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Old December 21st, 2012, 02:20 PM   #461
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Huangdao Landmark building. Right at the coast. There currently is still a vacant spot. Even if this is just a concept, we can expect something tall there...

Actually I thought this would be the spot of the 777 meter Albert Group tower...

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btw. as far as I remember, the two buildings behind to the right of the large tower will be a Hyatt Hotel. Saw it when I was there a few weeks ago....
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Proposal from 2010 for Qingdao's talles skyscraper. 518m. Maybe it is the same location as the building in Huangdao....
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Photo taken on Jan. 1, 2013 shows the fog-shrouded buildings in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)
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Ticking time bombs in lower-tier cities
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lower-tier mainland cities, which have served as the last haven for developers in the past two years amid tough property curbing measures, have turned into ticking time bombs due to high inventory and weak demand.
This has prompted developers to shift focus back to their big-city fortresses - where noticeable sales rebounds were seen in the second half of last year.

All of the 50 mainland cities bearing the biggest risks in the property market are third- and fourth-tier ones, according to a report by data provider China Real Estate Information Corp.

Jiuquan in Gansu province, Hulunbuir in Inner Mongolia and Heihe in Heilongjiang province rank as the most risky cities.

Fifteen of the 50 are in the northwest, 14 in the north, nine each in the northeast and southwest, two in the east and one central.

Most of the housing inventory in those cities will be used in the next five years, with the longest turnaround cycle of about 10 years in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, the report said.

In contrast, key first-tier cities, such as Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Guangzhou, turned out to be the safest and most lucrative for developers.

Meanwhile, housing transactions in the third- and fourth-tier cities dropped 20 percent in the second half from a year ago as more people migrated to bigger cities to seek their fortunes.

However, as developers declined to slash prices to move inventory, new home prices in the lower-tier cities, including Shenyang, Changchun, Yueyang and Guilin, fell only about 1 percent from a year back, while first- and second-tier cities maintained about 1 percent growth.

A sharper contrast was seen last month, when Guangzhou recorded 3,243 new and secondary home transactions from December 24 to 31 - exceeding secondary sales in Hong Kong for the whole month. In Beijing, new home sales jumped 10.9 percent from November to 14,398 for the month.

Developers that mainly focused on large cities fared better than those who gambled on third- and fourth-tier cities due to fewer tightening obstacles.

Industry giants, including China Overseas Land & Investment (0688), China Resources Land (1109) and Poly Real Estate Group - which concentrated on first- and second-tier cities - achieved their full-year sales targets ahead of schedule, with contracted sales gaining more than 30 percent year-on-year in the first 11 months last year.

Also, large developers with deep pockets acquired land plots in big cities at all-time-high prices. Between September and December, they snapped up more than 10 sites in cities including Shanghai, Chengdu and Shenzhen - ignoring government curbing measures.

In November, China Overseas paid 2 billion yuan (HK$2.49 billion) for a 151,787-square-meter plot in Shenzhen - a record 13,176 yuan per sq m.

Last month state-owned Shanghai International Port Group and Sinochem Group jointly bought a commercial site in Shanghai with gross floor area of 40,577 sq m for 5.68 billion yuan, or a premium of more than 21 percent.

The pricey land bank war has prompted even large developers to team up at land auctions for survival, causing a reshuffle among smaller players.

Mainland property information provider Rand Advisory estimated that at least 30 percent of developers overall will be wiped out of the market in major cities within the next three years.

Property agents are also affected in the game of survival of the fittest, with thousands of small agencies shut down in Beijing last year.

Developers relying on third- and fourth-tier cities underperformed.

Evergrande Real Estate Group (3333) saw only a 7 percent rise in contracted sales in January-November, while Agile Property Holdings (3383) fell 3.4 percent from a year back during the period. Evergrande is shifting its focus to second-tier cities as a result.

Experts believe major developers should generate at least 40 percent of revenues from first-tier cities, and a minimum 30 percent from second-tier cities, in order to maintain sustainable growth.

Oscar Choi, managing director of Hong Kong and China property at Citi Investment Research, said the polarized markets in big and small cities could deepen gaps between the rich and poor.

