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Old September 11th, 2014, 12:49 AM   #41
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Old September 11th, 2014, 12:54 AM   #42
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loving that stuff. they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so why would people hate on it. it just makes sure nice places in the world get even more attention.
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Old September 11th, 2014, 12:55 AM   #44
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They are interesting copies, maybe nice for someone who couldn't afford to know the real ones, but at the same time, it's sad that a country with such a beautiful history and strong national identity finds the need to replicate so many other countries. Well, at least they're multiplying beautiful places, unlike my country...

Just for my knowledge, is there a "truly chinese" city, which maintains most of its features as the replicate cities do?
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Old September 12th, 2014, 12:15 AM   #46
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Old September 12th, 2014, 12:16 AM   #47
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Old September 12th, 2014, 12:18 AM   #48
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Old October 30th, 2014, 05:31 PM   #49
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I'm sure British expats in the Gulf and other countries would love to live in compounds such as these

stunning....
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Old November 1st, 2014, 03:30 PM   #50
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Very high-quality developments! I don't mind at all having a small percentage of development in this style, especially when done very well.
But that's the problem: some look quite decent from a distance, but the lack the heart and soul of the original settings, the fine details (architectural or landscaping-wise), the details that give it charm and authenticity. You can't copy a cityscape that has been evolving over decades or centuries by rebuilding it in a few years (it lacks the eclecticism that evolved, it's obviously to see everything was built in one go). Maybe it will come with the years, once it all ages a bit, but I'm afraid many of these examples will ultimately end up like rundown Las Vegas-esque mirages rather than loving recreations of the original.
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Old November 1st, 2014, 09:40 PM   #51
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Xinle Castle in Shijiazhuang also known as the chinese Hogwarts. This one is going to be a private college.

Xinle Castle (河北美院)-14 by 马克爱生活, on Flickr

Xinle Castle (河北美院)-4 by 马克爱生活, on Flickr

Xinle Castle (河北美院)-7 by 马克爱生活, on Flickr
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Old November 1st, 2014, 11:13 PM   #52
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Old November 1st, 2014, 11:31 PM   #53
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that's just amazing
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 02:33 AM   #54
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Spain in Hangzhou



Hangzhou Shanglinghu by SImon_Gao, on Flickr
Sadly to say, but the fake spanish town is far more beautiful than anything has been built in Spain int he last two or three decades. Might be it's bad quality materials or whatever, but is still beautiful.


I have a question: are this cities real cities? I mean: do people live there? (or are suppossed to live there, but didn't yet sell the houses) The fake Paris apear to have some traffic, but the fake Venice seems to be a huge, creepy, empty wannabe mega mall.

I saw some photos of some fake stores in other forums/blogs. But so many buildings ith streets, etc... I imagine they're meant to be inhabited, rigth?
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Old January 13th, 2015, 08:34 PM   #55
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just surprised that Dubai hasnt adoped this. Im sure Brit expats would have loved to live in Thames Town in Dubai....howzat?
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Old January 15th, 2015, 01:16 PM   #56
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Just a note, China also builds it's own styles:

Chengdu Ancient Town





Sichuan rebuilt towns and cities after the earthquake, in local Han and Tibetan vernacular:













Also every big Chinese city has an Old Town, and a rebuilt Old Town (Hangzhou, Suzhou, Tianjin, Chongqing) - most controversially Beijing and Datong.

Beijing's Qianmen and Dazhilan area. The districts around the Bell and Drum Towers are also slated to get the same treatment:









Datong's new centre:











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Shangri-La (sadly a large part of this town burned down last year)






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and of course you get the new residential developments but theyre more expensive than the faux Tuscan/ French styles (polished roof tiles,
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Old January 21st, 2015, 02:09 PM   #57
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Just imagine what they could do with this technology...

World's first 3D-printed apartment building constructed in China

A Chinese company has successfully 3D printed a five-storey apartment building and a 1,100 square metre villa from a special print material.



While architectural firms compete with their designs for 3D-printed dwellings, one company in China has quietly been setting about getting the job done. In March of last year, company WinSun claimed to have printed 10 houses in 24 hours, using a proprietary 3D printer that uses a mixture of ground construction and industrial waste, such as glass and tailings, around a base of quick-drying cement mixed with a special hardening agent.

Now, WinSun has further demonstrated the efficacy of its technology -- with a five-storey apartment building and a 1,100 square metre (11,840 square foot) villa, complete with decorative elements inside and out, on display at Suzhou Industrial Park.

The 3D printer array, developed by Ma Yihe, who has been inventing 3D printers for over a decade, stands 6.6 metres high, 10 metres wide and 40 metres long (20 by 33 by 132 feet). This fabricates the parts in large pieces at WinSun's facility. The structures are then assembled on-site, complete with steel reinforcements and insulation in order to comply with official building standards.

Although the company hasn't revealed how large it can print pieces, based on photographs on its website, they are quite sizeable. A CAD design is used as a template, and the computer uses this to control the extruder arm to lay down the material "much like how a baker might ice a cake," WinSun said. The walls are printed hollow, with a zig-zagging pattern inside to provide reinforcement. This also leaves space for insulation.

This process saves between 30 and 60 percent of construction waste, and can decrease production times by between 50 and 70 percent, and labour costs by between 50 and 80 percent. In all, the villa costs around $161,000 to build.

And, using recycled materials in this way, the buildings decrease the need for quarried stone and other materials -- resulting in a construction method that is both environmentally forward and cost effective.

In time, the company hopes to use its technology on much larger scale constructions, such as bridges and even skyscrapers.

http://www.cnet.com/news/worlds-firs...tag=YHF65cbda0
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It seems like a few of these fake towns are in Hangzhou. Maybe I should go there and instead of taking a tour of west lake, take a tour of Europe. It looks like they have Paris, Venice, and Granada Spain.
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You can not reinvent architecture. That is an ideological Illusion. Each place on earth copied ideas who does exist before. not only china but each place. also the west. many projects in the west are also copies who does exist before they start with construction. architecture reproduces itself. It is an ideological Illusion to believe, every project should be or is a unique idea. no, it is not.
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Old October 18th, 2015, 12:06 AM   #60
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You can not reinvent architecture. That is an ideological Illusion. Each place on earth copied ideas who does exist before. not only china but each place. also the west. many projects in the west are also copies who does exist before they start with construction. architecture reproduces itself. It is an ideological Illusion to believe, every project should be or is a unique idea. no, it is not.
Sure, but the above are straight out copying and nothing about taking influence and doing something of your own with it.
Though I will say some of these pics paint a picture of areas I would not mind to live in. Haven't really got that from videos I have seen previously of these copy paste areas.
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