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Old April 24th, 2013, 07:20 PM   #2301
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Metro lines 3, 4 to split by 2015
Shanghai Daily
Apr 23, 2013

THE Metro system soon will start the process of separating Line 3 and Line 4, which by 2015 is expected to increase the capacities of the two busiest lines in the city, a senior subway expert said yesterday.

The lines, which currently share part of their routes, will go their separate ways in a rerouting project that will involve 2.6 kilometers of track and cost 2.89 billion yuan (US$467.5 million), according to the National Development and Reform Commission.

"The city should start the project as soon as possible because the sharing on the routes has seriously limited the capacities of the two lines, especially the ring-shape Line 4 that links many other Metro lines of the city," said Sun Zhang, a Metro expert and professor with Tongji University.

Sun made the remarks after a new shuttle bus route meant to relieve crowding on part of Metro Line 3 during the morning was canceled over the weekend after it got light use due to road congestion.

Lines 3 and 4 share nine stations between the Baoshan Road and the Yishan Road stations, forcing passengers have to wait for at least five minutes for either of the lines' trains.

"After the separation, the train intervals of both lines can be shortened to about 2 minutes, doubling the lines' capacities," Zhang said.

According to the plan, Line 4 will run the ring-shape route alone. Line 3 will be cut into two separate parts - Jiangyang Road N. to Shanghai Railway Station in the north and Yishan Road to Shanghai Southern Railway Station in the south.

The Baoshan Road Station where the two lines will still meet after the separation will be renovated, Shanghai Radio Station news reported yesterday. Two new elevated rails will be built at the station for the new Line 3.
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New Shanghai Natural History Museum / 上海自然历史博物馆 construction updates


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^ It is opening next February.

Museum exhibition details arranged
Tue, 16 Apr 2013
Otago Daily Times

Key negotiations involving two major Chinese exhibitions with close links with the Otago Museum will take place in Shanghai, Dunedin's Chinese sister city, this week.

A big Shanghai Museum travelling exhibition devoted to the jewellery and other distinctive cultural artefacts used by some of China's ethnic minorities will open at the Otago Museum on July 6.

It followed the Te Ao Maori: Maori Treasures from the Otago Museum, the Otago Museum's first large-scale overseas show, which attracted more than 600,000 visitors at the Shanghai Museum in 2011.

The Otago Museum has also been invited to stage a big display at the opening of the Shanghai Natural History Museum in February next year, in what museum organisers say is a ''great honour'' . The institution is being established by the long-established Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, which attracts more than two million visitors each year.

The Otago Museum's newly-appointed director, Dr Ian Griffin, Otago Museum Trust Board chairman Graham Crombie and Otago Museum collections, research and experience director Clare Wilson are in Shanghai, as part of a Dunedin City Council delegation.

Otago Museum representatives will take part in talks to finalise details for both the Dunedin show, and the new exhibition in Shanghai.

Ms Wilson said next February's ''major show''would have a ''significant impact'', and was likely to help increase Chinese tourism in Dunedin, and would also further boost the Dunedin-Shanghai sister city relationship. The exhibition would in some respects be even more challenging than the Te Ao Maori show.

In that show, Otago Museum provided the Maori artefacts, but Shanghai Museum organisers decided the display style and provided all the display ''furniture''.

For the first time for a major exhibition, Otago Museum staff are providing every aspect of next year's Chinese show, including the display furniture.

Being asked to stage the show was ''a great sign of the respect with which the Otago Museum is held'', she said.

The planned show would introduce Chinese visitors to New Zealand's spectacular natural history, seen through the eyes of the Maori myth of creation, and would include some Maori artefacts, as well as natural science exhibits.
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Old April 27th, 2013, 04:37 PM   #2304
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Hongqiao Business District Winning Proposal

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Upon recently winning the competition, MVRDV‘s design for the Hongqiao Business District recently started construction. The plan comprises ten office towers, an underground shopping center, cultural program, parking and a sunken plaza which will bring a more intimate form of urban life into an area currently dominated by large boulevards and urban expressway’s. Located near the fourth busiest airport in all of mainland China, the 4.5ha site is divided into a small northern plot of 8,409 m2 and a larger southern plot.

