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Oh please. Name one building that looks like it.
Same form; same fluid shapes. Same expression. Look beyond the superficial appearance.
Metro museum offers fascinating look into future of subway network
Shanghai Daily Excerpt
October 29, 2014

Visitors to the Metro museum look at an interactive map of the city’s subway network. — Yang Yi

SHANGHAI will have 21 subway lines by 2030, including one that will connect Chongming Island to the Pudong New Area, according to a blueprint on show at the new Shanghai Metro Museum.

There are currently 14 Metro lines and one maglev line in operation in the city, which have a combined 567 kilometers of track and 333 stations.

According to the Metro operator, the western section of subway Line 12, the downtown section of Line 13 and third phase of Line 9 are all now under construction.

Preparatory work for lines 14, 15, 17 and 18 is ongoing, all of which will be ready by about 2020. Their opening will extend the city’s subway network to 800 kilometers.

According to the blueprint, Line 19 will start from Rongqiao Road in Pudong, travel under the Yangtze River and onward to Hengsha and Changxing islands, and the Dongtan Resort on Chongming.

Line 20 will run from Xinzhuang station in Minhang District to Gongqing Forest Park, while Line 21 will run from Longwu Road in Xuhui District to Hongkou Football Stadium and provide an interchange to lines 11 and 15.

A new Disney Line will link with Guanglan Road station on line 2 and Zhangjiang Road on Line 13. It should open next year.
I didn't know the museum exists. Where is it located?
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Shanghai has TO MUCH green space. This is an religious ideology who destroyed the urban city feeling. TO MUCH new Buildings in Shanghai have a lawn on the street. This looks horrible. Shanghai needs narrow streets with retail stores, not ideological town planning. Shanghai should be like New York. New York must be the model for shanghai.

By the way, in austria, sometimes they build also lawns at the streets in front of buildings and it doesn´t looks good. There is no expression of creativity.

Shanghai needs New European Urbanism ;).
Shanghai no way needs to be a second New York in terms of urban arrangement. It has long been the city on its own. And it is beautiful.
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Shanghai no way needs to be a second New York in terms of urban arrangement. It has long been the city on its own. And it is beautiful.
Shanghai can and must develop according to the urban realities of the 21st century as a city with population of over 20 million. It can achieve it to a large extent. If not in historical areas then certainly so in new development areas. New York was largely developed in late 19th to mid 20th century. Those were different times and different requirements. Many urban features of the early 20th century New York would probably not be allowed today simply because they would not pass contemporary standards of well-being. Just like you don't build cobble stoned roads or steam locomotives for transportation even if they look nice and exciting as tourist attractions.

It's important to differentiate between emotional level and realistic needs when it comes to urban planning.
Same form; same fluid shapes. Same expression. Look beyond the superficial appearance.
When was the last time any architect did anything truly original?

People hire Zaha Hadid for her organic fluid shapes for the same reasons people hire Santiago Calatrava for his light airy ribbed structures or Frank Gehry for his deconstructivism.
Residents get that sinking feeling over leaning towers of Shanghai
6 December 2014
South China Morning Post Excerpt

There's nothing to worry about - we designed it that way all along. That's what developers are saying to fearful residents in two 15-storey Shanghai tower blocks that leaned so far over that they hit each other.

Pictures in a local newspaper clearly show that while the gap between the buildings at ground level is more than 10cm, the corners of the two residential blocks have struck each other, sending broken parts of the walls crashing to the ground.

Horizontal cracks - wide enough to fit a foot - run along the bottom of the buildings and more cracks are visible inside, residents claim.

Homeowners in Chuansha township in Pudong district, are too afraid to live in the flats, which were built only two years ago.

Yet both the developer of the properties and the local authorities claim there is no need for concern.

"The two houses were designed to have their eaves touch each other. The fact they are leaning - caused by natural land subsidence - doesn't affect the structural [safety] of the properties," an unidentified manager of Shanghai Xinyuan Property Development told the Xinmin Evening News.

Meanwhile, the Pudong District Construction and Transport Committee said on its microblog that the accumulated subsidence of the properties totalled 87.65 mm - less than the permitted limit of 200 mm - and that their the angle at which they were leaning was also within the acceptable range.

Sadly, this is merely yet another example of shoddy mainland construction - and total bureaucratic indifference towards cases of malpractice.

The responses failed to quell residents' concerns, with some saying that if there really is no problem with the buildings subsiding and leaning over, then why did they build the two blocks so they could crash into each other? Is this permitted? Is it safe to live in the two high-rise towers that supposedly have no "main structural" flaws?

