Architect Defends Wind-Damaged Airport

With parts of its roof being blown off by strong wind, one architect has defended his work on Beijing's newest airport, blaming poor building material choices rather than the overall design.
November 25, 2011, 7am PST | Judy Chang
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"'If the products provided by the suppliers were not up to their highest standards, or if the individual items were not installed properly, then this kind of thing could happen,' said Shao Weiping, an architect with one of the firms that collaborated on the structure, the Beijing Architectural Design and Research Institute.

Shao said he was 'very confident that the design was perfect and involved no mistakes or flaws.'

Terminal 3 was one of several high-profile projects commissioned by the Chinese government in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The building was designed by Britain's Norman Foster."

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Published on Thursday, November 24, 2011 in The Boston Globe
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