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Old October 22nd, 2012, 04:08 PM   #2181
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Leveled old building gets new lease of life
Shanghai Daily
Oct 22, 2012

LOCAL cultural heritage authorities have decided to protect the former site and remaining parts of a 150-year-old downtown building that was nearly completely demolished by a developer, ignoring a stop order.

Two adjunct buildings to the dismantled part of Shen's House still remain and the authorities will invite experts to work out a plan to preserve and restore them, the Cultural Heritage Bureau of Huangpu District said in a statement yesterday.

The bureau found that the house built in 1860 actually included four buildings, said Zhou Lijun, a bureau official.

The three-story major wooden structure was torn down by a developer late last week to make way for a new project, but the two smaller buildings hidden behind still remained.

The bureau has stopped the developer who had planned to demolish the other buildings.

Zhou said they may also relocate some important parts of the building to preserve them and eventually exhibit them.

Some residents are still living in the surviving buildings but they said they would move out soon after reaching a final agreement with the district government over relocation.

Shen's House was built by Shen Yisheng, a shipping merchant from southeast China's Fujian Province, during the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It was one of the most luxurious homes in the city at the time.

The heritage bureau said it was awaiting final approval for listing the house as a protected building when it was dismantled. Since it had yet to be listed as a protected cultural relic, the bureau could not take legal action against the developer.

Meanwhile, bureau officials are also moving to protect another downtown structure marked for demolition that could be the former factory building of China's earliest gourmet powder manufacturer.

The Aotu Mansion on 330 Shunchang Road in Huangpu is the former site of the Tianchu Gourmet Powder Plant. The country's first gourmet powder factory built in 1923 broke the monopoly of Japanese gourmet powder, known as ajinomoto, on the Chinese market.

However, the building, along with other structures in the block, are to be torn down, according to official plans.
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Old October 22nd, 2012, 05:24 PM   #2182
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dear hkskyline....
I respect your job, but can you put pics in your posts, please....why the lack of the pics?
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 09:15 AM   #2183
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The nearly-demolished 150-year-old Shen's House on Huayi Street.


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Tianchu Gourmet Powder Plant's former site on Shunchang Road.

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Old October 23rd, 2012, 12:47 PM   #2184
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Nothing much left on Shen's House. Any legal action against the owners coming?
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Old October 25th, 2012, 10:09 AM   #2185
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New scheme to save old buildings
Shanghai Daily
Oct 25, 2012

SHANGHAI will allow local governments or state-owned enterprises to buy valuable historic buildings as a new way to protect the structures, many of which are in poor condition.

The initiative means the government can allocate some of the money to relocate residents living inside, a major barrier in protecting historic buildings, the Shanghai Housing Management Bureau said yesterday.

The city has 2,138 historic buildings but many are not protected because they are used as homes.

"Most cannot be listed as protected cultural relics because they are not old enough to qualify, but they are still worth preserving," an official with the bureau said.

In the past, once a building made the protected list, residents living inside could be relocated with government funds and the structure could be preserved.

With the new initiative, district and county governments can report historic buildings that fail to get listed as cultural relics. The bureau will then investigate and decide whether it's worth it for governments or state-owned enterprises to purchase and protect such buildings.

The governments or enterprises can then auction the usage rights to these buildings, provided they are protected properly, to collect money and compensate former residents who lived in them.

Funds from usage rights can also be used to improve the surrounding environment, the bureau added.

About 57 percent of the city's historic buildings are not protected, said Wang Anshi, an architect and member of the city's historic building protection committee.

"Most of the old buildings are badly damaged because many families have lived in them for years and they are usually wooden structures," Wang said.

For example, the three buildings of the former Shanghai Art Academy in Huangpu District have deteriorated into shabby homes during the past 60 years as more than 40 families live in the structures.
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Old October 25th, 2012, 01:56 PM   #2186
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Nothing much left on Shen's House. Any legal action against the owners coming?
Well, I have no idea.
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Old October 27th, 2012, 01:50 PM   #2187
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Polluted river course project at a standstill
Shanghai Daily
Oct 27, 2012

A PROJECT to convert a polluted river course into a greenery area at Zhangyan Park was temporarily halted to take into consideration the opinions of residents in Jinshan District.

The project, with a planned investment of 6 million yuan (US$967,741), is mostly about filling in a river course and planting the area with trees, plants and flowers.

The project started in March and the renovation of the river course began in August.

Residents said the project would ruin a former private garden built in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).

"Filling the watercourse will completely damage the original layout of the former garden as the river course is a symbol of old towns," said Zhang Yong, a resident who lives near the park.

