compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
IN the context of Luo Chun's article earlier in the
year, as well as the "floating pigs incident " and the
fact that there are stability and ecology issues to be
addressed in regard to the river, from which the 23m
inhabitants access their daily water supply - one has
to seriously pose the question -
Sara Smyth - Mail Online reports today -
As far as before and after shots, go, it's a spectacular transformation.
From an area of farmland to a forest of skyscrapers, Shanghai's
financial district Pudong has developed at a staggering pace in the
last few decades.
And to prove it, two shots of the city taken 26 years apart document
the explosion of construction of skyscrapers that now dominate
Shanghai's futuristic skyline.
The first image shows Pudong, the area to the east of Huangpu river
in 1987. With patches of greenery, its farming roots are still visible,
but it is dotted with low-rise factories and offices.
According to the Telegraph, the second photograph was taken last
week. It shows a district of sleek, high-rise skyscrapers, each one
more impressive and futuristic than its neighbour.
Plans to develop the area into a 'Special Economic Zone' were
launched by the Communist Party in Beijing in 1990 and the
'Pudong New Area' was officially set up three years later.
Now the crowded commercial hub of China and the country's first
super-tall district, Pudong also boasts the world's second tallest
building- Shanghai tower- which was completed on Saturday.
The staggering 2,073ft tall Shanghai Tower looms high above the
dozens of skyscrapers which make up China's financial capital.
IT rises to complete a trio of towers including the adjacent Jin Mao
Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center. And if this wasn't
testament enough to the city's position as a world financial leader,
a Chinese consortium has already expressed a desire to build the
world's tallest tower - all 2,749ft of it.
If construction of the planned 220-storey 'Sky City', in Changsa, the
provicincial capital of Hunan, takes place, it would dwarf the current
world's tallest building, the 2,716ft tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Shanghai Tower has the world's fastest lifts, with the Mitsubishi-
designed, double-height cabs whisking building occupants and
visitors skyward at 40 mph using innovative technologies designed
specifically for the tower.
Designer Art Gensler said:
'Shanghai Tower represents a new way of defining and creating
cities. By incorporating best practices in sustainability and high-
performance design, by weaving the building into the urban fabric
of Shanghai and drawing community life into the building, Shanghai
Tower redefines the role of tall buildings in contemporary cities and
raises the bar for the next generation of super-highrises.'
BUT having considered ALL of this in respect of sustainability -
the process of art acting as a tool of inspiration - continues apace
- and in the context of vertical wind turbines and the fact that the
experts have come to the conclusion that future cities could be
the only way of providing sustainable living environments - as long
as they are NOT built along the coastal plains - it would appear
that architecture acting as a tool of inspiration - is alive and well.
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