Architecture in Beijing

The future of Beijing architecture is roads, motorways, expressways, and making more and bigger urban streets. Xinhuanet wrote about the future of Beijing architecture, which – like all major Chinese cities – is wallowing in an orgy of poured concrete, and carpet-bombing every surface with salmon-pink tiles. All this building is part preparation of the Beijing Olympics in 2008, with trophy architecture dominating, and part coping with the massive migration into urban areas, and one thing is clear, public transport in a poor second child to private cars.

Consider that by 2008, the following are some of the ambitious projects that will be completed in the capital: More than ten million square metres of construction in the CBD (the area around the China World complex); 148.5 kilometres of new light rail and subway tracks, giving the city a total of 202 kilometres; the Fifth Ring Road, the Sixth Ring Road and the Beijing-Miyun Expressway, giving Beijing 718 kilometres of expressways and thousands of kilometres of motorways; the construction and expansion of 318 kilometres of downtown urban streets.

But there are some beautiful buildings getting thrown up, especially the new (and behind schedule) National Theatre across the road from Zhongnanhai, designed by Paul Andreu.