[A giant 3D printer at work at WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Company
in Shanghai, China]
Running at full speed, the company’s printer is capable of producing up to ten 650 sq. foot homes in just 24 hours. Measuring in at roughly 105 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 21 feet tall, this hulking 3D printer works almost exactly like a normal one — just on a much larger scale. It pumps a special type of pre-mixed concrete through a nozzle and onto a flat substrate in a pattern designed to give the finished house as much structural integrity as possible. Layer by layer, the house’s walls are built, and once the concrete dries, the house is outfitted with doors, windows, and a shingled roof.
In an ongoing effort to raise awareness of the health risks and cruelty caused by the harvesting of millions of cats and dogs for meat each year in China – including family pets snatched from the street – animal rights organisation AnimalsAsia posted over 270 ads in 14 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen. Animals Asia explains:
The posters aim to inform the public of the health risks of eating dog and cat meat and to prompt people to re-evaluate why they’d eat animals they might otherwise consider friends not food.
The winning proposal in an international competition to rejuvenate the Changsha Meixi lake district in China – an undulating, 500-foot-long steel bridge spanning the Dragon King Harbor River, inspired by the Möbius strip and designed by Beijing and Amsterdam-based firm NEXT Architects.
Ma Kai, Vice Premier of China at at the Digital Hub, Dublin today. Mr Ma Kai, who is on a two-day visit to Ireland, is responsible for China’s “economic policy and investment”. He’s buying the pints tonight.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this post used the term ‘defiantly inscrutable’. We realise this was completely inappropriate and apologise for any offence caused.
An extremely slick, high-energy timelapse of China’s most populous city by ‘urban identity expert’ JT Singh and architectural photographer Rob Whitworth, who sez;
In 1980 Shanghai had no skyscrapers. It now has at least 4,000 — more than twice as many as New York. ‘This is Shanghai’ explores the diversities and eccentricities of the metropolis that is Shanghai going beyond the famous skyline.