China’s monumental ambitions

Above: CCTV Headquarters in Beijing

“New York has the Empire State Building and the Guggenheim, Paris has the Louvre and the Pompidou Center, now Beijing is determined to build its own architectural icons. Thirty years after economic reforms began, this country has built a series of superstructures that almost seem intended more for the Guinness Book of World Records than cityscapes.

“‘I’m completely against this big architecture. It’s a total waste,’ said Yin Zhi, president of the urban planning and design institute at Tsinghua University in Beijing. ‘The government wants to grab the Olympic opportunity to remake Beijing, spending so much money on these stupid projects. Why not use the budget to improve Beijing’s traffic system? Why not improve the quality of people’s lives?'”

China builds its large-scale future David Barboza IHT 5/1/08

Some significant projects:

Terminal 3 at Beijing Capital International Airport

Qingzang railway

Hangzhou Bay Bridge

Three Gorges Dam

South China Mall

CCTV Headquarters

Another good article from the Observer here.

And more at this old post about architecture courses at the Yale-in-Peking program.

Posted by Chris

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