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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How much does your building weigh? - R Buckminster Fuller

The engineering is secondary to the vision. - Cynthia Ozick

Architecture begins where engineering ends. - Walter Gropius

The writer is the engineer of the human soul. - Joseph Stalin

Building a business is a marathon, not a sprint. - Taavet Hinrikus

The road to success is always under construction. - Lily Tomlin

Death and taxes are unsolved engineering problems. - Romana Machado

The taller the building, the deeper the foundation needs to be. - Unknown

I look like I'm Chinese or Thai or Japanese - very different. - Mary Kom

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

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

Architect: One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money. - Ambrose Bierce

Abundance: 1. Big party held in a bakery; 2. A social event held in a farm building. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

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

What really motivates people at Facebook is building stuff that they're proud of. - Mark Zuckerberg

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

A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. - Frank Lloyd Wright

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

Like a bull into a china closet. Like in that picture, "The Prince and The Porpoise." - Archie Bunker

We laid the track on a smooth stretch of ground about one hundred feet north of the new building. - Orville Wright

When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let's say, China in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time. - Donald Trump

Living in China has made me appreciate my own country, with its tiny, ethnically diverse population of unassuming donut-eaters. - Jan Wong

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

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

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 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

Leadership development is not an 'event.' It's a capacity-building endeavor. It's a process of human growth and development. - Linda F Thornton

I'll love you, dear, I'll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street. - W H Auden

They submitted bills, and we paid them. Then we checked the engineering reports and found out that we had paid them far more than we owed them. - Donald Trump

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


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29-Oct-2020