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Old January 26th, 2013, 06:06 PM   #2241
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TV tower opens its highest 'capsule'
Shanghai Daily
Jan 25, 2013



RENOVATION of the "space capsule" observatory on the highest deck of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, one of the city's iconic scenic spots in the Pudong New Area's Lujiazui financial hub, is finished and it is expected to reopen early next month.

The deck, at 350 meters, was shut last November for updating.

The changes highlight the deck's futuristic appearance and incorporate more high-tech elements around the theme of outer space.

Some new exhibits will provide an interactive experience, officials said, but they said it would remain a secret until nearer the opening.
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Old January 29th, 2013, 05:27 AM   #2242
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Shanghai Wuzhou International Plaza Winning Proposal / Synthesis Design + Architecture Inc. & Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research

Architects: Synthesis Design + Architecture Inc. and Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research Co. Ltd
Location: Shanghai, China
Design Team: Synthesis Design + Architecture (Design Architect) Shenzhen General Architectural Design Institute (Executive Architect, Structural Engineer, MEP) OneView CG (Visualization)
Project Credits: Alvin Huang, AIA (Design Principal), Chia-ching Yang, Joseph Sarafian, David O. Wolthers
Client: Hong Kong Wuzhou International Group Co., Ltd.
Program: Mixed-use office, hotel, retail, entertainment & lifestyle development
Area: 180,000sqm
Project Budget: $250,000,000 USD
Status: Invited Competition (First Place)

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anybody knows where it'll be located? I couldn't find the Huatai Road mentioned on its web site.
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Old January 29th, 2013, 05:50 AM   #2243
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Old January 29th, 2013, 06:18 AM   #2244
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anybody knows where it'll be located? I couldn't find the Huatai Road mentioned on its web site.


All those British architects' fault...they made WRONG Spelling of the Road's name, it should be Hutai Rd(沪太路) not Huatai Rd...somewhere in Zhabei District near the Middle Ring Road (中环路, not the so called "3rd Ring Road" in the designers' description)...at the junction of Hutai Rd /沪太路 and Jincheng Rd /晋城路 to be more exactly.




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Old January 30th, 2013, 04:07 PM   #2245
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Solutions sought to ease parking space problem
Shanghai Daily
Jan 30, 2013

SHORTAGE of parking space in the city again came up for discussion among lawmakers and political advisers yesterday.

Although many lawmakers prefer to use public transport and play the perfect role model, it is hardly the solution for the growing problem.

Parking, along with traffic jams, are among the top agenda for the city as it tries to address the increasing vehicle volume amid limited resources.

There are about 780,000 public parking facilities in downtown, well short of the preferred 1.14 million.

"The parking issue has lagged behind in the first place," Chen Hailin, a member of the city's top political advisory body, the Shanghai committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, pointed out.

Chen suggested putting technology to use to gradually develop parking into an industry with more parking lift systems to fight lack of space.

Resident community managements should also be encouraged to renovate the underground parking facilities and civil-defense structures to make more space, Chen said, while adding that current regulations also need to be adjusted.

No immediate solution

Another 220,000 private cars will hit the roads this year, with a total volume of 1.62 million.

The figure does not include out-of-town vehicles.

There are plans to increase parking areas both in public and residential areas in downtown Shanghai in the next five years.

But Li Zhengwu, chairman of the Shanghai Parking Service Association, said it may still not be enough.

"After all, the demand to buy a car is still very high among local residents," said Li, adding the problem "cannot be solved in a short time."

Meanwhile, car owners and drivers are coming up with innovative ways to park their cars.

At the city's two airports, cars are parked along the elevated roads that lead to the terminals while waiting to pick up passengers. But this is not because of lack of space. The airports allow free parking for only 20 minutes, after which the driver has to shell out 20 yuan (US$3.21).

In Hongkou District, residents used parking locks which helped them reserve space by the side of the road. But authorities ruled that it was illegal and removed them.

Officials with the city traffic administration said private cars cannot be parked on public roads, even though they make some concession for a certain period of time.

