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

Though certainly cerebral at times and complex in its analysis, Original Copies is still easy to read and understand. The imagery of Spanish, Italian, and German communities seemingly uprooted from their existing landscapes and transplanted in China is fascinating.
 
Though certainly cerebral at times and complex in its analysis, Original Copies is still easy to read and understand. The imagery of Spanish, Italian, and German communities seemingly uprooted from their existing landscapes and transplanted in China is fascinating. These provocative photographs help illustrate Bosker’s most dramatic point that traditional Chinese culture is fading as middle-class families emulate the western culture that comes with each new faux community.

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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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