Proof that good things don't always come in nice packages can be found by taking the fast train from Beijing to Tianjin and then driving to the coast. Tianjin, China's third-biggest city, originated as Beijing's port on the Yellow Sea. But in recent years Tianjin has reclaimed so much of its muddy, unstable shoreline that the city has effectively moved inland and a new, crazily active port has sprung up at the water's edge. In this hyper-industrialized zone, its highways choked with trucks, stand scores of factories and utility plants, each a mass of pipes, reactors, valves, vents, retorts, crackers, blowers, chimneys, and distillation towers—the sort of facility James Cameron might have lingered over, musing, on his way to film the climax of Terminator 2. Among these edifices, just as big and almost as anonymous as its neighbors, is a structure called GreenGen, built by China Huaneng Group, a giant state-owned electric utility, in collaboration with half a dozen other firms, … [Read more...] about Renewables Aren’t Enough. Clean Coal Is the Future
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Art & Design Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByJason Farago Aug. 23, 2018 No young artist has a sharper view of the future than Cao Fei. Her dreamlike visions of China’s full-tilt economic development, and the social dislocation and environmental abasement that have come with it, were the most beguiling and unnerving parts of her acclaimed midcareer retrospective at MoMA PS1 in 2016. Ms. Cao, 40 (her full name is pronounced TSOW fay), revisits those themes with her new video work, “Asia One,” a mournfully beautiful hybrid of economic forecast and tragic love story, now on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the group exhibition “One Hand Clapping.” “Asia One” transports viewers to a high-tech warehouse near Shanghai, staffed by only two workers — a … [Read more...] about An Artist Warns of a Robot-Ruled Future. Or Is It Our Present? Let’s Discuss.
Each year when the monsoon rain sheets down and the tides swell over coastal Mumbai, Saif shutters his soda shop on Juhu Beach and takes shelter up in the rafters. Still, the water invades through the roof and over the concrete floors, sometimes reaching as high as the freezers full of ice cream.For 36-year-old Saif, the coastal megacity’s chronic flooding is stressful. “What would happen if too much water comes?” asks Saif, who, like many in India, goes by one name. “I could get swept up with it.” Last year’s torrential floods killed at least 14 people in Mumbai. And in July 2005, when a meter of rain fell in a single day, flooding cost the city about $1.7 billion in damages.Rebuilding his uninsured shop after the 2005 floods cost Saif about $57,000. He was lucky. When those floodwaters receded after two days, more than 1,000 people had died from drowning, landslides or other flood-related accidents in Mumbai and surrounding areas. “What can … [Read more...] about As waters rise, coastal megacities like Mumbai face catastrophe
In North Korea’s capital of Pyongyang, an empty, pyramidal tower looms over the city. When construction began on the Ryugyong Hotel in 1987, the North Korean government envisioned it as a reflection of the government’s power and capabilities. At 985 feet tall, it would become the largest tower in the nation. While the billion-dollar skyscraper has topped out, North Korea has mysteriously abandoned the project. It’s not uncommon for megaprojects like the Ryugyong Hotel to go wrong, due to various reasons like massive budget and construction timeline overruns, botched designs, corruption, and failures to fill the units. Let’s take a look at several megaprojects around the world that may have, to varying degrees, disappointed their cities The expectation for China’s Yujiapu: A financial capital modeled after Manhattan. caption A rendering of Yujiapu, China. source SOM Fromreportsabout the opening of a Lincoln Center spinoff to a … [Read more...] about Disappointing photos show what can happen to billion-dollar mega-developments
Advertising Feature By Kevin Holden Dec. 16, 2016 , 9:00 AM This Advertising Feature has been commissioned, edited, and produced by the Science/AAAS Custom Publishing Office After emerging as a trade superpower, China aims to become a leading force in scientific research and applications ranging from cosmology and spaceflight to genomics and medicine. Universities across south China are stepping up the recruitment of scientists with advanced degrees gained in Europe or the United States. This strategy has yielded prestigious science prizes and papers, and generated the growth of scientific research clusters in the region. When China’s leaders decided a generation ago to experiment with opening the People’s Republic to global market forces, they created an archipelago of special economic zones (SEZs) along the nation’s southern coast. South China’s resulting transformation into an export powerhouse has helped make the country a world trade titan. Now … [Read more...] about South China: A rising power in science