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Old October 16th, 2012, 08:29 PM   #461
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China to address public toilet woes for female

BEIJING, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- A sign at a KFC restaurant lavatory in east China's Zhejiang Province has been put up telling female customers not to use the male restroom.

Located in a shopping mall in the downtown Beilun District in Ningbo City, the KFC restaurant put up a placard reading "For the comfort of the male consumers, girls please don't use the male toilet."

Staff of the fast food restaurant explained that female consumers were using the male restroom because they could not find enough toilets elsewhere. This prompted complaints from men who felt embarrassed seeing women in their restroom.

However, some netizens have vented their frustration, arguing that women have no choice but to use male restrooms.

"Has the restaurant ever thought about the female consumer? They'll only do this if it's an emergency," a posting on the Internet said.

"But it's normal. I often think about using the male's restroom when I have been standing in a long queue for the female's lavatory, while the men's is empty," a Weibo user with the screen name "Miss Toothpaste" said on Sina Weibo, a twitter-like microblog service.

Similar predicaments appear in cities across China.

In Beijing, female citizens and tourists complain about waiting in queues outside public toilets.

"I'd like to let my wife use the male's toilet rather than waiting outside the female's toilet for almost half an hour in the park during a weekend," said a Beijing native surnamed Wang.

In the latest effort to solve the toilet woes, the Beijing Municipal Commission of City Administration and Environment is considering increasing the number of public toilets for women.

The new standard will make the ratio of female to male public toilets 1.5 or two to one.

Statistics show that Beijing has more than 12,000 public latrines. Most of them are located along main roads, squares, residential communities, parks, tourist attractions and markets in the urban areas.


But the number is obviously not enough for women, as long queues are often seen outside the public latrines.

The scarcity of public toilets has prompted many to use washrooms at KFC and McDonald's, as they have branches throughout cities and are regularly serviced and cleaned.

Beijing will build more than 2,000 public lavatories by 2015, and some old lavatories will be renovated, said Cui Xuan, deputy director of the sanitation bureau of the commission.

Cui said, each of the newly-built toilets will be around 300,000 yuan (47,870 U.S. dollars), and 100,000 yuan for a renovated one. He added that people wil be able to find a public toilet within an eight-minute walk.


In addition, visitors will be able to use a text messaging service to find public toilets around Beijing's tourist attractions, Cui said.

Guangzhou, the largest city in southern China, has a population of 12 million people, but only 907 public toilets in its downtown area, 2011 official statistics showed.

To address this imbalance, more than 5,000 toilets throughout 195 communities will be constructed or renovated to meet the needs of 450,000 citizens.

Earlier in February, several female undergraduates from universities of Guangzhou City launched a movement of "occupy men's toilets". In August, college student Huang Huanting and 14 friends staged a performance in the front of the gate of the city's administration committee with her self-made toilet. She appealed for fair use of public latrines and more toilets for women.

Latrines are also being constructed in the cities of Shenyang, Zhuhai, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

There should be unisex toilets in places where there are large numbers of people, such as shopping malls, scenic spots and cinemas. Unisex toilets could ease the long queues and increase the usage rate, said a Weibo user named "Stanley Xiao".

"It's more humane to build more toilets, especially for females. For Beijing to become a global city, such fundamental facilities should be constructed first," said Wang Yukai, a professor of China National School of Administration.
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Old October 16th, 2012, 08:34 PM   #462
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Old October 17th, 2012, 03:11 PM   #463
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"Fish" shape Linda Haiyu Plaza 林达海渔广场

Located at North 4th Ring, it's a Shopping mall/5-star hotel/Office/Apartment/Ocean park complex.







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Linda Haiyu Plaza! That is what this guy called! More looks like a coral than a fish to me!

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Old October 17th, 2012, 03:12 PM   #464
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Galaxy SOHO Updates

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Old October 19th, 2012, 09:17 AM   #465
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‘Ban’ Pavilion

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Architects: Orproject
Location: Beijing, China
Project Manager: Shuai Yang
Project Team: Kevin Wang, Marian Ma, Qiuwen Shi
Material: PETG
Sponsors: SK Chemicals, Penghao Theatre
Date: October 2012

Constructed for Beijing Design Week 2012, the ‘Ban’ pavilion draws inspiration from floral petals in the way the shape of the flower is created by its bent petals. Designed by Orproject, Ban is constructed from bent polymer sheets which form a self-supporting structure and create shapes and volume from a multitude of leaves. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Based on Orproject’s research into anisotropic sheet morphologies, the geometries have here been used in a structural orthogonal orientation and form a system of columns, arches and vaults, all based on single-curved elements. The resulting field of lines takes the viewer’s eye across the structure and into the sky, and like a giant flower Ban is hovering in the air above Beijing’s ancient Hutong roofs.
















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Old October 22nd, 2012, 02:32 AM   #466
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wow amazing projects thanks for the photos
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Old October 31st, 2012, 01:18 PM   #467
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Galaxy SOHO opened to the public!!!


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Old November 1st, 2012, 07:07 AM   #468
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Soho looks amazingly futuristic!
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Old November 2nd, 2012, 02:44 AM   #469
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Old November 3rd, 2012, 07:27 AM   #470
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Again, what is this building rising next to Sanlitun SOHO? Anyone knows?

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Old November 4th, 2012, 03:46 PM   #471
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Galaxy Soho / Zaha Hadid Architects

Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: Soho, Beijing, China
Area: 332857.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

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Old November 5th, 2012, 01:09 AM   #472
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A reporter from south China's Hong Kong takes photo of ironmaking equipments at the former factory of steel-maker Shougang Group in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 3, 2012. More than 1,000 foreign journalists and 400 from southeast China's Taiwan and south China's Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions had applied to cover the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) by Friday. With the invitation of the media center for the meeting, some of them on Saturday visited a planned animation city where a factory of Shougang Group used to be located. (Xinhua/Liu Bin)



Reporters stand beside a sand table about the innovation project of former plant site of steel-maker Shougang Group in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 3, 2012.
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Old November 5th, 2012, 03:42 AM   #473
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Galaxy Soho looks AMAZING!
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What an amazingly beautiful and curvy building once again Zaha Hadid designs a landmark edifice
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5+design Reimagines Retail for China World Trade Center

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Daxing Mixed-Use Development forms the centrepiece for Beijing's new retail development

Daxing Mixed-use Development Located off of the 5th ring road in southeast Beijing, the Daxing Mixed-use Development is intended to be the anchor project for a future retail centre in Beijing.

The site is located at the southern edge of the district fronting a new urban green corridor. The project, which consists of 150,000 sq-m retail, 180,000 sq-m office and 35,000-sq-m hotel, strives to serve as both an urban stitch with the green space to the south as well as a commercial threshold into the retail centre to the north.

The site is split into two plots and utilises a common language to unify the development, which are office towers on the west and a horizontally dominated retail program to the east. The project plays formally with north / south striated, geological forms which emerge out of the landscape to the south while maintaining a more defined urban edge on the north.

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Old November 22nd, 2012, 09:54 PM   #478
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+1. I think it will be a match if it is next to Soho...
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