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China seeks to regulate “weird” architecture

White Houses. Arcs de Triomphe. Eiffel Tower. Pantslike structures. Phallic structures.

Structures such as these litter the Chinese landscape. But 2016 might be the year China’s strange architecture comes to an end. As cities grow uncontrollably, China struggles to regulate the growth of urbanization.

A directive issued on Sunday by the State Council, China’s cabinet, and the Communist Party’s Central Committee says no to architecture that is “oversized, xenocentric, weird” and devoid of cultural tradition. Instead, buildings should be “suitable, economic, green and pleasing to the eye.”

This decision comes after a significant rise of the population has moved to the cities. From the increase of 18% to 50% since 1978, urban planning has struggled to keep up with the rapid development. Instead, buildings will be prefabricated and it is predicted that prefabricated buildings will 30% in ten years of all total buildings.

Vice President of the China Academy of Urban Planning Wang Kai believes that functionality should take precedence over appearance. China hopes to fill their cities with green and morally fulfilling alternatives to the odd structures and keep historic buildings and areas pure.  China’s President Mr. Xi endeavors for “no more weird architecture”. He is making progress at the local level.  All illegal buildings across China’s cities will be mapped within five years.

Check out some examples below.

A farmer walks through a field near a replica of the Eiffel Tower at the Tianducheng development in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province August 1, 2013. Tianducheng, developed by Zhejiang Guangsha Co. Ltd., started constructing in 2007 and was known as a knockoff of Paris with a scaled-replica of the Eiffel Tower, standing 108 metres, and Parisian houses. Although designed to accommodate at least ten thousand people, Tianducheng remains sparsely populated and is now considered as a "ghost town", according to local media. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS REAL ESTATE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

FUYANG, ANHUI, CHINA - FEBRUARY 14:  The Western-style office building of the district authority of the under-developed city of Fuyang is seen on February 14, 2007 in Fuyang, China. The building, whose design is meant to be a cross between the White House and Capitol Hill, has caused much controversy as it cost more than 30 million yuan ($3.85 million) to build while the annual fiscal income of the local district barely reaches 100 million yuan ($12.8 million). China is setting up a high-powered national anti-corruption agency as close to 100,000 members of China's ruling Communist Party were punished last year for corruption, according to state media.  (Photo by Cancan Chu/Getty Images)

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New 300m tall dual skyscraper ridiculed because it looks like a pair of long underpants, Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China - 03 Sep 2012...Mandatory Credit: Photo by Quirky China News / Rex Features (1839931a)  The Gate of the Orient building  New 300m tall dual skyscraper ridiculed because it looks like a pair of long underpants, Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China - 03 Sep 2012  A new 300m tall dual skyscraper that is joined at the top has been dubbed the

 

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