Koolhaas’s CCTV Building Fits Beijing as City of the Future
The 2004 Seattle Central Library, an uneven stack of slabs shrink-wrapped in a glass-and-steel web, was at once an evocative memorial to the conventional library and a monument to the new Information Age.Mr. Koolhaas was offered the CCTV commission in late 2002, around the time he was invited to participate in redevelopment plans for ground zero in Lower Manhattan, and he immediately decided he could not take on both. No building has since done more to burnish the reputation of Beijing as a city of the future than Koolhaas’s. His CCTV building, nearing completion, has been a highly visible part of the cityscape in this nation’s capital since late in the last decade, rising across an elevated freeway from the generic towers of Beijing’s new business district. The more time you spend with it, the harder it is to pin the building down.
From a distance it’s virtually impossible to get a grip on the building’s size – an apt metaphor for the way giant media companies like CCTV have collapsed the scale of our world. Approaching from the direction of the freeway, with the massive bridge looming directly ahead, the building can look dark and menacing. From yet another the bridge’s tilted roof gives the building a strangely two-dimensional quality. Mr. Koolhaas, of course, also had to deal with the mundane issues of how the building works.
The limited interaction of disparate social groups becomes far more limited higher in the building. Mr. Koolhaas seems to be reminding us that all empires fade; it is the cultural triumphs – including the great buildings – that will remain the most enduring testament to who we were and what we hoped to become. An architecture review and two picture captions on Wednesday about the CCTV building in Beijing, the headquarters of China Central Television, omitted one of the architects. Ole Scheeren also designed the building.
South Gloucestershire Council
Closed circuit television is an effective tool in tackling crime, helping vulnerable residents and keeping communities safe across South Gloucestershire. There are currently 44 public space cameras located throughout our town centres and adjacent neighbourhoods. These cameras are integrated onto a fibre optic network and are proactively monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. In partnership with Avon and Somerset Constabulary we also operate a state-of-the-art review suite to monitor activity throughout South Gloucestershire and where evidential footage from our CCTV cameras can be viewed and investigated by authorised officers. South Gloucestershire Council’s code of practice for community safety CCTV sets out how the council and its partners ensure the operation of our CCTV systems comply with the law.
Our CCTV systems comply with the requirements and principles of the Data Protection Act 1998 and Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. From early 2018 we will be expanding our community safety CCTV to support the Metrobus rapid transit scheme. Cameras will be installed at Metrobus stops in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to ensure the safety and security of passengers using the facilities. Good quality evidence collection protects the safety of our communities, and supports our overarching aim to keep South Gloucestershire a great place to live and work. The use of at-stop CCTV was included in the original consultation undertaken as part of the Metrobus project, and assessments undertaken in the planning stages highlighted the positive benefits such security features provide for all users, especially those from vulnerable groups.
As a result, we will be configuring these cameras to ensure that the surrounding residential addresses are not captured by the scope of the cameras. If you require CCTV evidence you must call the police.
The Department of Justice and Equality
In pursuance of the Programme for a Partnership Government commitment to providing investment in CCTV systems, this community based CCTV scheme is intended to support local communities who wish to install and maintain CCTV security systems in their area, with the aim of increasing public safety and to deter illegal or anti-social behaviour. It is intended that the Scheme will run for 3 years with funding of €1 million being made available each year and the Tánaiste has secured funding of €1 million for 2017. It is designed to provide financial assistance to qualifying local organisations towards meeting the capital costs associated with the establishment of local community CCTV systems. Within this limit, grants of up to 60% of the total capital costs of the system may be awarded. Successful applicants will receive confirmation that they have been approved for a grant under the Scheme and the amount of the grant.
In this manner, applicants will be in a position to proceed with the installation of the system secure in the knowledge that the grant has been approved. A payment of up to 50% of the approved amount will be made on foot of this approval and when the applicant has confirmed that he or she will comply with the conditions attaching to the grant. The balance will be paid when it has been established that the system is fully operational in line with the requirements of the Scheme. The number of grants to be awarded is dependent on the number and quality of the applications in the context of the available budget for the scheme. Projects will be funded, within overall maximum grant limits, to the level that is considered necessary to establish successful and viable CCTV projects.
The decision of the Minister is final in relation to all applications under the Scheme. All documentation in relation to the Scheme can be found below, and on our Forms Page.