Gallery: BOOK REVIEW: Bianca Bosker’s New Book, Original Copies, Dissec...

In Original Copies, Bosker, the senior tech editor at the Huffington Post, presents a thorough analysis of the remarkable building replication phenomenon that has been happening across China. She begins to unravel the story by first identifying China’s cultural acceptance of counterfeiting and explains how traditional Chinese views reflect the idea of the replica as equal. Bosker gives examples to back up this point, citing how ancient Chinese emperors used to replicate the gardens and towns of surrounding empires as a show of power.

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  1. english cheese man July 10, 2013 at 6:14 am

    The English village looks about as accurate as the 1 at epcot (in FLoreda). I wouldn;t mind keeping their police though.

  2. philatonian April 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    None of these are “copies,” and most are only inspired by regional architecture. Paris’s Eiffel Tower is almost twice as tall as China’s, which isn’t the only replica.

    You can find the same “copies” in Las Vegas (which has its own, even taller, Eiffel Tower) or Dubai, or any theme park in the world. Architecture in Florida and Southern California is heavily borrowed from Italian and Spanish styles.

    The title of the book is a bit misleading, and the content isn’t anything new. The United States mimicked Europe for the better part of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

    If developers in China were truly replicating entire Medieval or Midwestern villages and claiming them their own design, it would be notable. It’s not. It’s just a handful of uninspired architects and developers offering up some gimmicky tourist traps.

  3. riptionator March 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I don’t think they are as good as the originals. For one, Western countries don’t have brown water.

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