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Old June 11th, 2014, 05:53 PM   #2441
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City has resources for 27m people
6 June 2014
Shanghai Daily

SHANGHAI can accommodate up to 27 million people while its fresh water resources can quench the thirst of 26.7 million people, according to the city’s executive vice mayor.

By the end of last year, Shanghai had more than 24.15 million dwellers but more than 40 percent — or 9.6 million — were migrants. Around 70 percent of the migrants had only junior high school or even lower education.

Many of the migrants live in suburban areas and their numbers are even higher than the locals in the city’s 62 townships, a third of the total, Executive Vice Mayor Tu Guangshao said at a forum on population and development of mega cities yesterday.

Most of the city’s migrants live with their families. By 2012, a total of 3.68 million migrants had joined Shanghai’s social security system.

By the end of 2013, more than 27 percent of locals, or 3.88 million Shanghainese, were over the age of 60, Tu said.

By 2011, Shanghai had 43.6 percent of land area, or 2,961 square kilometers, marked for urban construction, which was much more than the average ratio of 20 to 30 percent in most mega cities in the world.

The city’s public transport system was also stretched. In extreme cases, the number of passengers onboard a Metro train was 1.35 times more than allowed in a carriage.

Tu said Shanghai will strictly control its population in accordance with local industries, natural resources, infrastructure and public services. More people will move from Minhang and Baoshan districts to outskirts like Qingpu and Jiading where new communities will be developed, he said.

According to a long-term urban planning guideline published last month, Shanghai will make suburban communities more attractive by building better transport facilities, improving the environment, creating jobs and enhancing public services.

The guideline of the city’s urban planning for 2020-40 aims to reduce the density in the city’s downtown areas.

Authorities will continue to rein in population growth in such areas by controlling the development of residential land and encouraging people to relocate to new communities in suburban districts.
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Old June 12th, 2014, 02:15 AM   #2442
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Isn't it part of the former Expo site?
Doesn't seem like it.

The expo site was centered around Lupu bridge a couple of km down-stream from this location, after the next bend of the Huangpu. It will be in the same general area of the city, but not part of it.

You can also see on the map, Mercedes-Benz arena, which is near the eastern edge of the expo area.
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Old June 12th, 2014, 08:48 PM   #2443
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Doesn't seem like it. The expo site was centered around Lupu bridge a couple of km down-stream from this location, after the next bend of the Huangpu. It will be in the same general area of the city, but not part of it. You can also see on the map, Mercedes-Benz arena, which is near the eastern edge of the expo area.
I see. I thought it was just one "satellite" campus for various activities during the expo.
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Parisian design studio completes €98m Data Processing Center for the Bank of Shanghai


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Silvio d’Ascia Architecture has released a series of impressive images following the completion of its Data Processing Center for the Bank of Shanghai in Zhangjiang Innovation Park. Located approximately 21km from Pudong, the 76,000 sq m scheme is the second data processing centre in Shanghai for the practice in recent years. Silvio d’Ascia Architecture worked in partnership with AREP and Shanghai-based ECADI.

Speaking on the design concept, Silvio d’Ascia notes: “The idea was to give a certain solidity to the image of the bank; we wanted the center to reflect the strength of the financial institution housed within its walls. I truly believe this sort of building, the data center, is the future. Every company will need one.”

The core data center facilities are located in a uniform foundation wrapped in local Shanghai granite. This smooth grey finish contrasts starkly with the glass and aluminium brise-soleil found on the exterior of the central office tower.

Supporting the data center are a number of additional amenities including a conference center, customer service centers, a restaurant and office units. The complete scheme is imagined as a ‘digital fortress’, projecting an image of strength and stability for the financial institution.

The 76,000 sq m (121,000 sq m including parking) complex is split thus:

Conference center (2,000 sq m)
Hotel and residential tower (3,600 sq m)
Education center (3,000 sq m)
Data center (12,500 sq m)
Upper-level management offices (7,000 sq m)
Accounting center (6,800 sq m)
Data center support offices (23,500 sq m)
Banking card center (11,100 sq m)
Customer service center (6,500 sq m)
Underground parking (45,000 sq m)
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New Metro line to link Yangpu with Pudong
Shanghai Daily
June 21, 2014



CONSTRUCTION of Metro line 18 is expected to start next year, the Yangpu District government said yesterday.

