A month after fireworks ignited Beijing’s uncompleted, unoccupied Television Cultural Center (TVCC) high-rise, leaving it a charred shell, there are a number of theories about how the fire started and spread. Few are willing to speak on the record, but one developer unconnected to the project has proposed prohibiting the launching of fireworks in densely populated Beijing. Photo: AP/Wideworld TVCC shell framed by adjacent CCTV tower. Adjacent to Rem Koolhaus’s iconic China Central Television (CCTV) headquarters, the new structure burned the night of Feb. 9, the last night of the Chinese New Year’s fete. A firefighter died from smoke inhalation.
The former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan is ramping up completion of EXPO 2017—a futuristic megaproject estimated to cost between $3 and $5 billion that will showcase global energy efficiency and boost the host’s global profile
Cover photo by Neelam Mathews in Astana, Kazakhstan