Beijing on March 2011.
Some things never change…
A Chinese bunker which used to be located outside the city, has now been enclosed by the vast amount of new development in Shanghai, Pudong.
It has been a bit quiet here and that has a good reason: I recently moved from Shanghai to Dubai, from one building boom to the other. And just then you realise where you are and what you leave behind. The photos in the gallery are just a registration of how Shanghai is at this very moment. A city of contrasts; frustrating and fantastic:
In Suzhou: a room with a view… on 4 lane motorway that is! And the apartment is approximately half a meter away from it.
Do you like your job? Are you feeling stressed at the end of your day? Act like a Chinese; buy a beach chair and take a nap during your lunch break…. It is certainly refreshing and only accepted in Asia… And maybe Spain.
I once saw a diagram of Rem Koolhaas showing all his flights and traveled distances from the start up of OMA till now. It displayed an exponential increasing amount of flights related to the number and location of his projects.
Days after our disapproval of the steel beams we decided to visit the sub-contractor that fabricated the steel. There was some confusion because the General Contractor took us to another workshop which was approved earlier. But the shock was still to come: there was not a single security, health or environmental precaution taken in this workshop. People working without the proper protection, no chemical storages and a chaotic workspace:
For a project in Shanghai the General Contractor submitted the following steel beams for approval. I always thought that steel beams are cast / formed in one piece but the Chinese way is welding the steel beams from virtually every left over piece of metal they have. And without the proper tools for welding, cutting, drilling and transporting things get really messy: