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Old October 30th, 2011, 11:32 AM   #301
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Schmidt Hammer Lassen's design for The Danish University Centre in Beijing. This is a competition entry (proposal). The competition status is
as of now ongoing.


Description by Schmidt Hammer Lassen
The creation of a Danish university building in China as a beacon for Danish architecture, research and technology is an example of how respect,
openness and quality expressed by architecture can contribute to cultural understanding and exchange. The building is designed as a meeting
place for a diversity of cultures, users, and functions and it expresses this interaction through a simple yet dynamic architecture.

The 8000 m▓ Danish university building is situated on a newly established university campus outside central Beijing. The red brick of the building’s
exterior gives kinship to the rest of the campus while large glazed facades and green terraces provide poetic contrast and character.

The idea behind the design of the building is simple but creates an informal architecture full of expression and tension. Like bricks in production
are stacked by twisting each layer to stabilize the pile, boxes are stacked with spaces in between each level, creating an atrium building with a
maximum of contact and synergy between the functions. On the outside, the rotation of boxes creates a row of green terraces or shelves to
enjoy at leisure. The stack of boxes is slightly tilted towards the south and west to provide solar shading on the facade facing in those
directions.

The building is organized in order for the more public functions to greet the visitor on the ground level and to turn increasingly private as you
ascend. It creates an exciting environment for students, researchers and companies where architecture supports cross-disciplinary learning and
contributes to informal surroundings for open learning. The students will experience an inspiring and open environment where they can take part
in the active life unfolding in and around the atrium or retreat to quiet corners facing the terraces for peaceful studytime.

The building is designed to be robust and sustainable in terms of energy consumption by means of a pragmatic approach to technique, materials
and detailing. Natural ventilation during the night will cool down the thermal mass of the heavy brick boxes and thus diminish the need for
mechanical ventilation during the daytime. The rooftop produces energy by means of solar cells.

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Old November 1st, 2011, 09:30 PM   #302
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Old November 5th, 2011, 04:54 PM   #303
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Chinese developers bid farewell to autumn sales blitz amid tightening measures

BEIJING, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese developers used to proudly describe their brisk autumn housing sales as "golden September and silver October." This year's autumn sales, however, were all but satisfactory as a result of the government's tightening measures, which were implemented earlier this year to cool down the property market.

Analysts said that developers will encounter increasingly severe capital shortages in light of poor sales volumes and lower prices during the autumn sales season.

Housing sales in Beijing from Oct. 1 to Oct. 30 totaled 12,099 units, representing a plunge of around 40 percent from the same period last year, according to data from the website of Beijing Real Estate Transaction Management. The data is published by the city's housing authority.

The Beijing Centaline Property Agency Company forecasted that Beijing's total housing sales in September and October will be around 27,000 units, down 46 percent from a year earlier.

Sales in other major cities have also plummeted.

Last month, sales of new homes in Shanghai were nearly halved in comparison to a year ago, while sales in Shenzhen dropped about 65 percent year-on-year, according to a report released on Monday by the China Index Academy, a leading property research center.

Hu Jinghui, a senior real estate expert with B.A. Consulting, told Xinhua that sales volumes have always changed sooner than prices, judging from past performances.

"The drop in sales volume is a process that must take place before there can be any substantial price cuts in cities with runaway housing prices," Hu said.
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Old November 17th, 2011, 06:59 PM   #304
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Sparch unveils plans for large urban shopping mall in north west Beijing

With rapid economic growth, Beijing city has become increasingly crowded in the last few years, encouraging urban migration to suburban satellite towns located around the capital. Where satellite towns are commonly viewed as mere commuters' hubs with little retail activity, the client seeks to provide richer entertainment experiences for the residents.

Vanke Super City is a 100,000 sq m shopping mall located in the satellite town of Changping that lies 50 km north of the Forbidden City. Sparch is given an opportunity to rethink the conventional mould of a ubiquitous shopping mall; in the typical mall where entertainment and F & B is located at the top levels, customers patronising these shops would have to navigate difficult journeys through darkened shopping spaces and secondary exits after standard shopping hours.

So Sparch proposes a win-win design solution for Vanke Super City's shoppers and retailers, by introducing two separate retail circulation routes - a 12-hour daytime route and a 24-hour route. The design incorporates the daytime retail programs - shops and department stores - into the mall typology with an interwoven 12-hour route forming the mass of the podium architecture.

Circulation routes and terraces are carved out of the podium, facilitating access to the elevated rooftop courtyard, around which interlocking boxes create a visually dynamic entertainment destination containing the 24-hour functions (e.g. cinemas, KTV, restaurants).

When the daytime retail functions have closed for the day, customers are provided with an alternate outdoor animated route lined with shops and terraces snaking along the podium fašade (24-hour route). This increases the extent of shop frontage along the streetscape and generates valuable visual connections.
In the spirit of Archigram's ĹMoving Cities' and Rogers and Piano's Pompidou Centre, the outdoor escalators along the fašade express movement and energy. The fašades of Vanke Super City are articulated using a varied palette of materials in layered bands reminiscent of folded geological plates.