MVRDV, with Aedas, won the competition with highly energy-efficient architecture combined with an intimate urban plan which allows for pedestrian-friendly spaces. The 110,000m2 offices are divided into ten towers in total: nine office towers on the southern plot ranging from five to nine floors, facilitating rental to different sized companies. The towers are flexibly designed to contain one or more companies. On the northern plot, the tops of four towers will merge into one building, forming a flower shaped landmark of four floors, cantilevered high above the ground.

The 47,000m2 retail space will be located partly on the ground floor and partly along a sunken plaza sheltered from vehicle traffic. Two glass cubes mark the entrances to the shopping center and are part of the neighborhood’s pedestrian route, which meanders through the site. The shopping center is designed by Aedas. On both plots a spacious sunken plaza features wide stairs that can be used as seating, allowing cultural events to be hosted on the site.

Facade area has been minimized by introducing round cornered towers which, together with the continuous 50,5% transparency stone fašade, leads to an efficient energy consumption. The fašade presents a subtle shifted grid with a delicate bamboo forest reference. The self shading shape of the flower building has lead to a fašade with smaller openings on the upper floors for efficient energy consumption. Hidden hatches next to the windows allow for natural ventilation.

The ground floor of the flower building is reserved for 1.790 m2 of cultural program. A 55.000m2 parking garage is located underneath the shopping center.

The Hongqiao CBD will reach three stars, the highest ranking of the Chinese ‘Green Building Label’. Sustainable building features that will be used include high performance insulation, optimized building forms, shaded spaces, natural ventilation, rainwater collection, permeable road surfaces, links to public transport and a reduction in the urban heat island effect. Nine office towers will feature green roofs growing local plant species and the flower building will offer a sky garden with a continuous jogging path.


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Old April 27th, 2013, 04:49 PM   #2305
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Victory Street Resident Committee in ancient town of Zhujiajiao / 朱家角, Suburban Shanghai.

By Local Scenic Architecture Office / 山水秀建筑事务所


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The project is sited in the southeastern corner of Zhujiajiao, a traditional water-town in Qingpu, Shanghai. Far from the crowd and noise of the northern tourist area, it is a quiet neighborhood. The new building of the neighborhood committee and old folks day care center sits at the confluence of two small rivers and will provide community services for the locals.

Since the site is within the historical preservation district, the urban planning bureau request that the new building has to follow the surrounding traditional fabric in terms of scale and architectural style. Using this as a guideline, we try to use simple local wood structure and tectonic system as our basic architectural language, to weave a group of courtyard buildings based on program and circulation. We indulged in the configuration with threading and knitting, the courtyard space with the rhythm of light and silence, and the dialogue with aged neighbor buildings. As architects, we enjoyed the given delight from this design process and had no desire to pursue any contemporary form.
































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Anting Culture and Sports Activity Centre / 安亭文体活动中心, Jiading District, Suburban Shanghai


By Local Architects Atelier Z+ (ZHANG Bin & ZHOU Wei)


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Architects: Atelier Z+
Location: Anting, Jiading, Shanghai
Architects: Zhang Bin, Zhou Wei
Design Team: Wang Jiaqi, Lu Jun, Li Ying, Li Qin, Zhuang Sheng, Guo Yue
Area: 16,171 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier Z+

Collaborating Architect: Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tongji University
Contractor: Shanghai Xinchang Construction Co., Ltd.


This project is sited in the north of Anting Town, in a triangular plot by a river that is completely surrounded by industrial buildings (factories and warehouses) with the exception of one supermarket. The program’s complexity required a negation between the exterior and interior, resulting a tight interior spaces.

