Copycat Tower Bridge in China sparks controversy

March 2, 2017 by  
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China is infamous for copying famous architecture from other countries – according to The New York Times the country boasts 10 White Houses, a couple of Great Sphinxes, four Arcs de Triomphe, and at minimum one Eiffel Tower. Now in the city of Suzhou, a Tower Bridge based on London’s iconic landmark is drawing attention, although the New York Times says it’s unclear why the bridge , which was completed in 2012, has suddenly been garnering international notice. Images of Suzhou’s Tower Bridge have drawn awe – one news outlet described the Chinese bridge as even more magnificent than the original. Suzhou’s bridge certainly is much larger; it accommodates a five-lane highway and flaunts four towers instead of two. Pedestrian walkways and observation platforms allow people to enjoy the views and architecture of the bridge. Related: China officially bans ‘weird’ architecture But not everyone is enamored with the Chinese Tower Bridge. Suzhou, which has been called the Venice of the East, has its own architectural traditions, such as whitewashed courtyard houses and ancient gardens. Some of China’s most beautiful traditional architecture can be found in the city. Li Yingwu, president of Beijing-based firm OAD Group , called Suzhou’s Tower Bridge plagiarism. He said, “I was really surprised that it got built in Suzhou, because it has preserved its culture really well. It shows that local officials lack confidence in their own culture. They don’t understand that architecture essentially is about culture. It’s not merely an object.” One news outlet, JSChina.com.cn , even suggested the copycat bridge would hinder promotion of the country’s traditional culture. Suzhou has 56 other copycat bridges, according to The New York Times, imitating international bridges like Australia’s Sydney Harbor Bridge or Paris’ Alexandre III Bridge. Architect Cheng Taining of the Chinese Academy of Engineering told Beijing News in 2015 some officials believe foreign-style structures bestow status on an area, making it look more modern or sophisticated. Via ArchDaily and The New York Times Images via CCTV Facebook

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Penda unveils its vision for a 20,000-person city constructed entirely from bamboo

October 22, 2015 by  
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NEXT Architects reveals the undulating Shouxi Stone-inspired Fuzhou apartment complex

July 30, 2015 by  
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Massive fish farms fill 2.6 hectare foundation of world’s wannabe tallest skyscraper

July 15, 2015 by  
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When Broad Sustainable Buildings (BSB) unveiled plans for a 220-story prefab tower—Sky City—that would not only surpass the Burj Khalifa as the world’s tallest, but that would be built in just 90 days , the company drew excitement around the globe. But two years on, the project has floundered amid permitting issues and financial concerns. And as the Sky City foundations languish in Changsha, farmers in the region have taken over the site to dry grain, produce watermelons, and even establish a fish farm—all in plain view. Read the rest of Massive fish farms fill 2.6 hectare foundation of world’s wannabe tallest skyscraper Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Broad Sustainable Building , BSB , changsha china , china architecture , china urbanism , farming foundations , fish farm , prefab skyscraper , sky city , urban sustainability , World’s tallest tower

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Shenzhen’s Vanke One City Mimics the Surrounding Forest and Waterfront

September 8, 2014 by  
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Studio505?s Green-Roofed Phoenix Valley Achieves China’s Highest Rating in Sustainability

August 26, 2014 by  
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Peter Steinhaur’s Cocoon Series Shows Stunning Views of Hong Kong’s Buildings Wrapped in Silk

May 19, 2014 by  
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SANAA Wins Competition to Design the New Taichung City Cultural Center

September 12, 2013 by  
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