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Old 02-22-2013, 08:48 AM
 
Location: On the "Left Coast", somewhere in "the Land of Fruits & Nuts"
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Some of the most creative and daring architecture in the world is now happening in China, and often designed by chinese architectural firms, as well as prominent international ones.

But also some of the ugliest architecture is happening there too, like this monstrosity.

What's your take on all this, is it a positive influence in design and architecture, or just another sign that China is slowly becoming the dominant technological force in the world, as well as the dominant economic one (for better or worse)?

The New Chinese Architecture Boom: Going up faster than ever, Chinese architecture’s avant-garde buildings dominate the skylines in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou.

Beijing: Phoenix International Media Center / BIAD UFo
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I love it, finally some modern architecture with a little bit of daring, a new sensibility. I even like the statue buildings as a unique idea that could be refined!
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:16 AM
 
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My hometown is a small city in the middle of nowhere in China, and its size has tripled in recent 10 years.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:36 AM
 
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What's your take on all this, is it a positive influence in design and architecture, or just another sign that China is slowly becoming the dominant technological force in the world, as well as the dominant economic one (for better or worse)?
Giving Architects rein to explore different ideas is great. However, there is a decided lack of subtlety in home-grown Chinese architecture. You can see this from across the river in Shanghai as you look at the almost-cartoonish George-Jetson skyline. Notable artifacts include; The [P/T]inkertoy, The Shopping Bag, and the Jungle Gym, and if you've been there, you'll know exactly the buildings I'm talking about without even needing their real names. The smaller skyscrapers are no exception, and if you want a laugh, walk down the street pictured above and you'll get a 360 panorama of goofyness. Bonus points if you ride the tourist tunnel tram under the river to get there; complete with twinkly lights, bizarre music and voiceovers, and even a pair of wacky, inflatable, arm-waving, tube guys.

Beijing is not much better. Meanwhile, places like X'ian and Kunming, and Chongching are burdened by blocky and functional designs.

Scads of Chinese architects come to the United States and Europe to work in firms and learn how to balance functionality with artistic liscence, and their skills are dramatically improving, but I wonder if the influence will come too late on the heels of China's industrialization and accompanying building boom.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:59 AM
 
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Was happening you mean...Welcome to the late 1990s. China is now in a over building situation, similiar to what happened in the US and other cities. They are undergoing their own real estate bust cycle. China is not immune.
Yes I've been to Shanghai several times, was probably right where that first picture was taken about 3 months ago (I think that's from the World Finance Center), and most chinese are appaled at the Pearl Tower on the skyline (as you acknowledge). Not everyone, it's an iconic buidling, but more than a few see it as outright ugly. The World Finance Center (an amazing building in it's own right, with a glass observatory that allows you to look not only out, but down) had a visual history of the Shanghai skyline, incredible changes in the 90's and early 2000's...and now what? Empty skyscrapers that will soon fall into disrepair. Frankly the most eye catching buildings in Shanghai are the victorian era stone buildings on the bund. Go to Shouzhou and you well see dozens of tower apartment buidlings - many empty. And again, the best architecture is the ancient Pagoda's and garden courtyards in the old town area.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:35 AM
 
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China made a lot of ugly buildings during 1980~1990s. But they are also demolishing them fast, without much hesitation.
In the US you are not supposed to take down something built twenty years ago.
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:18 PM
 
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There is a difference in quality of buildings built in China, especially 10-20 years ago, so that is partly why those "newer" buildings by our standards are torn down. I've seen it, my wife's family are all in Guangzhou, and they live in a condo that is only ten years old. The place is terrible, the building seems like it is ancient, terrible build quality with cracks everywhere, tiles all missing or cracking and coming up in the hallways, just looks like it should be condemned. Whereas a building that is only ten years old here in the states would still look almost brand new- with better build quality and much better maintenance during that time.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:31 PM
 
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China made a lot of ugly buildings during 1980~1990s. But they are also demolishing them fast, without much hesitation.
In the US you are not supposed to take down something built twenty years ago.
That's not correct. It happens all the time.

[what makes you believe this?]
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:40 AM
 
Location: On the "Left Coast", somewhere in "the Land of Fruits & Nuts"
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There is a difference in quality of buildings built in China, especially 10-20 years ago, so that is partly why those "newer" buildings by our standards are torn down. I've seen it, my wife's family are all in Guangzhou, and they live in a condo that is only ten years old. The place is terrible, the building seems like it is ancient, terrible build quality with cracks everywhere, tiles all missing or cracking and coming up in the hallways, just looks like it should be condemned. Whereas a building that is only ten years old here in the states would still look almost brand new- with better build quality and much better maintenance during that time.
With such a reputation for cronyism, I shudder to think what a lot of engineering and building inspectors are like in China! Although we probably have no room to talk, when my contracting relatives in Miami say it's already pretty rife down there!
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Old 12-19-2013, 06:25 PM
 
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There is quick development in all of those phenomenal, impressive, unique architecture urban planning projects in almost all major cities of China.

Ironic there is less bureaucracy systems getting in the way of more building, including in politics/government, and allowing a more astronomical amount of change in architecture to happen in realistic events.

There is much more of a trend towards high density urban living, and a more sustained increased population size into almost major cities of China. The emphasis is on innovative looking modern high-rise buildings, and should have equal focus on more preservation of historic architecture.

This is happening all over China, and not just in Hong Kong and Shanghai. There is entrepreneurial, prominent architecture building projects in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Harbin, Kunming, Qingdao, Dalian, and much more cities with a population of over 1 million people in each city.

Some accurate representation of impressive, magnificent architecture in some regions of China:

1. Gate to East China: Suzhou: http://lh5.ggpht.com/-e4_D4kMNtSA/UE3KN-IMicI/AAAAAAAAcnU/x3FgIInoxRc/gate-to-the-east-china-building%25255B2%25255D.jpg?imgmax=800

2. Hong Kong A Feng Shui Building: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...ngFengshui.jpg

3. The Arch Hong Kong: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...h_200710-1.jpg

4. Highcliff Hong Kong: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons
/8/83/Highcliff_13_January_2007.jpg

5. Lujiazui Pudong Shanghai: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/41
/Lujiazui_skyline,_Pudong,_Shanghai.JPG

6. Hong Kong skyline showing a collection of those skyscrapers: http://www.megachan.net/city/src/129004374930.jpg

7. There is an equally impressive mountainous/hilly, lush tropical beach landscapes in Hong Kong:
http://farm1.staticflickr.com/156/39...6b911031_b.jpg
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