An investigation of the not-so-subtle in Beijing architecture.”

Welcome to Beijing: a world of random chaos, a fitting and fascinating laboratory for contemporary architecture.

While our exercise is playful, it ultimately aims to observe this particular place, which produces a contemporary architecture that impulsively pulsates with so much bombast, flamboyance and bravado.

Much of it is non-Western architecture certainly, freed from the strictures of the Bauhaus school which decreed that office buildings have no ornamentation and be glass boxes. See Tom Wolfe’s From Bauhaus to Our House for more on this.

Beijing ain’t the West. Good!

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