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Paul Andrew and his design of the National Center for the Performing Arts
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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.

Herzog,De Meuron and the National Stadium
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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".

PTW and the Water Cube
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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.

Norman Foster and Terminal 3
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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."

Rem Koolhaas and the new CCTV Headquarters
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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.