Crazy but true: this guy turns Beijing’s air pollution into high-end jewelry

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Thursday 5 June 2014

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde is sucking up Beijing’s pollution and turning it into high-end jewelry. No kidding. He’s using technology that’s kind of like a vacuum cleaner to remove smog particles from urban skies. This will create ‘the cleanest park in Beijing’ where people can ‘breathe, share ideas and experience clean air again’.

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Anti-terror checks are now a thing in Beijing subway stations, and so are massive crowds

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 3 June 2014

When the train is full and the bus is packed and you’re already running late, it’s usually a good excuse to pull a sickie from work (in my case, anyway). So have a thought for commuters in Beijing who are now subjected to anti-terror checks on the subway. Anti-terror checks are great – they keep […]

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Nike Flyknit Collective Feather Pavilion in Beijing

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Art on Thursday 18 October 2012

Taiwanese architect Huang Qian Zhi, or Arthur Huang as he is sometimes known, has created the Nike Feather Pavilion in Beijing. It’s an installation which is housed in a restored 7,000 gallon oil drum that encompasses the ideas behind Nike’s Flyknit technology – both literally and figuratively.

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Noise musician and sound artist Randy Yau

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Saturday 28 January 2012

I really wish noise musician/sound artist Randy Yau would do more stuff. His performance of the above piece in Beijing back in about 2003 or so really ripped my face off. It was awesome.

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A history of Chinese rock music

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By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Wednesday 19 October 2011

My old colleague and fellow expat in Beijing, Jon Campbell, has been documenting, promoting, and participating in the Chinese rock scene for years. He’s since moved back to his native Canada, but he just wrote a pretty great history of Chinese rock music as it reflected and changed along with societal shifts in the Middle […]

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Egg-style House by Dai Haifei

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By Gerry Mak in Architecture on Monday 20 December 2010

Not willing to pay high Beijing rent, recent architecture school graduate Dai Haifei designed a cool-looking ‘egg house’ to sleep in outside of his studio. It smacks a bit of publicity stunt, but it’s actually a cool design that re-envisions how people might utilize urban space in the future.

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New Buddha Machine and app

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By Gerry Mak in New Products on Friday 3 December 2010

Beijing-based electronic music duo FM3 have gone a long way with their Buddha Machine, a loop-playing box inspired by similar machines found in buddhist temples across China. They recently rolled out a new line with translucent colors as well as an app for your iPhone or iPad.

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Zhou Kui aka maomao

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Thursday 19 August 2010

In my two years writing about the Chinese art scene in Beijing, I never saw anyone who did the kind of gothic, surreal work that Zhou Kui aka maomao does. Seriously amazing.

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Zbigniew Karkowski

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Monday 12 April 2010

I first saw noise musician Zbigniew Karkowski in Beijing several years ago, and I had the good fortune to be able to catch him recently when he came through Baltimore. Both times, the rather cagey and brooding Pole assaulted the audience with cement-rattling cacophony — the first time I saw him he used an analog […]

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Wrath at Hipsters Misguided [part two]

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By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Thursday 23 July 2009

From the various responses I got from my previous post about hipster hate being misguided, most people defined a hipster as people who are very young (let’s say below 25), live off of their parents, and don’t contribute to the scene they glom onto. The problem I have with this is that in my personal experience, this is not how most people define hipsters.

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Ambroise Tézenas’s Beijing: Theatre of the People

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By Ari Stein in New Photography on Monday 25 August 2008

Right now, the 2008 Beijing Olympics are cleaning up the mess left behind from the millions of people that passed through their city. Their forty billion dollar sporting event has come to a close and fans from around the world will take away memories of an interesting city that opened up to the world like it has never done before. One person in particular, who used China as a backdrop for his phenomenal photography project, was a French photographer by the name of Ambroise Tézenas.

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Deanne Cheuk in Beijing

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By Zolton in Cool Travel on Saturday 23 August 2008

New York-based designer, and sometime Lost At E Minor contributor, Deanne Cheuk visited Beijing prior to the Olympics as part of the New Grand Tour. We touched in with her to see how she found the experience of being over there: ‘we visited some really modern art galleries, which seemed to be on par with with the best galleries in New York City’.

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Olympic Preparations

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By Gerry Mak in New Trends on Wednesday 30 July 2008

In the lead-up to one of the most anticipated and controversial Olympic Games in Beijing, Boston.com cobbled together a bunch of surreal photos from the wires that depicts the hyper-sanitized, white-washed, and quasi-futuristic city Beijing has become.

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Deanne Cheuk in China

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By Zolton in New Photography on Saturday 31 May 2008

New York-based designer — and occasional Lost At E Minor contributorDeanne Cheuk returned recently from a visit to China where she snapped these awesome shots of Beijing.

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PK14

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Wednesday 9 April 2008

The underground music scene in Beijing produces a lot of derivative and half-assed bands, but PK14 are great by any standards.

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