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Blogging Beijing: Architectural Excess

posted by DL Byron on April 20, 2007

The joke amongst business travelers to China is that the “crane” is the national bird. In Shanghai, you count the cranes from your window and one traveler I met reported seeing 37 last month. My window view was of the Olympic stadium and there were less cranes, but lots of workers. In China, they go all out with buildings, over the top buildings, to the point of architectural excess. This building — 64829008 — looked vacant and resembles a docking station for a Blade Runner zeppelin. Reading the paper on the flight home, the WSJ had an article about an effort to reign in buildings’ excesses, but with that much capital pouring in, it seems unlikely.

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