Opinion

No More “Weird” Buildings for China

 

The Chinese government released a new set of urban planning guidelines for city planners on February 21, 2016, and one of its aims seems to be to quash the creativity of architects. These guidelines include an unexpected mandate: a ban on oddly shaped buildings.

A Ban on Weird Buildings?

China has long been home to some of the wildest buildings out there, including such creations as the “big pants” building (Beijing’s CCTV Headquarters), the Oriental Pearl Tower (a TV tower in Shanghai) and the USS Enterprise (headquarters for game developer NetDragon Websoft). Although these buildings may not be renovated or destroyed, architects will no longer be permitted to design unconventional structures.

“These buildings do not have much value in terms of use and cost a lot to operate and maintain,” said Liu Shilin, head of the Institute of Urban Science at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. “Quite a few were torn down soon after completion. The [new] policy is heading in a good direction.”

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