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How China Saw the Olympic Opening Ceremony

Since the opening of the Beijing Olympics four years ago—a declaration of national arrival which awed some and terrified others—the question has lingered of how London would follow it. Comparisons were inevitable, and perhaps...

Beijing’s Olympic Ruins

Four years later, most of the sports facilities built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics have remained untouched since the extravagant closing ceremony. The Water Cube, the main stadium for aquatics during the Olympics, is now...

The Uncertain Return of Beijing Wildlife

The sky above Beijing is best known for characteristics other than its bird life. Nevertheless, the city’s birds appear to have multiplied over the past ten years thanks to new habitats offered by reforestation to combat...

China’s $450M White Elephant?

The Toronto Star reports that Beijing’s Birds Nest has been turned into a snow park: Beijing is hosting its own version of the Winter Olympics – though the idea may be on thin ice. Inside the architectural wonder of the...

An Olympic Stadium Worth Remembering

The New York Times continues its paper-wide China coverage with a review of the so-called Bird’s Nest stadium by architecture critic Nicholai Ouroussoff: Designed by the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de...

Torch Has Made Beijing Blind: Artist

On a visit to Australia, artist and co-designer of the Bird’s Nest Oympics stadium Ai Weiwei speaks out against the government. From the Australian: “I don’t see myself as a dissident artist, I see them as a...

China Feels The Heat of Its Olympic Ambitions

From Los Angeles Times : In the shadow of the $440-million “bird’s nest” Olympic stadium , migrant workers toil for a few dollars a day. A few miles away, bulldozers destroy a neighborhood where petitioners...

China ‘Covered Up’ 10 Stadium Deaths – AP

From AP via News.com.au: Chines authorities have covered up the deaths of at least 10 workers in their rush to finish the Olympic stadium for the games that get underway on August 8, it was reported overnight. According to the Sunday Times newspaper Chinese officials have effectively bought off the families of the dead workers […]

The 10 Best (New and Upcoming) Architectural Marvels – Time magazine

Quite an “achievement” for Beijing, home to three of Time magazine’s 10 architectural mavels for 2007. From time.com: #6 | Olympic Stadium, Beijing Athletes at the Summer Games will compete in a nestlike venue by Herzog & de Meuron. #7 | CCTV Headquarters, Beijing A tetrahedronal structure by Rem Koolhaas will be the most radically […]

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