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

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 different… » 2/01/08 12:20pm 2/01/08 12:20pm

Beijing Olympic Campus Looks Like CGI

Construction is nearly complete on the Beijing Olympic Stadium, shaped like a massive steel bird's nest, and the swimming-pool-filled Water Cube, which looks like a piece of glowing alien machinery. This is an actual photo of the buildings at night. We've also got some less-surreal glimpses of them too. » 1/21/08 7:00am 1/21/08 7:00am

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 bubbles… » 11/21/07 4:00pm 11/21/07 4:00pm