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Prevent 'ugly buildings' from tarnishing cities

(People's Daily Online)

08:01, October 19, 2012

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Buildings without culture will be called "construction waste". However, ugly buildings can often be seen during 30 years of rapid urbanization in China, highlighting the backwardness and blind imitation of some designers in aesthetic aspects and exposing urban management officials' loss of urban culture.

The emergence of these "ugly buildings" can be attributed to the rapid urbanization of China in the past 30 years, but it is more related to the lack of cultural consciousness in architecture. Due to inadequate cultural aesthetics in city constructions, "ugly buildings" have caused a variety of problems, such as unreasonable functions, being incongruous with natural conditions and surrounding environment, imitating ancient architecture, worshipping foreign architectural style, buildings integrating Western and Chinese styles, and mechanical biological imitations, all of which are nothing meaningful but failures in China's city constructions.

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Source:Global Times, author: Fu Baohua
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