My first reaction, given Smashy's "hints" is Olympics. ...A ridiculous fiasco that means nothing anymore, thanks to it being hosted in a country that neglects civil rights of any sort, nevermind countless other factors including commercialization, the allowing of professional athletes, and the breaking up of the event into 2-year segments (summer/winter).
Analyzing the largest building in the image given, there may be an olympic symbol on it (5 rings conjoined), but, upon analysis, this structure is not part of the Beijing olympic events that take place this year. Whoopee.
Then again, I could be dead wrong, but those are the clues that I have perceived and, unfortunately, just don't have the time to follow up on.
Sorry, Smash. The other "buildings/things" around there don't speak to me at all, at least without the depth of thought that I can't afford to spend on it at the moment. (For what it's worth, that makes it a good puzzle.)