Zhang said residents hoped government authorities would stop the project, adding that some were even willing to donate money to reopen the river course.

"The park should be listed as a historical relic for better protection," Zhang said.

Local greenery authorities said the river course contained stagnant water that turned black and stinky and they had tried using pumps and other methods to clean it, but nothing worked.

An official from the greenery management division of the Jinshan Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau said the plan still centers around maintaining the park's original classical garden layout.

The official said the project also involves building a beautiful pavilion and upgrading underground pipelines.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 01:27 AM   #2188
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Solar-powered signs now found at bus stops
Shanghai Daily
Oct 30, 2012



SOLAR-POWERED signs that tell passengers where buses are have been put into trial use at some stops in the Pudong New Area.

The signs have been introduced at stops on routes No. 961 and No. 798, according to Pudong Bus Co, which installed them.

Company executives said the boards have been embedded with an intelligent dispatch system, which can accurately locate buses through both GPS and short-range wireless transmission technologies.

They also said the signs can store energy and power themselves for up to seven days even if it rains.

The signs include the name of each stop a particular bus route includes. An LED light will come on when a bus is a few stops away. When the light starts blinking, it means the bus has left that stop.

The company said it will install the signs at more bus stops in Pudong. It also plans to upgrade the technology to offer more information such as traffic reports and bus arrival times.
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Old November 5th, 2012, 12:52 AM   #2189
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New design tunnel safety and rescue
Updated: 2012-10-31 21:45
By Shi Yingying (chinadaily.com.cn)

A new way of building emergency escape routes involving the use of space below the surface of the road will be introduced to Shanghai’s cross-river tunnel that is under construction.

The traditional way of building escape routes is to allow people access to the parallel opposing lanes during an emergency, said Liu Tao, assistant chief engineer of Shanghai Huangpu Cross-river Facilities Investment Construction Development.

But this limits the distance between escape routes to every 800 meters or so, Liu said.

“The plan we are applying to South Hongmei Road Tunnel allows the possibility of building emergency access in every 100 to 150 meters,” he said.

According to Liu, the new design transfers people to the space beneath the lanes.

“Fire engines also have direct access to the emergency passageway that we built by making full use of the underground space, so that hopefully we can shorten the time needed for fire rescue and improve the chances of survival,” he said, adding it would be the first time such escape routes were applied to a Shanghai tunnel.

The tunnel, which is 14.93 meters in diameter, is expected to be finished by the end of 2014 and put into use in 2015. It will connect the city’s middle ring and Fengxian district.
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Old November 7th, 2012, 12:41 AM   #2190
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Riverfront spot to be transformed into cultural and recreational area
Shanghai Daily
Nov 6, 2012



SHANGHAI will preserve and renovate a series of old docks and factory buildings along the Huangpu River, converting them into attractions with cultural and recreational facilities next year, officials said yesterday.

Minsheng Road Dock, which was built in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) to handle grains and sugar, and the old workshop of Shanghai Shipyard, built around 1864, will be redeveloped, the river banks development office told the city's political advisors.

"The office will make it a top priority to revive the original look of the historic spots and then design new functions for them," an official with the office said.

Old tower cranes, rails and anchor piles will be kept within the green areas and public spaces, he said.

Ninety-six historic buildings remain along the river and 33 have been preserved, including a cotton factory, oil refinery and power plant. The former sites that were home to the earliest industries in the city have been turned into fashion centers and creativity parks.

The former Shanghai Cement Factory in Xuhui District and the surrounding area is being transformed into a cultural and entertainment complex named Dream Center.

The center is being jointly built by the city and the US-based film company DreamWorks Animation at a cost of 20 billion yuan (US$3.2 billion). It will include theaters, shops, restaurants, bars and hotels and will open in 2016.

A world-class animation studio will also be included in the center. It will co-produce "Kung Fu Panda 3," the third installment in the blockbuster series.

Apart from the historic spots, more public green spaces will also be built along waterfront areas in the next five years, officials said.

The second phase of Binjiang Forest Park in the Pudong New Area will start construction soon while land under the Nanpu and Yangpu bridges will be converted into public spaces for nearby residents.

Residents move out

Meanwhile, the first 20 households moved from their old homes on Luxiangyuan Road in Huangpu District yesterday, marking the beginning of the renovation of Shanghai's biggest area of dilapidated houses.

Adjacent to Yuyuan Garden and the Bund, Luxiangyuan area features some of the oldest houses in Shanghai. Before the relocation project, the building density in the area was more than 80 percent and in some extreme cases, a family of four lived in a room of 3 square meters.

