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Garbage sorting starts now

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Garbage sorting starts now

All residential complexes, work units and public venues must begin sorting their garbage this year.

Rules on treatment fees for waste produced by enterprises, items which hotels are banned from providing and operational standards for “no sort, no collection” will be released in May.

Individuals who refuse to sort out garbage could face a fine of up to 200 yuan (US$30), with companies and other organizations liable to pay up to 50,000 yuan, based on domestic garbage regulations that will take effect in July.

The city is handling 4,300 tons of wet garbage daily at present. The target is 7,000 tons by the end of 2020. Most dry garbage, about 13,300 tons daily, is incinerated.

Manufacturers should produce less waste, and standards for packaging in the parcel delivery industry are being worked out.

Wet markets should have on-the-spot wet garbage treatment facilities, and residents are encouraged to use fewer disposable products.

Enterprises that frequently fail to sort their trash will be refused collection and transportation and will be punished. Property management companies face a similar regime. Garbage transportation companies will face sanctions for mixing previously classified trash.

‘A First Farewell’ wins best film in Berlin

“A First Farewell,” by first-time director Lina Wang, won the best film honor from the international jury of the Generation Kplus sidebar of children’s films at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. The production company of the film is Changning-based MeDoc.

Wang, who is ethnically Han but was born in Xinjiang’s Xayar County, dedicates “A First Farewell” to her hometown in a final title card and also in promotional material. The film is a touching portrait of a Uygur boy who slowly loses his innocence as his sick mother withdraws from the family, debt troubles mount, and his best friend is sent away to a better, Mandarin-language school in a faraway town.

Wang presents a verdant, attractive picture of Xinjiang far different from the harsh deserts for which the province is known. “I wanted to present the real Xinjiang,” she said. She is scripting her sophomore film, also to be set in the region, but can’t decide whether it will be a feature or a documentary.

MeDoc, also, focuses on the production of non-fictional films.

Renovated old neighborhood owns many ‘first’

Changning adheres to its promise to renovate no less than 1 million square meters of old neighborhoods every year. Xinjing No. 6 Village is one among the first with a facelift in all aspects, including building repairs, burying overhead cables underground, road pavement and the installation of footpaths and elevators.

A neighborhood consisting of 20 six-floor buildings and many other public facilities, Xinjing No. 6 Village has won many “first” after year-long renovation.

The completion of a 1,800-square-meter neighborhood activities center made the neighborhood the first in Changning to own a public facility in such a large size.

The neighborhood is also the first in Changning to have all the sewage pipes replaced.

The No. 12 and No. 14 buildings in the neighborhood had had elevators installed and put into practice at the end of last year, followed by four other buildings.

Stores on the ground floor of the buildings toward streets were all equipped with new signboards in unified format and surveillance cameras that can be viewed by shopkeepers and urban managers at any time.

Renovators also expanded the fitness area from 80 square meters to 650 square meters and built a 260-meter-long footpath for residents.

Renovated greenlands for rainwater storage, updated drainage and filtration system jointly formed a sewer and stormwater networks to mitigate the risk of flooding and let the neighborhood can absorb and reuse a major proportion of rainwater.

Xinjing No. 6 Village is also the first in Changning to practice intelligent traffic control with priority for emergency vehicles. Overhead cables in the neighborhood have been buried underground.

Digital screens have replaced the wooden blackboards for information release. Facial recognition cameras, e-fencing and electronic swing door with QR code locks, automatic number-plate recognition and smart manhole sensors make the neighborhood much safer than before.

Street inaccessible for most drivers during construction

The section of Beidi Road between Beiyu Road and Jianhe Road is inaccessible for most vehicles, except for buses and cars belonging to businesses and residents on the section of the street.

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.

Small dumpling shop becomes new space for innovative, interactive art

A former dumpling store on Yuyuan Road has been converted into a popular art gallery named The Bun, or 9m2.

A tiny street art gallery renovated from a dumpling shop on Yuyuan Road has become a popular site featuring creative art installations and high-tech gadgets.

The non-profit gallery titled The Bun, better known as 9m2 or nine square meters, is attracting curious spectators every day and night with its ideal location on the sidewalk along the century-old road in Changning District.

Three young artists renovated the space and change the theme every three months. A new exhibition was released this week, themed on nature and the ocean. It features hundreds of hanging acrylic blue tubes and a 4K projector that can turn the glass house into an underwater world in the evening.

“We want to create pleasant experiences for visitors and nearby residents, while raising public awareness of nature and society,” said Wang Zhiguang, co-founder of The Bun art project. Wang and his partners, formerly organizers of mass art exhibitions and concerts, took over the derelict house in August 2018 and started the renovation.

Though it looks like an illegal structure, the small house on a sidewalk near the entrance of an old residential community has been legally registered, dating back to over half a century ago, Wang said. Creater, the firm in charge of an ongoing revamping project on the road, rented the site and invited Wang’s team to host art exhibitions.

The former dumpling shop has been moved into a newly developed Yuyuan Public Market nearby, where residents can buy traditional Shanghai breakfast foods, get new keys cut or fix a broken umbrella. The market will officially open on Thursday.

Redecoration lasted for two months. The artists removed the former rooftop and walls, which have been occupied by mice, and replaced them with glass.

“I’ve been watching their renovation project and curious about what the small house will be used for,” said Ma Zhongren, a senior resident living in the nearby Hongye Garden. “It turned out to be a beautiful space and I bring my grandson here every day,” Ma said.

The inaugural exhibition in October 2018 was decked out with colorful neon-stripes that turned the house into a glowing box every evening. The project themed on “Glowing Out Loud” invited visitors to play with reflector plates installed on the wall to change the pattern of the light.

“We found it meaningful to bring modern art to the residents in old neighborhoods who may have few chances to see art exhibitions at museums,” said Wang. He preferred to sit inside the house when it is open to the public between 3pm and 7pm every Wednesday to Sunday and talk with residents and other visiting artists.

The second exhibition also became a hot event, even among local expats, Wang said. During the city’s fallen leaves season, the artists decorated the house with flowers, tree trucks and other plants under the theme of nature. The glass rooftop of the house was later covered with fallen leaves and integrated with the surrounding environment. Over 100 visitors entered the small room every day on weekends.

“Their light and affordable materials create magic space here. People are so welcome to come in and interact with the art installation,” said Paul Leavy, a tourist from Toronto.

The artists have a bigger vision for their future exhibitions. They aim to involve more high-tech facilities to create more attractive art effects. Artificial intelligence sensors, 5G network and binocular cameras have been taken into consideration.

In one of the visions, for instance, the lamps in the house can change color automatically according to the clothes of entering visitors, while a 3D virtual receptionist can talk with them.

The art group is negotiating with the Chinese Academy of Sciences to showcase more newly invented technologies inside the exhibition space. The practice can help realize the visions of artists, while soliciting public opinions and seeking cooperation for new technologies.

“We want to turn exhibition spaces like 9m2 into a public lab where art and science can be well integrated,” said Huang Zhiwei, vice president the Shanghai Creater Industrial Co. Popular art installations within The Bun house will be copied in other projects of the company citywide.

The project is part of the ongoing campaign initiated by the Jiangsu Road Subdistrict and Creater to launch a number of micro-revamping projects in old residential communities along the road. There are 108 historical villas along the road, including many former residences of celebrities, such as missile and space scientist Qian Xuesen (1911-2009) and pianist Gu Shengying (1937-1967).

The road — which dates back to 1911, the final year of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) — runs through the districts of Changning and Jing’an. In recent decades it has been shortened to its current length of 800 meters.

Editor: Li Xinran Shanghai Daily

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