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Old August 18th, 2012, 11:19 AM   #381
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Five new docks open in Zhejiang
Updated: 2012-08-17
China Daily

The State Council approved the opening of five docks around Ningbo city and Zhoushan city in Zhejiang province.

In addition, a planning program for the establishment of a free-tax zone in Zhoushan port is also set to be approved.

"Zhoushan port's opening up will directly promote the production capacity of industrial projects involving energy, chemical and ocean engineering," an official at the port management office in Zhoushan said.

The official also said the move will attract more investors to Zhoushan and that currently the construction of the new industrial area needs capital inflow.

The government will provide 20.5 million yuan ($3.23 million) in subsidies to the newly approved project.

According to the government's plan, a new industrial area with ocean equipment manufacturing, marine plants, as well as electronic information and logistic projects will be established.
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A worker rests outside the unfinished Harbin West Railway Station in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Aug. 23, 2012. The Harbin West Railway Station, to be completed on Aug. 26, will be the largest passenger transportation terminal in China's high-frigid zones. Transportation time between Harbin and its surrounding areas will be largely shortened after the station is put into service. (Xinhua/Xing Guangli)





A worker mops the floor in the unfinished Harbin West Railway Station in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Aug. 23, 2012. The Harbin West Railway Station, to be completed on Aug. 26, will be the largest passenger transportation terminal in China's high-frigid zones. Transportation time between Harbin and its surrounding areas will be largely shortened after the station is put into service. (Xinhua/Xing Guangli)



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Old August 26th, 2012, 09:37 AM   #383
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Fatal bridge collapse prompts public uproar









Photo taken on Aug. 24, 2012 shows the collapsed section of the Yangmingtan bridge in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. Four trucks fell off to the ground after a section of the Yangmingtan bridge collapsed in Harbin early Friday morning, killing three people and injuring five others. The 15.4-kilometer-long bridge was opened to traffic last November. The collapsed part, which measures 100 meters in length, fell from a height of 30 meters. (Xinhua/Wang Song)

HARBIN, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- Friday's collapse of a costly bridge in northeast China's Heilongjiang province and the subsequent loss of three lives have led residents and netizens alike to complain about shoddy construction and inadequate supervision by the government.

A ramp on the multi-million-dollar bridge in the city of Harbin collapsed early Friday morning, causing four trucks to plunge 30 meters to the ground, killing three people and injuring five.

The ramp, located about 3.5 km from the main body of the Yangmingtan Bridge, tilted to one side and crashed to the ground at 5:30 a.m., said Sun Qingde, deputy head of the construction committee of Harbin.

The injured were sent to the Harbin No. 1 People's Hospital. Three of the cases were serious and required surgery.

Liu Guodong, who survived with minor injuries, said he was dozing off in his truck when it suddenly plunged to the ground below.

"It was a nightmare," he said.

All four trucks overturned after crashing onto the ground. Blood and broken glass covered the area around the trucks.

The collapse of the bridge, which cost 1.88 billion yuan (296 million U.S. dollars) and opened to traffic in November 2011, instantly caused a public outcry over the safety of public facilities and inadequate management and supervision by government agencies.

Huang Yusheng, secretary-general of the Harbin municipal government, said the cause of the collapse is still under investigation.

"It's very complicated and we cannot reach a conclusion immediately," he said.

Huang, however, suggested that the overloading of some vehicles could be one of the possible causes for the accident.

His remark triggered a flurry of fiery and sarcastic remarks by Internet users, with one netizen using the screenname "douhanzhang" collecting some of the more notable quotes and posting them on Sina Weibo, a popular microblogging site.

"It's not because of overloading. You should blame the Earth for its gravity instead," read one quote.

"How could the trucks have been overloaded? Obviously the drivers were overweight," read another quote.

"There must have been serious problems," said Huang Yi, spokesman for the State Administration of Work Safety, at a Friday press conference.

"A new bridge should not have collapsed in less than a year," Huang Yi said.

The municipal government of Harbin has set up an investigation team consisting of officials from the local work safety, transport and public security bureaus, who will question the truck's owners and cargo consignees to determine if overloading truly caused the accident.

Huang Yi promised to keep the public informed regarding the investigation's results.

Meanwhile, the municipal construction committee has invited experts to re-examine the bridge's design and construction.

Many of the city's residents have voiced suspicions regarding the quality of the bridge's construction. In September 2011, when the bridge was still being built, a beam fell off the bridge's main structure and injured five workers.

