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China starts construction on ‘world’s tallest building’

SCMP: “China has embarked on the construction of an 838-metre-tall building in Changsha that is billed as the “world’s tallest”.


Developer Broad Group on Saturday held a ground-breaking ceremony in the capital city of central province Hunan to start building the 208-storey tower, the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald newspaper reported on Sunday. Upon completion, the building would be about 10 metres taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, currently the world’s tallest.

The Changsha project, carried out by China Construction Fifth Building, is expected to be completed in April 2014, said Zhang Yue, founder and chairman of the Broad Group. It was slated to open in May or June next year.

The skycraper will contain a total area of 1.05 million square metres and will cost a whopping 5.2 billion yuan (HK$6.5 billion) to build, government-run news portal reported.

Named “Sky City”, the mega building is designed to house various public facilities so the “building can serve as a city”, the developer said. It would house schools, an elderly care centre, hospital, offices in lower levels, while apartments and hotels would make up the upper levels.

Changsha-based technology enterprise Broad Group was founded in 1988. Its products include energy-saving electronic equipment and quake-proof construction materials.

China is home to five of the world’s top-10 tallest buildings, according to a list in Forbes magazine last year.”

via China starts construction on ‘world’s tallest building’ | South China Morning Post.


Mumbai building collapse kills nine

BBC News: “At least nine people have been killed in the collapse of a building on the outskirts of the Indian city of Mumbai.


More people are trapped inside the three-storey building in Thane district, 35km (20 miles) from Mumbai. Rescue operations are continuing.

The cause of the collapse in not known, but correspondents say such incidents are common in India and often blamed on poor construction practices.

In April, 74 people were killed in another building collapsed in Thane.

And earlier this month, four people were killed when a five-storey building collapsed in Mumbai.

The latest incident happened early on Friday when the residential building caved in, officials said.


India’s deadly collapses

4 April 2013: 74 die in Thane, near Mumbai

19 Dec 2012: 13 die in Wagholi, Maharashtra

24 Sept 2012: 6 die in Pune, Maharashtra

15 April 2012: 23 workers killed in blanket factory collapse in Jalandhar

16 Nov 2010: 69 killed and more than 80 injured in Delhi

18 Aug 2010: School building collapse kills 18 children in Uttarakhand

26 Jan 2010: 23 killed in Bellary, Karnataka

23 Sept 2009: Chimney of a power plant in Chhattisgarh caves in, 40 killed

13 Aug 2008: 20 die in Mumbai

18 July 2007: 29 killed in Mumbai”

via BBC News – Mumbai building collapse kills nine.


Wang Shu, China’s Champion of Slow Architecture

BusinessWeek: “The day after Chinese architect Wang Shu was awarded the $100,000 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the field’s equivalent of a Nobel, in May 2012, he returned to the old Beijing neighborhood where he grew up and found it in the process of being demolished. The hutong, with its maze of narrow streets and traditional courtyard houses, was being sacrificed to make room for a new philosophy center.

Wang’s design for the History Museum in Ningbo evokes an ancient fortress

While European cities that exploded with industrialization in the 19th and 20th centuries are still sorting out the consequences of modernization, their boom times appear sedate compared with China’s last two decades. By 2030 the mainland will be home to 13 megacities—those with a population of 10 million or more—up from six today, estimates a McKinsey report. That breakneck urbanization is fast obliterating 5,000 years of architecture and culture. “Cities today have become far too large,” Wang says. “I’m really worried, because it’s happening too fast and we have already lost so much.””

via Wang Shu, China’s Champion of Slow Architecture – Businessweek.

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* Chinese company plans to build world’s tallest skyscraper – in just THREE MONTHS

Given the prediction that China’s urban population will continue to expand as more rural workers migrate to cities seeking jobs and a better life, this kind of ‘system building’ may be the answer.

Daily Mail: “A construction company yesterday revealed plans to build the world’s tallest skyscraper – in just three months.

Massive: An artist's impression of the planned 220-storey Sky City building planned for Changsha, south-east China. The mammoth building is planned to be built in only three months

Sky City in Changsha, south-east China, will be a 220-storey structure standing at an incredible 2,749ft (838m).

It will house 17,400 people and also boast hotels, hospitals, schools and office space with occupants using 104 high-speed lifts to get around.

Massive: An artist’s impression of the planned 220-storey Sky City building planned for Changsha, south-east China. The mammoth building is planned to be built in only three months

The half-mile high superstructure will be 32ft taller than the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – the current tallest building – and is expected to cost almost half as much.

It will dwarf the Shard in London, standing more than 530m above the western Europe’s tallest building and, when completed, will mean nine of the 10 tallest skyscrapers in the world are in Asia.


Get ready for mobile phones that BEND, stretch, and even fold into your wallet! Samsung unveils plan for smartphones with bendable screens ‘next year’

Archaeologists unearth 10,000 year-old home – and reveal residents were partial to hazelnuts

Machu Picchu captured in highest ever resolution: Zoomable picture of Inca citadel allows viewers to see it in impressive detail

But the most impressive thing about Sky City is that its designers, Chinese-based Broad Group, plan to start and finish it in just 90 days.

This astonishing pace, which will see five storeys go up a day, is down to the revolutionary method of prefabricated building where blocks are built off site and slotted together to save time.

Despite concerns about its structural rigidity, Broad Group says the half-mile high building will be able to withstand a magnitude 9.0 earthquake.

The idea isn’t pie in the sky thinking either, with Broad making headlines last year when they built a 30-storey building in 15 days.”

via Chinese company plans to build world’s tallest skyscraper – in just THREE MONTHS | Mail Online.

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