UK embassy presents look at Beijing's skyline
Updated: 2013-09-01 08:09
Diplomatic Pouch | Mike Peters
The British embassy in Beijing will host an architecture talk on Beijing's evolving skyline partnership with Arup. The 4 pm program at Capital M will feature a panel of masterminds behind Beijing's iconic skyline, representing the United Kingdom and China, include Chas Pope, associate director of Arup; Satoshi Ohashi, associate director of Zaha Hadid Architects; and Winston Shu, founder of Integrated Design Associates.
The audience will get an insider's understanding from the design to the completion of the CCTV Tower, Galaxy SOHO, Beijing Capital Airport and one of the most advanced buildings in Beijing, the more recently opened Parkview Green that was engineered by Arup.
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"This 3-D movie showcases Australia's considerable directorial and acting talent," Adamson said, "and was entirely shot and post-produced in Australia - demonstrating the key strengths the Australian film industry has to offer partners around the world, including China." She noted that Australia-China cooperation in the screen sector has grown rapidly in recent years, boosted by the Australia-China Film Co-Production Treaty that entered into force in late 2008.
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(China Daily 09/01/2013 page5)