The airport is the new gateway to the city. "It's advanced not only
technologically, but also in terms of passenger experience, operational
efficiency and sustainability," says Foster. "It will be welcoming and
uplifting, a symbol of place, its soaring aerodynamic roof and
dragon-like form will celebrate the thrill and poetry of flight and
evoke traditional Chinese colours and symbols."
In short, the airport is not only about shifting large numbers of people in and out of the city, but it will also play a major role in the conspicuous assertion of a new kind of China and its modernity. It is one of a dozen huge projects Beijing is building at furious speed to transform the city in time for the Olympic games of 2008.
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