting language for the main South facade to create a smooth transition. Our choice fell on a pale natural stone that can create a similar image as the other buildings, yet is of higher quality.

With the twisting motion of the two types of the facade were we able to take up the two styles and connect the North with the South/old and new. We also took the interior into consideration, however, which is why the facade has a higher percentage of openings on the lower floors while it closes up towards the top. This action, once again, give more natural light where it is needed (study area) while it protects the books in the compact stacks on the upper floors.















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Growing pains for Tianjin Eco-City
13 October 2013
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When artist Zhu Xinru, 28, is unwell, the nearest doctor is an hour away by bus. When Madam Hu Fengling, 76, is bored, she has no immediate neighbours to chat with. When Madam Yang Feng, 60, buys vegetables, she minds that she has to pay more than people elsewhere.

These are common complaints of residents at the Tianjin Eco-City, a budding township supported by the Singapore and Chinese governments that is going through growing pains as it marked its fifth birthday last month.

"Life here is not very convenient. Things are pricey," complains Madam Yang, pointing out that 500g of spring onions costing 1.20 yuan (20 Singapore cents) elsewhere may be thrice as much here.

Madam Hu, a grandmother who is mostly home alone while her son, daughter-in-law and grandchild are at work or studying outside the Eco-City, said the nearby units in her apartment block are empty and her nearest neighbours live several floors away.

"I ask my son, what is this place that you have left me in? It's like a deserted island," she said.

The Eco-City is the second government-led project between Singapore and China after Suzhou Industrial Park.

Conceived by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao in 2007, it aims to be a model of sustainable development for a fast urbanising China. Construction began in 2008.

The city has won praise for its potential from foreign media and Chinese President Xi Jinping who visited in May. Mr Goh, who visited last month, said he was "very impressed" by the progress, though he acknowledged that there were challenges and expected that they would be sorted out.

Those who say the ambitious 250 billion yuan project may end up a white elephant point to the slower-than-expected pace in attracting residents.

Designed for a population of 350,000 on a 30 sq km site by 2023, it has drawn only 6,000 residents in a start-up area of 3 sq km over the past five years, well below the 10,000 expected by the end of last year.

It has also signed up more than 1,000 firms, with a total registered capital of 70 billion yuan. More than 4,000 jobs have been created in the city.

Several factors are at play.

China's property cooling measures, which restrict multiple home purchases, have affected sales of apartments in the Eco-City, even though units are priced at about 9,000 yuan per sq m, compared with about 20,000 yuan per sq m in Tianjin's city centre.

Sales have not been helped by the Eco-City's relative inaccessibility as work on a proposed light rail link to central Tianjin, 40km away, has yet to begin.

Competition from other development projects in the Tianjin Binhai New Area, where the Eco-City is located, has also affected progress.

The Eco-City is in danger of turning into a ghost town, The Economic Observer, a Chinese business newspaper, reported last month.

To help it grow faster, some suggest the Eco-City bring in bigger businesses that can generate more jobs and universities to produce a pool of skilled workers.

"To really attract people, it needs bigger industries to support the population," East Asian Institute scholar Chen Gang told The Sunday Times.

Tianjin native Zheng Siyuan, 33, who started an animation school in the Eco-City, said it also needs more publicity. He said: "We say we are from the Tianjin Eco-City and clients ask me what it is - and they are from Tianjin!"

Mr Ho Tong Yen, chief executive of the Eco-City's master developer, said more is being done. A hospital is slated to open by 2015 and there are plans for a theme park and a mall too. German conglomerate Siemens is also starting operations soon.

To address residents' complaints, the city has beefed up its services.

There are now two free shuttle services plying the city and activities ranging from folk dance sessions for residents and after-school care services for children of working parents have been organised.

Mr Ho said the Eco-City's progress should not be measured only by the number of people living there. If population numbers were the main target, the project could simply have been located next to a bustling city.

"That's not what we're trying to do," he told The Sunday Times. "We are in a remote location, wasteland, saline land, alkaline land. We are trying to show that in a place like this, you can also grow a nice city."

A silver lining

Despite the teething problems, most of the 20 residents interviewed by The Sunday Times said they like living here.

They note the green environment, good schools and the support the city enjoys from the Chinese and Singapore governments.