When the bridge opened to traffic on Nov. 6, 2011, officials with the construction committee declared that it had been completed within 18 months. The construction was originally planned to take three years.
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Old August 26th, 2012, 12:47 PM   #384
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Chinese symbolism and glacial Finnish design work in glorious harmony in Wuxi

The main idea of PES Architects' Wuxi Grand Theatre is based on its location. The man-made peninsula on the northern shore area of Taihu Lake and the highway bridge nearby make this location comparable to that of Sydney Opera House.

Due to this location the building is an impressive landmark, rising up to a total height of 50m like a big sculpture from the terraced base. Its eight gigantic roof wings stretch far over the facades, giving the building the character of a butterfly, while protecting the building from the heat of the sun.

The architectural concept is unique: inside the steel wings are thousands of LED lights, which make it possible to change the colour of the wings according to the character of the performances. This is possible, because the underside of the wings is covered by perforated aluminium panels. Another special feature is the 'forest' of 50 light columns, each 9m high, which start from the main entrance square, support the roof of the central lobby and continue outside of the lakeside entrance into the lake.

There is a strong Chinese feature that runs throughout the whole building: the large scale use of bamboo which is both a traditional and a modern Chinese material. Recently new methods for the production and use of bamboo have made it possible to cover the Main Opera Auditorium with over fifteen thousand solid bamboo blocks, all individually shaped according to acoustic needs and architectural image.

There is also a material with a Finnish character: almost twenty thousand specially designed glass bricks cover the curved wall of the opera auditorium in the lakeside lobby. Finnish nature, lakes and ice, were the architectural inspiration.

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Old August 26th, 2012, 05:27 PM   #385
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Authorities deny remarks relating to fatal bridge collapse

HARBIN, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Authorities in Harbin have denied that officials had previously said no contractors could be found to take possible responsibility for Friday's fatal bridge collapse.

A ramp on the multi-million-dollar bridge in Harbin, the provincial capital of Heilongjiang in northeast China, collapsed early Friday morning, causing four trucks to plunge 30 meters to the ground.

Three people died and five were injured in the accident. As of Saturday night, one of the patients was still in critical condition.

Following the collapse, there were claims on the Internet that officials from the Harbin municipal commission of housing and urban-rural development said the bridge construction headquarters had dissolved and no contractors could be found.

On Saturday, Huang Yusheng, secretary general of the Harbin municipal government, said the claims were groundless and there had never been such official remarks.

Huang said the government had provided relevant materials from the designer, contractor and supervisor to the investigation team. After the investigation ends, names of the designer, contractor and supervisor will be made public, he told a press briefing.

"Besides, the ramp that collapsed was under a separate viaduct construction project. It was not under the same contract as Yangmingtan Bridge," he said.

He said the Qunli viaduct project was about 3.5 km from the Yangmingtan Bridge, a 1.88-billion-yuan (296 million U.S. dollars) project that opened to traffic in November 2011.

City authorities said last year construction of the bridge took 18 months, only about half of the planned three years.

Friday's accident caused public outcry over the safety of public facilities and inadequate management and supervision by government agencies.

Huang, however, suggested on Friday that overloading of some vehicles could be one of the possible causes for the accident. The remarks drew a fierce backlash from the public as many saw it as an attempt to shirk responsibility.

On Saturday, city authorities in Harbin began an overhaul on bridge safety and stepped up screening for overloaded vehicles on the road.

Huang told Saturday's press briefing that seven leading bridge designing specialists recommended by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development were in Harbin to help pinpoint the cause of the accident.

He did not take questions at the press briefing.
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Old August 27th, 2012, 12:23 PM   #386
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Nanjing Conference Center / tvsdesign

Architects: tvsdesign
Location: Nanjing, China
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 120,000 sqm
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Inspired by the local spirit and natural environments surrounding Nanjing, the new Conference and Exhibition Center is the centerpiece of the city’s new downtown area, the New District.

The more than 3.5 million sf facility features multiple exhibit halls, a conference center and dozens of meeting rooms. Outdoor exhibition space is also featured in a highly visible location on the grand entry plaza.

In addition, a junior ballroom and the grand ballroom offer dynamic views of the surrounding city.

Dubbed, “Curling Dragon, Crouching Tiger,” the Nanjing Conference and Exhibition Center spatially represents an integration of the mountains, water, city and trees which make this historic area so unique.