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Old November 19th, 2011, 06:41 AM   #305
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do anyone watch CNBC about the garbage problem in beijing? according to the reporter Beijing is producing 15,000 ton of garbage a day,and may runiing out of land fill.
other large cities in china may facing similiar problem.
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 10:07 AM   #306
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Lack of enforcement lets dust fly at Beijing
Updated: 2011-11-22 07:59
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BEIJING - A lax enforcement of the law has allowed more construction dust than usual to pollute the city's air, an environmental watchdog said on Monday.

The Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau said that has been in part responsible for the hazy days that have roused the public to anger in the past month.

On Friday, the bureau issued a warning to 17 construction sites that had failed to bring their release of construction dust under control, asking them to eliminate the violations in three days.

The bureau conducted an inspection of several of the sites on Monday and found that none of them had complied with its orders.

Zhao Chengyi, an official with the environmental protection bureau, said the bureau does not have the right to enforce laws, only to supervise what takes place at construction sites.

"Without the right to punish the wrongdoings at these construction sites, we can do nothing but issue warning after warning," Zhao said. "This has become a long-standing problem."

Zhao's remarks followed complaints about the bureau's alleged failure to take steps to improve the city's air quality in response to the heavy fog that shrouded the capital for several days this past month.

Six years ago, a reorganization of government departments gave the Beijing Municipal Bureau of City Administration and Law Enforcement and Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development the right to enforce environmental protection laws.

The Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development said on Monday that it is working harder to crack down on releases of construction dust.

The Beijing Municipal Bureau of City Administration and Law Enforcement released no comment on Monday.

In Beijing, more than 5,000 construction sites covering 150 million square meters of space release about 40 percent of the particles in the city's air. They, along with auto exhaust, coal emissions and industrial pollution, are the chief causes of air pollution in Beijing, according to Fang Li, deputy director of the environmental protection bureau.

"If the dust at the construction sites is not well controlled or the dust on the ground is not hardened, it can be easily blown into the air and increase the particle concentration," Fang said. "It's especially hazardous to people's health on dry winter days."

According to Wang Xiaoming, another official with the environmental protection bureau, fighting construction dust is one of the bureau's priorities.

"We're paying attention to the dust pollution created by construction in residential areas, downtown and at some large construction sites in the capital," Wang said. "Those companies all know the regulations, but they simply don't follow them."

Some think the pursuit of profits is driving their actions.

"To have the roads hardened at this construction site, which covers about 1,000 square meters, we need to invest at least 300,000 yuan ($47,000), which is a lot," said a staff worker at Haohai Construction Group, which is building the second phase of the Zhongguancun Science and Technology Park. The staff worker declined to give his full name.

The project, designed as an incubator for high-tech businesses, has released large amounts of dust and the company has been the subject of many warnings from the environmental protection bureau. The bureau's inspection on Monday found that no improvements had been made to the site.

A company that does not clean up construction dust will be fined 20,000 yuan at the most, according to the Beijing Municipal Bureau of City Administration and Law Enforcement.

The environmental protection bureau is now asking the public to help it supervise construction sites. A reward of up to 300 yuan will go to those who report large cases of dust pollution.

"We want to fully mobilize the public," said Li Hua, head of the bureau's environmental protection monitoring team.
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Old November 30th, 2011, 04:15 PM   #307
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Anyone ever heared of this? It is called Beijing National Hotel and is located close to the airport....
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Old December 6th, 2011, 08:03 PM   #308
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Beijing Phoenix International Media Center (Hong Kong Based Phoenix TV's new headquater in Beijing).
The Building locates in the southwest corner of Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang District.


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Old December 8th, 2011, 01:44 AM   #309
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Wonderful design!
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Old December 12th, 2011, 09:37 AM   #312
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Exorbitant land costs burden developers

BEIJING, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- A popular saying is echoing in Beijing as property tycoons enter a weak spell: "It is mostly an appalling death for real estate developers to be stuffed (with land), but not hungry."

Plots of land in Beijing and other major Chinese cities have been bought at record-high prices, but have become a burden for struggling developers.

On March 15, 2010, the final auctions of three plots of land in Beijing hit 11.08 billion yuan (about 1.75 billion U.S. dollars). Just about one month after the sky-high bidding commenced, China imposed a raft of measures aiming to cool property prices in April 2010.

The government has repeatedly stressed its efforts to contain the runaway property market, including tighter monetary policies, higher down payments, a ban on third-home purchases, price control targets and a trial property tax.

Under the government's strict tightening control policies, the development pattern of China's real estate industry is expected to be more reasonable and rational under the guidance of the government, insiders said.

RE-SOLD, BUT STILL UNTOUCHED

Left untouched for nearly two years, the 104,537-square-meter Dongsheng township residential and commercial property, one of the three plots of land sold at record-high prices, was covered by weeds and light snow in early December this year.

The World Expo Hongye Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. won the plot with a bid of 1.76 billion yuan in 2010.

"We paid such a huge sum just hoping to create a high-end real estate project," Wang Dan, the development company's vice president, said after winning the bidding war on the massive urban plot.

The exorbitant winning bid means that the prices of apartments built on the plot will have to factor in about 30,000 yuan per square meter just to cover land costs, a reality that shocked many other property tycoons at the auction.