Connecting Baoshan and Yangpu districts to the Pudong New Area, the 36-kilometer route, which is set to open in 2020, will feature 26 stations and provide direct links to 14 other lines.

Among those set to benefit from the new transport link will be students and teachers at Shanghai Fudan University and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, officials said.

Starting from Changjiang Road South in Baoshan, the line will travel through Yangpu, under the Huangpu River into Pudong and on to Hangtou Station via the towns of Yuqiao and Zhoupu.

Elsewhere in Yangpu, construction of the Zhoujiazui Road tunnel will also start soon, the district government said.

The 4.6km project will link Zhoujiazui and Neijiang roads to Dongjing and Zhangyang roads in Pudong, it said.
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Old June 26th, 2014, 03:30 PM   #2446
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Residents’ Metro work fears after cracks appear in homes
June 26, 2014
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RESIDENTS living near an under-construction Metro station are seeking assurances that their homes are safe, after cracks appeared on walls and floors.

Some 30 families living in a 46-year-old building on Shaanxi Road fear the damage is linked to work on Line 12’s Shaanxi Road South station.

Residents have hung out banners highlighting their plight.

A report issued by Tongji University’s housing quality inspection station showed the residential building has safety risks and needs renovation.

Emergency repairs have taken place but no date has been set for a complete renovation.

“It’s an old building and the structure is not solid enough given today’s standards. All the ongoing construction in the surrounding area is deeply worrying,” said Li Ruhao, a representative of the 30 families affected in Lane 360.

Cracks have appeared in the floor, walls, door and window frames of Li’s apartment.

Cao Xiujuan, Party secretary of Zhangjianong neighborhood committee, said they have been passing on concerns from residents to the district government and organized meetings with the construction company, property owner Shanghai Xufang Group and experts.

“Emergency repairs were taken, and the property owner and construction company have been sending staff over to have the homes checked regularly. However, residents’ demands have not been met,” Cao said.

Li said residents want to be relocated if not given a guarantee that their homes are safe.

Metro operator Shentong Group declined to comment.
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Old July 5th, 2014, 10:03 AM   #2447
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City garden set to bloom next year
July 5, 2014
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THE Shanghai Botanical Garden in Xuhui District will be extended next year to provide a more interactive experience for visitors, its operators said.

The northern area of the 30-hectare garden, which was formerly closed to the public and used for cultivating plants, is to be redeveloped, they said.

The new section will feature a horticultural museum, greenhouses and a floral display pavilion. It will also be used as a teaching venue, where people will be able to take courses in gardening and horticulture, and attend science-related events.

“We will also display the results of our research, which we have never done before,” said Zhao Changhong, a plant expert with the garden.
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Old July 19th, 2014, 07:19 AM   #2448
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Lujiazui commercial properties exceed Wall Street
Updated: 2014-07-18 17:16

Lujiazui now has 196 office buildings with 10.51 million square meters. The area of commercial properties in Lujiazui has exceeded those of Wall Street.

By the end of the 12th Five-Year Plan, the total area of Lujiazui's commercial properties will reach 14 million square meters. It will be a similar capacity as the world's major financial centers such as London's central business district.

Shanghai Bank Card Industry Park has been established in Zhangjiang. It is a backstage area for the financial industry. It provides back-office operations and related services for 21 large financial institutions, such as UnionPay and Pingan.

In addition to expanding the commercial space for the financial industry, Pudong is also improving its support services. Currently, 46,000 square meters of commercial facilities are under construction and Lujiazui has full Wi-Fi coverage.
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I assume they mean Downtown (Lower Manhattan), because Wall Street is...a street...of trading floors and, to a lesser extent, banks, not the financial and commercial center of the city: that would be Midtown.
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^ Yes, quite clear that Wall Street is not Midtown.
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^ Yes, quite clear that Wall Street is not Midtown.
and it's also clear that that isn't what I said.
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and it's also clear that that isn't what I said.
Lujiazui is not the commercial centre of Shanghai either, if that is what you are alluding to.
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Freshmen set to be vertically challenged
Shanghai Daily
August 15, 2014


The 15-story NYU Shanghai “campus” on Century Avenue, near Pudong’s Lujiazui area, is set to welcome its first intake this weekend. — Xinhua

ABOUT 600 freshmen and sophomores will move into the new Pudong “campus” of NYU Shanghai this weekend.

