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Old August 4th, 2011, 04:09 PM   #1741
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I really like the design for the SOHO buildings on the Bund. I could see if they were in the middle of the historic part but I think they are well south of the historic part of the bund. Seems like a great development. As far as the plot south of it, I am not a big fan.
But isn't south of the Bund close to the historic Chinese quarter?
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Old August 5th, 2011, 05:15 PM   #1742
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But isn't south of the Bund close to the historic Chinese quarter?
South of the Bund is close to the historic Chinese quarter.
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Old August 7th, 2011, 08:04 AM   #1743
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Historic beauty to be torn down
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A century-old Spanish-style building faces demolition at the corner of Dalian Road and Huimin Road in Yangpu District. The building is the former site of the Chin Woo Athletic Association, a martial arts school founded by legendary Chinese martial artist Huo Yuanjia. All the buildings in close proximity to it have been torn down. Though the building is decaying, delicate decorations can still be seen inside the structure. Despite experts' pleas to save the structure, Yangpu District authorities said the building is not on its protection list.
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Old August 7th, 2011, 08:06 AM   #1744
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Rare, decaying housing left unprotected
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2011-8-4



YUE Huifen, an 80-year-old woman living in a century-old wooden house, has had a recurring nightmare during the past 10 years: that her home would suddenly collapse.

It's getting close.

The Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) style residential building in Jinshan District where Yue and another eight families live is one of Shanghai's oldest and few square-shaped wooden architectures, with a tile roof and open-air corridors.

But it is on the edge of collapse due to lack of maintenance.

The eaves and wooden doors of the two-story building still have clear and delicate flower patterns. Some windows are in yellow and green, a popular decoration for wealthy families a century ago but hardly seen now.

However, the pillars and handrails in the open corridor began tilting about 10 years ago. The situation became worse recently, Yue said.

Bamboo sticks are now supporting the structure. Windows can hardly be closed because of the tilting, while the floor and stairs have begun rotting, causing Yue to slip and injure her leg two months ago.

"The building will keep creaking in typhoon weather and sound like it may collapse anytime," she said.

She said town government officials have suggested they move to nearby hotels during bad weather, but most residents have stayed because the government has not said it would pay for them to move.

Yue lives alone; her children all moved out because of the home's condition.

There number of residents is down to 20, mostly retired seniors.

"Thousands of times, I think an earthquake happened and woke up suddenly at night when the house began shaking as a cargo ship anchored in the river in front of the house," said Teng Yuhong, 60, Yue's neighbor.

Teng said lime powder sometimes drops into bowls from the roof during meals.

Residents have complained to the town government for five years, some said, but the government only erected some bamboo sticks and rearranged wires to prevent fire.

"The house has not been listed with the city's protected buildings, so cannot receive governmental funding and professional repairing," said Zhu Weixin, a publicity official of Zhangyan Town, where the house is located.

Without that funding, the town government has no money to take over the costs either to repair the building or move the residents, Zhu said.

Yao Kunyu, a town official who works in historic building protection, said the architectural style was very rare and should be on the list of the city's protected buildings, but failed only because it was privately owned.

The building was owned by a landlord before the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, and his family moved to Taiwan. The town government took control and lent the structure to the current residents but lost contact with the owners, Yao said.

"The situation is quite common to many historic residential buildings in the city that failed to receive proper protection because of the ownership problem," Yao told Shanghai Daily.

Ruan Yisan, a local professor and celebrated architectural expert in China, said the central government should issue new policies for the protection of historic houses. For the house where Yue lives, Ruan suggested finding private companies to take over the cost to move the residents out and repair the building for tourism or other commercial uses.
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Old August 10th, 2011, 05:08 PM   #1745
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Likely martial arts site to be saved
2011-8-9
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SHANGHAI'S cultural heritage authority yesterday reversed itself and decided to protect four century-old buildings that might be the center of the former Chin Woo Athletic Association founded by Chinese martial arts master Huo Yuanjia in the 1900s.

The plan to dismantle the four Spanish-style buildings in Yangpu District caused public outrage on microblogs last week.

Officials with the cultural heritage authority of the district said the buildings were not given protected status because they could not confirm they were owned by the Chin Woo Athletic Association.

People protested online that the buildings must be protected because of the status of Huo, who died within months of the establishment of the association. He was widely admired as a Chinese national hero for defeating foreign fighters in highly publicized kung fu matches. He became popular again in China and abroad after Jet Li played Huo in the 2006 film "Fearless."

As one of the first public martial arts institutes in China, Chin Woo was intended to create a structured environment for teaching and learning martial arts as opposed to the secretive training common up to that point.

"The authority has decided to retain the buildings anyway because it is a century-old structure that deserves protection, as well as considering the opinions from local people," said an official with the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage.

The official said the authority previously planned to demolish the buildings because they found they probably were rebuilt on the former address of the association and had no business with the association.

