Tuesday, February 23, 2016

China issues directive to end 'weird architecture' and gated communities

From the NYT:

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. . . .

[T]he same directive also says there are to be no more gated residential communities. Those already in place will be gradually opened to the public, with their roads opened to traffic with one goal being to ease congestion.

China began building gated apartment complexes and suburban developments in the 1990s when the private property market first took off.


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