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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London welcomes a geodesic dome to promote the “Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom”

March 12, 2015 by  
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This year Mexico and the United Kingdom will launch an interactive campaign known as “Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom” and the “Year of the United Kingdom in Mexico” in 2015. The festivities kicked off in the U.K.’s Potters Fields Park vis-à-vis the Tower Bridge of London, displaying a 25 meter geodesic dome with a base area of over 500 square meters. Read the rest of London welcomes a geodesic dome to promote the “Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art installations , geodesic dome , geodesic domes , Interactive campaigns , Potters Field Park , united kingdom , Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom , Year of the United Kingdom in Mexico

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London’s Tower Bridge Gets LED Upgrade for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

May 31, 2012 by  
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Artist Dominic Wilcox Recreates British Landmarks From Jaffa Cakes

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Dominic Wilcox was challenged to recreate a series of British monuments and icons using only the UK’s popular McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes as his material. Wilcox set about making eight different British inspired creations by nibbling his way through boxes of Jaffa Cakes. The edible art work includes famous landmarks such as London’s Tower Bridge, ancient Stonehenge, and the White Cliffs of Dover (pictured above). Wilcox says “I think I went through over 250 Jaffa Cakes to get them right. A typical problem I had was when I got distracted by something on the radio and then look back to realise that I’d just eaten the Loch Ness monster.” + Dominic Wilcox 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: biodegradable materials , cookie art , dominic wilcox , eco-art , food art , green design , jaffa cakes , loch ness monster , Recycled Materials , sustainable design , uk food art , uk landmarks

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