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  • China open to architectural experimentation
  • China open to architectural experimentation
    Mingjie Jo (2011) ©

China open to architectural experimentation

China is known for being strictly utilitarian, most recently banning ostentatious displays of wealth. But there's one area that has remained flamboyant architecture. China is now more open to experimental architecture than the UK and potentially home to the designs of the future city.



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