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Old March 30th, 2012, 04:49 PM   #361
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Old March 30th, 2012, 06:43 PM   #362
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Bulldozers to move on campus tenants


A sofa belonging to former Tsinghua University employees is abandoned near their homes beside the CCTV Tower on Thursday. Thirteen households refuse to vacate the property set for demolition. (Source:China Daily / Wang Yuanzheng)

BEIJING, March 28 (China Daily) -- Demolition is to begin immediately on the campus homes of former employees of Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Bulldozers are due to move on the homes of two of the 13 residents and their families, who have been fighting for more compensation, on Wednesday.

"We will not accept it and ask for help from the municipal government. It's unfair," said Wan Xiaohui from one of the families who were asked to move out of their dormitory buildings in July.

A court ruled on Tuesday that developers could begin demolition before compensation to the residents was settled.

Negotiations began on Monday between the university and the residents about the amount of compensation they will receive.

The university sold 36,000 square meters of land on its Guanghua Road campus, near the China Central Television Tower, to Beijing CBD Development and Construction in July for 2.4 billion yuan (381 million U.S. dollars) and the developer promised to construct an office building for the university.

Thirteen residents on the property, mostly former university canteen and maintenance staff, and their families have refused to move out, claiming that the compensation offered is too low for them to buy new apartments.

The developer has sued the university and the residents for not clearing the premises by the time stipulated in the contract, which was October.

At a hearing on March 19, the Nanmofang court in Chaoyang district told the university and residents to settle their dispute. On Tuesday, it allowed demolition to proceed.

Tsinghua University stands by the contract it made with the developer, its representative said at the court. Li Yiying, a manager with the developer, declined to comment.

"We will discuss the compensation with every single household before next hearing. The negotiations will go on for three days," Chen Yu, the attorney for Tsinghua University, told China Daily on Sunday.

But he declined to give details, because the negotiations are ongoing. "We'll make some adjustments to reach a satisfactory conclusion with all of them."

The houses are dormitories varying from eight to dozens of square meters that were rented to the staff members. The university initially promised to give the residents about 50,000 yuan for each square meter as compensation.

"The residents don't own the property, and considering the small size of their dorms, the university is offering them higher compensation than was paid with similar projects in the area," Chen said.

The residents expressed their anger about the compensation and the university.

"No official from Tsinghua University talked with us about demolition until the court summons were delivered," said Wang Yiqin, 49, an art teacher in a Beijing-based university. "The compensation isn't enough. I can't afford a new house in Beijing where home prices are surging."

Wang, who shares an 80-sq-m apartment with her ex-husband, a former teacher at Tsinghua University, said she hoped to get another home with two bedrooms and a living room.

Wan Xiaohui, a former accountant at the university, echoed Wang, saying none of the residents knew anything about the demolition.

"We had no idea about the demolition and compensation details. What we got was demolition starting Aug 11 and several court summons," he said. "We'd like to move, but we also have the right to know the compensation details."

Wan said no one had come to measure the rooms.

Wang Yu, a property lawyer at Beijing Dacheng Law Offices, said similar compensation and demolition cases are common with the development of the domestic property market in recent years.

"Compared with the developers, residents are more vulnerable to economic loss, so they need more help during the negotiations," he said. "Seven out of 10 cases are settled out of court, with tenants ending up getting higher compensation."

"But it requires considerable negotiation skills from these tenants and takes a long time."
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Old March 31st, 2012, 07:26 PM   #363
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That's the 243M Tall Observation Tower under constrcution at Olympic Park.



WOW! There really should be a thread for this building!
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Old April 1st, 2012, 04:38 AM   #364
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Why wasn't it constructed for the Olympics?

What's the point constructing such a nice tower 4 years after its been held?
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Old April 1st, 2012, 05:58 AM   #365
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Why wasn't it constructed for the Olympics?

What's the point constructing such a nice tower 4 years after its been held?
Well its better than canceled.
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Old April 1st, 2012, 01:13 PM   #366
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wow!! this tower is amazing! incredile!!
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Old April 2nd, 2012, 01:29 AM   #367
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Was this idea even presented before the olympics? There was another short olympic green obervation tower that was build for the olympics. I think they are trying to build on the popularity of the area and create a place for culture and tourism. Part of the watercube has a been converted to a public waterpark. There are plans for a national art museum. This will be another attraction for tourists to visit...

