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.


QuotaBills
Engineering with fabric. - Jean Muir

How much does your building weigh? - R Buckminster Fuller

The engineering is secondary to the vision. - Cynthia Ozick

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

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

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

Death and taxes are unsolved engineering problems. - Romana Machado

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

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

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

Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins. - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

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

Building a visionary company requires one percent vision and 99 percent alignment. - Jim Collins

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

Many agree that the worst thing that could ever happen is if Russia and China get closer. - Donald Trump

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

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

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

Just because I have rice on my clothes doesn't mean I've been to a wedding. A Chinese man threw up on me. - Phyllis Diller

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. - Harold Wilson

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

NASA scientists have been studying giraffe skin so they can apply what they learn from it to the construction of spacesuits. - Joanna Lumley

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

Twenty years of romance make a woman look like a ruin, but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building. - Oscar Wilde

You can not prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building a nest in your hair. - Chinese Proverb

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

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 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 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

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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