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China’s construction boom, an AI-run city, the largest indoor farm ever constructed and more of this week’s top stories

Tim Gibson

9 October 2020

IN case you missed it, this week’s top stories include a peek inside Sydney’s AUD $2BN skyscraper - set to become the city’s tallest building - as well as a Chinese city run entirely by artificial intelligence, the largest indoor farm ever built and much more.

CHINA’S CONSTRUCTION BOOM

It’s no secret that China loves a building boom. The last decade has seen the country overtake the rest of the world in terms of infrastructure projects and sheer scale of construction.

Their response to the economic fallout from COVID-19 has been no different: massive investment in the construction industry.

China’s building frenzy has now reached such tremendous heights that the global price of iron ore has risen by 40 percent as a direct result.

The price of nickel and zinc have also risen by 25 percent, and copper has risen by 35 percent.

China now consumes roughly half of all the world’s industrial metals.

Above: China has been massively investing in infrastructure projects to fight the economic fallout from COVID-19.

A CITY RUN ENTIRELY BY AI

Technology giant Terminus Group has teamed up with Danish studio Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) to create the city of the future.

Their new campus based in the heart of Chongqing’s technology district will be entirely run by artificial intelligence.

Everything in the city will be operated by AI, from entertainment to fire services to personal butlers.

Above: The campus will also serve as the new headquarters for Terminus Group (image courtesy of BIG).

ABU DHABI IS BUILDING THE WORLD’S LARGEST INDOOR FARM

The desert emirate of Abu Dhabi has announced it will build the world’s largest indoor farm.

Planned to be the size of 32 football pitches, the indoor farm will be capable of producing more than 10,000 tonnes of fresh vegetables every 12 months - and it will do so with 5 percent of the water that would otherwise be required.

The emirate has been bracing itself for a water shortage for years, developments like this will prove vital for the city’s future.

Above: Vertical faming could revolutionise agriculture in the UAE (image courtesy of AeroFarms).

BUILDING A $2BN SKYSCRAPER FROM HOME

The spectacular Crown Sydney was all set to take its place on Sydney’s skyline as the city’s new tallest building - until COVID-19 happened.

The pandemic hit the project team with unprecedented challenges.

In this week’s documentary we take a look behind the scenes to see how one of the country’s most ambitious new skyscrapers was completed from home.

 

Want more top stories? Stay up-to-date and take a look at what happened in the construction industry last week.

Header image courtesy of Xinhua.

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