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Second thoughts on Beijing's new Olympic-inspired architecture

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It boasts the world's largest airport terminal, designed by Britain's Norman Foster (which opened last month), the immense national theater by France's Paul Andreu, and the megarestaurant LAN by Philippe Starck. But towering above anything else – both figuratively and literally – is Rem Koolhaas's 750-foot doughnut-shaped marvel for China Central Television (CCTV), which will be broadcasting this year's Olympics from the skyscraper to the 1.3 billion Chinese. "The sheer possibility of designing it, something of that magnitude and ambition, is only possible in China," says Ole Scheeren, the partner in charge of the project.

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