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

By Bianca Bosker

A 108-meter excessive Eiffel Tower rises above Champs Elysées sq. in Hangzhou. A Chengdu residential complicated 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 condominium dot chinese language towns from Fuyang to Shenzhen. those examples are yet a sampling of China’s most well liked and startling architectural circulation: the development of enormous themed groups that copy cities and towns within the West.

Original Copies offers the 1st definitive chronicle of this extraordinary phenomenon during 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 aren't topic parks yet thriving groups the place chinese language households elevate little ones, cook 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 test in “duplitecture” implies for the social, political, architectural, and advertisement panorama of up to date China. along with her energetic, authoritative narrative, the writer indicates us how, in refined yet vital methods, those houses and public areas form the habit in their citizens, as they replicate 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 thrust to China’s new breed of creating. Her research attracts on insights from the world’s prime architects, critics and town planners, and on interviews with the citizens of those developments.

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