"In the run-up to the 2008 Olympics, the real star has been the architecture," writes AIA EVP/CEO Chris McEntee in the August Institute Update. "The architectural marvels of the Beijing Olympics and the great building boom transforming China's cities was covered in every section [of the media]—front page, editorial, business entertainment, and sports." A separate issue, though, isn't what was covered but what seems to have been covered up.
We asked for fantasies, but we got a nightmare.
Or more specifically, a darkly satirical structure whose architect would never want it to be built.It's called Toxicwall, and its description brief begins with a grimly Malthusian quote from cyberpunk author Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash: "In the real world ... there are somewhere between 6 and 10 billion people. At any given time, most of them are making bricks or field stripping their AK-47s."