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China builds one skyscraper every five days

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China is growing upwards, literally. An average of one skyscraper will go up in the country every five days for the next three years, our sister newspaper Want Daily reports.

Statistics show that China is home to over one-third of the 100 tallest buildings in the world. Changsha, the provincial capital of Hunan in south-central China, has ambitious plans to build Sky City One, which would be a skyscraper assembled from prefabricated sections and which will be the tallest building in the world, overtaking Burj Khalifa in Dubai, though many remain unconvinced by the hype.

In June this year, Zhongnan Group of Jiangsu province bought a 16,500 square meter parcel of land for 66.3 million yuan (US$10.61 million) with a view to building a 700-meter skyscraper to incorporate financial centers, wholesale and retail centers, hotel services, bars and restaurants as well as a five-star hotel.

The Shanghai Tower, currently under construction, already measures 632 meters. The Wuhan Greenland Center modified its design from 606m to 636m, just in order to be fractionally taller.

The Ping'an International Finance Center planned for Shenzhen is also reported to have modified its design height to 646 meters from the initial 588 meters.

Foreign media speculate that the "rising" trend of China's skyscrapers is fueled by construction companies, since building taller buildings adds more floors for rent; the other is because local politicians use skyscrapers as a monument to their accomplishments.
 

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When do you think the saturation point will be achieved on this?
People say that China is building too much infrastructure.

I think that is a joke. Look at the per-capita amount of infrastructure in China compared to the developed countries, we are still a long way behind in terms of infrastructure per person.

We're building so much, because we are still so far behind. We are trying to become a developed country.
 

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India Plans one skyscraper everyday :P :rofl: :moil:

Jokes Apart , Good thing . This shows how far Chinese fellas have reached in construction .
 

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china is trying to show how great they are.

have most of the biggest buildings in the world, have the biggest army, the most culture, be the best at art, sports etc..

china is wanting to shine like a beacon like it is better then every other country and people in the world.

china's sense of nationalism is profound, it is a real belief that china is greater then anywhere else, that they as a race are superior to others, that they are destined to rule the world.

so they try to project that and have aggressively expanded this thought into material things. they are asserting themselves...

it has happened many times in history, we have seen this kind of thing time and time again...
 

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china is trying to show how great they are.

have most of the biggest buildings in the world, have the biggest army, the most culture, be the best at art, sports etc..

china is wanting to shine like a beacon like it is better then every other country and people in the world.

china's sense of nationalism is profound, it is a real belief that china is greater then anywhere else, that they as a race are superior to others, that they are destined to rule the world.

so they try to project that and have aggressively expanded this thought into material things. they are asserting themselves...

it has happened many times in history, we have seen this kind of thing time and time again...
China simply wants to restore its primacy in East Asia and focus on internal matters. Traditional spheres of influence must be regained and ground made up after the dismal fall of the Qing and loss of the mandate of heaven.

BTW, welcome back.
 

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build one skyscraper every five days? about 73 every year.that is not too many.china has hundreds of large and medium-sized cities ,many of them still don't have skyscrapers,so china's skyscraper tide has not come..
 

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People say that China is building too much infrastructure.

I think that is a joke. Look at the per-capita amount of infrastructure in China compared to the developed countries, we are still a long way behind in terms of infrastructure per person.

We're building so much, because we are still so far behind. We are trying to become a developed country.
I don't know if China is building too much or not; I just hope China is thinking things through. I can still remember the time I got into a discussion with one Chinese scientist who said it was fine for China to build lots of nuclear reactors, they could just dump the waste in the Gobi, didn't even need to bury it, nobody would care...and in America we have problems with politicians who like new projects more than adequately funding maintenance for existing ones. Hidden or denied costs tend to pile up, then lead to sudden bankruptcy. That's what happened to New York City in the 1970s and it took intervention by the federal government to save it.

Rather than skyscrapers that may remain empty for a generation why not plan new parks, green spaces, and community centers? Rather than celebrate a new factory why not advocate emissions-control systems on existing ones? Instead of new hydropower dams why not build smaller ones to control water pollution from mines and agricultural runoff?

Everyone is so get-rich-quick....you've forgotten the patient industrial investment of your ancestors. Chinese potters laid down kaolin pits that took a century to mature. They knew they would never use them but their great-grandchildren would, just as they used the pits laid down by their great-grandfathers.
 

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I don't know if China is building too much or not; I just hope China is thinking things through. I can still remember the time I got into a discussion with one Chinese scientist who said it was fine for China to build lots of nuclear reactors, they could just dump the waste in the Gobi, didn't even need to bury it, nobody would care...
what"scientist"is that,that's total BS.China is one of the leading investors for clean and renewable energy in this world.enviornment is always the top concern of the Chinese people and the government.forget about your western propaganda,they are total nonsense.
 