Unlike most universities, the school on Century Avenue comprises just a single, 15-story building, mirroring the design of its sister facility in the Manhattan district of New York, United States.

Despite its physical irregularity, the building has all the facilities expected of a modern university, including a library, gym, cafe and dance studio.

Likewise, each floor of the building is equipped with either lounges or chairs in the corridors, on which students and teachers can sit and chat. It also has rooms where students and teachers can interact in private after class.

“What we want is to create an environment in which students and teachers can bond,” said Chancellor Yu Lizhong.

“But if a student has a problem, he or she can come to me directly at my office on the 14th floor,” he said.

Yu said he is also in talks to have some lessons held at other nearby venues, such as the Yuan Shen Sports Center, Shanghai Oriental Art Center and Shanghai Science and Technology Museum.

“Although the teaching building looks like all the other office buildings from the outside, ours has many spotlights inside,” Yu said, without elaborating.

NYU Shanghai opened last year as a partnership between New York University in the US and East China Normal University in Shanghai. Half of its students are from China and the rest from different countries around the world.

The first batch of about 300 students spent their first year at the downtown campus of East China Normal University while their new vertical home was under construction.

Of the 294 freshmen, 151 hail from China and the rest from 44 other nations. About half of the foreign students are from the US, while almost two-thirds of this year’s intake are women, said Zhao Zhongjian, associate dean of the university’s arts and science school.

The university declined requests by journalists to ask the students what they thought of their new home.

The freshmen will register tomorrow and embark on a three-week orientation course before beginning their studies next month.
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Is antiques market set to become history?
Shanghai Daily
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The Shanghai Dongtai Road Antique Market faces an uncertain future. — Wang Rongjiang

AN antiques street market popular among overseas tourists looking for quirky Chinese souvenirs could lose its charm as the homes it’s based around face demolition.

The Shanghai Dongtai Road Antique Market, which has been running for more than 30 years, features around 150 stalls along Dongtai Road and Liuhekou Road.

Most are small booths along the streets and little stores in the ground floor of residential buildings.

“If demolition takes place, it’s inevitable that the stores inside residential buildings will be lost,” an employee of Liuhe neighborhood committee, who declined to give his name, said yesterday.

Stall owners said they don’t know if the antique market will be retained in some form after the residential buildings are demolished.

The market supervisor was not available for comment yesterday.

Huangpu District government said there is currently no information to say that the market will be closed.

“Whatever happens, the market won’t be the same as it is now,” said stall owner Ma Yuanxiu.

Ma, 79, has been running his stall at the market for 30 years, selling old furniture, currency, photographs and vintage machinery.

He said he collects from city householders who are throwing out old things and people in rural areas.

“The market is like a home to me. Many stall owners here are neighbors and old friends. If they weren’t here, I’d feel that I’d lost something,” Ma said, waving to another stall owner coming over for a chat.

The antique market opened in the 1980s when several residents there began collecting old items and reselling them to antique dealers and collectors.

After some made lots of money, more residents joined in and they knocked down walls to open stores.

But as more people realized the value of old things, it became more difficult for stall owners to collect antiques.

As a result, many stall owners shifted their business to selling replicas and knick-knacks with a Chinese flavor, such as figurines of Chairman Mao, old Shanghai poster reprints, portraits of Qing Dynasty emperors and brass and jade Buddha statues.

This made the market grow famous among foreign tourists looking for unusual Chinese souvenirs.

It has been recommended by travel guide Lonely Planet as a good souvenir hunting ground in Shanghai.

Yesterday, foreign visitors to the market told Shanghai Daily that it would be a shame for the city to lose the antique market, as it’s a unique and interesting place reflecting Chinese culture and the identity of Shanghai.