More than 270,000 cars have no designated parking areas in the night, traffic officials said.

In a downtown middle school in Changning District, trees were cut in a green area to make way for car parking. The school had not made any provision for cars when it was being built.

"People will always find ways to park their cars even where there are none available," Chen said.
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Old January 31st, 2013, 02:19 PM   #2246
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All those British architects' fault...they made WRONG Spelling of the Road's name, it should be Hutai Rd(沪太路) not Huatai Rd...somewhere in Zhabei District near the Middle Ring Road (中环路, not the so called "3rd Ring Road" in the designers' description)...at the junction of Hutai Rd /沪太路 and Jincheng Rd /晋城路 to be more exactly.

That explains everything, now I got the location. Thank you!
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Old January 31st, 2013, 02:29 PM   #2247
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Gubei International Forune Center (Phase II)

30-floor, offices+hotel+shopping center
area: 60k sqm; Cost: 1.3 billion yuan
Project completion: 2011
Shopping mall opening: 2012
Location: Gubei, on subway line 10 Yili Road station



B1 - 7th floor: Takashimaya Shopping Center

The shopping mall and office building have opened. I stopped by the mall today.













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Old January 31st, 2013, 03:27 PM   #2248
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Tower's top deck reopens, price goes up
Shanghai Daily
Jan 31, 2013

THE "space capsule" on the highest deck of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower reopened yesterday, but it stirred up some skepticism from visitors as a result of an increase in the admission ticket.

It now costs 220 yuan (US$35.48) to tour three observatory decks, a 40-yuan increase from 180 yuan before the renovation.

"The ticket price is too expensive," said visitor Xiao Yong from Anhui Province, who looked at the view outside in disappointment because poor air quality hurt visibility. Xiao and his wife had no idea about the reopening of the capsule and they anticipated that the ticket would be within 200 yuan.

"We saw some new high-tech attractions, but we just want to enjoy a panoramic view of the city at the tower's highest deck," he said.

Shanghainese Li Hui said it had been 10 years since she visited the tower, and the price was some 100 yuan at that time.

"An increase of 40 yuan is too big, that may scare me away," Liu said.

The tower, one of the city's iconic scenic spots in the Pudong New Area's Lujiazui financial hub, remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, also one of the most expensive.

When it offered a half-price discount in May and September for two observatory decks that normally cost 150 yuan, long queues formed outside.

The deck, at 339 meters, offered mainly a great view in the past. It was shut last November for updating, which cost 20 million yuan.

The changes incorporate high-tech elements around the theme of outer space. Visitors can touch the sky with their fingers at the "star wall" screen, find their own constellation and type in wishes for the future.

They can see the life of astronauts with digital technologies and dance Gangnam style, following an extraterrestrial in front of a large screen.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 06:30 PM   #2249
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I hope someone can post some pictures from there. Should be an awesome perspective.
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Old February 1st, 2013, 09:14 PM   #2250
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 03:39 AM   #2251
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Oh Lord, awesome projects!! Congrats.
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Old February 4th, 2013, 08:40 AM   #2252
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Old February 6th, 2013, 01:11 PM   #2253
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Plans in the works for a new reservoir
Shanghai Daily
Feb 6, 2013

SHANGHAI is studying the possibility of building a reservoir on the upstream of the Huangpu River that will provide drinking water to the locals, city officials revealed yesterday.

Zhang Jiayi, director of the Shanghai Water Authority, said the bureau is searching for a better water source along the upper streams of the Huangpu in Taihu Lake in neighboring Jiangsu Province.

"The water from Taihu is good and we're thinking of pumping water from the lake to a new reservoir with pipelines," Zhang said.

"After the chemical leak last month, we believe we have to do something to improve the water supply to the districts that are still drinking water from the Huangpu."

The plan is still in the conceptual stage and will be studied by experts before it is implemented.

Currently, 70 percent of the city's population get clean drinking water from the Qingcaosha Reservoir, while the other 30 percent, essentially residents in Fengxian, Qingpu, Jinshan, Songjiang and parts of Minhang District, get their drinking water from the Huangpu River.

