Why Are So Many People Living Underground in Beijing?

With a population of 23 million and growing, Beijing is dealing with a major housing shortage. That's why thousands of immigrants looking for affordable homes in the city are going underground — literally and figuratively. A thriving gray market exists for windowless apartments buried deep below the streets. » 10/10/14 4:30pm 10/10/14 4:30pm

Habitrail-Style Office Tower to Dominate Beijing Skyline Later This Year

As part of Beijing's efforts to look good for the summer Olympics, its central TV station, CCTV, is getting brand new headquarters. It'll be the first of 300 buildings to be completed in the city's new Central Business District. The 5.9 million square foot building is actually a continuous loop of horizontal and… » 2/18/08 8:20am 2/18/08 8:20am

Geoengineers Will Prevent Rain Over Olympic Stadium in China

The top of China's "bird's nest" Olympic stadium is open to the elements, and therefore the government has ordered the Beijing Meteorological Bureau to make sure it won't rain during the games. The Bureau has already had some success preventing light rain, but heavy rain is harder to control. They'll use two… » 2/01/08 12:20pm 2/01/08 12:20pm

High-Tech Bubbles Trap Heat In Olympic Swimming Pool

China is rushing to finish the 7,000 square foot "Water Cube" in time to host swimming events in the 2008 Olympics. This giant building's outer cladding, which will keep the pool warm, is based on research by physicists into "how soap bubbles might be arranged in infinite array," says architecture firm Arup. The… » 11/21/07 4:00pm 11/21/07 4:00pm