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After a second day of demolition, little remains of artist Ai Weiwei‘s Shanghai studio. Photo from Twitter user @duyanpili.
Should famous people be allowed to erect illegal building?
– The township that solicited Ai Weiei for the village studio project neglected to arrange for proper building permit.
– On July 23, 2010, Ai Weiei was notified of lack of permit by Shanghai City, but construction continued to completion.
– The official initiated the project tried to save the building. They offered to compensate Ai in exchange for the building to be donated to the village collective, in order to qualify for public project exemption, but Ai Weiei refused.
– On October 19, 2010, Shanghai City issued the demolition order.
Should prominent artist be allowed to ignore the law and erect illegal building?
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