Chai-Baohu (Demolish-Protect)

James Tweedie



Chai-Baohu (Demolish-Protect)
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In 2007, in the shadow of the partially constructed Koolhaas-designed CCTV Headquarters, preparations were underway to demolish the only socialist-era apartment building still standing on the site. Most of the residents had already moved out, but several families refused to leave. On a wall outside the CCTV site, blue graffiti painted over a white chai (demolish) sign spilled outside the circle surrounding the character and declared, “protect!”
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Chapter 2, Figure 2, Page 106

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