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Beijing has both excellent and classical architecture but few distinguished modern buildings. Now such world famous architects as Ram Koolhass, de Meuron, Paul Andrew and PTW Architects are to display their skills here. With the speeding up of China´s urbanization and the challenging concept of the 2008 Olympic Games, almost all famous design consortiums from around the world have found that China is one of the few countries which provides not only imaginary space but also abundant funds for modern architecture today. Therefore, Ram Koolhass´s “door”, Herzog and de Meuron´s “bird-nest”, Paul Andrew´s “eggshell” and PTW Architects´ “water cube” are just a small part of the skills displayed by famous architects in China.


Part1 Paul Andrew and His Design of the National Center for the Performing Arts

On September 25, 2007, the curtain of the NCPA was raised for the first time. It was fortunate for people to sit watching shows on this day because it took 49 years to build it. Why was the NCPA constructed and why did it take so long to be built? What challenges did the designers and builders have to face? French architect Paul Andrew, after an arduous selection process, won the bid for the design of the NCPA in July 1999.


Part2 Herzog,De Meuron and the National Stadium

Feb. 6, 2008 was the Chinese New Year´s Eve. In the Olympic Par k located in northeast Beijing, a huge building was decorated with red lights, attracting many people to take photos. In fact, since 2006 this building has attracted people around the world to take photos. It is unusual for a building to attract such attention and welcome during the construction period. People gave it a vivid nickname- “Bird´s Nest”.


Part3 PTW and the Water Cube

In 2006, the US magazine Popular Science listed the world´s best architecture for the year. After looking at 100 examples worldwide, the judges steeled on Beijing´s National Aquatic Center, or Water Cube, which was ranked No. 1. Sitting across from the Bird´s Nest, the main venue, the Water Cube looks like a crystal iceberg. This blue cube and the Bird´s Nest are the centerpieces of the Olympic Park. They reflect the traditional Chinese concept of a round heaven and square earth.


Part4 Norman Foster and terminal 3

In 2007, the British newspaper The Times, listed the ten most ambitious architecture projects in the world, including T3 of the Beijing Capital International Airport(BCIA). The terminal is 3km long and 1km wide and covers an area of nearly 1 million m2. As one of the largest terminals in the world, it can handle all types of civilian aircrafts, including the Airbus A380, the biggest plane in the world. T3 was designed by eminent British architect Norman Foster, who named his work the “People Palace.”

Part5 Rem Koolhaas and the new CCTV headquarters

In Beijing, among many skyscrapers in the CBD one building stands out. It is unconventional structure with two inward tilted towers connected by a huge v-shaped girder, forming a unique circular structure that sharply contrasts to other buildings. That is the main building of the new CCTV Headquarters under construction. What kind of building is it? Where does its peculiar shape come from? Are the tilted-towers safe? All these questions are related to a Dutchman named Rem Koolhaas, a world famous architect known for his cutting-edge thinking and critical views toward European traditional architecture.

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Our homeland

Every nation tried to present its culture through its pavilion and all of these nations have a long history. How to present an old culture in a modern age, how to make the culture modern, was the question. There were many excellent answers. Everyone to Shanghai Expo is impressed at the sight of China Pavilion. It gives the impression that the Chinese nation has risen. Every Chinese, after seeing the pavilion, feels confident and proud of China’s 5,000 years of civilisation. Undoubtedly, So many engineers and designers have devoted their energy into the design and building of China Pavilion.

Urban nature

The Shanghai Expo is teeming with unique ideas, the pavilion, the zero carbon museun of London and the bamboo house and the eko tree, just to name a few, different as they are, they convey the same message–balance between man and nature. Today, the planet is a tipping point, the environment of cities is becoming worse and worse. Efforts to improve the environment are growing, it has a long way to go especially in mordern cities. In this program, the chief architecture of Swiss pavilion talks about his inspiration of his great design.

Multicultural cities

“Better City, Better Life” representing the common wish of the whole humankind for a better living in future urban environments. Reviewing Expo 2010 Shanghai, those unique Expo architectures were the emblem of social development into the dawn of a new era. Many concepts are the integration of modern cities with nature. French Pavilion has chosen the theme of “Sensual City”, so that visitors will see, smell, taste, hear and touch the glamour of France. Italian Pavilion represents a liveable place where people can move about about and rest.

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