Well, the housing market has given a clear answer to residents' questions.

The price of a house in the same residential community where these two blocks are located has dropped to only 7,000 yuan per square metre since the scandal was exposed two weeks ago. This compares with an average price of 20,000 yuan per square metre for a property of similar size and age in the area.

Up to now nothing had been done to repair the properties or relocate all the affected residents who want to move out.
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Pudong-Puxi tunnel link to close for year
25 November 2014
Shanghai Daily Excerpt

THE Yan’an Road E. Tunnel from the Pudong New Area crossing under the Huangpu River to Puxi is closing early next year for renovations set to last a year.

But traffic using the tunnel to travel in the opposite direction — from Puxi to Pudong — will not be affected, the Shanghai Information Office said on its official microblog account yesterday.

Motorists will be directed to other tunnels across the river while the work, beginning in February, is taking place.

Built in the 1980s, the tunnel is in need of an overhaul, said the information office, and work on the Pudong-to-Puxi part will start in February.

The renovation work will upgrade the facilities to ensure safety, said Zhang Minyi, Party chief of the Shanghai Road Administration Bureau.

It will also be linked with a “triple decker” East-to-West Passage which is expected to be complete by 2019, Zhang said.

The three-tier, 7.9-kilometer link will include part of Metro Line 14, plus a road tunnel and a road between the exit of the Yan’an Road E. Tunnel and Jinqiao Road.

Part of Century Avenue closes this weekend as construction work gets under way.

After the renovation, the tunnel will also feature more eco-friendly designs and functions, said officials.

The Pudong-to-Puxi part of the tunnel was built in 1988 to become the city’s major connection across the Huangpu River.

The Puxi-to-Pudong part was built in 1996. Both sections have only undergone some minor repairs and maintenance work since then.
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Shanghai to get a planetarium
20 December 2014
Shanghai Daily Excerpt

LOCAL officials have approved the design of Shanghai Planetarium, which will be built near Metro Line 16’s Dishui Lake Station in Pudong’s Nanhui area.

Construction will kick off next year and will be completed in 2018.
The planetarium, which will be operated by Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, will have domes and curved lines suggesting the orbiting of the moon and earth.

The “three spheres” was designed by an American company and was one of the 13 designs submitted by designers from China, the US, France, Britain and Germany.

“We narrowed down the choices from 13 to 2 — ‘three spheres’ and ‘crash’ which was submitted by a French agency,” Lin Qing, an official with the Shanghai Planetarium Construction Committee, told Wenhui Daily.

“We showed the two designs to experts and citizens, and the majority of them preferred ‘three spheres’ as it is easy to make out that it is a planetarium.”

Visitors will get a feeling that they are entering a valley when they stand under the inverted main dome. The design also includes a dome theater.
The green belts around the main structure are shaped like curves to suggest spiral arms of the galaxy.

The planetarium will have three themes — Home, Space and Journey. “Home” will highlight the relation between Earth and the solar system; “Space” will explain light, gravity, galaxy and the extragalactic system; while “Journey” will talk about the start of life and the development of the human species.

The planetarium will take up a total area of 58,600 square meters — the size of eight football fields — and will be the world’s largest.
It will be the second one in China after Beijing, which opened in 1957.
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^^ I wish there was a timelapse video for that period.
I wish the camera looked the other way, at Puxi, where 4000 highrises sprouted in that time.
ppl do you know if they are building extopia? as on wikipedia (yes i know its not reliable thats why i ask) they say it is under construction. I know its probably not as if it would evry1 would be peeing their pants just want to know what the situation currently is
Experts look at Shanghai in the next 30 years
13 February 2015
China Daily Excerpt

The Shanghai government's development research center, a main think tank for the municipal government, held three seminars on the city's development in the next 30 years. Dozens of experts from such fields as city construction and governance and management submitted proposals to the government.

"To build Shanghai into a global center city, the government needs to attach more importance to its economic structure than economic scale," said Zhang Youwen, an economics researcher at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

The key point of economic globalization is transforming from trade liberalization to investment liberalization, requiring countries to open up their markets and lift investment controls, Zhang said. "Basically, it is to promote the free flow of production factors around the globe," he explained.

There are more than 400 bilateral investment agreement negotiations in the world today, among which one-fourth involve China.

"The emerging economies, with China as a representative, benefit from this process. China's opening-up requires Shanghai to form a mature market economy, and have an efficient and clean government to attract more investment, trade and research and development centers of transnational enterprises," Zhang said.

