Construction, Chinese Style

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The prowess of Chinese engineers has resulted in another Middle Kingdom marvel, in the form of this spectacular building collapse; so expert was the construction of the structure’s foundations that the collapse occurred cleanly and without much damage to the structure, breaking neatly at the base.

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The structure itself was a 13-storey Shanghai apartment building, still under construction, built alongside a number of identical developments, the owners of which are likely eyeing their own foundations with no small trepidation.

Investigations into cause of the collapse are ongoing, though it hardly takes much insight to realise the likely reason.

Only one worker was horribly crushed when the structure fell, as nobody had yet moved in.

Such innovative construction techniques are said to be typical throughout China, a nation whose superficially impressive economic foundations also at times look as unstable and ephemeral as some of the buildings…

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Via Itai News.


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    Avatar of Fuhrer
    Comment by Anonon
    06:17 28/06/2009 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Im just impressed that It managed to stay together so well after falling over.

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    Comment by Hexa
    07:42 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I can't help but wonder what would have happened if it had fallen over in the other direction. I'm thinking dominos here people xD

    Well at least they can just push it upright again ^^

    Comment by SaruDa
    08:13 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Convincing people to move in is another matter entirely.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:22 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL, if only that were possible.

    Whoever was responsible for the shotty foundation work done on the building will most likely lose their jobs and/or end up in prison.

    Consider this another textbook example of poor structural engineering at its worst.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:28 29/06/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    When I see this sort of stuff, I always wonder:

    * was it bad engineering?

    * was it bad implementation (i.e., cheaper, weaker materials were used than what the design called for, and inspectors bribed/blackmailed into signing off that the proper materials were used)?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 01/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Prison?

    It's China, dude.

    Guys responsible will be billed for bullet and shot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:26 05/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i agree with Wynn, typical chinese, when they get the money on their hands, rest is just random

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    Comment by wynn
    11:31 01/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    bad materials and slipshort work i guess

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    Comment by sanimej2
    06:38 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So your saying that there half-smart.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:36 29/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    yup. the building collapse because some dumbass didn't pile the pilings until the bedrock only half-way.

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    Comment by Falk5T
    01:20 10/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quote Anonon: "Yup, Up from the foundation it seems like they did a good job. At least on the outside anyways."

    Yeah thats the only part the engineers couldn't take pictures of.

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    Comment by Firaku
    00:16 01/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just tell everyone the plastering over the cracks is alien language.

    http://www.sankakucomplex.com/wp-content/gallery/cache/44054__468x_china-build-quality-029.jpg

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    Comment by Anonon
    06:43 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yup, Up from the foundation it seems like they did a good job. At least on the outside anyways.

    Comment by Anon
    18:41 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They did a pretty good job on the railroad tracks in the US.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:32 13/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The railroaad tracks were built vertically, they fell too.

    Comment by GITAH!
    03:29 01/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chinese Engineering is an oximoron.

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    Comment by sanimej2
    06:54 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ahh... The wonders of chinese engineering.

    Comment by Dalndox
    11:56 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who knows, maybe the Great Wall was just a giant stone tower that snapped off at the base and fell. XD

    And knowing China, they probably said they did it on purpose.

    In American, we'd just chalk it up as "New-Age Housing Complexes", where the "sideways feel adds a new dimension to our lives".

    I love this country. XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:07 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Successful failure?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:49 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "y must this thing happen in china?"

    If they build it, it will fall.

    Comment by diskonline
    09:46 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unfortunately, yes, chinese engineering

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    y must this thing happen in china?

    Comment by Sazamu
    11:20 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    A new wonder after the great wall. XD

    Comment by diskonline
    10:38 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's said that the building fail is caused by foundation problem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:56 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "there half-smart"

    people in glass houses...

    Comment by zeeohsix
    06:46 29/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    smg? submachine gun?

    bmg

    Comment by Anon
    18:41 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    a .50 cal SMG should do the trick.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:47 04/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's funny because he made himself look like a moron. ^_^

    Unless he's talking about the 15lb Thomson, AKA the Tommygun, in which case it's Classic.

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    Comment by fatimmortal
    18:07 30/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    .50 cal sub machine gun? Can anyone even handle firing three rounds continuously without breaking an arm?

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    Comment by sanimej2
    06:59 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You want me to throw stones at your house?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:54 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    bulletproof glass lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:59 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    at least they're smart enough as to not build the apartments so close together that it would create a domino effect if this were to happen

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:38 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That would have been funneh.

    Comment by Hangmen
    15:18 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL it's built out of cardboards. Reminds me of a board game back in my childhood called Hotel.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:22 25/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    HOTELS WAS A KICKASS GAME!

    Comment by Rick_In_Texas
    13:10 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Anyone notice something peculiar about that picture. Look at those concrete tubes sticking out from the bottom of the building. I may be mistaken but those appear to be concrete footings for the foundation.

    What is peculiar is that there is no steel rebar sticking out of them. Shouldn't the footings be steel reinforced? Maybe someone here knows more about construction and can set me straight on that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:37 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    china will need to borrow japan's gundam to pull the building back up

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    Comment by sanimej2
    00:24 29/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah, the minuts it sets foot in China, its breaks too.

    Comment by Meidoganekko
    01:50 29/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quote of WIN.

    Comment by bgsm
    01:31 29/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Both fail and awesome on a lot of levels.
    What do you call this..

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:48 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    In China buildings flatten you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:59 29/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Construction companies taking shortcuts to maximize profits and government officials taking "campaign contributions" to look the other way never happens in other countries in the world:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-35W_Mississippi_River_bridge

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Dig_ceiling_collapse

    Nope never happens.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:58 29/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Made in China

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:18 09/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    pfft.. a lot official figures are made in china.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:19 09/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    anime/game/manga figures**

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:23 29/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I lol'd hard at the pictures of those buildings with a million patched cracks

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 29/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    looks like a dominoe. no foundation

    Comment by oniichan!
    09:27 29/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chinese can make decent products if they didn't try to pinch every penny out of it. China = Cheap end of story. Oh save half money by only halving pillars for foundation.

    If this was Old America (1950's and before) they would have over engineered the hell out of it, and then doubled it just to be on the safe side. Unfortunately America is turning just as cheap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:08 29/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ... If only i could rent them , i would have wanted them to bring them our government's corrupt "palace". Yeah!

    Comment by Meidoganekko
    03:03 29/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, took me pretty long to realize that the last two pictures aren't actually apartment walls scribbled with white paints...

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    Comment by chogiebear
    22:31 28/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The cement on the walls of the buildings looks like Cybertronian language.








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