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Old March 7th, 2013, 03:54 AM   #2281
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Parking, shelters to expand under city
Shanghai Daily
Mar 4, 2013

MORE underground parking lots, which also serve as civil defense shelters, will be built in the city to help relieve the shortage of parking spaces, local civil defense officials said.

New underground spaces are being set up at locations such as residential complexes, greenery area and subway stations.

They are being equipped to function as shelters for residents in emergencies such as wars, according to the Shanghai Civil Defense Office, which is overseeing the development and management of underground spaces.

"Shanghai's underground spaces have seen a rapid increase in recent years, and reasonable use of the space as well as maintaining public safety are important," said Shen Xiaosu, director of the office.

The city had more than 63.9 million square meters of underground structures by the end of last year, with about half being garages that can handle 936,000 cars.

The number of underground parking spaces increased by 95,000 from 2011. Still, that growth hasn't kept up with the increase of cars. The city has 1.4 million private cars, with the number expected to soar to 1.62 million by year's end, said city traffic administrators.

Limited land resources are forcing planners look underground for future spaces.

Also, in the past three years, civil defense officials have set up shelters at underground lots covering 6 million square meters. Underground spaces with civil defense shelters also are being built at tourism sites such as Songjiang District's Sheshan Mountain.

"Such a vast underground area brings us considerable economic interests, but the sources are being wasted due to lack of information sharing," said Zhu Hongchao, a city lawmaker.

Parking fees are collected by developers who invest in the projects, said officials.

Planning encouraged

Zhu said other interests should be consulted - such as businesses close to where more parking will be needed - to encourage future plans for underground spaces. The structures are crucial to economic development because many serve both shopping and traffic-hub functions, officials said. The city also should ensure such spaces have new technology to guard public safety, officials said.

The city this year also will test open-space emergency shelters like schools since underground structures are vulnerable to floods in weather emergencies.
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Old March 14th, 2013, 03:31 PM   #2282
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City plans 2 new elevated highways
Shanghai Daily
Mar 14, 2013

SHANGHAI will start construction on one tunnel and two elevated roads this year to gradually improve traffic flow around the city.

Zhoujiazui Road Tunnel will be built under the Huangpu River and help ease traffic between Yangpu and Hongkou districts and the Pudong New Area. The 4.45-kilometer passage will have two decks with two lanes on each deck, said the builder, Shanghai Huangpu River Cross River Facility Invest and Construction Development Company.

The nearby Xiangyin Road Tunnel is "very crowded during rush hours," the company said.

An elevated road will be built in Minhang District to link current elevated roads to the Middle Ring Road and then to Pudong, which will reduce driving times between those areas, planners said.

Construction will also begin this year on Hongmei Road Expressway to improve traffic between suburban Fengxian District and downtown. It is expected to open by the end of 2015, according to the company.

The 10.9-kilometer thoroughfare will cut the driving time from the district to the downtown area from one hour to about 35 minutes, traffic officials said.

City traffic authorities, however, still warned that "drivers and commuters will face more road congestion and crowded subway carriages this year" despite infrastructure upgrades.
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Old March 17th, 2013, 06:30 AM   #2283
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Pudong airport to renovate its Terminal 1
Shanghai Daily
Mar 16, 2013



RENOVATION of Terminal 1 at Pudong International Airport will begin this year, including an expansion of the facility and upgrades to the luggage system.

The work, expected to be done by the end of next year, will benefit Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines, which will become the largest occupant of the terminal, said the airport operator.

The capacity of the terminal, first put into service in 1999, will grow from 20 million to more than 36.8 million passengers a year after the 1.2 billion yuan (US$192.9 million) renovation.

The revamped terminal will be expanded by one floor to seven floors, and new areas will be added to make it easier and faster for passengers to change planes, said construction authorities. Waiting lounges also will be added.

Industry sources said a satellite terminal, named S1, is also on the drawing boards because the distance between runways boarding gates in some cases is too far. Some passengers may be transported from gates to the satellite terminal to board.

The renovation is among 88 construction projects undertaken by the city this year at a total cost of 119.3 billion yuan.

The most visible is Shanghai Tower in the Lujiazui financial hub, which will be the city's tallest at 632 meters.