Wang Xinkui, councilor for Shanghai's municipal government, said: "Shanghai should occupy the most valuable link in the global industry and value chains. And Shanghai should not expand its urban area, but improve the planning of its current area, so as to make the city more livable."

In the next 30 years, Shanghai should pay more attention to upgrading its infrastructure, especially public transportation facilities, and protecting the natural environment, to make the city a better place to live, said Jia Kang, a finance researcher at the Ministry of Finance. "Shanghai should be a city with modern infrastructure, clean environment, fair market environment, and mature city management system based on laws."
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Leaving half a city’s residents on the outside
14 February 2015
South China Morning Post Excerpt

Migrant workers are shaping Shanghai but still kept at arm’s-length

Shanghai chauvinists may be disappointed to find out “non-locals” – or residents without a Shanghai hukou – will one day become the majority in the city, according to a recent study.

More than 51 per cent of newborns’ parents do not have a local hukou, or residential registration in Shanghai, the Oriental Morning Post reported. A decade ago, the figure was just 21.6 per cent.

And the newborns won’t get a Shanghai hukou either.

These non-locals include migrant workers, engineers and white-collar clerks who have all played a big role in Shanghai’s rise to global prominence. And if the figures are anything to go by, their importance to the city will continue to increase as talent and labour across China relocate to the financial hub for work.

Bias against non-natives remains deep-rooted in Shanghai despite former mayor Xu Kuangdi’s advice in the ’90s to embrace the capable so as to develop the city into an international metropolis.

But Shanghai natives cannot deny that non-locals ranging from construction workers to scientists have contributed much to the city’s dizzying rise over the past two decades.

During Lunar New Year each year, Shanghai is transformed into almost a ghost town as millions of migrant workers return to their hometowns, leaving the locals helpless as they struggle to find electricians or plumbers to fix their household problems.

The city has an estimated population of 24 million, yet the number with a local hukou stands at only 14 million.

The biggest benefit of having the permit lies in education, as non-locals cannot take part in college entrance examinations organised by the city’s education authorities.

High school pupils who don’t have permanent residency have to return to their hometowns to take the exams.

But it is easier to earn a place in a university by sitting the Shanghai exams as the city’s admission ratio is much higher than the national average.

Single adults without a Shanghai hukou are also barred from buying property in the city.
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City to build 19 emergency shelters
March 5, 2015
Shanghai Daily Excerpt

SHANGHAI will build 19 more emergency shelters this year in the event of natural disasters.

Local authorities said the new shelters will raise the total number of such protection covers to 49.

Shanghai has built 30 emergency shelters since 2010, covering an area of 1.55 million square meters which can hold 200,000 people in the event of disasters such as fires, floods and earthquakes, according to the city’s Civil Defense Office.

Last year, 23 more shelters — 5 more than planned — were built.

It was initially planned that more than 330 such facilities will be constructed by 2020, so that every sub-district in the city is equipped with an emergency shelter, which can provide water, electricity and other relief materials.

Emergency equipment will be installed in all the shelters.
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are you still communist in china? you should be good friend with europeans.. most european countries are socialist
How is this relevant to anything here??? :bash:
Downtown trams to return after 40 years
26 February 2015
Shanghai Daily Excerpt

TRAMS are set to return to downtown Shanghai after an absence of more than 40 years, with plans for 13 kilometers of tram lines announced yesterday.

Work on a line between Xupu and Nanpu bridges along the Huangpu River will start by 2017, according to a three-year riverside public space construction plan.

The city government did not say how long the work was expected to take.

Under the plan, the line will mostly run in Xuhui district, along Longwu Road or by the riverbank.

It will help ease traffic congestion and provide a low-carbon transport option for residents and tourists, the city’s Huangpu Riverbanks development general office said.

Trams were first introduced in Shanghai early in the 20th century and at their peak more than 300 ran in the city. The network was closed in the early 1970s.

Now, the only tram route is a 9.8km line with 15 stops at Zhangjiang High Tech Park in the Pudong New Area.

But the city government approved tram routes in Songjiang District last year and these are set to open in 2017.

Electric trams of four carriages with a total capacity of 368 people will run on 28.5 kilometers of track connecting to Metro Line 9. The will have a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour.

Two tram routes are also planned for suburban Qingpu District. The northern line is set to stretch 5.15 kilometers and have 12 stops while the 9.15km southern line may have 18 stations.
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Travelling to Shanghai in 4 weeks, should be incredible, just as all the supertalls are being finished.
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