VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China

April 10, 2014 by  
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We’ve been fascinated with the concept of duplitecture —the practice of cloning entire buildings —ever since we discovered that Chinese developers were knocking off European architectural icons and, in some cases, even entire towns in the Chinese countryside. Duplitecture expert Bianca Bosker recently published a new book on the subject ; Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in China . We recently had the chance to pick the author’s brain about how and why this trend has spread so prolifically across China in particular. From Chinese clones of the Eiffel Tower to the White House , the country has produced nearly exact duplicates of numerous famous structures from around the world—but why? Check out our interview with Bosker as she answers that question and others about what these copycat buildings signify in terms of China’s culture, and how they are perceived by the rest of the globe. Read the rest of VIDEO: Original Copies Author Bianca Bosker on Architectural Mimicry in China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architectural copies China , architectural malim , Architectural Mimicry , Architecture , Bianca Bosker , book review , china , copies , copy cat architecture , duplicative architecture , duplitecture , eco design , fake eiffel tower , Faux Eiffel Tower , green design , knock off eiffel tower fake Venice in China , knock-off architecture , Original Copies , Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China , planning , replicated austrian village , sustainable design , thames town , urban development , Zaha Hadid Wangjing Complex

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Apparatus X: A Mobile Eco Shelter Ideal for Disaster Relief

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State College, PA — Students at Penn State are turning a trailer into an off-grid disaster relief shelter that will be well-suited for both first-response, as well as long-term aid. The trailer, called Apparatus X, will have a “green wall” for food, a rainwater collection/filtration system, and an array of solar panels. It will be completely expandable, able to convert an empty lot into a construction site. It will also include a design studio and tool storage. Currently, the team is raising the finances required to build the project. Apparatus X is already sponsored by IBM and Boeing, but the main source of funds will be a campaign on Indiegogo , which launched on April 2nd. Although the team is currently working on the prototype, they’re envisioning an entire fleet of Apparatus X vehicles in the near future. Ultimately, the team hopes to redefine disaster relief in a way that is sustainable, mobile, and effective. + Apparatus X The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Apparatus X , Disaster Relief , mobile , mobile trailer , Sustainable , trailer

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BOOK REVIEW: Bianca Bosker’s New Book, Original Copies, Dissects China’s Bizarre Knockoff Architecture Trend

July 8, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of BOOK REVIEW: Bianca Bosker’s New Book, Original Copies, Dissects China’s Bizarre Knockoff Architecture Trend Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architectural copies China , Architectural Mimicry , Architecture , Bianca Bosker , book review , china , copies , copy cat architecture , duplicative architecture , duplitecture , eco design , fake eiffel tower , Faux Eiffel Tower , green design , knock off eiffel tower fake Venice in China , knock-off architecture , Original Copies , Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China , planning , replicated austrian village , sustainable design , thames town , urban development , Zaha Hadid Wangjing Complex        

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