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China issues ban on 'weird' architecture
Posted on 25/02/2016

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A new directive from the Chinese government has called some of the country's latest building designs 'oversized' and 'weird'. They're not wrong...

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The Chinese government has issued a new directive which effectively bans the country's construction industry from taking on building projects featuring "bizarre architecture". It criticised the many "oversized, xenocentric, weird" buildings that have sprung up all over China in recent years, often designed by foreign architects.

Amongst some of the weirdest designs are a building shaped like a teapot, others that have been likened to a pair of trousers and others still which come accompanied by floating rubber ducks.

The new directive advises that all buildings should be "economical, functional, aesthetically pleasing" and "environmentally friendly". Sounds like a pretty good brief...

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