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Old May 20th, 2009, 10:25 PM   #2681
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can you tell me if there a forum of this taiping building ??
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Old May 21st, 2009, 12:08 AM   #2682
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was that carved out a block of chedder?.....eeewwww
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Old May 21st, 2009, 01:42 PM   #2683
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In my view, Shenzhen's new supertall Kingkey Tower without doubt, is the most elegant building-in-progress in China mainland right now.

This one in Shanghai is a bit wierd. It doesn't seem match well with nearby buildings, for it's like a twisted green cobra with all its "rings". If it were to get rid off those rings, make it vertical stripes instead, it would look much more elegant.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 02:32 PM   #2684
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^Then the design would probably lose the contract in the first place.
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Old May 22nd, 2009, 10:49 PM   #2685
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MXD skyscraper will include city parks, neighborhoods
AGC SmartBrief | 05/06/2009

An innovative skyscraper in China, set to be the world's second tallest building, will include eight different "neighborhoods" stacked on top of one another. Each neighborhood is 14 stories tall and includes residences, retail space, office space and a landscaped area resembling a city park. The tower, dubbed Shanghai Center, is expected to open in 2014. Officials say the parks will be open to the public. Greentech Media (05/05)

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Green Building | Michael Kanellos | May 5, 2009
New for Green Buildings: City Parks in the Sky

The second tallest building in the world will include city parks on most floors.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Shanghai Center, due to open in 2014, won’t just be the world’s second tallest building at 632 meters. It will also be a set of neighborhoods stacked on top of each other.

The building will contain eight separate neighborhoods each 14 stories tall, says Dan Winey, managing principal for the Asia Pacific office of the architectural firm Gensler, which designed the building. These neighborhoods will contain retail outlets, office space and residences. But at the outer perimeter of each floor of these neighborhoods will be city parks complete with trees, tables and all of the other stuff (except bums) one would expect in a city park.

“All of the parks will be open to the public,” he said, during a presentation at the Scaling Up conference sponsored by the Asia Society (see The Beijing Watercube: Better Than Solar Panels).

The building will also be covered with a triangular/helix-like skin. “It will be the world’s tallest double-skin building,” Winey added.

Putting the park inside of a building might have dystopian overtones – the only wildlife in Soylent Green, after all, was at the crematorium. But it’s a natural extension of the green building concept and the evolving sense of urbanism. To save energy and resources, people are increasingly going to move toward cities. Forty percent of China’s population already lives in urban centers, according to Stanley Yip, director of planning and development for Arup China, an urban development firm. (China also has two billion square meters of new construction a year, adds Yip.)

“In China, cities are about survival. For the Chinese it is not a lifestyle choice, and it is rapidly becoming the same for America itself,” said John Kriken, a consulting partner with Skidmore Owings and Merrill.

China has taken some steps toward energy efficient urban planning, he noted. Many of the developments by Shui On Land get rave reviews for blending lifestyle comfort into projects. Generic residential structures are aligned east to west to get two hours of natural sunlight a day. If an apartment gets less, it is reclassified as a workspace. Still, miles and miles of east-west apartment blocks creates monotony.

Which brings us back to developments like the Shanghai Center. If people are going to be crowded in cities, they will need open space. And with real estate at a premium, it makes sense to build up. Many panelists at the conference expressed a worry that too much attention is being paid to showcase projects. Still, big projects like these often become test beds for concepts and technologies that are used later on. The proof that energy efficiency and LEED buildings do not have to cost more than conventional buildings was largely derived from showcase projects.

Winey also noted that the center, which will open in 2014 and is part of a three-skyscraper development, would also use far less energy and water than conventional buildings (see Investors High on Water). Rainwater recovery and grey water recycling systems will cut water use by a minimum of 40 percent, he said. The owners may even include black water treatment. This involves taking sewage and purifying it to drinking level standards – Singapore, which imports half of its water from Malaysia, does this already for a small percentage of its water supply. The country officially calls it NEWater.

The 632 meter high tower, which will sport 5.4 million square feet of floor space, will also have wind turbines to run the exterior lights. Cooling and heating, two of the big energy hogs in the world today, will be provided in part through geothermal systems and thermal mass storage, i.e., giant ice machines that will produce ice at night for cooling in the day.

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Old May 23rd, 2009, 12:37 AM   #2686
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 12:27 PM   #2687
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It seems they continuing with slurry wall with proper speed.

And if i would ask, please in future try to take detailed pics of more than 1/4 site. You can do that becouse not zoomed pic shows much bigger part of site. Nevertheless, thanks for your efford
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 12:29 PM   #2688
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not necessarily we can use the non-zoomed one to view the other part of the site
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 12:35 PM   #2689
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So whats the point of posting any zoomed part then
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 02:16 PM   #2690
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haha well i didnt take the pictures, jamyan from ss.cn did, he usually take a broadview, unzoomed, with another pic of something he finds interesting which is zoomed =)
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 03:52 PM   #2691
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we should be glad that theres an update at all. thnx kix.
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 04:50 PM   #2692
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That's a first....picky about update photos. We're lucky people take the time to get pics at all.
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 07:47 PM   #2693
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does anyone know how much time will the piling of the area will take ? from what I can see it looks like they have another year until they start digging
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 07:59 PM   #2694
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Really beautiful!!
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Old May 23rd, 2009, 11:22 PM   #2695
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So the small u/c buildings were workers' dormitories, they look quite fancy
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Old May 24th, 2009, 12:33 AM   #2696
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Since 3 months i have seen no progress. Could someone tell me what are they doing???
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Old May 24th, 2009, 12:47 AM   #2697
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come on, you should know that foundations for such a tall tower are taking at least 1 year. and you also should know that you don't see any progress in this time
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Old May 24th, 2009, 12:56 AM   #2698
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come on, you should know that foundations for such a tall tower are taking at least 1 year. and you also should know that you don't see any progress in this time
Since its getting built in China i thought it would be 10 times faster
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Old May 24th, 2009, 02:36 AM   #2699
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So the small u/c buildings were workers' dormitories, they look quite fancy
they should be very efficient way of building. how much do they pay for these workers? are they "special" workers for building high skyscrapers or just regular joes with two hands?
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Old May 25th, 2009, 04:40 PM   #2700
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Since 3 months i have seen no progress. Could someone tell me what are they doing???
In one of the last pictures you can see them building a new massive rebar cage for the slurry walls. They wont start digging until they have finished the walls.
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