An end to “copycat” buildings and a ban on skyscrapers taller than 500 meters (1,640 feet) are among the sweeping new government guidelines that may reshape China’s cities.
Written by Oscar Holland, CNN
An end to “copycat” buildings and a ban on skyscrapers taller than 500 meters (1,640 feet) are among the Chinese government’s new guidelines for architects, property developers and urban planners.
Outlining what it calls a “new era” for China’s cities, a circular issued by the country’s housing ministry and the National Development and Reform Commission earlier this year also proposes other sweeping measures to ensure buildings “embody the spirit” of their surroundings and “highlight Chinese characteristics.”
With height restrictions already being implemented in places like Beijing, and a 2016 government directive calling for the end to “oversized, xenocentric, weird” buildings, the guidelines appear to formalize changes that were already underway.
But according to Chinese architecture experts, some of the less eye-catching suggestions — such as an appeal for heritage protection, a credit system for designers and the appointment of chief architects — may signal a subtler evolution in the way China’s cities are planned.
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