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Construction information on NE China collapsed bridge released

HARBIN, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Authorities in northeastern Chinese city of Harbin have released the specific information about the designer, builder and supervisor of a collapsed bridge, from which four trucks plunged to the ground, killing three people and injuring five.

The municipal government of Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang Province, also disclosed details of the trucks at a press briefing on Monday.

A ramp on the viaduct that connects the main body of Yangmingtan Bridge in Harbin collapsed early Friday morning, causing four trucks to plunge about 30 meters to the ground.

The ramp was designed by Harbin Municipal Engineering Design Institute, constructed by Fujian Jiaojian Group Engineer Co., Ltd. and overlooked by Heilongjiang Baixin Construction Engineering Supervision Co., Ltd., said Huang Yusheng, secretary-general of the Harbin municipal government, at the press briefing.

Huang reiterated that the ramp had no direct relationship with the main body of the Yangmingtan Bridge.

He said the collapse of the ramp had little effect on the viaduct, where traffic had resumed.

Huang also disclosed that all four trucks were heavy-duty, but he did not clarify if they were overloaded when the accident happened.

On Friday, Huang suggested that the overloading of the vehicles could be one of the possible causes for the accident.

His words triggered a flurry of fiery and sarcastic comments by Internet users, complaining about shoddy construction and accusing the government of inadequate supervision.

The ramp was constructed within a period of 90 days at a cost of 7.09 million yuan (1.13 million U.S. dollars), according to Huang.

Of the five injured, Huang said one is still in critical condition while the other four are in stable condition.
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A bridge too far defies physics
Aug 29, 2012
Shanghai Daily

LAST week in Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, part of a bridge collapsed after only one year in service. The accident killed three and injured five.

Yet only nine months ago local newspapers hailed the bridge as an engineering "miracle," saying it was the longest bridge built in the shortest period of time, with a design life span of 100 years.

All people but drivers of overloaded trucks know what would happen to a bridge built employing a lax construction code.

It was reported that the time needed for the job was halved from 3 years to 18 months.

And investments averaged a whopping 100 million yuan (US$15.7 million) a month. Before it was completed, the speedy job was slammed by experts as a "mission impossible," yet smug officials overseeing the construction work ignored their warnings and pressed ahead nonetheless.

Local authorities now blame the collapse squarely on overloaded trucks. Netizens countered, saying the bridge tumbled because corners were cut.

In Harbin, more than 200 roads were hastily built or rebuilt last year. By mid-August there have been seven reported cases of crumbled roads that resulted in two fatalities and two injuries.

How could infrastructure projects that defy the laws of physics and experts' advice stay intact for 100 years?
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China approves new state-level SEZ in Gansu

LANZHOU, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- China's State Council, or the cabinet, has approved establishment of a state-level "new area," a type of Special Economic Zone, in northwestern Gansu Province, the fifth of its kind in the country.

Lanzhou New Area (LNA), located in Qinwangchuan Basin in the north of the provincial capital Lanzhou, will serve as an important industrial platform and growth engine to boost the economic development of China's northwest, said an official with the provincial city government on Wednesday.

According to the State Council's reply to the new area's establishment application issued on Aug. 20, LNA is expected to focus on strategic adjustment of economic structure and develop a circular economy and energy-saving industries with local characteristics, according to the official.

Covering an area of 806 square km, 100,000-population LNA has attracted 90 investment projects so far, with a total volume of 70.7 billion yuan (11.13 billion U.S. dollars), according to statistics released by its management committee.

China currently has four state-level new areas including Shanghai's Pudong New Area, Tianjin's Binhai New Area, Chongqing's Liangjiang New Area and Zhoushan Islands New Area in Zhejiang Province.
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LNA to become economic growth engine of northwest China

BEIJING, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Lanzhou New Area (LNA), China's fifth national level new area, will become a growth engine to boost the economic development of the country's northwest region, a senior official said Friday.

In August, LNA, located in Qinwangchuan Basin to the north of Lanzhou, capital city of Gansu Province, was approved by the State Council as the fifth national level special economic development zone, which is also the first state-level new development area in the northwest of China.

"The establishment of LNA marks the country's latest effort to accelerate development of the western regions," Qin Yucai, director of the National Reform and Development Commission, the country's top economic planning agency, said at a press conference.

"LNA will serve as a pilot zone for the nation's economic restructuring and strategic platform for opening up to the West and for taking up eastern and central China's equipment manufacturing industry," he said.

To attract more investors, central and provincial governments have invested heavily in LNA's infrastructure.

