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[Short bits and pieces from UF2.0 have been bundled together here]

Motion Capture: Eye-candy for urbanophiles.

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Ma Yansong: Follow the link to see what Chinese cities will begin to look like, if Ma Yansong gets to decide. Urban Future has Ma pegged as quite possibly the most exciting architect at work in the world today. The more influence he gets over tomorrow’s urban landscapes, the more delighted we are going to be.

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Snacktivism: The Shanghai Studies Society (organizer of the Shanghai Studies Symposium) is reaching out for potential participants in its Moveable Feasts project, conceived as an interlocking series of events and publications on the topic of Shanghai street-food. For a quick taste of the SSS orientation, check out its (highly spiced) Street Food Manifesto which seeks to rally people to the cause. + Bonus street-food tracker (thanks Josh)

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Once Again: Sean Thomas makes a simple but important point in the UK’s Daily Telegraph, supported by dates and statistics: China is therefore, in many ways, already the most important country in the world – by a distance. (Read the whole thing.)

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Fringe Theory: At Gene Expression, Razib Khan suggests that history is made at the edges.

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Beijinx: From Brendan O’Kane, at Rectified:name:

Government officials are planning to move the capital of China to Xinyang, a little city in Henan you’ve never heard of! I know this to be true because some guy on Weibo said it a couple of weeks ago. Tea Leaf Nation has a post up about the chatter.

This isn’t particularly new. Wang Ping, a professor at Capital University of Economics and Business, suggested relocating the capital in 1980, and there have been periodic stirrings of discussion ever since, generally following hard on the heels of dust storms, airpocalypses, floods, city-wide traffic jams, and other reminders that good feng-shui or no, there are real downsides to living in a smog basin at the edge of the Gobi Desert whose water table dropped about 10 meters over the past decade and whose post-1949 renovations could be used to teach urban planning courses in Hell.

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Storm Clouds: Zero Hedge passes on some high-quality doom-mongering from China’s superstar economic pundit Li Zuojun.

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Drones over the Huangpu: This story really takes the cake.

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FredShasta commented (on Ma Yansong): There are models of this stuff on display at the Himalayas Art Museum in Shanghai now (the Zendai Himalayas Center probably looked really cool in its design phase, too, but the actual building is a bit… less than excellent).

Admin response: That exhibition is fantastic — I’m meaning to post on it, but it got quite involved. It’s sad to hear that the realization is disappointing, but I guess that’s to be expected.

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