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Architecture as Branding: Mega Project Developments in Beijing

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This article examines the role of transnational architectural production in mega project developments in Beijing. It explores how local developers and government officials have consciously used signature design from international architects to brand their mega projects, as well as to promote Beijing as a new global city. By choosing modern, high-tech, and futuristic architectural designs from international architects, local political and economic elites have created a transnational urban space that caters for the needs of the transnational capitalist class. The symbolic capital of architectural design is transformed into other forms of capital in the process. The articulation of spatial design has become a major force of capital accumulation in Beijing's transformation into a global city.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-12-07

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    The journal is abstracted in Geo Abstracts, Sage Urban Studies Abstracts, and Journal of Planning Literature, and is indexed in the Avery Index to Architectural Publications.

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