ThyssenKrupp Elevator continues its success in introducing TWIN to elevator market in China

2 TWIN systems for the Sightseeing Tower in the Beijing Olympic Park

ThyssenKrupp Elevator (China), a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG, has recently secured the contract to supply and install two TWIN panoramic systems for the Sightseeing Tower situated in the Beijing Olympic Park.

Located in the northeast of the Olympic Park, with a site area of 6,600m2 and an estimated built-up area of 18,900m2, the Sightseeing Tower consists of five independent towers attached together by aerial terraces. The main and tallest tower in the center, at 258 meters high and surrounded by four supporting towers of different heights and sizes, contains two observation decks at the height of 222 meters and 228 meters respectively. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the Sightseeing Tower resembles the five Olympic Rings from a bird’s eye view, symbolizing the union of the five continents and the spirit of the Olympic Games.

Exclusively available from ThyssenKrupp Elevator, the 2 TWIN panoramic systems – in which two cabs travel independently of each other in a single shaft – can take visitors swiftly to and from the observation decks while enjoying the surrounding scenery all the way up and down the tower. Visitors can get a panoramic overview of both old and new Beijing from the observation decks where they can also have drinks and snacks in the international food and beverage chains. After two TWIN systems were supplied to the five-star luxury Bayshore Hotel in the coastal city of Dalian earlier this year, this prestigious contract marks the second TWIN project in China.

Originally built for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, the Olympic Park is becoming a microcosm of Beijing's urban construction in the new century, being multi-functional, combining business and trade, office, exhibition, sports, exposition and entertainment in one location. The centerpiece of this park is Beijing National Stadium (also known as “Bird’s Nest”), National Aquatics Center ("Water Cube"), National Grand Theater, the Convention Center, etc. The Sightseeing Tower, designed by the China Architecture Design and Research Group, will become yet another iconic architectural landmark in the Olympic Park upon its completion in September 2012.

The Elevator Technology business area brings together the ThyssenKrupp Group's global activities in passenger transportation systems. With more than 46,000 employees, sales of EUR 5.3 billion in fiscal 2010/2011 and customers in 150 countries, ThyssenKrupp Elevator is one of the world's leading elevator companies. The company's portfolio includes passenger and freight elevators, escalators and moving walks, passenger boarding bridges, stair and platform lifts as well as tailored service solutions for all products. 900 locations around the world provide an extensive sales and service network to guarantee closeness to customers. ThyssenKrupp Elevator (China) is active in the local market with a dense network of branches and offices offering new installation, modernization and service business for the complete product range.

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Old April 3rd, 2012, 12:08 AM   #368
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On higher ground

Greening more rooftops can help the capital clean up its air, Cheng Anqi reports in Beijing.

As public debate on air pollution heats up, many are increasingly looking to the Chinese capital's skies to cool rapid urbanization with more greenery. The Beijing municipal government has already announced plans to improve the quality of the city's air by covering 100,000 sq m of roofs with greenery by the end of this year. "Plants and water have been proven to be one of the most effective measures to degrade and dilute PM2.5," says Tan Tianying, president of Beijing Green Roof Association, referring to fine particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less that are small enough to enter the smallest airways.

"If the city can make better use of building facades and rooftops for greening the environment, or add to the vertical landscape, carbon dioxide can also be greatly reduced."

Greening rooftops in cities, or maintaining "living roofs", includes partially or completely covering them with vegetation planted over a waterproofing membrane. Similarly, the vertical landscape, designed to be modular, involves cultivating a garden that grows on walls.

Both methods can filter pollutants and carbon dioxide from the air. This can help people suffering from related afflictions such as asthma.

There are nearly 140 million sq m of bare roofs and walls that are not used for vertical landscaping in Beijing, Tan says.

The exposed spaces not only mar the beauty of the city, but also can add to an unhealthy environment.

"Vertical landscaping and green rooftops hold great potential in urban areas," Tan says. "They benefit more than just their owners."

If each person in Beijing grows just 1 sq m of green area, he says, the capital will be guaranteed with another 20 million sq m of greenery, equivalent to the park area of "dozens of Summer Palaces".

Rooftop plants can also alleviate the urban "heat island effect", Tan says. A layer of plants and earth can cut the rate of heat absorption through the roof in summer by 84 percent, he says. The greenery becomes a great way to stay cool.

Beijing also started to convert 13,000 hectares of land along its 6th Ring Road into forest this month. The green moves are part of a major development program under the capital's 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15), which has set a target of afforesting 67,000 hectares of land.