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Rather than skyscrapers that may remain empty for a generation why not plan new parks, green spaces, and community centers? Rather than celebrate a new factory why not advocate emissions-control systems on existing ones? Instead of new hydropower dams why not build smaller ones to control water pollution from mines and agricultural runoff?
We are now the number 1 investors in green energy:

How China overtook the US in renewable energy | News | guardian.co.uk

Also, we need skyscrapers. They are by far the most efficient use of land, compared to other forms of housing.

We are urbanizing at a rate that has never been seen before in the world. Skyscrapers are necessary, I don't see any alternative considering the staggering number of people that move to the urban areas every year.

Short-termism is a big problem of course, and always has been. But in terms of skyscrapers there really are not many other options.
 

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Clean energy technologies accelerating worldwide
Published : Friday, January 18th, 2013
By : Imelda Abano
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Region : Global
Tags : clean energy, energy efficiency, energy intensity, energy security, infrastructure, investment
The global clean energy sector could hit $1.9 trillion in total revenue from 2012 to 2018 as energy consumption is expected to increase in the coming years, said a new study released by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Pew’s study, titled “ Innovate, Manufacture, Compete: A clean energy action plan,” projected that revenue associated with the installation of wind, solar, and other renewable power is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of eight per cent, rising annually from $200 billion in 2012 to $327 billion by 2018.

Renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and other clean electric generation technologies accounted for almost half of all generating capacity added to the world’s power sector, the study said.

The world’s leading economies (members of the bloc known as G20 or Group of 20) dominate the sector, accounting for 95 per cent of all global investments in clean energy, but investment and deployment in parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America are expected to grow by 10 to 20 per cent annually over the next decade, it added.

US lags behind in clean energy race

The Pew study also pointed out that though the future of clean energy globally is bright, the forecast for the United States’ position in this fast-growing marketplace is less certain.

“ Our research shows that there is a multi-trillion-dollar opportunity in the clean energy sector, “ said Pew’s Clean Energy Program Director Phyllis Cuttino, in a statement released on Thursday.

“ The United States industry has the capacity to be a leader, provided we have the right policies in place. It’s time for Congress to support a comprehensive energy strategy by delivering long-term certainty for businesses and investors in renewable power.”

Countries in Asia and Europe are placing a priority on development and deployment of clean energy technologies and competitive enterprises. This means, according to the study, a robust international trade in clean energy goods and services, with expanding markets are opening up opportunities for a variety of US interests. But it also means that the US must increase its pace to compete in the international race for economic leadership.

According to the study, revenue in the US market on an annual basis is expected to grow over the period at a compound annual rate of 14 per cent.

Solar revenue in the US is forecast to grow at a rate of 11 per cent annually, increasing from $11 billion in 2012 to $21 billion in 2018. In the wind sector, onshore generating capacity is forecast to increase, from $14 billion in 2012 to $19.2 billion in 2018. Annual revenues associated with biomass electric power installations are forecast to grow to $3 billion in 2018, from $1 billion in 2012.

In solar manufacturing, the early US lead in this rapidly emerging sector has steadily eroded. Over the past decade, manufacturing leadership has shifted from the United States to Japan, Europe, and, more recently, Asia.

The study noted that in 2011, 11 of the top 15 solar PV module manufacturers were located in Asia, with Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturers accounting for more than 60 percent of worldwide production (an increase from 50 percent in 2010).

More recently, China has emerged as a major center of wind turbine manufacturing. In 2011, 10 wind turbine manufacturers accounted for 80 percent of the global market: four from Europe (Denmark, Spain, and Germany—a combined 35.3 percent market share), four from China (26.7 percent market share), one from the United States (8.8 percent market share), and one from India (7.7 percent market share).

China domination

“ The dramatic and determined push by China for leadership in the clean energy marketplace is alarming to US industry insiders who believe that policymakers underestimate the scale of China’s clean energy ambitions,” the Pew study noted.

China has established a goal of obtaining 15 percent of its energy from non-fossil sources by 2020, a dramatic increase from just 2 percent in 2010.

In less than a decade, the country has become the world’s largest wind market and may soon be the largest solar market.

Overall, there is broad consensus that China is working to become the dominant global producer of both solar and wind technologies, which account for the overwhelming majority of the world’s clean energy investment.

Clean energy innovation


While it is widely recognized that the United States has been at the forefront of clean energy research and development (R&D), US leadership in the innovation arena is being challenged, especially by emerging economies in Asia, the Pew said.

“ Policies that encourage the deployment, innovation, manufacturing, and trade of clean energy technologies will help bolster the competitive prospects of American industry. In the process, these initiatives will enhance the nation’s economic, environmental, and national security prospects,” the study added.