"The central government can hardly cool rising prices in key cities, as demand remains strong, and land revenue is a major source of administration's fiscal revenue," Choi said.

He added that sooner or later, property taxes levied on purchases of second homes will be extended to more key cities in a bid to crack down on housing speculators. Currently, the tax is only applicable in Shanghai and Chongqing on a trial basis.
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French architecture firm completes four-winged library in Yingkou, Liaoning Province

In 2012 Valode & Pistre Architectes (VP ARCHITECTES) won the international competition of YINGKOU LIBRARY in Yingkou, Liaoning Province. It is a referential public building in an urban area stressing its functional use and full incorporation into the surrounding landscape.

VP Architectes is one of the leading International French Architecture design groups with many branches around the world. Its design work has spread into 16 countries, focussing on large public buildings, business centres and residences. The group has been actively working in China for more than seven years with operative offices in Beijing and Shanghai. This particular project is located in Yingkou, Liaoning Province. The local government expects to forge a brand new district by constructing the cultural building, thereby setting a benchmark for urban taste and appeal.

Archives to be held within the building will record the history of city evolution and development while the library is the beneficiary of a long history and a profound cultural heritage, upholding its great mission to pass on and promote Chinese culture. The whole building is compared by VP Architectes to a cloud flying above the sharing platform repository of history. Its architecture blends a light facade with a graceful solemnity but is distinctively different from the surrounding conservative architecture with its stylish characteristics.

The simple concaving volume embraces aerial greening and rest space which is protected by a diverse number of functional facades highlighting various visual effects. The central lobby and double-height reading space combine to achieve an elegant coherence and perfect harmony between building and surrounding environment.

VP incorporated the concept of ‘cloud computing’ into design to extend the function, service channels and service radius of the archives and library as well as transforming a traditional building into a popular multimedia complex. The project is composed of a 24m-high main building and urban sharing platform on the 2nd floor with an elevation of 6m. Auxiliary public service facilities are located on the ground floor and level one including a lecture hall, multimedia hall, parking, etc.

Urban public sharing space on the 2nd floor provides citizens with a rest place permeated with profound cultural significance and richness. The library, archive, urban construction archive and real estate archive are to be located from 3rd to 5th floors operating separately without impact on the public-orientated nature of sharing platforms.

Furthermore, sun-breaking louvers enriching the building appearance are incorporated into the façade to optimise sun control efficiently with advanced design and operating options. VP Architectes has combined greening gardens and rest spaces into the overall design to build up a much more pleasant internal circumstance simultaneously while fulfilling its functional use.

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01.22.2013 14:44
The Growing Pains of Urbanization
The recent expansion of the country's cities has been inefficient, and one reason for this is excessive government involvement
By Wu Jinglian
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Urbanization in China suffers the same problem of low efficiency as the overall economy. Many municipal governments have expanded cities to massive stretches of farmland since the beginning of this century.

This blind expansion has wasted resources and pushed up the cost of urbanization. It has also led to unreasonable urban layout and structures, which lowered city dwellers' quality of life and reduced the competitiveness of many industries.

There are four reasons why Chinese urbanization has been very inefficient. The first has to do with a flawed land-rights system. Rural lands are supposedly collectively owned by farmers, but they have been effectively controlled by local government officials. Urban lands belong to the state.

The government has the authority to buy farmland at an extremely low price based on its agricultural use. But it can sell the land at much higher prices and share the benefits with property developers.

The mechanism has encouraged the government to rely on land sales for revenue and distorted land prices. It has also created large room for rent-seeking, leading to the arrest of many government officials who were in positions to abuse their power.

Second, many local governments have misconceived their role in urbanization. The government's job should be to provide public goods and ensure an orderly market. An effective market can spur and rationalize the development of a city and urban industries, with only minimum guidance and directives from the government.

In a typical Chinese movement, however, the government overrides the market. So instead of a market-driven, bottom-up approach, the government implements orders from the top down. In this case, a city is run like a company, with the mayor acting as the general manager. Officials are allowed to manage the city however they like, determine its size and influence the industrial layout through administrative interference.

