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China’s pollution problem, everyone’s problem: Peggy Liu at TED2014

Our world is constantly changing, and it is bold ideas that push this forward. The speakers in session 3 of the TED2014 conference were all big thinkers who are working to reshape the ways we see, think about, and interact with the world.

One of the lead sustainability activists in China, Peggy Liu is a key player in the race for green growth worldwide, and shared her vision of climate change and China’s ongoing battle against pollution.  Peggy emphasizes the point that “pollution crosses boarders”; therefore, “China’s problem is everyone’s problem.” In her talk, Peggy refers to the China’s pollution crisis as an “airpocalypse.”

Today, China is urbanizing at an astonishing rate, and it is expected that an estimated 350 million people who live in China’s rural areas will move into cities over the next 20 years. Peggy points out, “in many ways, this is a great thing, offering opportunities for Chinese children to go to school nearby and for parents to find employment,” but these changes will put unprecedented pressure on our Earth’s limited natural resources.


The decisions China makes in the next few years will determine if China will be ecologically sustainable or a disaster, but Liu focuses on six advantages that she believes will enable China to make small changes that add up quickly due to the size of China’s population:

  1. China has centralized control.
  2. China has just a few key decision makers.
  3. China is willing to learn from others.
  4. China is willing to experiment.
  5. China is willing to change.
  6. China is highly motivated.

“It only takes a few passionate individuals to make transformative change,” Liu says, and through Shaw’s commitment to sustainability and our efforts to creating a better future for our customers, our associates and our communities, we are certainly contributing to this positive change in China.

As part of the ongoing process to make Shaw Contract Group a brand across the globe, we opened our first manufacturing facility in China last September. In keeping with our dedication to sustainable buildings, the Nantong facility is LEED certified and the first manufacturing facility to create Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM products.

TED2014 happened in Vancouver and Whistler, BC, Canada, March 17-21, 2014. Designer David Rockwell relied on Shaw Hospitality Group for the carpet for the design. On the floor is “Crease” from the Layered Luxe collection, which was designed in collaboration with Rockwell himself.

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Shanghai from 600 Meters High

crane-operator-aerial-shanghai-photos-wei-gensheng-2Professional photographer? Not really, but professional crane operator, Wei Gensheng’s, breathtaking photographs of Shanghai taken from his job site 600 metres above the ground have managed to win him the second place prize in the Shanghai City Photography Competition.

Gensheng was working on what is going to be the second highest building in the world, the Shanghai Tower.  Slated to be completed this year, the tower will be 632 metres high (121 stories), and is only topped by Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, which is 829.8 metres high.

Take a look at these remarkable images!!


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Singapore: Asia’s New Art Capital

During the 4th edition of Art Stage Singapore last month, more than 45,700 visitors crowded the three massive halls of the Marina Bay Sands Exhibition and Convention Centre. At the crossroads between Southeast Asia, China, India, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand, Art Stage Singapore has become a top global marketplace, where the world’s most prominent private art collectors and enthusiasts, corporate buyers and VIPs can experience Asian contemporary art at its finest.


Marina Bay Sands Exhibition and Convention Centre

Anchored in Singapore, Art Stage Singapore is also a showcase of the city-state’s rising importance as an art centre for the region. The fair’s Founder and Director Lorenzo Rudolf said, “There is really a [growing] momentum for Southeast Asian [art]. And I think we can be glad that we are a part of this movement and also a catalyst for this movement. Singapore is also becoming more and more a centre for contemporary art. Many of the local galleries are not [only] going to show you Singaporean artists, but artists from the entire Southeast Asia region.”

Korea Platform

Korea Platform

Bounpaul Phothyzan's Controlled Desire' exhibited in the Southeast Asia Platform

Bounpaul Phothyzan’s ‘Controlled Desire’ exhibited in the Southeast Asia Platform

Showcased in a museum-like exhibition layout, Art Stage Singapore’s new fair format, Platforms, offered visitors the opportunity to discover exciting artists from various countries in Asia Pacific. The eight regional Platforms were curated by experts of the respective markets who guided the exhibition presentation and content of individual Platforms: Southeast Asia, Australia, Central Asia, China, India, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

Continue to explore highlights of the 2014 fair by visiting the Art Stage Singapore Facebook page.

China Platform curator Huang Du

China Platform curator Huang Du

Nobuhiro Nakanishi's 'Layer Drawing – Cloud/Fog' as part of the Japan Platform

Nobuhiro Nakanishi’s ‘Layer Drawing – Cloud/Fog’ as part of the Japan Platform

Bird’s eye view of the exhibition hall

Bird’s eye view of the exhibition hall

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Regionalizing Local Manufacturing

Every day, Shaw Contract Group translates global design into flooring solutions that enhance the interior environments of people around the world. With products installed in 80 countries – and global reach that includes showrooms, offices, sales people and service providers worldwide – we are accustomed to delivering style and service to a diverse community of customers.

From multi-national organizations to healthcare and educational institutions, to commercial facilities and offices, we have the capability of delivering and recycling flooring to and from every corner of the world – including yours.


Our new manufacturing facility in Nantong, China, increases our ability to deliver the same Shaw Contract Group style, quality and performance our customers expect with speed and efficiency to the Asia Pacific region.  Shaw’s expansion into Asia was recently profiled in the most recent issue of Cubes Indesign Magazine (Issue #65, Dec/Jan 2013/14), one of the top contract publications in Southeast Asia.  The article provides insight on how Shaw Contract Group positions itself in the market, featuring interviews with John Stephens, Vice President of Marketing, and Jeff Galloway, Divisional Vice President of Asia Pacific. Jeff also discusses the company’s game changing moves in Asia with journalist Yvonne Xu in a featured interview on the IndesignLive Singapore website. Read it here!

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