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Plan for old power plant to showcase modern art

SHANGHAI'S century-old power plant that features the more modern "weather chimney" at the World Expo site will become a modern art museum, Shanghai's urban planning authority announced yesterday.

A plan published by the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Planning and Land Resources shows buildings in the former Urban Best Practices Area will become an art gallery, a food court, entertainment venues and offices.

The 165-meter chimney alongside the Huangpu River at the 110-year-old Nanshi power plant, the tallest structure at the Expo site, was converted into a thermometer during the Expo. The top of the chimney changed colors while giving information about weather conditions.

Plans propose that the 150,000-square-meter Urban Best Practices Area, involving factories renovated for the Expo, will become a cultural and entertainment venue.

The bureau is soliciting public opinions. People can e-mail until November 22.

The buildings in the north of the area will be rented to design companies as offices, while the south will be home to art exhibitions, fashion shows and retailers, according to the bureau officials.


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