Third, Chinese cities are ranked in a hierarchy system that rewards size above all others. A large city tends to be on a higher administrative level, and those at higher levels are entitled to more resources for urban construction.

The logic sets in motion a vicious circle. As a reward for building a city large, government officials are promoted to positions where they have more power to repeat the expansion on a larger scale.

Last, there has been a general misconception that larger cities are always better. Size is important for industries and businesses to develop, but that doesn't mean a city should keep expanding.

City planners need to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of size. Many services must be nurtured in big cities. Prosperous financial activities, for example, need institutions including banks, insurance companies and securities firms, as well as a whole range of supporting services provided by accounting firms, law offices and investment consultancies. These establishments are closely related to each other, and they work best when in the same city.

But this is not the case with manufacturing. The connection between component industries of a manufacturing business is relatively loose. It might be more efficient for companies in the sector to be set up in smaller cities. This would not only save locals from traffic jams and pollution, but drive the development of surrounding suburban areas. Similar words can be said of companies' R&D centers, as it may suit researchers better to be situated in mind-soothing scenery.

It's worth noting that larger cities are more likely to generate ideas. During my earlier field research, some business owners in Suzhou complained that they were bleeding talent to nearby Shanghai. At first people attributed the phenomenon to more vibrant lifestyles in Shanghai, but upon deeper analysis, we found that the concern had been misplaced.

With a little improvement in transportation, a metropolitan lifestyle is not hard to come by in Suzhou. But youngsters would still be attracted to Shanghai because of opportunities there for professional communication.

Compared with Shanghai, Suzhou's industries are less concentrated, so there are less likely to be enough professionals in any particular line of industry for ideas to clash and create new ones. A person who fears being left behind by developments in his field would thus tend to leave for another city where he can interact more often with his peers.

In light of the above analyses, the following measures should be taken to improve the efficiency of urbanization. First, reforms should be carried out to ensure farmers enjoy their land rights.

Second, the fiscal system needs to be adapted so local governments' spending authority is not pegged to the size of the city.

Third, when drawing up our urbanization plans, we should learn lessons from other countries' experiences.

Last, the government's role in urbanization should be redefined and limited. The government should focus its strengths on solving problems within its authority, which includes proper urban planning. It should do so by providing guidance rather than overriding market principles with arbitrary regulations or even moving against the market.

The author is a research fellow at the Development Research Center at the State Council
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Photo taken on Jan. 21, 2013 shows a shop selling craftworks made of yellow rosewood in a Qilou building in Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province. Ten Qilou buildings on the Haikou Shuixiangkou Street opened to the public after renovation recently. The Qilou old street, a famous street with a history of more than a century featuring multi-story southeast Asian style buildings integrating Chinese and European architectural styles, was listed as one of the Chinese famous historic streets.(Xinhua/Guo Cheng)



Photo taken on Jan. 21, 2013 shows models displaying what Haikou Qilou old street was like 100 years ago, in Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province. Ten Qilou buildings on the Haikou Shuixiangkou Street opened to the public after renovation recently. The Qilou old street, a famous street with a history of more than a century featuring multi-story southeast Asian style buildings integrating Chinese and European architectural styles, was listed as one of the Chinese famous historic streets.(Xinhua/Guo Cheng)
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90 'smart cities' to rise in mainland
The Standard
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

China selected 90 cities and counties as the first batch of pilot destinations for smart city construction, involving a total investment of about 500 billion yuan (HK$622.79 billion) during the next three to five years.

Smart cities will be designed using information and communication technologies to deliver services and promote low carbon and environmentally friendly development. This model is seen as the key to facilitating urbanization and boosting domestic consumption, said Qiu Baoxing, vice minister for Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

Cities and counties - such as Beijing's Chaoyang district and Shanghai's Pudong New Area - have been chosen to be developed into China's smart cities.

China Development Bank said it will invest 80 billion yuan from this year until 2015 - the last three years of the Twelfth Five-Year Plan.

In the real estate market, meanwhile, home sales continued to rise.

Home transactions in Shanghai are expected to rebound to the level before the home purchase restriction was introduced, a local daily reported yesterday.

