Pick of the day: Seeing double: what China’s copycat culture means for architecture | Art and design | guardian.co.uk

Replica of the Austrian alpine town Hallstatt in Guangdong Province, China. Photograph: Alex Hofford/Sinopix/Rex

Replica of the Austrian alpine town Hallstatt in Guangdong Province, China. Photograph: Alex Hofford/Sinopix/Rex

“An alpine town, the Eiffel Tower, the whole Manhattan skyline … China is replicating the world’s architectural gems. But now Zaha Hadid would like it to stop.”

“…From pirated DVDs to knock-off designer brands, the country has a thriving counterfeit culture, often facilitated by local protectionism and a ­reluctance on the part of the authorities to ­enforce fledgling intellectual property laws. Moreover, there are no specific laws protecting architecture, due to its ­slippery definition as a work of applied art – with functional and ­artistic qualities, in which only the ­latter is protected. This overlooks the fact that the two can rarely be ­separated: a facade could be an integral part of a building’s structure, as well as providing its main artistic thrust. So China, like a global architectural ­magpie, helps itself to the biggest and best bits of cities the world over…”

Read the whole story in The Guardian: Seeing double: what China’s copycat culture means for architecture | Art and design | guardian.co.uk.

About Ares

Ares Kalandides holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Studies from the National Technical University of Athens. He is the founder and CEO of Inpolis, an international consultancy based in Berlin, Germany and has implement several projects around the world. Ares teaches Urban Economics at the Technical University in Berlin and Metropolitan Studies at NYU Berlin.
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