The four buildings built in 1916 were likely the second center for the association after Huo's death in 1910, said Xu Liyong, a Shanghai chorography expert. Xu said its old headquarters was destroyed by typhoon in 1915. The association was forced to move out of the buildings in 1923 because of poor business, and the buildings have been abandoned since then, he said.

Restorations will be launched soon, the cultural heritage official said.

The two-and-half-story wooden and brick structures are in poor condition, but some old-style ceramic walls, curved doors and wooden stairs can still be seen.

Two 2-meter-tall Gothic doors with colorful windows remain on the second floor of one of the buildings.
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Old August 10th, 2011, 05:23 PM   #1746
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The tallest building on the Bund is not the Peace Hotel at 77m but the Guanming building. The Guanming building is 130m tall and closer to the historical buildings of the Bund than SOHO!!

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But the Guanming building suits the Bund with its postmodern architecture. Soho on the other hands is too "futuristic".
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Old August 12th, 2011, 10:47 AM   #1747
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Likely martial arts site to be saved
2011-8-9
Shanghai Daily

SHANGHAI'S cultural heritage authority yesterday reversed itself and decided to protect four century-old buildings that might be the center of the former Chin Woo Athletic Association founded by Chinese martial arts master Huo Yuanjia in the 1900s.

The plan to dismantle the four Spanish-style buildings in Yangpu District caused public outrage on microblogs last week.

Officials with the cultural heritage authority of the district said the buildings were not given protected status because they could not confirm they were owned by the Chin Woo Athletic Association.

People protested online that the buildings must be protected because of the status of Huo, who died within months of the establishment of the association. He was widely admired as a Chinese national hero for defeating foreign fighters in highly publicized kung fu matches. He became popular again in China and abroad after Jet Li played Huo in the 2006 film "Fearless."

As one of the first public martial arts institutes in China, Chin Woo was intended to create a structured environment for teaching and learning martial arts as opposed to the secretive training common up to that point.

"The authority has decided to retain the buildings anyway because it is a century-old structure that deserves protection, as well as considering the opinions from local people," said an official with the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage.

The official said the authority previously planned to demolish the buildings because they found they probably were rebuilt on the former address of the association and had no business with the association.

The four buildings built in 1916 were likely the second center for the association after Huo's death in 1910, said Xu Liyong, a Shanghai chorography expert. Xu said its old headquarters was destroyed by typhoon in 1915. The association was forced to move out of the buildings in 1923 because of poor business, and the buildings have been abandoned since then, he said.

Restorations will be launched soon, the cultural heritage official said.

The two-and-half-story wooden and brick structures are in poor condition, but some old-style ceramic walls, curved doors and wooden stairs can still be seen.

Two 2-meter-tall Gothic doors with colorful windows remain on the second floor of one of the buildings.
Great news!!!!!!!!
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Old August 13th, 2011, 11:16 AM   #1748
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New projects in Hongqiao Area









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Old August 13th, 2011, 12:15 PM   #1749
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A good one for Minhang .
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Old August 13th, 2011, 12:33 PM   #1750
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Old August 13th, 2011, 12:34 PM   #1751
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Old August 13th, 2011, 01:30 PM   #1752
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Its like what happened in London in the 19th century!

I fully understand the need for progress and redevelopment, however I also always believed that progress shouldnt mean demolishion, inovative way of protecting buildings can be found - for example these relics, or parts of them, could be incorporated into new buildings. China has no shortage of vision, ambition and money, so could easily do it.
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Old August 13th, 2011, 03:57 PM   #1753
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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





This project site is near my office. Below construction pics are taken by me this morning.











on Aug-10-2011



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Old August 14th, 2011, 09:18 AM   #1754
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Thanks for the pics!!
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Old August 14th, 2011, 09:21 AM   #1755
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Future projects in South Bund



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Old August 14th, 2011, 08:21 PM   #1757
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Hm, those blue things in the middle, are those water slides? Haha.

Honestly though, really love this project. Is it a long-term plan or something we could see starting soon?
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Old August 14th, 2011, 08:28 PM   #1758
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Is it really just me, but i can't see any of the pictures hosted by gaoloumi.com. This has been a problem for quite a while now as i see more and more pictures from that site appearing in many Chinese threads on SSC.
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Old August 14th, 2011, 08:31 PM   #1759
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Is it really just me, but i can't see any of the pictures hosted by gaoloumi.com. This has been a problem for quite a while now as i see more and more pictures from that site appearing in many Chinese threads on SSC.
I suspect gaoloumi no longer permits hotlinking of pictures.

However if you copy and paste the address of the picture into the address bar and refresh you can still view it.
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Old August 14th, 2011, 10:56 PM   #1760
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I prefer to use iforce.co.nz, what i do is just drag every single image from Gaoloumi and then batch upload it to iforce and it lets you grab all the images' bb code with one single click.
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