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Should China build more skyscrapers?   [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2012-3-2 13:52:10 |Display all floors
This post was edited by goldengrove at 2012-3-2 13:52

I'm tempted to set up the poll after reading a recent piece of news:

According to various media outlets, including Bloombery and Xinhua, 'authorities in central China's Hubei province are mulling whether to "add height" to a building project, a move that would make it the tallest building in China upon its completion.'

"The building in Wuhan will be taller than the 492-meter World Financial Center in Shanghai’s Lujiazui financial district, now the tallest tower in China. The Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest at 828 meters, based on Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s data."

"China is home to 53 percent of all skyscrapers being built around the world, up from 44 percent a year earlier, Barclays Capital Research said. The country will increase the number of skyscrapers to 141, from the current 75, by 2017, according to the bank’s annual Skyscraper Index report in January"


The problem here is: does China really have to build so many skyscrapers?
In this case, is it really necessary to "add height" to an already incredibly high structure?


Some have blamed the "GDP thinking" for this "ridiculous" plan, saying that adding height means adding investment, which in turn boost the GDP. And GDP, as you may well aware, is an important factor to assess an official performance. The argument does make sense.

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Post time 2012-3-2 14:44:06 |Display all floors
Shouldn't the government build more affordable houses? Aren't the cracks in Shanghai caused by the pressure of those tasteless skyscrapers?
We are all prisoners of our own device.

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Post time 2012-3-2 14:56:45 |Display all floors
At least they should build many skyscrapers on the Western half of China.
Put out your right arm, hold back your left arm... <(=^.^=);

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Post time 2012-3-2 15:29:19 |Display all floors
Nothing wrong with sky scrapers. But always aiming to be in top in terms height seems like a good way to accelerate cost building.  Better to build more medium sized sky scrapers.

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Post time 2012-3-2 15:40:01 |Display all floors
CVHuan Post time: 2012-3-2 14:56
At least they should build many skyscrapers on the Western half of China.

Good idea.  Then the western part of CHina will be ruined like the eastern half with tall ugly buildings that serve little purpose other than bragging rights.

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Post time 2012-3-2 15:40:32 |Display all floors
pantarhei Post time: 2012-3-2 15:29
Nothing wrong with sky scrapers. But always aiming to be in top in terms height seems like a good wa ...

Good point.

But cost isn't always the primary concern.

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Post time 2012-3-2 16:09:57 |Display all floors
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That's how the building will look like when it's completed.

Not quite beautiful, to say the least.

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