Since a lot of spaces are required for outdoor activities, spaces available for construction are slightly tight. With the intent of keeping the relative independence for different internal use, simplifying space complexity and reducing external dimensions, the whole building is divided into four independent volumes. These four volumes of natatorium, gym, culture center and cinema are of different sizes, height and scales, and are arranged along the road by the side of the site from northeast to southwest in a saw tooth pattern. A semi-enclosed entrance plaza for pedestrian faces the main road on the west. Since majority of the main spaces are located on the second floor, all four volumes are linked by an elevated compact public platform. This platform can be accessed freely via wide ramps on the west and north. Underneath the platform are supporting facilities such as bistros, cafÚ, shops, fitness rooms and parking lots.

The four independent volumes have very strict functional and space requirements of their own, demonstrating themselves in a way strongly restraining the expressiveness. All external characteristics are merely direct representation of internal uses, making each volume tending towards an abstract autonomy, eliminating the respective unnecessary complicated expression, and presenting to the city a subtle yet interesting linkage created by their respective locations and mutual relationships. In the natatorium, the swimming pool and locker rooms are located in two parallel volumes from south to north, and are connected by a series of glass bridges through a narrow courtyard. Above the swimming pool is a movable roof with skylights. This roof can be opened and closed as a whole. Between the pedestal as fitness center at the bottom and the roof on the top, extending eastward over the public platform is the gym.

At the gym, two volumes in different sizes are juxtaposed from north to south. The larger one on the north is a triple-story high indoor ball game court with high sidelights facing north; and the smaller one on the south with backward-terraced garden houses dedicated activity rooms and management offices wrapped by a semi-transparent metal mesh net and vertical green plants. The cultural center is a seven-storied cubic volume with the first floor being a bistro facing the plaza and the second to fifth floors being superimposed exhibition hall and discotheque, each with a double-storied height. The cultural activity rooms on the sixth and seventh floors of the cultural center are arranged around an elevated open air central courtyard that opens to the riverside landscape to the east on the seventh floor. The cinema is the smallest two-storied volume at the southwest corner, with the audience hall accessible via either a two-story high side entrance lobby on the first floor facing the plaza, or a cantilevered foyer on the second floor facing the river that links the cultural center exhibition hall.

The individual abstractness and overall richness are enhanced by the use of restrained yet unified materials. Large-area stone cladding acts a steady background. Transversal long windows, seemingly distributed freely but actually controlling indoor lighting and vision, pre-coated aluminum cladding, and metal mesh nets with vertical plants wrapping movable roof and terrace garden have become intense focus of perceiving, thus people can feel the tension and dialogue between individual volumes from various points of view. Also, the characteristics of simple and pure volumes well reflect the interior activities.

























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Community Pavilion at Jintao Village, Jiading District, Suburban Shanghai

By Local Scenic Architecture Office / 山水秀建筑事务所

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Jintao is one of the village units of Dayu village in Malu, Jiading. The village is surrounded by rivers and bamboos.

The site we chose for the new community pavilion locates at an public property by the “T” shape river cross. Since the environment has the spatial quality of openness and aggregation, we designed a hexagonal ring building for the village residence to rest, communicate and have recreation activities. 3 interior spaces contain a recreation room, a teahouse, and a stage facing the grain-sunny ground; whereas 3 semi-outdoor spaces face 3 different sceneries: the concrete bridge to the northwest, the river cross to the southwest, and the little stone bridge to the southeast.

These 6 spaces are defined by 6 radial bearing walls, and surround a courtyard that serves as both the spatial center and the destination of drainage from the roof. We plan to plant a small tree in the courtyard and have a greater expectation when it turns to be a big tree in the future.































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Zhujiajiao Museum of Humanities & Arts, Suburban Shanghai.


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Architects: Scenic Architecture
Location: Shanghai, China
Architect In Charge: Zhu Xiaofeng
Design Team: Li Qitong, Xu Lei, Dong Zhiping, Zhang Hao
Client: Shanghai Dianshanhu Newtown Development Ltd.
Structural & Mep: Shanghai Xiandai Huagai Architectural Design Ltd.
Area: 1,818 sqm
Photographs: Iwan Baan

As the most integrally preserved canal-town in Shanghai, Zhujiajiao attracts an increasing number of visitors every year with its authentic tradition of eastern China. The site, located at the entry of the old town, faces two 470-year-old ginkgo trees. This 1,800 sqm museum will house paintings and other art works related to the history of Zhujiajiao.

