Quote of Note | Norman Foster

N_foster.jpg“Heathrow took more than 50 years to reach its current size. Beijing Airport was conceived, designed, and built in less than 5 years. This is in line with the urbanization of China—the equivalent of a similar change in Europe in the nineteenth century. What took 200 years then is a mere 20 years now. Building in China is quite unlike anywhere else in the world. There’s an incredible sense of ‘can do,’ with an extraordinary degree of intelligence and coordination, all of which means that decisions can be made very quickly.”

Norman Foster, whose firm designed Beijing Airport, the largest in the world