Developer: Changsha Skyscraper Project On Track

The developer of a record-breaking skyscraper in Changsha is denying media reports that it had not received the necessary approvals to proceed with the project, according to the South China Morning Post: Broad Group spokeswoman...

Sinking City Solution: Pump Groundwater Back?

The State Council recently ratified a five-year plan to address the sinking ground levels of over 79,000 square kilometres and more than 50 cities in China, which potentially threaten the stability of everything from high-rise...

Huaxi: The Village That Towers Above China

The Guardian’s Jonathan Watts revisited the village of Huaxi ahead of the official unveiling of its new centrepiece, a 72-storey skyscraper housing a one-tonne, 300 million yuan solid gold ox. An incongruous new sight has...

Shanghai Residents Walking On, Walking On Broken Glass

Shanghai has been stricken with a plague of exploding glass windows, as substandard materials, design and maintenance meet fierce summer heat. From Shanghai Daily last week: “Poor quality, improper design or installation...

Cities of the Future

On China Beat, Anna Greenspan reviews an exhibit at New York’s Skyscraper Museum about Shanghai: The most fascinating aspect of the current exhibit on Shanghai, however, is the show’s framing thesis. China Prophecy:...

Supertower Offers Glimmer of Hope in Polluted Chinese City

The Guardian reports on an effort to implement green technology amid China’s construction boom: The country is in the middle of the greatest building boom in human history. Six of the world’s 10 tallest buildings...

Skyscrapers: Shenzhen vs Chongqing

Shenzhen vs Chongqing: One classic success from China’s 1979 Reform and Opening Policy vs One role model after 1999’s `Go West’ Strategy. Photos from skyscrapercity*forum:

In World Skyscraper Race, It Isn’t Lonely at the Top – Howard W. French

From the New York Times: Mr. Mori, who has a Trump-like three dozen or so buildings in Tokyo that bear his name, would offer Shanghai the world’s tallest building, at 1,614 feet. For extra effect the roof of his new building would be formed by a giant enclosed circle that would house specially outfitted cars, […]

Xinhua: Banning skyscrapers requires second thought

From Xinhua Online: For some Chinese, skyscrapers are seen as symbols of urban modernity and economic dynamism. It partially explains why many domestic cities seem to regard high-rises that dot their skylines as their claim to fame, and as a backdrop to their having arrived as truly metropolitan. Currently, Shanghai, China’s business hub, has more […]

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