Debating the role of International Architecture in China
Can China remain a testing ground for Western architects? China Daily outlines a number of major architectural projects designed by famous international architects (Koolhaas, Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster and Paul Andreu) that have emerged in the past few years in Chinese cities.
Many of these buildings have not been well received by the general public or even by specialists, who consider their construction costs exorbitant, their design uninspiring and their lack of integration into local contexts startling. These projects have however enabled China to achieve a certain architectural and technological maturity, encouraging local architects to take over, even though the profession, as such, has only existed in China for thirty years.