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Architecture talks on UK’s expertise in design and engineering

On 15 September in Beijing, the British Embassy in partnership with Arup will host an architecture talk on Beijing’s evolving skyline.

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Architecture talks on UK’s expertise in design and engineering

Architecture talks on UK’s expertise in design and engineering

The talk will start at 4pm at Capital M. The panel of masterminds behind Beijing’s iconic skyline, representing the UK 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.

From design to execution, the audience will take a closer look at the CCTV (China Central Television) Tower, Galaxy SOHO, Beijing Capital Airport and more recently one of the most advanced buildings in Beijing, Parkview Green. The talk will also touch on the sustainable design elements of the London 2012 Olympics, in particular the Aquatics Centre, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and engineered by Arup.

UK architects and engineers have been involved in an increasing number of projects in Beijing and many other cities in China. The innovation and creativity of these firms have become a unique selling point for which the UK has received much acclaim. Buildings designed by creative British designers have become the landmarks of many cities in China. Some of the more recent projects include Guangzhou’s International Financial Centre, by Wilkinson Eyre; the Guangzhou Opera House, by Zaha Hadid Architects; Shanghai’s UK Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo, by Thomas Heatherwick and Hong Kong’s Kowloon Station, by Terry Farrell & Partners.

The follow-up talk (date TBC) will discuss the future of Beijing’s skyline, and reveal which other exciting projects are on the horizon. In particular, China’s investment into the green economy is set to create further exciting opportunities for partnerships with UK firms for new projects.

The event is part of the GREAT Britain campaign, an initiative launched by Prime Minister David Cameron in 2011 that invites the world to take a fresh look at everything Britain has to offer, in particular showcasing the UK’s talents in innovation and creativity.

The event is open to the public. To book your tickets please call (86 10) 6702 2727, or email

Published 27 August 2013