With money in mind, contemporary Shanghai is beginning to recognize the value of...– Xiangning Li & Xiaochun Zhang, From Lilong to International Community, Shanghai Transforming (Barcelona: ACTAR, 2008), pg. 211.
Suzhou Creek cruises set sail →
Cruises returned to Suzhou Creek yesterday when two types of vessels went on a pilot run following an opening ceremony. Scheduled services resume today, following a year’s gap while the waterway was dredged. The 19-kilometer trip through downtown takes three hours. (Shanghai Daily)
Landslide Risk at Reservoir Cited in China →
(A view from atop the Three Gorges Dam from July, 2010. The 600-foot-tall dam on the Yangtze River was completed in 2006. Photo by Cheng Min/Xinhua, via Associated Press) A growing threat of landslides on ground surrounding the massive Three Gorges Dam reservoir could force the government to relocate 100, 000 more residents of the area, from which 46,000 were moved earlier, an expert with...
Full-scale geothermal use planned for city... →
Shanghai will use shallow geothermal energy to heat and cool buildings covering a total of 4 million square meters by 2015 across the city. By using the geothermal energy in every square kilometer, the city can save 28,000 tons of coal, cutting the emission of 245,000 tons carbon dioxide and 2,000 tons of sulfur dioxide every year. (Shanghai Daily) (Thanks for the tip Alvaro!)
New rights for forcibly relocated home-owners →
Nail House in Chongqing. (Photo by zola) The latest judicial interpretation by the country’s top court, supplements the existing regulation on urban home demolition, which was revised last year. The interpretation specifies seven circumstances under which courts should reject government requests for forced relocation, including where the proposed compensation “violates the...
Just the two of us
“Many husband and wife teams roam the streets of Shanghai looking for work to move stuff around the city, its a tough job especially when the temperature starts to rise.” Photo and description by Rob-Shanghai
The Elegant History of Shanghai's Rundown Communal... →
Hidden behind one of Shanghai’s key shopping arteries is a beautiful and century-old four-story villa. It is designed in the Queen Anne style with warm orange bricks, an imposing turret and flower motifs running alongside the arcs on the bay windows. A first-time visitor to the city might think he or she wandered accidentally into a private estate in the English countryside. (The Atlantic...
Economic growth slows to 33-month low →
(Photo by by Bert van Dijk) China’s economic growth slowed more than expected in the first quarter, the National Bureau of Statistics said this morning. Gross domestic product expanded 8.1 percent from a year earlier to 10.79 trillion yuan (US$1.71 trillion), the slowest pace since the second quarter of 2009. (Shanghai Daily)
Shanghai Terminal / Frank Repas Architecture →
(Photo by Antoine Duhamel) The Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal encompasses a massive 630 thousand square foot site in the very center of the bustling metropolis of Shanghai. It exists beneath a public park that forms its roof, thus conserving precious land for green, public use. Below rests a vast, underground, three-level concourse lit by a unique, earthform bridge forming a...
Shanghai walking tour: The former French... →
A former French Concession-native threads a path through the city’s most peaceful neighborhood (CNNGo)
Ground broken on Shanghai's amazing underground... →
A few years ago, British engineering firm Atkins won the rights to design an extravagant hotel deep within a 100-metre pit in Shanghai’s Songjiang District near the base of Tianmashan Mountain. Construction on the Intercontinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland finally commenced last month, and the hotel is scheduled to open in late 2014 to early 2015. (Shanghaiist) Current Proposed
Night lights →
Photo by Jeff Davis (via Shanghaiist)