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Innovative micro-revamps spruce up old neighborhoods

Micro-revamps around Xinhua Road have largely improved living conditions with subtle renovations while preserving the historical ambiance.

Architects and designers from home and abroad have been invited to take charge of micro-renovations of streets, neighborhoods, stairways, signage, bicycle parking and garbage sorting while the annual urban design festival is being held.

A 70-year-old residential building in the Jinglaocun neighborhood on Xinhua Road was redeveloped with an activity space for seniors.

Another project, a “Walking Laboratory” on Panyu Road transformed a cramped lane in an old residential quarter into a public space.

A micro-neighborhood space has been built at 669 Xinhua Road. He Jia, an architect and a resident in the neighborhood designed a 20-square-meter public sitting room for his neighbors.

Gabriele Tempesta, graduate of Politecnico di Milano in Italy converted a garbage station into an intelligent recycling station at the same neighborhood, where residents can easily sort their garbage.

Corridors made up of seamless stainless steel tubes were built on the first and second floors of an old apartment building in the neighborhood to create a quiet and tidy public space to replace the previous rambling ones.

Signboards in warm colors were widely installed around Xinhua Road while a cloister and a fenced playground were planned in the public green space at the intersection of Dingxi Road and Anshun Road.

A public living room with tall glass windows was built next to the intersection of Fahuazhen Road and Xianghuaqiao Road.


During last year’s urban design festival, micro-revamps were conducted on Yuyuan Road in Changning and results have been well received.

Street inaccessible during construction

The section of Beidi Road between Jianhe Road and Pingtang Road is under construction and inaccessible except a six-meter-wide path for walkers and bicycles.

As part of a project to build an underground rapid transit linking Outer Ring Road and Middle Ring Road, the total construction period is expected to be about 10 months.

Passing vehicles from Middle Ring Road toward Beidi Road have to take Jianhe Road and then turn to Qingchi Road and Pingtang Road or ride to Tianshan Road W. through Beiyu Road.

On the opposite, through Songhong Road, Jinzhong Road and Jianhe Road is the best way to access Middle Ring Road from Beidi Road.

Learning in the cloud

The 4.0 edition of “study in digital Changning” is available online, which features the latest information, a study roadmap, recommended courses, cloud classrooms, experiential learning and a mobile app.

After 10 years of development, “study in digital Changning” has become part of Changning’s lifelong education system to meet the needs of diverse learners.

The platform of “study in digital Changning” is in the cloud, which makes full use of virtualization technologies and distributed computing and connects government cloud to ensure it is reliable, available and extensible.

Learning resources is in the cloud too, providing access to more than 8,000 online courses. Learners can easily log in and learn online courses through computers, mobile phones, mobile terminals and other electronic devices at anytime and anywhere.

The platform also enables teachers to interact with and teach students online while data collected, stored, surveyed, analyzed, transferred and shared online to optimize the service constantly.

Viaduct project completed

Two sections of a viaduct linking Beidi Road and a tunnel in the Changfeng business area of Putuo District were joined together last Friday, marking major progress in the construction of the Beihong Road Interchange.

Beihong Road is where the Beiheng Passage starts and extends to the downtown Zhoujiazui Road Tunnel. The Beihong Road Interchange will connect the east-to-west thoroughfare with the Middle Ring Roads.

Stretching 19.4 kilometers and linking Changning, Putuo, Jing’an, Hongkou and Yangpu districts, the Beiheng Passage is anticipated to significantly alleviate congestion in downtown Shanghai and the Pudong New Area while crossing under the Huangpu River.

The passage being built will include some tunnels and a speed limit of 60 kilometers per hour.

The tunnels to the west of Huangxing Road are expected to have a total of four lanes — two in each direction — while the Beiheng Passage at ground level will have an extra lane in each direction, according to the blueprint.

The project is also expected to speed up the development of areas north of the Suzhou Creek.

First joint public-private eye center established

Tongji Hospital’s Shanghai Xinshijie Eye Center, the city’s first eye medical center set up by a public hospital and a private health group, has started operation in Changning.

It is an effective cooperation trial to help solve the big workload and large number of patients in public hospitals, while boosting the development of private health facilities, health officials said.

Through the cooperation, doctors at Tongji Hospital can serve at the private Xinshijie Eye Hospital, which previously faced very limited resources in the public hospital.

While doctors from the private hospital work with doctors from Tongji, they can receive more chances to see diversified and complicated surgeries and patients, and the private hospital can make better use of its resources as private hospitals usually have much less patients.

“It is a good trial under the city’s health reform and encouraging for the development of the private health sector,” said Zhang Rong, vice director of Changning District Family Planning and Health Commission.

Editor: Li Xinran Shanghai Daily

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