The neighborhood boasts 5,056 households and 4,053 of them have accepted a compensation plan and agreed to move, according to the district's renovation headquarters.

More than 9,400 new houses in the suburbs have been built to compensate the residents in the neighborhood, which helped speed up the process, according to Zheng Songying, a director of the office.

Although most of the old residences in the 120,000-square-meter neighborhood will be demolished for new buildings, 300,000 square meters of buildings, including temples and shikumen (stone-gate) houses, will be preserved, authorities said.
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Old November 13th, 2012, 12:53 AM   #2191
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Pedestrian overpass work begins
Shanghai Daily
Nov 10, 2012

CONSTRUCTION started yesterday on a pedestrian overpass in the Lujiazui financial hub to help ease traffic congestion in the area.

Shanghai Urban Construction, which is building the overpass, said it will be 543 meters long and 9-meters wide. It is expected to be completed next summer.

It will provide an easier and faster way for Metro users to reach the office towers and tourism sights in the area.

The overpass starts at IFC Mall and will extend to Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai Urban Construction said. It will have three entrances and exits.

Residents have long complained that it is difficult for pedestrians to walk from Metro Line 2's Lujiazui Station to nearby office buildings and tourism attractions.

"The high-rises can easily be seen but they are hard to reach," an office worker in the area said.

District traffic operators introduced shuttle buses to transport subway commuters from Lujiazui Station to nearby office towers to address the complaints.

A circular footbridge is already in place near the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Super Brand Mall.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 12:36 AM   #2192
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Travelers to get lounge upgrade at Pudong airport
Shanghai Daily
Nov 16, 2012

MANY international travelers will have access to better lounges at the Pudong International Airport as the Skyteam Airline Alliance will ask its member carriers to share lounges with other alliance passengers at the airport.

The alliance plans to have its members, now scattered at the airport, located in Terminal 1, which will make it easier for passengers to access lounges, Chen Yiyan, director of Airport Service-China for Skyteam, said yesterday.

Skyteam is the world's second-largest airlines coalition after Star Alliance and has 19 members.

"China Eastern Airlines, for instance, will build a flagship lounge at the terminal building that will be open to passengers of other Skyteam members like China Southern, Korean Air and Air France-KLM," Chen said.

Meanwhile, passengers of China Eastern and China Southern will also be able to use lounges abroad built by foreign airlines belonging to the alliance.

Currently, most foreign airlines' passengers at the Pudong airport use a common lounge built by the airport in Terminal 1. Other lounges with better facilities built by airlines are scattering in different places or terminal buildings.

The Shanghai Airport Authority will invest 1.2 billion yuan (US$195 million) to renovate Terminal 1 of the Pudong airport to expand its capacity to 37 million passengers a year. Construction is due to begin by the end of the year, when China Eastern will build its new lounge.

Lounge sharing has been tried at London's Heathrow International Airport, where KLM airlines built a lounge, allowing passengers of its partners to use it, Chen said.

"The method helps KLM to amortize the cost of the lounge faster," Chen added. Other airlines pay to let their passengers to use the lounge.

Shanghai-based China Eastern and its subsidiary Shanghai Airlines joined SkyTeam in June to gain access to the alliance's network. Shanghai Airlines left Star Alliance in 2010 after it was acquired by China Eastern.
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It's right above "Century Avenue" metro station.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 07:15 PM   #2198
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City takes measures to curb land subsidence
Shanghai Daily
11/20/2012

SHANGHAI'S land sank 29 centimeters in the last 40 years and subsidence has become a natural disaster for the city that is only 4 meters above sea level on average, officials said today.

Land subsidence in Shanghai is mainly caused by the overuse of underground water and mushrooming high-rises on loose soil, said Feng Jingming, director of the Shanghai Planning and Land Resources Bureau.

Subsidence occurs when groundwater is drained to build the foundation of a high-rise building.

Local lawmakers are drawing the city's first land subsidence prevention regulations, imposing a fine of up to 500,000 yuan on violators.

"Shanghai's land sank 1.69 meters between 1921 and 1965. The rate of sinking has slowed since 2005 but remains a major hazard to the city," said Gan Zhongze, a lawmaker on the drafting panel.

The city has curbed the digging of large foundation pits for new buildings in an effort to reduce land subsidence. Projects requiring large and deep foundation pits within the Outer Ring Road have to be assessed by authorities for geological impact, the officials said.