This month's transactions are expected to hit around 1 million square meters in Shanghai - compared with 1.05 million sqm in the same period last year, Oriental Morning Post reported, quoting a research report.

Sales in the first-tier city amounted to a surprisingly high 0.886 million sqm.

But an official from Shanghai's housing department rebutted the rumor that the city will relax its restriction policy.

Also in Shanghai, Tomson Group (0258) announced that two subsidiaries - a developer and a golf club operator - agreed to spend nearly 1.1 billion yuan to acquire a sports-use plot and a residential-use plot located near its existing project.

The sports plot, with a site area of 422,174 sqm, will be developed into landscape and sports facilities, while the other parcel will be a residential community.
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amazing the restoration in Haikou, beautiful street

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Ningbo Raffles City / 宁波来福士, Ningbo / 宁波, No.2 City in Zhejiang Province, Eastern China.





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Architects: SPARK
Location: Ningbo, China
Project Director: Jan Felix Clostermann, Stephen Pimbley
Design Team: Jacky Chen, Yuhua Chen, Yuen Yuen Chen, Jan Felix Clostermann, Shu Fan, Jiarkai Guo, Vivian Huang, Akin Jabar, Yun Wu Jian, RenJie Li, Wenhui Lim, Minghao Liu, Oren Rabinowitz, Christian Taeubert, Wao Tao Wang, Chengming Xu, Wenzhen Yee, Hua Zhang
Area: 157,807 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: FG + SG


Local Architects: Ningbo Architecture Design Institute
Specialist Structural Engineering: China Majesty structure design inc.
Mep Engineer: Meinhart (M&E) Ltd. Consulting Engineers
Quantity Surveryor: Davis Langdon & Seah CHINA Ltd
Façade Engineer: RFR Shanghai
Raffic Engineering: MVA
Fire Engineering: Ove Arups & Partners Ltd
Interior Design Somerset: Square Foot
Contractor: China Construction First Division Construction & Developing Co.
Lighting Consultant: Brandston partnership inc
Clients: CapitaLand China Holdings Pte Ltd, Ningbo Xinyin Real Estate Development Co.Ltd.




Construction is underway on SPARK’s landmark Raffles City Ningbo development, a one- stop shopping, dining, business, and lifestyle destination covering some 157,800 sq m. In order to realize the project, a world-class design team is assembled, led by award- winning architects SPARK, and including Meinhardt (MEP consultant), Arup (fire engineer), MVA (traffic consultant) and the Ningbo local design institute (LDI).

Ningbo is home to China’s second largest port, boasting an increasingly affluent population. Raffles City Ningbo was launched last year, graced by Singapore Prime Minister Mr. Lee Hsien Loong and Zhejiang Province Vice-Governor Mr. Gong Zheng. The project, which comprises a mall, a Grade A office tower and serviced residences, is the latest in the “Raffles City” brand developed by Singapore-based CapitaLand.

Raffles City Ningbo is located to the east of the Yuyao River, within the Jiangbei district, next to Ningbo’s historical downtown. The project marks the final phase of CapitaLand’s masterplan and will act as a catalyst development for the Jiangbei District, creating a new downtown district in the city. The planned subway link beneath the office tower will cement the development into the city’s infrastructure and assist in the creation of this new shopping and business destination.

According to Stephen Pimbley, CEO of SPARK:
“In order to meet the needs of the full spectrum of end users, the development has a “slow domestic face” and a “fast civic face”. The residential component sits on the corner of a landscaped, sunken courtyard: this helps moderate and articulate the scale of the tower and creates a calm domestic environment, sheltered from the noise of the city by the mass of the retail podium.” He continues: “The animated face of the retail podium and the office building engage directly with the city and link the older part of Ningbo across the river with the developing quarter, anchored by Raffles City.”

Although Raffles City Ningbo is a large-scale development by any standards, SPARK has designed the various components to work on a human scale. Wavy, layered ribbons, reminiscent of the strata found in rock formations are used throughout. Pimbley explains: “This is not just an architectural device to break up the mass of the building facing the residential tower; it has become something of a letmotif, tying all aspects of the development together. In the context of the retail podium, for example, this applied, ribbon aesthetic enables each part of the structure to fit seamlessly together, lending the building a feeling of an almost domestic scale, so often lacking in the ubiquitous shopping mall box.”