The province plans to start construction of a railway line and an expressway before the end of the year to link Lanzhou's old city with the new area, said Liu Weiping, governor of Gansu.

"Total infrastructure spending has reached 24.6 billion yuan (3.9 billion U.S. dollars) so far," Liu said, while vowing to adopt favorable financial and tax policies to attract more companies to LNA.

Covering an area of 806 square km and a population of 110,000, LNA has already attracted 90 investment projects, with a total volume of 70.7 billion yuan.

Some of the country's top 500 companies, including Geely Automobile and Sany Heavy Industry, have already established plants or have factories under construction in the new area.

Liu said LNA's gross domestic product is expected to reach 50 billion yuan by 2015 and 270 billion yuan by 2030, and its population is likely to exceed 500,000 by 2020.

Apart from LNA, China has four other state-level new areas including Shanghai's Pudong New Area, Tianjin's Binhai New Area, Chongqing's Liangjiang New Area and Zhoushan Islands New Area in Zhejiang Province.
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..demolish & rebuilt herritage buildings?..STUPID..i think only china does this STUPID act...a herritage needs to be OLD & NOT NEW, with story behind it, and the soul in it (the families living in the same herriatge buidling for generations)[QUOTE=hkskyline;94142779]
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Jiaxing College Library & Media Center / LYCS Architecture

Architects: LYCS Architecture
Location: Jiaxing, China
Project Leader: Ruan Hao, Devin Jernigan, ZhanYuan
Project Team: Vedrana Puhalo, Jin Shanliang, Max Peterschmidt, Li Yan, Chen Rong
Size: 42,000 sqm
Project Period: 2012-2014

The competition winning proposal for the Jiaxing College Library & Media Center, designed by LYCS Architecture, seeks to break antiquated design conventions by intelligently negotiating contemporary architectural design into the traditional Chinese campus. Surrounded by rich woods and luscious water, the 42000m2 library plays with hierarchy – the hierarchy of multiple, increasingly private spaces; the hierarchy of the pace of spatial experience; and the hierarchy of introversion and extroversion.

A division between the campus and the courtyard, the library encourages public activities in the courtyard and on the roof garden while limiting excessive visual interruption to the three lobes. Instead of using the traditional circulation of straight staircases, a gently sloping ramp wraps the core creates a softer circulation experience that responds to the information-oriented architecture. Slicing the corners off of the triangular plan softens the form and allows for better utilization of daylighting.

The double layered facade lifts from the ground plane by a nurbed surface, creating a theatre-like experience of form : as one progresses toward the center court, the facade curves extrudes to a height of 35 meters, expanding into three roof gardens that converge toward the geometric center of the plan. A floating crystalline form is achieved by the juxtaposition of the glossy reflection of the aluminum/glass facade and the gentle curves of the lakeside.

The first two levels of the building contain museum, archive, and network center, with a library above. The views at the perimeter open to the landscape outside, while the ramping forms create varying vantage points within the building, weaving a multiplicity of experiences between the green spaces, reading spaces, and common areas.

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Summer International Shopping Mall / 10 Design

Architect: 10 DESIGN
Project Location: Zhuhai, China
Client: Summer Industrial Group

Construction for the Summer International Shopping Mall in Zhuhai, China has begun. The project is a mixed-use, 360,000 sqm development is designed by 10 Design and led by partner Gordon Affleck. The client challenged the design to move beyond the “black box” retail model, resulting in the diverse arrangement of forms and spaces of the final design.

The mall will include retail spaces that are commercial, hotel and residential, bringing the total accommodation to 510,000 sqm. The leasable areas are diverse and link back to the external civil and public spaces. The Summer Group chose to provide community space with the shopping mall, creating an environment that also has a natural landscape. Affleck predicts that these design decisions will make Summer International Shopping Mall “one of the major destinations in Southern China”.

Zhuhai is a growing city and the site of this project is unique in that it is a meeting point between the grid of the city and the natural topography of the surrounding hills. An “urban super wall” defines the sites edge as it meets the urban grid and is composed of stacked stone, steel and LED blocks that cantilever across the streets.

The LED blocks provide entry gateways and break out points that reveal the soft edge of the building, defined by planted terraces and a garden. The terraces reflect meandering paths that pedestrian may choose to take throughout the building. They undulate and create valleys that natural provide gathering points, plazas and shaded courtyards.

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hahahaha, another shopping center in China's southern prov. They don't have a record of doing well financially.

