Beijing Orbital

[Image: "The northernmost, barren reaches" of Beijing's 6th Ring Road. From Wikipedia].

In a recent interview with Ballardian.com, British author Iain Sinclair mentions that he hopes to begin a project called Beijing Orbital:
    When I was in Stavangar in Norway at one of these strange conferences, I saw a presentation by an assistant of Rem Koolhaas which was about the China TV building he’d built. He showed this virtual version of a city with seven orbital motorways just spreading out from the centre of this very traditional city into the desert, and the incredible pieces that were going up. I thought my god, it will be amazing to travel around these seven orbital motorways. Of course, that is relatively attractive to be made into a film. I think it will be reasonably possible to get a commission for that, which may also become a book. It will also involve me doing a lot of other things – circling round China as to what China means to different places in Europe, in the sense of Fu Manchu or people being drowned in Morecombe, all these stories, before I even embark on a journey to the place itself.
Maybe BLDGBLOG will beat him to it. Interested funders be in touch.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That section of the interview brought me back to a project I thought about writing about Houston, prototypical city of loop highways and shopping malls.

August 30, 2006 10:09 PM  
Anonymous Crouchback said...

Morecambe (Lancashire UK) is the correct spelling of the site of the tragedy.

September 06, 2006 3:04 PM  
Blogger Geoff Manaugh said...

Thanks - that was just a cut-and-paste from the original interview. I'll change it when I get a chance.

September 06, 2006 5:10 PM  
Blogger Tim Chapman said...

Bollocks, so it is - apologies to Crouchback and anyone else on the wrong side of the Pennines. From the original interviewer.

September 12, 2006 11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Artist Ai Weiwei has beaten us to it, at least partially, and definitely conceptually. He has created a book and a series of videos two of which cover the Beijing Ring Roads (two and three).
Another of his videos cuts through Beijing "horizontally" by following Chang'an Avenue (Mao's famous urban intervention) from agricultural fields, to power plants, through the CBD and Tiananmen Square and off to the other "edge".

See the link:
http://www.galerieursmeile.com/nav/top/artists/works/default.htm?view_ArtistItem_OID=18

comment from Mary-Ann Ray
maryann_ray@sciarc.edu

January 21, 2007 9:57 PM  
Blogger ArtsyMom<3 said...

It is just astounding just how far we are able to bring modern architecture these days. I thought you maybe interested in the upcoming exhibition in Cincinnati, "China Design Now", it goes right into new chinese architecture, design, and fashion. I already have a copy of the catalog... OMG, incredible!!
check it out:
http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/1636_chinadesignnow/

This link below is the actual Art Museum's link for the exhibition:
http://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/absolutenm/templates/ArtTempExhibitions.aspx?articleid=661&zoneid=66

p.s.
Very cool Blog Spot , BTW!!!

September 10, 2008 1:57 PM  

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