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China Bans ‘Bizarre’ Buildings

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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China is outlawing “odd-shaped” buildings as part of an attempt to regulate city growth.

One of China’s official news agencies reports that cities “will no longer be permitted to grow beyond what their natural resources can support” under a new guideline issued by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council, China’s Cabinet.

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The construction boom in China has led to a plethora of unusual architecture forms, often designed by Western firms.

About 50 percent of China’s population lives in cities, compared to just 18 percent in 1978, according to China Daily. The rapid urbanization and poor urban planning has resulted in a number of issues, including pollution, public safety problems and traffic congestion, the report adds.

Moreover, the growth has led to a plethora of unusual architecture forms, often designed by Western firms.

Bizarre Designs Not Permitted

“Bizarre architecture that is not economical, functional, aesthetically pleasing or environmentally friendly will be forbidden,” the agency reports.

The guideline calls for more oversight from city legislative bodies and harsher punishments for those who go against urban planning regulations, the report notes.

The directive also involves identifying “illegal buildings” that violate planning policies across China and punishing those responsible.

The guideline follows a 2014 reference by Chinese President Xi Jinping targeting “weird architecture.”

Embracing Prefab

Moreover, China leaders are embracing prefabricated projects as the construction methods generate less waste and use fewer resources.

The guideline predicts that in 10 years, 30 percent of new buildings in China will be prefabricated, according to the agency.


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Architecture; Design; Government; Trends; Urban Planning

Comment from Sarah Geary, (2/23/2016, 8:01 AM)

China never ceases to amaze me.

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (2/23/2016, 8:56 AM)

50 lane highways that still get multiday traffic jams.

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