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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...

After the Summer Olympics, Empty Shells in Beijing

A year and a half after the Olympics in Beijing, the impressive structures built for the event are left without a purpose. From the New York Times: In 2008, the Chinese built a ball field — boy, what a ball field — known...

A Biblical Seven Years

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman writes: As I sat in my seat at the Bird’s Nest, watching thousands of Chinese dancers, drummers, singers and acrobats on stilts perform their magic at the closing ceremony, I couldn’t...

‘The Olympics Have Destroyed Our Lives’

Spiegel Online profiles a new book of photography by Straits Times journalist Chua Chin Hon: Chua Chin Hon runs the office of Singapore’s Straits Times. As a journalist, Chua has documented Beijing’s dizzying...

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...

Mao to Wow!

Vanity Fair has yet another story about the architectural marvels going up in Beijing in time for the Olympic Games: Just as many of New York City’s most iconic landmarks rose in breathtakingly brief succession a century ago,...

Despite Promises, Old Beijing Neighborhoods Fall

A couple of recent articles have highlighted the destruction of Beijing to make way for Olympics construction. AP reports on the Qianmen neighborhood of the city: The redevelopment project, covering an area roughly 17 blocks...

In Beijing, No Answer to The Bulldozer

The Washington Post reports on Beijing residents forced out of their homes to make way for Olympics construction. The report includes a video: Less than four months before the Summer Games open, the forced relocations in Beijing...

The New Great Walls

National Geographic has a feature on the new architectural innovations being built in Beijing in preparation for the Olympics: Wang and his crew are part of an army of largely unskilled workers, more than a million strong, that...

Construction Halted Ahead of Games

Beijing is gearing up clean-up efforts in the run-up to the Olympics. Officials laid out an ambitious series of measures on Monday that will freeze construction projects, slow down steel production and shut down quarries in and...

Before the Olympics, a Parade of Companies

The New York Times looks at the American companies that are pouring into Beijing to fill the retail space created by the city’s Olympics makeover: With the new supply of high-quality real estate, more American companies...

Beijing Simmering Over ‘The Egg’

From Los Angeles Times: It’s the building Beijing residents love to hate. The dome of the new National Center for the Performing Arts glows luminescent as it emerges from a reflecting pool like a pearl or a rising sun. At...

From the High-Rise to the Hutong

The Guardian looks at a new generation of Chinese architects who are creating their own style that incorporates traditional Chinese aesthetics: Say the words “new Chinese architecture” and what springs to mind?...

China’s Olympian Infrastructure Plans

The Motley Fool gives a run-down of the major infrastructure projects in China slated for the coming three years, including the recently opened Terminal 3 at the Beijing airport: China’s Olympian infrastructure plans...

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