There are signs telling people not to litter, ramps for the disabled, neatly trimmed roadside shrubs as well as tap water that is fit to drink. Its eco-friendly features include street lamps powered by solar or wind energy and buildings that maximise daylight.

"I feel the air is good and I can breathe easily, unlike in places with many cars and pollution," said Madam Dong Zhixia, 58, who used to live in neighbouring Tanggu.

Freight manager Wang Hui, 38, who also moved in from Tanggu last year, is already such a fan of the Eco-City and its links to Singapore that he hopes to send his daughter Juicy to the Republic for further studies in future.

"I feel my quality of life has improved here. The environment is good and I can take care of my child's educational needs. I'm pretty happy," he said.

Others are glad the place is not crowded. Manager Li Jun, 35, said: "It doesn't have to be like Beijing or Tianjin. If the Eco-City has too many people, it will hurt the environment."

The bilingual education offered by the city's schools has attracted parents like Ms Zhang Yongyan, 32, who arrived last year from Wuhan, central Hubei, to take up a job as a social worker.

"My son was of pre-school age. I thought, why not move to the Tianjin Eco-City," said Ms Zhang, who bought a home and likes the schooling perks.

Classes for her three-year-old cost 450 yuan a month compared with about 1,500 yuan elsewhere in Tianjin.

Korean restaurant owner Pei Shouzi, 52, from central Tianjin, arrived to start her business a year ago but grew to like the place so much that she has bought a home.

She is hoping that her son, who studied hotel management at university, will take over the business one day.

"I feel that the future here will be better. Once the light rail comes in, the city will take off."
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Family healthcare offered to eco-city residents
18 November 2013
China Daily

A family doctor service was made available to residents of Tianjin's developing eco-city on Friday as part of an effort to build a Singaporean-style community in the northern China port city.

A doctor will be assigned to care for every 300 to 500 households, and each resident's health records will be monitored electronically.

The service, along with green-energy buses, apartments with energy conservation systems and a recycling center for kitchen garbage, is part of a development plan for an eco-conscious community.

The Tianjin eco-city, which is to serve as a model for future Chinese cities, was jointly planned by the Chinese and Singaporean governments.

Built on a salt pan, deserted beach and water areas, the eco-city, covering a total of 30 square kilometers, has so far attracted more than 2,000 households to move to the area.

"We are expecting more households to move in as more infrastructure is built," said Cui Guang'an, deputy director of the city's administration committee.

The eco-city, which has been under construction since 2007, will also have two rail transit lines to encourage residents to use public transportation.

Modeled after the Singaporean notion of the "neighborhood center", the eco-city will build community centers to handle grassroots and enrichment functions such as community management, healthcare, culture and sports and business services.

Liu Yang, 30, said he moved to the community because he was impressed by its facilities and focus on green technology.

"The change has been rapid over the years, and you can see improvements almost on a daily basis," he said.

Zhang said when he first moved to the area last year, there was only a small market.

Now, there are already nearly 30 shops, including home textile shops, department stores, cafes, bars and a pharmacy.

A fitness center, a library and an ecological planning museum, which are under construction, will also give him more options when spending time with his family, he said.

A hospital is under construction and will open by 2015.

Seven school bus lines are currently in service, with two international schools and one kindergarten in operation and two middle schools under construction.

Goh Chok Tong, former prime minister of Singapore, said during a recent visit that he was impressed by the rapid development of the area over the last five years.

"The community has developed over the years like a 'teenager' grows into an 'adult'," he said.

Gao Fei in Tianjin contributed to this story.
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Old November 27th, 2013, 04:02 AM   #297
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Tianjin Special: Reforms streamline procedures, aid migrants in Binhai New Area
16 November 2013
China Daily

The Tianjin Binhai New Area brings innovation into administrative and social reforms by increasing efficiency and taking on new public projects, said Qin Haiying a researcher from Nankai University's Binhai Development Research Institute.

Among the novel features that characterize the new area's administrative approach are approval service centers, governmental divisions dedicated to handling applications for business and political affairs.

This year, the centers have handled more than 50,000 applications and administrative affairs. The average duration of the procedure has been shortened from 8.75 days to 5.74, a 34.4 percent increase in efficiency.

"It used to take two to three hours to commute between my company and downtown Tianjin to acquire a permit for drug subcontracting. And we wouldn't receive approval for the permit usually until two to three days later," said an officer at Tianjin Kingyork Group Corporation, a State-owned pharmaceutical conglomerate.