Our design approach is to delineate an art-visit experience that is rooted in Zhujiajiao. The architecture will be the carrier of this experience.

In the spatial allocation, the central atrium becomes the heart of the circulation. On the ground floor, the atrium brings natural light into the surrounding galleries through carefully positioned openings. On the second floor, a corridor around the outskirt of the atrium links several dispersed “small-house” galleries and courtyards, which absorb surrounding sceneries and provide diverse spaces for small exhibitions and events. This building-courtyard layout makes a clear reference to the figure-ground texture of the old town, and orientates the visitors to wander between the art works and the real sceneries with an experience of intimate interactions between matter and thought. A reflecting pool, laid in the east courtyard on the second floor, accomplishes an ultimate collection by borrowing the reflection of the ginkgo tree into the museum.


























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Middle Ring Road to be completed
Shanghai Daily
Apr 27, 2013

SHANGHAI will begin building the last section of the Middle Ring Road in the Pudong New Area this year, which will better handle traffic anticipated with the opening of the Shanghai Disneyland in 2015, officials said yesterday.

The new elevated highway, costing more than 10 billion yuan (US$1.62 billion), is being built between the Jungong Road Tunnel and Gaoke Road M. It will be finished in 2015 to make the Middle Ring Road a complete, ring-shaped highway.

The 9.4-kilometer section will have two decks with four lanes on each deck, which should help prevent traffic jams, said Shang Housheng, an official with the Shanghai Construction and Transport Commission.

"The new section will not only improve the traffic conditions in middle Pudong, but also make it easier for large groups of visitors to move to and from Disneyland in the future," Shang said.

The complete Middle Ring Road is also expected to improve overall traffic conditions in the city, he said.

To make way for construction, an old Jinqiao elevated road built in 1994 that is handling little traffic will be torn down, possibly causing temporary traffic jams on nearby Zhangyang and Jinxiu roads, according to the commission.

The demolition will begin on May 11 and last through year's end. During the latter part of the work, traffic from Yanggao Road M. to Jinqiao Road will be affected to a greater degree.

Other area roads also will feel the strain.

"Traffic jams will be inevitable during construction and the area between Luoshan and Jinxiu roads as well as Shenjiang and Pudong Avenue will be affected," the Pudong urban planning authority said yesterday.

Eleven public bus routes in the area will be temporarily altered, and riders should pay attention to notices to be posted on bus stations on Sunday, officials said. Drivers also are asked to avoid the area.

More traffic police will be dispatched to handle congestion. Construction vehicles will also be asked to yield to the public traffic during rush hours.
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This one is near my home in Xujiahui.

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How tall is expected the largest tower? I guess the two famous towers in Xujiahui are some 250 m tall, so the new one must be over 350?
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SHANGHAI will begin building the last section of the Middle Ring Road in the Pudong New Area this year, which will better handle traffic anticipated with the opening of the Shanghai Disneyland in 2015, officials said yesterday.
How long will be the Middle ring road in total? The same question, if I may, for inner ring road and outer one, how long are they.

Is outer ring road a completed circle or not?
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How long will be the Middle ring road in total? The same question, if I may, for inner ring road and outer one, how long are they.

Is outer ring road a completed circle or not?
Source : http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english...ent_413721.htm

The first section, 9.42 kilometers of elevated road, will link the Dabaishu area in Hongkou District, via Zhabei District, to reach the entrance to Hujia Expressway C, which connects the downtown with Jiading District in the northwest.

The Middle Ring Road project, between the existing inner and outer ring roads, aims to ease traffic in downtown Shanghai.

The 70-kilometer project, including several underground sections, will eventually link dozens of roads to encircle downtown Pudong and downtown Puxi.

About 38 kilometers of the project will be in Puxi.

