EXPO SITE DECONSTRUCTION III
(This is a guest post by Alvaro Leonardo, senior designer architect at POLIFACTORY) Fortunately, not all the buildings are being destroyed. Some will remain, such as the UFO, now renamed the Mercedes-Benz Arena, the biggest space for concerts nowadays in Shanghai. These days it is still possible to visit the Chinese Pavilion to appreciate all of its original exhibitions inside. (Photo...
EXPO SITE DECONSTRUCTION II
(This is a guest post by Alvaro Leonardo, senior designer architect at POLIFACTORY) The opposite example of deconstruction is the German Pavilion, a huge concrete structure currently being removed. They have been working on its deconstruction since the 25th of January and they are almost done, a process visible in the image. In front of the German Pavilion, we can also see the Swiss structure...
Expo Site deconstruction I
(This is a guest post by Alvaro Leonardo, senior designer architect at POLIFACTORY) Shanghai is now experiencing an amazing process as the whole Expo Site is being destroyed after its use. By pavilions, the one of the UK is one of the fastest to be removed as we can see on the image below. We can barely even see its footprint anymore. Fortunately, the pavilion was designed to spread all of its...
Mercedes-Benz Arena gives an alternate view of... →
Skip the touristy views of the ‘Hai and get to the re-opened Mercedes-Benz Arena terrace for a distinctly different view of the city. Located in the Expo Park, the Mercedes-Benz Arena terrace is on the sixth floor of the arena and gives visitors a panoramic view of the city from the China Pavilion (check that out while you’re over in Pudong) to the South Bund and Lupu Bridge (which also...
Abelardo Lafuente guided tours in Shanghai →
We are happy to learn that due to the success of the guided tours offered monthly in Shanghai by the Cervantes Library of Cultural Section of the Spanish General Consulate in Shanghai, the tour named “PAISAJES URBANOS: RECORRIDO POR EL SHANGHAI ESPAÑOL” has been expanded till June 2011. The tour was originally created by Alvaro Leonardo, senior design architect at POLIFACTORY and contributor of...
Transport network in 2015 →
According to Shanghai’s construction and transport commission: - By the end of 2015, the city’s Metro network and improved road access will ensure a commute inside downtown areas will take 45 minutes or less. - Traveling from the suburbs to downtown Shanghai will take no more than 60 minutes, officials said. - By then, more provincial highways and railways will mean most cities in...
What We Lost 2010 – Shanghai’s Architectural... →
It’s become somewhat of a sad tradition to gather together the architectural losses of the year in Shanghai to record them – see the 2009 list here. With the frantic pace of destruction continuing full force at the moment Shanghai is losing architecture and heritage at a terrific rate. (China Rhyming via Shanghaiist)