Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China (Spatial Habitus: Making and Meaning in Asia's Architecture)

Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China (Spatial Habitus: Making and Meaning in Asia's Architecture)

Bianca Bosker


A 108-meter excessive Eiffel Tower rises above Champs Elysées sq. in Hangzhou. A Chengdu residential advanced for 200,000 recreates Dorchester, England. An ersatz Queen’s safeguard patrols Shanghai’s Thames city, the place pubs and statues of Winston Churchill abound. glowing replicas of the White apartment dot chinese language towns from Fuyang to Shenzhen. those examples are yet a sampling of China’s preferred and startling architectural circulation: the development of enormous themed groups that duplicate cities and towns within the West.

Original Copies offers the 1st definitive chronicle of this impressive phenomenon within which whole townships seem to have been airlifted from their old and geographic foundations in Europe and the Americas, and spot-welded to chinese language towns. those copycat structures are usually not subject matter parks yet thriving groups the place chinese language households increase youngsters, prepare dinner dinners, and simulate the stories of a pseudo-Orange County or Oxford.

In recounting the untold and evolving tale of China’s predilection for replicating the best architectural hits of the West, Bianca Bosker explores what this unheard of scan in “duplitecture” implies for the social, political, architectural, and advertisement panorama of up to date China. together with her full of life, authoritative narrative, the writer exhibits us how, in refined yet vital methods, those houses and public areas form the habit in their citizens, as they mirror the achievements, desires, and anxieties of these who inhabit them, in addition to these in their builders and designers.

From chinese language philosophical views on copying to twenty-first century industry forces, Bosker information the standards giving upward push to China’s new breed of establishing. Her research attracts on insights from the world’s best architects, critics and town planners, and on interviews with the citizens of those developments.

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