Sam Foster, from Los Angeles, was recommended by a friend to visit the market.

He bought a brass horse at 130 yuan (US$21) and three silk scarves at 60 yuan each.

“The street market is cute, odd and very different from normal shopping. When you go to a mall, that’s got Hermes and Prada,” Foster said.

“Part of its charm is in the old buildings, and it certainly wouldn’t be the same if they put it in a neighborhood of new buildings.”

Aurelien Armagmac, from Paris, said the market is very special as it’s in the center of Shanghai.

“It is nice to have it near big office towers, and it is part of the authenticity of the city,” he said.

Sean Jackson, from New York, said the market is exceptional, with a lot of interesting people, beautiful art crafts, antiques and — most importantly — history.

“It’s a shame that people want to move this history from Shanghai when it’s so special and important to identity of the city,” Jackson said.

“New York doesn’t have a place like this.

“If New York had a place like this, people would fight to keep it where it is, to maintain its originality and its character,” Jackson said.

The New Yorker resisted Chinese-themed knick-knacks and bought a United States hockey jersey as a gift for his sister — although there was something not quite right about it.

“It’s not the right colors, and that’s why I like it.

“I’ll always remember this street,” Jackson said.
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Over the course of the past 12 months I went there several times and noticed the neighbourhood slowly being demolished. But it must be said that many of the antique stores were squalid and funky, shanty-like rooms. The place needs a clean-up at the very least, or those houses are likely to collapse in on themselves in the long run.
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Over the course of the past 12 months I went there several times and noticed the neighbourhood slowly being demolished. But it must be said that many of the antique stores were squalid and funky, shanty-like rooms. The place needs a clean-up at the very least, or those houses are likely to collapse in on themselves in the long run.
A lot of these old houses are in dilapidated condition, just like the ones in Beijing. Many don't have proper plumbing and I have seen common bathrooms in the alleys. It probably doesn't make sense for the owners to renovate, and massive preservation redevelopments like Xintiandi by Hong Kong property developers are not really feasible on a grand scale. How many shopping malls and bars can they really make out of these vast historic districts?

I have been on a mission this past month to photograph these neighborhoods in Shanghai. Will start posting the results in the coming weeks.
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Workers wait as a crane lifts a 40-ton steel beam into place in a skywalk that links landmark high-rises in Lujiazui yesterday morning. The 543-meter overhead passage will enable subway riders from Metro Line 2 to avoid crossing streets of heavy traffic to reach the Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai ifc Mall, Shanghai World Financial Center and other iconic buildings after they get off at the Lujiazui station. Despite the final pieces being put into place yesterday, the skywalk won’t open to the public until February when the whole project is due to be completed. The skywalk is being built at a huge cost to the government of the Pudong New Area to rectify a basic urban design flaw in the area that had made it very difficult for pedestrians to move between buildings. — Zhang Suoqing

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Anybody has any idea about this New Tower in Shanghai?

Could anyone provide the exact location (looks like in Hongkou District) and the name of the tower pls! thx









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Workers wait as a crane lifts a 40-ton steel beam into place in a skywalk that links landmark high-rises in Lujiazui yesterday morning. The 543-meter overhead passage will enable subway riders from Metro Line 2 to avoid crossing streets of heavy traffic to reach the Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai ifc Mall, Shanghai World Financial Center and other iconic buildings after they get off at the Lujiazui station. Despite the final pieces being put into place yesterday, the skywalk won’t open to the public until February when the whole project is due to be completed. The skywalk is being built at a huge cost to the government of the Pudong New Area to rectify a basic urban design flaw in the area that had made it very difficult for pedestrians to move between buildings. — Zhang Suoqing

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Breaking News!!! Pudong District's urban planning is shit and the government has to spend millions for solutions for it! Now if the roads weren't so damn wide and the bases of the buildings were closer together, simple crosswalks would have sufficed! You can not develop a city around cars and 10 lane highways and expect it to work! Hopefully they can rectify the situation at the source before the whole area has to be raised above the ground!
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