The China Syndrome

Monday, May 22, 2006

2008 is coming soon and China and fighting for the construction of the Stadium designed by Pierre de Meuron and Jacques Herzog.
"...the concrete had already been poured for the huge bowl that will seat 91,000 spectators at the 2008 Olympic Games, and the raising and welding of the steel columns and beams — tasks that require extra training and elbow room — were well under way....
...Knowing that the nickname "bird's nest" has clicked with the Chinese public, I could imagine the enormous cranes as Godzilla-fied birds and the dangling curves of steel as worms being lowered for the chicks. The 24 main columns are gargantuan — 1,000 tons each, far more than the weight of those in a conventional stadium and spaced in what appears to be a random pattern.... "Passage [1] to find out more...

Passage [1] from http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/21/magazine/21bejing.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
Image from http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2006/05/17/magazine/21china.1.650.jpg by
Margaret Salmon and Dean Wiand

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