China’s Building Standards

“Collapsed Market”: Cutting corners to build apartments quickly

Rush to modernization - overlooked building safety standards

Collapse of “Lotus Riverside” apartment building
in Shanghai's Minxing district (June 27, 2009)



China's Collapsing Building Standards
























(1) Initial apartment building construction plans


(2) An underground garage was being dug on the south side,
to a depth of 4.6 meters. The excavated soil was being piled up
on the north side, to a height of 10 meters.


(3) Heavy rains resulted in water seeping into the ground.
The building experienced uneven lateral pressure from the north and south.

(4) This resulted in a lateral pressure of 3,000 tonnes, which was
greater than what the pilings could tolerate.


(5) The building began to shift, and the hollow concrete pilings were
snapped due to the uneven lateral pressures.
Then the building toppled over in the southerly direction.


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Engineering with fabric. - Jean Muir

How much does your building weigh? - R Buckminster Fuller

Every man is the architect of his own fortune. - Sallust

Death and taxes are unsolved engineering problems. - Romana Machado

China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese. - Charles de Gaulle

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture. - Elvis Costello

I just love Chinese food. My favorite dish is number 27. - Clement Attlee

The Republic of China - back in the Olympic Games for the first time. - David Coleman

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over. - Ernest Hemingway

I liked being a teenager, but I would not go back for all the tea in China. - Rob Lowe

What else is there to live for? Chinese food and women. There is nothing else! - Dudley Moore

No Chinese Catholics are allowed to worship ancestors in their familial temples. - Pope Clement XI

Scientists discover the world that exists; engineers create the world that never was. - Theodore von Karman

Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture. - Lydia M. Child

I just wasn't cut out to be a Chinese Tiger Mom. I'm more of an Irish Setter Dad. - P.J. O'Rourke

Genetic Engineering: A recent attempt to formalize what farmers have been doing all along. - Unknown

When my friends and I played cowboys and Indians, I was always the Chinese railroad worker. - Robin Williams

Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light. - Le Corbusier

I want to have a bunch of kids so I can open a factory and have free labor. Beat that, China! - Jarod Kintz

Money itself doesn't interest me. But you must make money to go on building the business. - Rupert Murdoch

For me, part of one my big movements is building authentic street environments for skateboarding. - Rob Dyrdek

One has to look out for engineers - they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb. - Marcel Pagnol

I had a meal last night. I ordered everything in French - surprised everybody, it was a Chinese restaurant. - Tommy Cooper

The Swedish engineer who invented the zip fastener made a greater intellectual leap than many scientists do in a lifetime. - Martin Rees

I know the answer! The answer lies within the heart of all mankind - the answer is twelve. I think I'm in the wrong building. - Charles Schulz

I recently went to a new doctor and noticed he was located in something called the Professional Building. I felt better right away. - George Carlin

Suspense is very important. Even though this is humor and they're short stories, that theory of building suspense is still there. - Sergio Aragones

I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little spoons and forks so I wondered, what do Chinese mothers use? Toothpicks? - George Carlin

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. - John F Kennedy

The purpose of architecture is to shelter and enhance man's life on earth and to fulfill his belief in the nobility of his existence. - Eero Saarinen

She's so fat she's my two best friends. She wears stretch caftans. She's got more chins than the Chinese telephone directory. - Joan Rivers

I'm building a glass pyramid over the Egyptian escalator where my body will be mummified, so my customers can come and see me forever. - Mohamed Al-Fayed

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. - Anna Quindlen

When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer. - Corrie Ten Boom

I deal with foreign countries. I made a lot of money dealing against China. I've made a lot of money dealing against many other countries. - Donald Trump

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters. One represents danger, and the other represents opportunity. - John F Kennedy

To the optimist, the glass is half-full. To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. - Unknown

Whenever you are embarrassed, just remember that in 1999 NASA destroyed a $655 Million project because the engineers mistook kilograms and pounds. - Unknown

When a man's suit fits, when the construction is beautiful, when the sewing and fabrics are there - in the end, you'll look the best in it. - John Varvatos

When I walk down the street in New York, the building constructor, the guy pounding cement and what not, will yell, "Hey, you hockey puck!" - Don Rickles


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