Shanghai World Expo Site, China

Location | Shanghai World Expo site, China

The World Expo which was held in Shanghai 2010, has left an area abandoned. However, some places have been reused such as the World Expo Park which put combined ecology with the reuse of buildings from the Expo as a stage for performances. This photo shows an area of the Expo site which was previously used for leisure activities while is now an abandoned plane in a abandoned setting.

Beautiful photo by a talented photography enthusiast, Thana Gu.

Datong, China

Location | Datong, Shanxi province, China

The original city wall in Datong was built in 1372. It was 14 meters high, had 4 main gates, 4 turrets and 46 watch towers. The ancient city used to be one of the nine military towns along the Great Wall of China. The industrialisation however damaged or destroyed some of its old buildings and thus its history. If planners and developers in Datong had been more sensitive and respected its history, then Datong would perhaps still be as beautiful today.

Now, however, the municipality has initiated a restoration plan which has been going on for more several years. The plan has the intention of restoring the city walls similar to how it looked like in its glorious years. Moreover, Datong’s municipal government have started demolishing newer buildings in favor of replicating older ones. The city will thus shift its focus towards a historical tourism.

The formerly disordered urban planning in the city was an important fight for an upcoming Chinese historical revivalist movement. Supporters of urban regeneration have praised the movement for protecting the city’s traditional culture, giving the city a face-lift, and improving the environment and air quality. Critics, however, say that the movement is a waste of money and labor because they claim the restored buildings don’t live up to their former glory, and that the municipal government has failed to properly compensate and relocate displaced residents.

Durrat Al Bahrain, Bahrain

Location | Durrat Al Bahrain, Bahrain

Durrat Al Bahrain is the largest collection of artificial islands in Bahrain. With its 21 km² planned master development it has been created across a cluster of 15 spectacular islands. The finished include five-star hotels, an 18-hole golf course, 12 bridges, and a marina. The rest will consist of residential and other business related buildings. In the long run it has the goal of becoming a self-reliant city, which is yet to be seen.

Worlds longest roundabout, Malaysia

Location | Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, Putrajaya, Malaysia

Did you know that the world’s longest roudabout is located in Malaysia? This roundabout which was completed in 1999 is 3.5 km long and a part of the planned city Putrajaya which was established in 1995. The city is located 25 km south of Kuala Lumpur and serves as the administrative centre of Malaysia. The seat of government shifted in 1999 from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya, due to overcrowding and congestion in Kuala Lumpur.

Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar

Location | Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar

The stadium takes 40.000 people, and has a roof on the western side of the stadium. It will be one of the stadiums where the 2020 FIFA World Cup will take place in Qatar. It was built in 1976 and is a source of pride and symbol for the country’s sporting ambitions. It is being renovated for FIFA World Cup and will use green technologies, such as a metro line line to the stadium, to conform to the commitment to sustainability.