Fortunately for its initial buyer, Poly Real Estate Group, China's second-largest listed developer, said in a statement in August that it had "gained the Dongsheng plot project through 100-percent equity acquisition from the World Expo Hongye Real Estate Development Co., Ltd."

In the real estate industry, the piece of land always decides the fate of the developer, and land price can sometimes be the straw that breaks the camel's back, said Zhang Dawei, an analyst with Beijing-based Centaline Property.

Compared to most property projects, these plots of land sold at record-high numbers require more capital and are an even heavier burden for the developer, he said.

SLOW START, COLD SALES

Crazy land prices are not always followed by crazy sales. Another two costly pieces of land sold the same day as the Dongsheng plot are encountering their own difficulties, such as slow construction or cold sales.

"It is hard to say when it will go to market and harder to predict the sale price," said a saleswoman for the 4.08-billion-yuan unfinished housing project in the Wangjing area of Beijing.

Nearly two years after the bidding, only two huge pits have been dug for its foundation. And its developer, a company affiliated with real estate giant Sino-Ocean Land, has pushed the date for it to hit the market from 2011 to 2012.

The exorbitantly-priced plots are now major burdens for developers whose profit margins have been extremely compressed by declining housing prices, said Zhang, adding that, in some cases, the land price alone equals the price of newly-built apartments for sale nearby.

Meanwhile, the land for the Daxing Yizhuang residential and commercial project (X1-1B) might be the fastest mover of the three wildly expensive plots.

It was purchased by CITIC (China International Trust and Investment Corp) Real Estate for 5.24 billion yuan, a record-setting figure for a single piece of land in Beijing.

As of Nov. 30, only 89 units, or about one-quarter of the total volume, had been sold, and that income is still far from covering the cost of the land.

"Cutting the land cost and other expenses, the project is now something of a 'chicken rib' and of little interest to developers," Zhang said, adding that some real estate companies are "reaping the harvest of their own misdeeds."

GOVERNMENT WORKS TO COOL PRICES

China's residential housing prices dropped for the third consecutive month in November amid government tightening efforts designed to cool the market, said a report released by the China Real Estate Index System on Dec. 1.

The average price in 10 first-tier cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, fell 0.36 percent month-on-month to 15,663 yuan per square meter from October to November.

The Chinese government has repeatedly pledged to continue these market curbs until housing prices reach a "reasonable" level, said Chen Liang, director of the market research department of 5i5j Real Estate Service Company in Beijing.

The only way out for the developers of these pieces of expensive land is to readjust product positioning and institute a reasonable pricing policy, Chen said.

"Dropping the housing price is a must, and will be effective in easing increasing financial pressure," he added.
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Old December 16th, 2011, 09:25 AM   #313
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This is getting a bit absurd :
'English only' town planned in Beijing
Updated: 2011-12-15 17:36
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A tourist town that allows people to speak only English will be built in Miyun county, northeast Beijing, the Beijing News reported.

The town will try to attract English lovers in China and provide a "best place to practice English," said Wang Haichen, head of the county.

The "English only" town will have a European architectural style and contain 16 blocks, he said. Each tourist will get a passport before entering the town, and speaking Chinese will lead to point deductions on the passport.

"The idea is to avoid competition with other European-style towns at home," Wang said. The construction of the town is expected to take five years.
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This is getting a bit absurd :
'English only' town planned in Beijing
Updated: 2011-12-15 17:36
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A tourist town that allows people to speak only English will be built in Miyun county, northeast Beijing, the Beijing News reported.

The town will try to attract English lovers in China and provide a "best place to practice English," said Wang Haichen, head of the county.

The "English only" town will have a European architectural style and contain 16 blocks, he said. Each tourist will get a passport before entering the town, and speaking Chinese will lead to point deductions on the passport.

"The idea is to avoid competition with other European-style towns at home," Wang said. The construction of the town is expected to take five years.
Will they be allowed to use Facebook inside there too?
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Will they be allowed to use Facebook inside there too?
It's unlikely.

They wouldn't want to risk a repeat of the London riots earlier last year, which were planned on Facebook/Twitter/Blackberry.
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sweet Beijing!
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This is getting a bit absurd :
'English only' town planned in Beijing
Updated: 2011-12-15 17:36
China Daily

A tourist town that allows people to speak only English will be built in Miyun county, northeast Beijing, the Beijing News reported.

The town will try to attract English lovers in China and provide a "best place to practice English," said Wang Haichen, head of the county.

The "English only" town will have a European architectural style and contain 16 blocks, he said. Each tourist will get a passport before entering the town, and speaking Chinese will lead to point deductions on the passport.

"The idea is to avoid competition with other European-style towns at home," Wang said. The construction of the town is expected to take five years.
Absurd indeed...*sigh*
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Absurd indeed...*sigh*
samsung of korea also has english language only,but this is corporation..
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Beijing should be ashamed of itself for promoting such a project. It's amazing these countries are promoting a language that has nothing at all to do with the country in such a drastic manner, and if you go to an English language speaking country they couldn't speak a second language if their life depended on it.
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