The retail podium has already been awarded a Green Mark Gold Badge by Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority. Pimbley says, “The building balances spatial demands with sustainable requirements. Excessively high spaces, beloved by many mall developers, are perceived to add quality and value. In my view, they create extra building volume which requires more energy to heat and cool and therefore can be wasteful and unsustainable.”









































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China Focus: Urbanization challenges China's farmland conservation

BEIJING, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Lijiang City in southwest China's Yunnan Province has what it takes to become a tourist attraction -- picturesque scenery and profound cultural heritage. Now, the newly-constructed railway station on a hillside is adding more to its fame. ' A stark departure from those in downtown areas, the construction plan once caused huge controversy. But now it has set a good example to other parts of China, in its efficient and innovative use of land.

It is also an epitome of the country's critical and intense farmland protection situation, which has witnessed a tug-war between urbanization and agricultural use.

Flat land, which abound in fertile arable land as well as towns and villages, accounts for only 4.2 percent of Lijiang.

He Jiafeng, chief engineer of Lijiang's city planning authority, said that 37 percent of the city's arable flat land had been converted for construction use.

"A scarcity of arable land forced the station to move to the hillside. We had no choice," said He.

In fact, China as a nation has no other choices.

Figures from the Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR) indicated that China only registered a per capita arable land of 1.35 mu (900 square meters), less than half the world's average level.

From 1997 to 2011, the country incurred a decrease of 124 million mu farmland, while some 70 percent of the remaining 1.82 billion mu is medium and low-yield land, according to the ministry.

In a country where food supply is of high significance, that drop in farmland is a dangerous signal.

Chinese people consumed 520 million tonnes of grain in 2012, 2.7 percent of which was imported.

"Farmland has been squeezed by both urbanization and rural construction, which has made it more difficult to protect," said land and resources minister Xu Shaoshi in a report delivered to the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee in December.

The minister also noted the dire need to prevent soil from being polluted as illegal discharge of industrial waste, accidental chemical spills and heavy metal pollution have posed a threat to soil output.

Xu pledged to continue the rigorous basic farmland protection system and more efforts to curb worsening soil pollution.

However, lawmakers have predicted an inevitable declining amount of farmland as a rigid demand for future urbanization and economic development looms large.

Hao Yidong, a member of the NPC Standing Committee, suggested to promote Lijiang's land-saving practice on a larger scale nationwide.

Lijiang hillside station has helped conserve thousands mu of fertile land, according to local authorities.

In addition, there is a large potential of developing hilly areas for urban building, according to figures from Yunnan's provincial land and resources bureau, as highlands with an incline between eight and 25 degrees covers 47.3 percent of the total area of the province.
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All 40 venues for 2013 National Games in Shenyang completed



Staff members do cleaning work in Hefeng Gymnasium of Shenyang Agricultural University in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, March 3, 2013. All 40 venues for the 2013 National Games in Shenyang, which will open on Aug. 31, 2013, have been completed. Test events for the games will start successively from April. (Xinhua/Zhang Wenkui)



Staff members clean chairs in Hefeng Gymnasium of Shenyang Agricultural University in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, March 3, 2013. All 40 venues for the 2013 National Games in Shenyang, which will open on Aug. 31, 2013, have been completed. Test events for the games will start successively from April. (Xinhua/Zhang Wenkui)



Staff members prepare to clean the Hefeng Gymnasium of Shenyang Agricultural University in Shenyang, capital of northeast China's Liaoning Province, March 3, 2013. All 40 venues for the 2013 National Games in Shenyang, which will open on Aug. 31, 2013, have been completed. Test events for the games will start successively from April. (Xinhua/Zhang Wenkui)
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Changsha Meixihu International Culture & Art Centre / Zaha Hadid Architects
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Zaha Hadid's works are starting to look like the same thing over and over again.
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Zaha Hadid's works are starting to look like the same thing over and over again.
Yeah, it looks great but nothing creative anymore, just very expensive!
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