The decision came after a 10-meter-long crack emerged on a road in the Lujiazui area early this year. The incident made headlines and stirred public concerns.

Shanghai is among the 50 or so cities in China facing the same problem as urban construction boomed on an unprecedented scale. Cities in the Yangtze Delta region and the North China Plain are the most vulnerable to the disaster of land subsidence.
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New hotels provide for a range of accomodation in Shanghai

Langham Xintiandi and Andaz Shanghai are twin hotel towers in XinTianDi, Shanghai, providing 357 and 305 keys, respectively, together with more than 6 different stylistic F&B outlets, indoor pool and spa to the public. Being a shareholder of the master redevelopment plan of over 50 hectares of urban site, the funder of this project targeted to create a prominent landmark at the gateway from Middle HuaiHai Road CBD to XinTianDi.

Coherent to the successful revitalisation of ShiKuMeng heritage-architecture in XinTianDi on the opposite side of the street, the architecture transforms the traditional delicate window lattice screens into modern curtain wall. Curved twin towers and footbridge successfully celebrate the gateway and approaching, while low-rise pavilions and plaza dissolve the boundary between and connect the ambiences of XinTianDi and CBD.

The owner highly values lifestyles, customer experiences and neighbourhood. The project demonstrates the innovation of diversified customer experiences including creating semi-private check-in space, resort-like butler service, flexible extension of function facilities to bar terrace as well as a glazed floating wedding pavilion that connects with the banquet hall below. Respect and study of diversified lifestyles drove the team to complete over 10 room types in each hotel, including standard guestrooms with opened make-up alcove, executive suite with inspiring workspace and luxury suites with private garden and outdoor spaces.

We provided imaginative and innovative ideas for banquet hall and function halls that allow hotel owner and operators to market and package their new services and lifestyle experiences to corporations and individual patronage. Fully-glazed atria and featured lounges, grand open staircases as well as glass elevators became the key to link up the podium levels, which provide different scale and function of spaces to optimise the opportunities for different events, functions and experiences.

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High-rises, subways cause city subsidence
Nov 21, 2012
Shanghai Daily

SHANGHAI'S land has subsided by 29 centimeters in the past 40 years, becoming a major geological threat for a city with an average altitude of only 4 meters above sea level, city officials said yesterday.

Subsidence takes place mainly because groundwater is pumped out, often for pit construction of the foundations of high-rises and the city's Metro lines, Feng Jingming, director of the Shanghai Planning and Land Resources Bureau, told the city's lawmakers.

The lawmakers are considering the city's first land subsidence prevention regulation, which includes a fine for violators of up to 500,000 yuan (US$80,200).

"The city's land sunk by 1.69 meters between 1921 and 1965. ... The sinking rate has slowed down since 2005, but it remains a major hazard for the city," said Gan Zhongze, a lawmaker on the measure's drafting panel.

The Hongqiao area in Changning District, and the Sanlin and Zhangjiang areas in the Pudong New Area have had the most severe land subsidence.

Some areas have sunk over 3 centimeters per year, according to Shanghai People's Congress, the legislative body.

The city now has a total of 162 square kilometers of land in both the downtown and outskirts areas with subsidence of over 60 centimeters.

The most seriously affected area has sunk about 3 meters in the past five years, becoming even lower than the level of the Huangpu River, according to the congress.

Shanghai has become like a reversed bowl cover - low in the middle and higher in surrounding areas, said Tang Yiqun, a professor with the geological environment research center of Tongji University.

A road crack that was 10 meters long emerged in the Lujiazui area, the city's financial zone, earlier this year.

The incident made headlines and stirred concerns among local residents, prompting talk about whether the high-rise construction fever should be cooled.

Officials later concluded that the crack was the "result of the foundation ditch construction" of the Shanghai Tower project, which will be China's highest skyscraper, at 632 meters, upon completion by 2014.

Construction companies must evaluate land before digging foundation pits of 7 to 15 meter deep. Also, they must ask a third party to do the evaluation and report to the planning and land authority if the foundation is deeper than 15 meters, according to the draft of the regulation issued yesterday.

Construction companies will be fined from 50,000 yuan to 500,000 yuan for violations.

The planning and land authority has also installed more than 1,000 facilities to monitor the subsidence of the land across the city, Feng said.

The city has restricted the construction of large foundation pits for new building projects in an effort to reduce land subsidence hazards.

Projects that involve building deep and large foundation pits inside the Outer Ring Road will be closely studied by the watchdogs for their potential influence on the underground environment.

Also, new approvals of such projects will be restricted, government officials have said.
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