Two tunnels will be built to link the Pudong and Puxi parts of the project across the Huangpu River.
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From East Bookstore

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Architects: Scenic Architecture
Location: Shanghai, China
Architect In Charge: Scenic Architecture
Area: 726 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Scenic Architecture

The bookstore is located at the northeast corner of Ziqidonglai Central Park in Jiading, a new town in Shanghai. It is right besides the city streets to the east and the north, and faces the park to the south and west. Recognizing its location inbetween the city and the park, we take a strategy of courtyard settlement to establish the relationships among architecture, city and nature. The wall is the executant of the strategy who forms the front court at the northeast and backyard at the southwest, and wraps up in the middle to contain the interior space, the atrium and the terrace. We conceive the environment of the bookstore as a whole, which provide an even and merged interrelation between interior space and exterior space, and guide people to read, to relax and to promenade in spaces with both continuity and different atmosphere.

In different parts of the courtyards we creates multi-layered and enriched spatial sequences and experiences through various transformations of wall like continuous wall-height change, splits and merges of wall routes, and simple wall openings. Two “detoured” small gardens in the front court and the backyard further blur the property of the exterior spaces, and provide a sense of place with intimacy, security and openness.

We use the organization of court settlement to introduce the spatial experience from the city into the architecture, and finally lead it to the nature.























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Restaurant by Yuanxiang Lake in Jiading District, Suburban Shanghai

By Local Architects : Atelier Z+

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Architects: Atelier Z+
Location: Jia ding, Shanghai, China
Architects: Zhang Bin, Zhou Wei
Design Team: Li Qin, Jin Yanlin, Wang Jiaqi, Li Yin
Area: 500 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Atelier Z+
Collaborating Architect: Shanghai Xian Dai Hua Gai Architectural Design Co. Ltd.
Contractor: Yuefeng Construction Group Co., Ltd.


The Restaurant by the Lake is located on a sloped site, south east if the newly built Jiading Library. Among the other built structures within the site, the restaurant is small but holds a prime lot as it is the only building along the bank of the lake, allowing for an interesting design dialogue between the water, our building and the larger buildings further behind.

Our concept found its beginnings from an inward point of view, and the design intent was to study the relationship between the water bank and the open water, that would then precede our design direction. This concept was unlike the norm of water bank structures that had a goal of providing a panoramic view to it’s users – we felt that such a concept was no different from one viewing the lake from the bank without an architecture intervention.

The massing of our building comprises of 5 rectangular concrete blocks, each of these volumes are angled off the ground differently, and it was therefore necessary to have a stepped flooring. The fenestrations that we placed are as follows : 4 main blocks have openings towards the east, 2 of which are tilted towards the sky, and two of which are tilted downwards towards the lake. The last block has a downward tilted opening facing the south, and points towards a swale. These 5 volumes are connected as a whole, but each still retain their individual spatial experience that is a result of the different compositions (angle of tile, volumetric scale and the key visual focus – the lake, the bank and the sky).

The journey though our building has been carefully calculated. The openings allow users to first experience a vast view of the lake, followed by a focus of the bank, the opposite bank, and lastly the far horizon. The stepped floors, tilted walls and roofs, passages of different scales create a spatial experience akin to that of traversing through a tavern. The solidity of the blocks hide a courtyard in the center of the building, an unexpected discovery to the first time visitor.

The sanitation services and staff restrooms are located in a separate, smaller block away from the main structure, while the kitchen, and public restrooms are in the basement of the building. There are 2 public entrances into the building, the main one has a porch that leads to a small hall, and then the courtyard, the secondary entrance would be from the courtyard itself.






















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Old May 6th, 2013, 03:37 AM   #2318
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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






Wow Xujiahui centre looks at least 400+ from that render, has the plot and the design been confirmed?

Last time i was on a cab from Huaihai middle road to Grand Gateway (approximately driving along the route of metro line 1) and i saw a huge shopping mall under construction.

From the looks of it, the shopping mall is quite high-end, there are designer brands ads all around the construction, anyone has any idea what the project is?
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How tall is expected the largest tower? I guess the two famous towers in Xujiahui are some 250 m tall, so the new one must be over 350?
The highest building in this picture is Xujiahui Center (380m). The construction date has been delayed due to land acquisition issue. Per latest update the construction is going to start in 2014.

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