I have written before about the work of Spanish architect Abelardo Lafuente in this blog. The most famous of his building was surely Antonio Ramos Summer Mansion built in 1924 on Duo Lun Lu in Hong Kou district. This particular building has been the object of study by Spanish architect Alvaro Leonardo from Polyfactory (click here to see his blog). To his surprise and horror, work has started on this unique building without much regards for its historical value. As for many in Shanghai, it is very far from historical renovation standards. A detailed report can be found at: http://polifactory.com/blog/patrimony-destroyed-at-250-duolun-rd/
It is not the first time in Shanghai that an old building historical interest has been severely diminished by ruinovation. We are still waiting of the result of the former Collège Municipal Français that is also currently under renovation (I don’t hold my breath for that either). Another massive ruinovation was made on former Nanking Road (See post Plaza 353 ruinovation). Historical building renovation techniques have been developed for decades in Europe and European cities show great examples. Not many people seem to have heard about it Shanghai.