The tower is expected to reach its top by year's end and will be finished next year.
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Old March 17th, 2013, 11:06 AM   #2284
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Does anyone have information about the Binjiang Financial City Project in Lujiazui?
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Old March 18th, 2013, 08:56 AM   #2285
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"Boot" building Shangjia Center completed, opening 2nd half 2013









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Old March 18th, 2013, 04:32 PM   #2286
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Grand theater ready for revamp
Shanghai Daily
2013-3-13



A visitor takes pictures of Shanghai Grand Theater today, the last day the art palace is open to the public before it closes for a major renovation. The 15-year-old theater is expected to reopen in November and will set open days for the public. -- Dong Jun
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"Boot" building seems amazing
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Old March 19th, 2013, 03:19 PM   #2288
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"Boot" building Shangjia Center completed, opening 2nd half 2013




That's the L'Avenue Shanghai, the LVMH Building...very tackey.


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Old March 20th, 2013, 02:55 PM   #2289
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Metro lines move on to the fast-track

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"Perhaps it is not surprising then that in terms of total length, the metro systems in Beijing (442 km) and Shanghai (423 km) have surpassed those of London (402 km) and New York (368 km). However, their densities remain low. London and New York have 1 km of subway for every 3–4 sq km of land area, while Beijing and Shanghai have only 1 km for every 12 sq km and 27 sq km of land area respectively. Even if Beijing hits its target length of 1,000 km, that would bring the ratio down to 1 km for every 12 sq km of land in the metropolitan area. Thus there is ample room for further network expansion in China's megacities."


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Public complaints over worsening congestion and air quality in crowded cities have spurred China's government to reiterate its commitment to building more public transport. In January 2013 the State Council (China's cabinet) announced that it would increase investment in urban transit systems and allocated more subsidies. Over the longer term such developments should improve city liveability. However, excessive haste in constructing these systems will result in unnecessary quality problems.

Building infrastructure quickly has long been something for which the Chinese government has received credit. The national high-speed rail programme has thus far received the most attention, both for the breathtakingly short amount of time in which it was completed and the outlandish corruption that accompanied it. However, renewed concerns about passenger safety have led to a reassessment of infrastructure-building priorities—albeit a temporary one.

Following a tragic accident in 2011, the high-speed rail programme was temporarily suspended. Intra-city transport followed suit; in January 2012 officials from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC; the country's top economic planning body) warned that up to 80% of planned rapid transit lines would be postponed. Yet, as China approached the trough of a slowdown in 2012, infrastructure deadlines were brought forward in order to boost economic growth.

And so several subway systems were completed, others were extended and more were approved during 2012. Hangzhou, Suzhou and Kunming saw the launch of their first metro lines, while Harbin's began trial operations. Shenyang, Wuhan, Chengdu and Beijing completed extensions of their networks, and construction continued in Hefei, Zhengzhou, Guiyang, Fuzhou, Qingdao, Wuxi and Dongguan; all are scheduled to launch their first lines within the next three years.

Crowded out

In contrast with vanity projects such as the Ordos opera house, spending on public transit infrastructure is rooted in necessity. Congestion has worsened significantly over a short time span in China's larger cities, as car ownership has grown at double-digit rates. In 2011 Beijing and Shenzhen were given the dubious honour of having the second- and third-worst commutes in the world, according to a survey by a US information technology company, IBM. A handful of cities have started to limit the issuance of licence plates, but this is seen as a provisional solution at best.

Cities are getting more crowded. The country's ten largest cities all have at least 7m people residing in their metropolitan areas, roughly on a par with Hong Kong. Population densities in more cities are now comparable with or have surpassed that of the crowded national capital, Beijing. According to estimates by the Economist Intelligence Unit, population density in the metropolitan area of Beijing was around 1,200 people per sq km in 2011, but had been overtaken by Hangzhou and Kunming (both with 1,300 people per sq km), Guangzhou (2,450 people per sq km), and Wuhan (3,100 people per sq km). Population growth in the largest metropolitan areas is forecast to continue at 2–5% during 2010–15, well above the national growth rate of 0.6%.

