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World No more super skyscrapers, says China

08:06  28 october  2021
08:06  28 october  2021 Source:   bbc.com

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China is home to some of the world's highest buildings - including the 632m Shanghai Tower and the 599.1m Ping An Finance Centre in Shenzhen. Local reports say that while skyscrapers may be needed in crowded cities like Shanghai and Shenzhen, there is no shortage of land in other cities, adding that those had been built mostly for vanity reasons. The announcement was mostly met with approval on Chinese social media site Weibo, with many stating that the super -high skyscrapers were "not needed they're just gimmicky".

China has restricted the construction of extremely tall skyscrapers in smaller cities as part of a crackdown on wasteful vanity projects by local governments. Without special approval, cities with populations of less than 3 million must not build skyscrapers taller than 150m, and cities with larger populations must not construct buildings higher than 250m, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development said on Tuesday (Oct 26). SNIP While China acknowledges that high-rise buildings promote more intensive use of land resources, it is increasingly concerned that local officials are

China has restricted smaller cities in the country from building "super high-rise buildings", as part of a larger bid to crackdown on vanity projects.

China is home to some of the world's tallest buildings © Getty Images China is home to some of the world's tallest buildings

Cities with populations of less than three million people will be restricted from building skyscrapers taller than 150 metres (492 ft).

Those with populations larger than that will be restricted from buildings taller than 250 metres.

There is already an existing ban on buildings taller than 500 metres.

China is home to some of the world's highest buildings - including the 632m Shanghai Tower and the 599.1m Ping An Finance Centre in Shenzhen.

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China accepts that high-rise buildings promote more intensive use of land resources. (File). Beijing: China has restricted the construction of extremely tall skyscrapers in smaller cities as part of a crackdown on wasteful vanity projects by local governments. Without special approval, cities with populations of less than 3 million must not build skyscrapers taller than 150 metres (492.13 ft), and cities with larger populations must not construct buildings higher than 250 metres, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development said ocn Tuesday.

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China has restricted the construction of extremely tall skyscrapers in smaller cities as part of a crackdown on wasteful vanity projects by local governments. Without special approval, cities with populations less than three million must not build skyscrapers taller than 150 metres, and cities with larger populations must not construct buildings higher than 250 metres, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development said on Tuesday (Oct 26). The measures go further than an existing ban on buildings of more than 500 metres.

Local reports say that while skyscrapers may be needed in crowded cities like Shanghai and Shenzhen, there is no shortage of land in other cities, adding that those had been built mostly for vanity reasons.

Earlier this year, hundreds of people were showing fleeing when a 350 metre landmark skyscraper - the SEG Plaza in the city of Shenzhen - began swaying.

China has increasingly been cracking down on costly vanity projects, criticising local developers obsession with constructing eye-catching buildings.

Earlier this year the country issued a ban on "ugly architecture".

"We're in a stage where people are too impetuous and anxious to produce something that can actually go down in history," Zhang Shangwu, deputy head of Tongji University's College of Architecture and Urban Planning had earlier told the South China Morning Post.

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China has restricted the construction of extremely tall skyscrapers in smaller cities as part of a crackdown on wasteful vanity projects by local governments. FILE PHOTO: Buildings are seen in Shenzhen, China September 18, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee. The measures go further than an existing ban on buildings of more than 500 metres. Officials who approve such projects in violation of the new rule “will be held accountable for life”, the ministry said , which would mean officials were subject to any future punishment decided in relation to the breach of rules.

The Chinese government has issued a degree "strictly prohibiting" copycat architecture and severely limiting the construction of supertall skyscrapers . It bans "copycat behaviour", states that skyscrapers over 500 metres "are not allowed", buildings over 250 metres should be "strictly restricted", and establishes the role of chief architects in its cities. "To embody the spirit of the city, to show the style of the times, and to highlight Chinese characteristics, we hereby notify the relevant matters as follows," stated the policy, which Dezeen has translated from the original Chinese .

"Every building aims to be a landmark, and the developers and city planners try to achieve this goal by going extreme in novelty and strangeness."

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In a joint statement issued on Tuesday, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural development and the Ministry of Emergency Management clarified that special exemptions would have to be sought if a city with an urban population of less than three million wanted to build a skyscraper higher than 150 metres.

However, they would not under any circumstances be able to build a building higher than 250 metres.

Similarly, cities with an urban population of over three million could under certain circumstances apply to build a skyscraper taller than 250 metres, but with a hard ban on buildings over 500m.

Those who approve projects that violate these new rules will held to "lifelong accountability" the statement added.

The announcement was mostly met with approval on Chinese social media site Weibo, with many stating that the super-high skyscrapers were "not needed... they're just gimmicky".

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