Many films open with a shot of a city or sequences of urban images to...– Jonathan Miller in Shanghai Transforming
114 war-time bombs found in Suzhou Creek →
Over one hundred unexploded war-time bombs, and possibly treasure, have been discovered in Suzhou Creek during the final phase of the 14 billion RMB clean-up project, which began in 1998. 1.3 million cubic metres of what we believe is known as ‘goo and icky stuff’ have been dredged since last January, with firefighters remaining on permanent stand-by in the event of any bombs being...
China's aging population poses problems for... →
We’ve all heard the expression “the old gives way to the new,” but in China, quite the opposite is taking place with a fast-dwindling number of young people and an elderly population that continues to rise. Experts cite increased life expectancy and low birth rates as principal factors in the phenomenon. (Shanghaiist)
Following the previous post, a 2006 project by SOM to design overpasses in Pudong. This is the description of the project by SOM: “As part of a competition to improve pedestrian connections in Shanghai’s congested Pudong district, SOM designed a walkable network of bridges formed from lightweight modular trusses. The plan proposes one prominent skybridge, the “Lujiazai Dragon,” that...
North Bund mandates people-friendly zone →
Newly erected buildings in the city’s North Bund area will be connected by pedestrian overpasses after the emerging shipping business hub drew a lesson from the pedestrian-unfriendly Lujiazui area. The North Bund area now requires new office buildings to connect with each other at the third floor to divert pedestrians from the busy ground vehicle traffic. (Shanghai Daily) Might make it...
Photo by Rob-Shanghai
Shanghai lags Beijing on city competitiveness →
(Photo by Iker Gil) Shanghai lagged behind Beijing as the second-most competitive city on the Chinese mainland in a ranking released yesterday. The report, “Hot Spots: Benchmarking Global City Competitiveness,” released by the Economist Intelligence Unit, put Shanghai in 43rd spot worldwide while Beijing placed 39th. Shenzhen was 52nd in the global ranking, making it the third-most...
Butcher, Shanghai street market
Photo by Rob-Shanghai
Spiral Gallery Ⅱ by Atelier Deshaus →
(Photo by Yao Li) The second of the “Spiral Gallery” buildings designed by Atelier Deshaus (we featured the adjacent gallery last week). From the architects, this is the description of Spiral Gallery II: “Using a spiral is to give the different ways of “open” and “close” between the ground floor and upper floor: the ground floor is back towards the courtyard and slightly...
Shanghai to spend $1.6b to curb air pollution →
Shanghai will spend 10.3 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) on air pollution reduction over the next three years, local environmental protection authorities said Wednesday. The amount represents a 40% increase over the amount spent over the last three years combined, the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Environmental Protection said in a statement. (China Daily)