They need more local brands rather than the typical 'branded' brands to be in the shops to attract people.
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Turenscape completes landscape project as part of Quinli New Town

Contemporary cities are not resilient when faced with inundations of surface water. Landscape architecture can play a key role in addressing this problem. This project demonstrates a stormwater park that acts as a green sponge, cleansing and storing urban stormwater and can be integrated with other ecosystem services including the protection of native habitats, aquifer recharge, recreational use and aesthetic experience, in all these ways fostering urban development.

A 2,733 hectare new urban district, Qunli New Town, was planned for the eastern outskirts of Haerbin in northern China. More than one third of a million people are expected to live there. Floods and waterlogging have occurred frequently in the past, while at the same time the ground water table continues to drop due to its overuse. In mid-2009, the landscape architect was commissioned to design a park right in the middle of this new town. The landscape architect proposed to transform the site into an urban stormwater park that will provide multiple ecosystems services.

The central part of the existing wetland is left along to allow the natural habitats to continue to evolve. A cut-and-fill strategy was employed to create an outer ring of mounds and ponds, a minimum earthwork strategy to transform the site, creating a necklace of ponds and mounds around the perimeter of the park that acts as a stormwater filtrating and cleansing buffer zone.

A network of paths links the ring of ponds and mounds allows visitors to have a 'walking-through-forest' experience. Platforms and seats are put near the ponds to enable people to have close contact with nature. A skywalk links the scattered mounds and pavilions allowing residents to have an above-the-wetland and in-the-canopy experience.

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Arup design aims to transorm fragmented site into waterfront landmark

The site of this proposed development is in Yueyang City, Hunan Province, China. The site is not only important for its cultural and natural resources, including Yueyang Tower and Dongting Lake, but also contains rich religious and industrial heritage. A comprehensive design approach was adopted to unify a fragmented site into a landmark waterfront city with renewed energy and character.

During the initial site survey, a very complex situation was identified with a number of significant issues to be addressed. Currently there is a lack of connection between the historical and scenic areas within and around the site. In addition, the historical blocks and surviving cultural heritage have not been effectively protected, leading to a gradual fading of the urban character. Finally, the entire site is divided by the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway, which forms a major physical and psychological barrier between the site and its surroundings, all of which pose significant design challenges.

The main focus of the urban regeneration design is to unify the currently disconnected areas through the creation of three distinct urban centres. Each centre embodies and promotes a different aspect of the site: historical, modern and natural. This proposal not only greatly improves the local cultural conservation, but also creates an economic zone that serves the entire Dongting Lake area. The design also integrates the existing waterfront resources into a continuous scenic route.

The route, coupled with a new transportation system, greatly reduces the physical and psychological fragmentation caused by the railway and serves to create an interconnected waterfront. Through respect for the existing conditions, integration of the historical and modern, and connection to surrounding resources, a waterfront city of profound cultural heritage was created. Construction of Dongting New Town, based on the master plan began in July, 2012.

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China to learn from EU on building eco-cities: Chinese minister

BRUSSELS, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- It is important for China to learn from Europe how to build eco-cities, Qiu Baoxing, Vice-Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development said here Thursday.

Addressing the EU-China Mayors' Forum, Qiu said "satellite cities" with a population of more than one million will be a direction of China's urbanization and a solution to overcrowded cities.

"There will be more and more people living in satellite cities in China in the future, that's what we can learn from European experiences," Qiu said.

Qiu said his ministry had set standards saying all new buildings should be at least 50 percent energy-efficient compared to older ones, thereby creating a large market for European energy saving technologies.

Qiu also said that over 30 million welfare housings would be constructed during the Twelveth Five Year Plan period, an area where both funds and green technologies are needed.

Mayors from China and EU nations attended the forum, along with researchers, NGO members, students. The main topic of the forum was urbanization in an energy-efficient, eco-friendly and sustainable way.

"In China, as in Europe, some of our problems are also concentrated in cities -- economic, social, environmental and others," said Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development.

"But at the same time, many solutions also come from cities," he added.
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Old September 28th, 2012, 11:14 AM   #399
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New Developments for Huangdao, south of Qingdao Bay

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The first is Shimao Genting Building 248 metres high

The second is Hilton Huangdao, I would guess about 430m high plus helipad maybe 450m

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They were just setting up the office there, so there is not much info on this yet....
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Mentougou Observation Tower Proposal near Beijing

Link: http://www.gbbn.com/Projects/Communi...Tower/#slide_3
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