Tuesday, April 12, 2011

St Wolfgang Site visit

OUTR Visit Joyland Site

On the weekend we travelled to the Joyland theme park site.

"The park is located in the city of Changzhou, in a valley right by the Yangtze River. While Changzhou is a third-tier, business-driven city, Joyland’s website stresses that the park is a mere two hour drive from Shanghai, Nanjing, and Hangzhou. More importantly, Joyland is just the first stage of a much larger project. In addition to the amusement park, the valley will be turned into a massive gamer’s paradise, including a museum of video games, a stadium for online sporting events and an “anime and game expo pavilion” will provide a space for gamers to trade digital content and share anime art. While China’s economy surges from industrial manufacturing towards a more innovative, technology-oriented future, creative industry playgrounds such as this one have been popping up nationwide. There is no doubt that a killing is to be made by exploiting appealing to young video game enthusiasts. Gaming is already the largest market by revenue in China’s internet industry, earning $3.57 billion in 2009. According to a forecast by Niko partners, that number is expected to rise to $9.2 billion by 2014."

Text Sourced from: motherboard.tv

Thursday, April 7, 2011

OUTR in Changzhou

Five team members of OUTR have set up office in Changzhou in China. We are currently working on the first stage of construction documentation for the St Wolfgang project in collaboration with ICDA. Below is an image of our new office in the ICDA building.

OUTR in Changzhou ...Please Click Here

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The apartment that wasn’t......

OUTR has been hunting for an apartment to rent for the duration of our stay in Changzhou. We have met a lot of gracious locals, as well as taking in the sites of this ever changing city. We hope to be able to do a lot more of this while spending time in China.

OUTR - Maglev into Shanghai

30 km in just 7 minutes 20 seconds......

Maglev (derived from magnetic levitation), is a system of transportation that suspends, guides and propels vehicles, predominantly trains, using magnetic levitation from a very large number of magnets for lift and propulsion. This method has the potential to be faster, quieter and smoother than wheeled mass transit systems. The power needed for levitation is usually not a particularly large percentage of the overall consumption; most of the power used is needed to overcome air drag, as with any other high speed train. The highest recorded speed of a Maglev train is 581 kilometres per hour (361 mph), achieved in Japan in 2003, only 6 kilometres per hour (3.7 mph) faster than the conventional TGV  wheel-rail speed record.

Source: Wikipedia