"But now, we can get all things done within a few hours in the Administrative Approval Center of Tianjin Binhai New Area, without the trouble of trekking to the downtown anymore."

The center has undertaken more than 200 approval applications that were devolved from Tianjin municipality.

It integrates administrative functions of other approval service centers to offer applicants one-stop service.

The new area has launched a 24-hour administrative service hotline for applicants to make appointments outside office hours. Online applications and door-to-door service with an appointment are also available now.

Fairness is as important as efficiency in reforming the administrative system, Qin said.

A large number of migrant workers have flocked into the new area in recent years, accounting for half of the population there.

The new area is integrating these migrants into its social security system, offering equal treatment in terms of housing, education and public health services.

"The migrant workers have contributed a lot to the construction of Binhai, and they deserve to share the fruits", said Zong Guoying, head of the New Area.

The committee of the Xiangyang Street in the new area has built a new civil service center, where migrant workers and their families can get professional training and legal assistance as well as enjoy cultural activities for free.

"We have already had a new kindergarten on trial operation, and it will officially open to the public in December," said Zhao Yuanwei, director of the service center.

More than 30 migrant workers and local residents have signed their children up for early childhood education, Zhao said.

"All courses will be offered for free. Parents can take their children to courses on music and intelligence development", said Zhao.

In addition, the new area has come up with favorable public housing policies specifically for the migrant workers.

Shang You, the 32-year-old founder of Nice Boat Animation, has been in the business for three years in Binhai. Some 70 percent of his employees are migrant workers, and they managed to buy subsidized houses in the new area. They only need 100,000 yuan ($16,000) for a down payment and carry a monthly mortgage of a little more than 1,000 yuan to have their own home.

Shang also rented two well-furnished one-bedroom apartments of approximately 60 square meters each for two of his workers, at the cost of 800 yuan a month.

"If it weren't for the favorable policies, it would be difficult for me to find employees to scale up operations," Shang said.

Over the years, the new area has built nearly 2 million square meters of apartment space across more than 30 sites for migrant workers.

Moreover, it has invested nearly 100 million yuan in building communities for the migrant workers with an area of more than 30,000 square meters and a housing capability of nearly 10,000 people. Each community is well equipped with commercial facilities, such as drug store, supermarket, restaurant and barbershop.

In the next three to five years, the new area will continue the reform to build nearly 160 civil projects on education, hygiene, culture and retirement, with an investment of 30 billion yuan ($5 billion). At the end of 2009, the new area carried out a series of management system reforms, and built one of the leanest administrative structures of the country.

The Tianjin municipal government has dissolved the working and management committees in Binhai's Tanggu, Hangu, Dagang districts, and put them directly under administration of the Binhai New Area.

"The reform is unprecedented, combining efforts of different sectors. It can speed up overall reform of the whole area", said Qin.

The reform can help the New Area better coordinate with peripheral areas, which facilitates the economic integration of Bohai Bay Rim area, said Qin.

By 2015, the Binhai New Area will strive to have its GDP break through 1 trillion yuan and total industrial output value reach 2 trillion yuan ($328 billion). It will double the figures of 2015 by 2017, local officials say.
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what projects....
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Is this project facing any problem/s??
In fact all project in Tianjin's Xiangluowan/Yujiapu are stoped,there will be largest ruins all over the world!

Tianjin is one of most poor city in China,almost no private company.The goverment want to build high buildings only because former prime minister Wenjiabao(温家宝) born in Tianjin!After corruption Wenjiabao retired in March 2013,all project in Xiangluowan/Yujiapu stoped.If not this,let Tinjiner post new photos about there?Almost the same with 1 year before!
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Old March 25th, 2014, 02:51 PM   #300
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Tianjin's average salary in 2012:

do't like it's GDP. Tianjiner's salary only No.34 in all 51 Chinese citys!

So you can understand many strange things in Tianjin:

Why Tianjin's high buildings include 400m+ and 500m+ project are all no subway near it?All 400m+ buildings project in other Chinese citys are near subway.
Even it's project "CBD" Xiangluowan/Yujiapu have no subway,even no subway on build!
Because in fact Tianjin is so poor,they have no money to build subway in their"CBD"!Only thing to do is use lie to cheat foreign investment!

So they build the largest ruins all over the world..
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