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Design in China: DreamWorks Plans Studio in Shanghai

DreamWorks Animation, the US film company, has announced plans to build a $3.14 billion theme park in Shanghai, to bolster its presence in the booming local entertainment market […]

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China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: Coca-Cola to invest $4b in China in 3 years

Coca-Cola, the worlds top soft drink producer, will pour in another $4 billion in China from 2012 to 2014, announced its chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent in Shanghai recently […]

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Watch Drew Davidson’s “Design for Fun: What Makes a Game Good, and a Good Game?” talk at MIT Media Lab

Drew Davidson likes to play with blocks in his sandbox, as he demonstrates in a show-and-tell to interactive media colleagues. In this case, the playground is an online game called Minecraft, a two-year-young internet sensation with millions of followers, developed single-handedly by a programmer named “Notch,” A.K.A. Markus Persson [..]

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China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: Chinese Researcher Pushes Higher Duties on Luxuries

It seems that Chinese Government is not speaking with one voice on this issue: just a few weeks after announcing cuts of taxes for luxury products, a senior researcher from the Ministry of Finance said that “Far from cutting taxes on imported luxury goods, China needs to raise duties to help redistribute wealth” […]

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China, Technology, Innovation & the Environment: Energy Data, Statistics and Analysis for Oil, Gas, Electricity, Coal

Despite the economic slowdown in exports and domestic demand in the past year, China’s demand for energy remains high […]

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Watch Rachel Armstrong’s “Architecture that repairs itself?” talk at TED

Venice, Italy is sinking. To save it, Rachel Armstrong says we need to outgrow architecture made of inert materials and, well, make architecture that grows itself. She proposes a not-quite-alive material that does its own repairs and sequesters carbon, too […]

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Listen to Jeff Dachis’ “User Experience as a Crucial Driver of Social Business Design” talk at IDEA 2009

Everything that can be digital will be. Why? Because it’s faster, better, and cheaper. UX in the digital world will be the key definer of value. UX design now means to embrace a whole new set of behaviors and characteristics. Social Business Design is a framework to understand and think about the multi-faceted users and the way they participates inside a business ecosystem in meaningful ways […]


Living in China: “Feeling tired” biggest complaint of Shanghai office workers

Feeling tired is the top complaint of local office workers, followed by worries over their jobs and emotional problems, according to an online survey. Covering 405 employees aged between 25 and 40 in Shanghai earning over 5,000 yuan (US$731) a month, the survey is the first in the city to study office workers’ lives and barriers to their satisfaction, said the organizers, consultant Nielsen Company (Shanghai) Ltd and the local branch of Cerebos, producer of BRAND’S health products […]

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Internet in China: digital advertising spend to rocket

The Chinese love affair with the internet will see digital ad spend increase 40% to $5.2bn (£3.07bn) next year, making the booming Asian online economy roughly the same size as the current UK market, according to a report. The study by KPMG, to be unveiled today at the MediaGuardian Create in China conference in central London, estimates that the total ad spend on all media in the Chinese market will grow by 22% this year and 19.5% next year. By the end of next year, the Chinese ad market will be worth $37.85bn, a year-on-year increase of more than $6bn on 2007 […]

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Living in China: Cost of food drives up Consumer Price Index to 8.5%

China’s consumer price index(CPI) rose 8.5 percent in April, mainly driven by uncurbed food costs, the National Bureau of Statistics(NBS) said recently. The figure, compared with 8.3 percent in March and a nearly 12-year-high of 8.7 percent in February, was broadly in line with most forecasts.
The NBS attributed the figure to a low base of comparison: the CPI rose just 3 percent in April 2007. Another factor was the rapid increase in world grain and commodity prices…