Wang Xianmin, secretary-general of the World Green Roof Association, says that 13,000 hectares of trees can absorb 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide and release 1.09 million tons of oxygen every year.

"The recently announced afforestation and roof greening projects are some of the greatest moves I have seen in 60 years since I've been living in Beijing," he says.

"Rooftop greening is one of the most effective ways to reduce the concentration of PM2.5."

Wang offers Canada's rooftop greening efforts as an example for Beijing.

Canada is a heavily forested country, with a total forest coverage of 44 percent, but it still promotes rooftop greening and vertical landscaping in its cities' downtown areas.

Only 3 to 5 percent of negative ions of oxygen - which are beneficial to humans - can reach the downtown areas from forest regions near cities like Toronto, Wang says.

As a result, the Canadian government calls for greening roofs to control the emission of PM 2.5 and reduce the "heat island effect".

The amount of negative ions of oxygen measured at noon one day last summer at Beijing's Tiananmen Square was merely 600 units per cubic centimeter but reached 70,000 units in Miyun district, a suburban area two hours' drive from downtown, Wang says.

In the Greater Hinggan Mountains in northeastern China, the level can easily hit 110,000.

"I hope that the successful experiences of Canada can give us some inspiration on how to improve air quality in the country," says Wang, who believes that the continuous increase in the number of vehicles is one of the major reasons behind the city's air pollution.

The number of vehicles in the country already hit 217 million in 2011, industry figures show. During a traffic congestion, Beijing, which has more than 5 million vehicles, would experience PM 2.5 levels that were up to six times of what was measured on normal days.

The Great Wall Hotel on the capital's 3rd Ring Road was a pioneer of rooftop gardens in northern cities in 1983, when there were less than 200,000 vehicles in Beijing.

"People often held parties on the hotel roof at night, which seldom happens today as the air pollution is getting worse," Wang says.

Beijing Asia Hotel by the 2nd Ring Road is held up as another good example of rooftop greening. The hotel turned the roofs of its office building into a chain of gardens in 2004.

As part of a pilot project in Beijing's Dongcheng district, the roof gardens also feature a 800-sq-m coverage of needle stonecrop (Sedum lineare), an attractive plant that is also popular for its ability to contain water, the hotel's guest service manager Wang Hui says.

"We regularly invite horticulturists to advise us on roof garden cultivation and maintenance," he says. "So we don't spend much money on repetitive works."

While the temperature on conventional roofs can reach 40 C at 1 pm in summer, the hotel's green rooftop is usually much cooler, Wang says.

While a number of real estate agencies believe that vertical landscaping is not worth the expense, that is a misconception because the greenery can protect buildings as well as increase the value of the property, Wang says.

The development of rooftop greenery in Beijing is held back by other wrong practices, including inadequate waterproofing that leads to leakage. All these serve to discourage more people from greening their rooftops, he says.



Green rooftops in cities can filter pollutants and carbon dioxide from the air and help reduce the concentration of PM2.5, the fine particulate matter that can be harmful to humans

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I took some photos of the Observation Tower.
Should I post them here?
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Old April 8th, 2012, 05:25 PM   #372
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Old April 10th, 2012, 10:19 AM   #373
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I would expectYizhuang, the metro/CRH station not opened yet, having lots of enthusiastic construction in the neighbourhood.
Yep, definitely Yizhuang. See the map in at 1:25. This is the unopened CRH station at Yizhuang. It has a Yizhuang look to it as well.
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Old April 12th, 2012, 11:51 AM   #374
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The Old Sightseeing Tower, Linglong Tower/玲珑塔 Visually juxtaposes with the arising New Sightseeing Tower at Olympic Park

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China builds first aerospace medical lab

BEIJING, April 10 (Xinhua) -- China has established its first national key lab in fundamental and applied studies of aerospace medicine, which is set to provide significant research support for astronauts' health during space missions, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology.

The ministry signed off the lab as up to standard on Tuesday. Construction of the lab began in September 2009.

Built in the China Astronaut Center of Beijing Aerospace City, the lab is the country's first lab dedicated to aerospace medical research, said Li Yinghui, a senior scientist with the China Manned Space Engineering project.
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Very interesting, thanks for sharing!


I'd like to see an independent thread for this observation tower. Someone, please collect some info, renderings and images and open one, thanks!
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on archello.com :
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This guy is making progress

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For the observation tower project, please refer to its dedicated thread in the Skyscrapers section : http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1504640
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when will completed??

By the end of this year!
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