‘No more weird architecture’: Chinese directive draws line in the sand on ‘strange’ buildings

No more “weird” architecture, gated communities or illegal structures will be built on the mainland, according to an urban blueprint released by the central government of China

The directive from the State Council came 2 months after leaders met for the Central Urban Work Conference, which ended with a commitment to tackle urban ills such as pollution, public safety and traffic jams.

The directive demands that urban architecture be “suitable, economic, green and pleasing to the eye”, in contrast to the “oversized, xenocentric, weird” buildings devoid of character or cultural heritage that have sprung up in mainland cities – a trend Xi Jinping said reflected “a lack of cultural confidence and some city officials’ distorted attitudes about political achievements.”

Liu Shilin, head of the Institute of Urban Science at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, said,  “The policy could be followed up with a set of criteria to define “weird” architecture.”

The directive also stated that no more gated communities would be built and those already in place would be gradually opened to the public, with their roads open to traffic.

However, many internet users expressed concern over the potential safety risks from opening up their gated communities.

The directive also requires that illegal structures in cities to be removed in the next five years or so and authorities throughout the country ensure the safety and quality of construction projects and urban buildings.

(source: www.scmp.com)

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