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*** age_04.08.31

 
[2008 Beijing Olympics, China]
  • chrysanthemums
    "China has a novel idea for offsetting the austere look of Beijing during the 2008 Olympics. It will send flower and grass seeds into space for mutation by cosmic rays to produce a riot of blossoms and greenery." (Hamish McDonald, age_04.08.31)

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    "If the Athens construction program was a cliffhanger, the risk with Beijing is that it will be completed too early and people will become blase about the city's new look by the time the Olympics are held." (Hamish McDonald, age_04.08.31)




*** sfc_04.08.26

 
[2008 Beijing Olympics, China]
  • white elephant
    "In China, though, 'modern' unfortunately still means car- friendly and large-scale." (Ulf Meyer, sfc_04.08.26)

  • air cushions
    "China has probably bitten off more than it can chew for the next Olympics." (Ulf Meyer, sfc_04.08.26)
     
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    "The cancellation of the round stadium design also puts the design for the square swimming stadium in doubt. Because circle and square traditionally symbolize heaven (round) and earth (square) in China, they only make sense together." (Ulf Meyer, sfc_04.08.26)

  • more >>>> Experimentation in China or Indigenous Modernism

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