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China Moves to Halt ‘Weird’ Architecture
A directive issued by the State Council and the Communist Party’s Central Committee says buildings should be “pleasing to the eye.’’
By Cao Li

China is home to at least 10 White Houses, three Arcs de Triomphe and one Eiffel Tower. But 2016 might signal the end for China’s more grandiose architecture.

A directive issued on Sunday by the State Council, China’s cabinet, and the Communist Party’s Central Committee says no to architecture that is “oversized, xenocentric, weird” and devoid of cultural tradition. Instead, buildings should be “suitable, economic, green and pleasing to the eye.”

The directive also calls for an end to gated communities.

The guidelines come two months after a high-level meeting to address some of the problems that have arisen as a result of China’s rapid urbanization. The last such meeting was in 1978, when only 18 percent of China’s population lived in towns or cities. Now, more than 56 percent of the country’s 1.3 billion people are urbanites.


Whoa, hello, y’all!

Yup, just before starting this blog, I moved from upstate NY-

(depicted: Rochester) 

-to the NC triangle,-  

(depicted: Durham) 

-the home of nice weather, entrepreneurship, diversity, epic food, friendliness… and all the tea you can drink.

Dang, at this rate, we’ll have to create a meetup for the NC SDM fans… or, alternatively, you can just try to stalk me, that’s cool too. Just look for the unbelieveably-handsome guy with the vintage cameras & leather cap.