September 12, 2007

LEARNING FROM THE LITTLE RED BOOK:

A lesson for Heathrow in building an airport (Clifford Coonan, 13 September 2007, Independent)

Viewed from the air, Beijing's new £3.7bn airport terminal looks like a dragon in the middle of the northern Chinese brush – a startling structure of sweeping glass and steel. [...]

It is the largest covered structure ever built, yet will have taken less than five years to construct when it opens. Throughout, traditional symbols, such as red pillars and gold roofs suggestive of ancient temples, are interwoven with contemporary technology and design. "The airport will give an excellent impression when visitors arrive," said Zhang Zhizhong, general manager of the state-run holding company which runs the airport. It was a "very important non-competition venue" for the Games that would illustrate the "advantages of socialism" to visitors, he added.


Lesson One: Have a Communist Revolution and do away with those interfering citizens....

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 12, 2007 8:02 PM
Comments

It's nice to see that the post-Maoist Communists, like the National Socialists and bolsheviks before them, haven't lost their love of gigantic monuments to themselves.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 12, 2007 9:24 PM

Raoul, that's lesson two: Erect gigantic, gawdy monuments to yourself in the name of "the people".

Posted by: Dave W at September 14, 2007 1:40 AM
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