Some of the recommendations made by the Pew study are the following:

- to establish a clean energy standard to guide deployment and investment for the long term;

- significantly increase investment in energy research and development;

- enact a multi-year but time-limited extension of tax credits for clean energy sources;

- level the playing field across the energy sector by evaluating barriers to competition;

-renew incentives for domestic clean energy manufacturing and create a strategy to expand markets for clean energy goods and services abroad.
 

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what"scientist"is that,that's total BS.
A scientist who realized that he would never receive as much reward and recognition as those scientists whose messes he was cleaning up. This happened about twenty years ago.

We are now the number 1 investors in green energy -
Because much of the equipment is manufactured for export and the fact that huge China itself is adding generating capacity at an astonishing rate makes even a fingernail fragment of "green" energy appear huge. Correct the numbers by eliminating export trade and calculate on a per-capita basis to come up with a more accurate comparison - and even then the need for remedial solutions in China has no current parallel elsewhere.

we need skyscrapers. They are by far the most efficient use of land, compared to other forms of housing.
As a matter of construction and land use, yes, but as a matter of people, watch out! U.S. urban planners tried this approach from the 1950s-1980s and the results were neighborhoods of high-rise, high-crime slums. I urge China to learn from this experience - and not to fool themselves by thinking that an engineer can do the job of a really good architect.

I'm not against skyscrapers. Indeed, I think that skyscrapers surrounded by large green spaces would transform cities for the better. But building huge empty ones can drive rentals down, forcing landlords into bankruptcy and paradoxically causing neighborhoods to decay, making matters worse. There are ways to deal with these problems but I don't know if the Chinese do so.
 

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A scientist who realized that he would never receive as much reward and recognition as those scientists whose messes he was cleaning up. This happened about twenty years ago.

Because much of the equipment is manufactured for export and the fact that huge China itself is adding generating capacity at an astonishing rate makes even a fingernail fragment of "green" energy appear huge. Correct the numbers by eliminating export trade and calculate on a per-capita basis to come up with a more accurate comparison - and even then the need for remedial solutions in China has no current parallel elsewhere.

As a matter of construction and land use, yes, but as a matter of people, watch out! U.S. urban planners tried this approach from the 1950s-1980s and the results were neighborhoods of high-rise, high-crime slums. I urge China to learn from this experience - and not to fool themselves by thinking that an engineer can do the job of a really good architect.

I'm not against skyscrapers. Indeed, I think that skyscrapers surrounded by large green spaces would transform cities for the better. But building huge empty ones can drive rentals down, forcing landlords into bankruptcy and paradoxically causing neighborhoods to decay, making matters worse. There are ways to deal with these problems but I don't know if the Chinese do so.
that''s the least you should worry about ,come to China and check it out,landlords are ****** rich,both rent an hoursing price is rocketing and there's no sign of weakening for more than a decade,China just has so so so many people and a lot of them are getting rich really fast,China will become a domestic driven economy in no time.
 

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As a matter of construction and land use, yes, but as a matter of people, watch out! U.S. urban planners tried this approach from the 1950s-1980s and the results were neighborhoods of high-rise, high-crime slums. I urge China to learn from this experience - and not to fool themselves by thinking that an engineer can do the job of a really good architect.

I'm not against skyscrapers. Indeed, I think that skyscrapers surrounded by large green spaces would transform cities for the better. But building huge empty ones can drive rentals down, forcing landlords into bankruptcy and paradoxically causing neighborhoods to decay, making matters worse.
Never knew NYC was almost bankrupt, did some searching and discovered the following:

History of New York City (1946
US economic stagnation in the 1970s hit New York City particularly hard, as trading on the New York Stock Exchange fell while the city's welfare spending continued. The city neared bankruptcy during the administration of Mayor Abraham Beame but avoided that fate with the aid of a large federal loan.

As for crimes
The 1970s are regarded by some as New York's nadir. The city had become notorious the world over for high rates of crime and other social disorders. A popular song in the autumn of 1972, "American City Suite," by Cashman & West, chronicled, in allegorical fashion, the decline in the city's quality of life. The city's subway system was regarded as unsafe due to crime and suffered frequent mechanical breakdowns. Prostitutes and pimps frequented Times Square, while Central Park became feared as the site of muggings and rapes. Homeless persons and drug dealers occupied boarded-up and abandoned buildings.

The New York City Blackout of 1977 struck on July 13 of that year and lasted for 25 hours, during which black and Hispanic neighborhoods fell prey to destruction and looting. Over 3,000 people were arrested, and the city's already crowded prisons were so overburdened that some suggested reopening the recently condemned Manhattan Detention Complex.


The situation in NYC is different compared to China, so building skyscrapers rapidly isn't going to result NYC 70s. Still Chinese planners need to think carefully how to change the cityscape, apply clean energy etc.
 

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