Fascinations

admin | Architecture, China, Construction | Friday, October 19th, 2007

One of my fascinations I saw during a stroll through Shanghai: a bunker in the middle of the city.¬†Probably it was a defense against a Japanese invasion. And with most of the bunkers; it is too expensive to demolish them. So people just plan and build around it…

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The way piles are driven

admin | China, Construction | Friday, October 19th, 2007

The building boom in China is certainly not stopped by lack of modern equipment. Here an overview of the machines used to drive the piles in to the ground:

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Things and things that easily go wrong

admin | China, Construction | Friday, October 19th, 2007

Sometimes I encounter strange sights during my work and life in China. Of course, because of my profession, I focus more on architecture. With the enormous pace of construction in China, things can easily go wrong and people just don’t care about esthetics. When the average life span of a building in China is only 15 years, it is easy to look the other way when things are not right.

*Note: PUR foam is used in China for construction, waterproofing, insulation and finishing*

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