Perhaps it is not surprising then that in terms of total length, the metro systems in Beijing (442 km) and Shanghai (423 km) have surpassed those of London (402 km) and New York (368 km). However, their densities remain low. London and New York have 1 km of subway for every 3–4 sq km of land area, while Beijing and Shanghai have only 1 km for every 12 sq km and 27 sq km of land area respectively. Even if Beijing hits its target length of 1,000 km, that would bring the ratio down to 1 km for every 12 sq km of land in the metropolitan area. Thus there is ample room for further network expansion in China's megacities.
The perils of haste

Timetables for metro construction were brought forward to bolster growth in 2012—similar to China's massive stimulus programme in 2009, when construction of the high-speed rail network went into overdrive. In 2012 the NDRC approved new urban rail projects worth Rmb839bn. That is worrying; when a deadline is brought forward, planning and quality control are often sacrificed. The most well-known example is the 2011 high-speed rail fiasco, which claimed the lives of 40 people. However, problems are not limited to high-speed rail. As Beijing officials rushed to complete infrastructure ahead of the 2008 Olympics, a subway escalator went haywire and sent 30 people cascading down the steps, resulting in one death.

A local publication, Global Times, reported that a thorough evaluation of local geological conditions takes at least 2–3 years—a process that is often neglected when officials want things done more quickly. A sinkhole that swallowed a building in Guangzhou in late 2011 has been linked to nearby metro construction, as have 20 similar incidents in Harbin.

A third way

While useful, building underground rail is expensive. There are alternatives. Authorities have been experimenting with different public transport solutions in other cities. For example, several have included bus rapid transit (BRT) networks in their current urban transport plans. These networks designate traffic lanes exclusively for bus use and run on longer routes, similar to those of a metro, with a similar ticketing and alerting system.

Guangzhou launched its BRT system in 2010, with laudable results. Passenger volumes reached 850,000 people a day, services were extended to migrant neighbourhoods and the Asian Development Bank now uses it as a model for other developing cities. Other cities, notably Hangzhou, have launched public bicycle-sharing programmes, not dissimilar to the "Barclays bikes" that are now ubiquitous in London. Wuhan has a comparable programme, and cities are starting to integrate the payment systems of the bicycle programme with BRT and metros to streamline the commuting process.

China would do well to pay heed to the costly lessons provided by the high-speed rail programme and to proceed with greater caution in its urban transport expansion. BRT development is already featured in several city plans, including another poor western provincial capital, Lanzhou, as a cheaper—albeit less flashy—alternative to metro systems. If China's central planners want to improve liveability in the country's emerging cities over the longer term, they would do well to encourage an honest assessment of what is needed, and where.
Definitely an interesting way of looking at it...actually, much better than just looking at raw figures (length) because it contextualizes it.

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Old March 20th, 2013, 09:18 PM   #2290
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The cheapest way seems to be a mass construction of tram lines, LRT, not BRT. LRT is much more sustainable.
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Perhaps it is not surprising then that in terms of total length, the metro systems in Beijing (442 km) and Shanghai (423 km) have surpassed those of London (402 km) and New York (368 km). However, their densities remain low. London and New York have 1 km of subway for every 3–4 sq km of land area, while Beijing and Shanghai have only 1 km for every 12 sq km and 27 sq km of land area respectively. Even if Beijing hits its target length of 1,000 km, that would bring the ratio down to 1 km for every 12 sq km of land in the metropolitan area. Thus there is ample room for further network expansion in China's megacities.
I guess they took for Shanghai it's administrative notion, I mean 6340 sq km while built up area is much more modest. And 423 km may seem like comparable with that of London.
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Can't wait, Pansori. We rarely see pictures of Shanghai outskirts.
If you want, I've got thousands of pictures.
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If you want, I've got thousands of pictures.
Plz do upload them, the more information and pictures, the better!!!
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Unknown project by SOM, called Shanghai Meilong project.


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What's the location of it?
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China Eastern Airlines Headquarters by Niels Torp Arkitekter, won the first prize in invited competition in 2012. The complex is 225 000m2 large and will room 12 000 employees. Arup's Shanghai office is consulting the project. Description by Niels Torp.







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Don't know, but somewhere in the Minhang district...
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Haoshi business/resdental complex, Jiading District:

Construction area: 112,000 sqm (shopping 46,000sqm, office 17,000 sqm)
Completion: December 2015
Metro Line 11 Malu Station is built underneath



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This one is near my home in Xujiahui.

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Residental compex, near Xujiahui Center, to complete in 2013.
Near subway Line 1, 3, 4, 9, 10













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