Before the new reservoir becomes a reality, some small water plants in Songjiang and Jinshan districts will be shut down this year.

The affected areas will be supplied water from bigger plants which will be linked by pipelines, Zhang said.

More than 200 kilometers of new large vent pipe networks will be built and 700 kilometers of small vent pipe networks will be renovated in the affected areas.

Over 600,000 water meters will be replaced this year as part of the plan.

Nod for Qingcaosha

Meanwhile, Zhang emphasized that water from the Qingcaosha Reservoir was good for consumption after some experts expressed doubts about its operational life span, especially with thousands of kilometers of the Yangtze being polluted.

"Their arguments lacked scientific evidence," Zhang said. "The raw water in the middle of the Yangtze is on the third-level and when it flows into our reservoir it turns to second-level after purification."

Zhang said they would also publish details of water production ahead of the planned hike in water prices.
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Old February 10th, 2013, 08:22 AM   #2254
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130m twin towers proposed in Pudong

http://planning.pudong.gov.cn/WebSit....aspx?id=16970
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Location: 141 Pudong Avenue (浦东大道141号)
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Old February 10th, 2013, 12:25 PM   #2255
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If they want to densify Pudong Area , they have to concentrate on building highrises like this one , because in their case , building supertalls add much more to the skyline than to the street .
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Old February 11th, 2013, 10:24 AM   #2256
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[SIZE="3"]Location: 141 Pudong Avenue (浦东大道141号)
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I don't think that's the address where the project is expected to be built, but rather the address of the office in charge of the study.
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Old February 11th, 2013, 10:37 AM   #2257
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Old February 16th, 2013, 09:40 AM   #2258
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Blueprint of Shanghai's first rapid bus system announced
Shanghai Daily
2013-2-9

SHANGHAI will start to build its first Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT system, in Fengxian, Minhang and Pudong districts to ease traffic congestion and better assist transport for residents in the areas, according to the city's planning and land administrative bureau.

The bureau yesterday unveiled the design blueprint of the new BRT system, a faster and more efficient bus service with its own dedicated lanes inaccessible to other traffic. The new system will cover Nanqiao New Town in Fengxian and Oriental Sports Center in the Pudong New Area.

The length of the BRT line will be 33.5 kilometers with 17 stations, which is expected to help better serve more than 100,000 residents in the region.

The blueprint did not say exactly when the construction work will begin.

Shanghai traffic has continued to grow with more vehicles and commuting volumes. About 17 million people commute each day on average - 45 percent take buses while 36.6 percent use the Metro. Compared with the subway system, BRT has its advantage of relatively low costs.
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These are interesting news about the BRT. Do you know if there are any maps available depicting where exactly the BRT lanes are planned to be built? I'm also wondering what kind of methods will be used to make the dedicated lanes 'inaccessible' to other traffic. I hope it doesn't incorporate the construction of the 'bus only' elevated roads.

I'm also curious if the authorities are planning to equip the prospective BRT network with new bus stock equipped with sufficient technology (hybrid buses, CNG etc). Shanghai is eager to maintain its reputation as a future-oriented city, therefore I guess the authorities could definitely afford to invest in a brand new high capacity bus stock.
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These are interesting news about the BRT. Do you know if there are any maps available depicting where exactly the BRT lanes are planned to be built? I'm also wondering what kind of methods will be used to make the dedicated lanes 'inaccessible' to other traffic. I hope it doesn't incorporate the construction of the 'bus only' elevated roads.

I'm also curious if the authorities are planning to equip the prospective BRT network with new bus stock equipped with sufficient technology (hybrid buses, CNG etc). Shanghai is eager to maintain its reputation as a future-oriented city, therefore I guess the authorities could definitely afford to invest in a brand new high capacity bus stock.
The Chinese press lists the station names but they are in Chinese : http://sh.sina.com.cn/news/b/2013-02-09/083434109.html

This government website has a few maps : http://www.shgtj.gov.cn/hdpt/gzcy/sj...207_583587.htm
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