Gallery: Original Copies: Bianca Bosker’s New Book Tackles China’s Copy...

Did you know that there's a faux Eiffel Tower in China, as well as an entire copy of the city of Venice, complete with gondola-lined canals? In the past few years, builders in China have replicated world-famous buildings and landmarks at a remarkable pace - from the world's first cloned Austrian mountain village to a reproductions of the White House, entire English villages, and even new starchitect designs that haven't been built yet, like Zaha Hadid's Wangjing Soho complex. Bianca Bosker’s exciting new book Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China addresses this emerging Chinese 'duplitecture' trend and explores the ways that these replicated landmarks are shaping China's culture. It's a fascinating account that draws upon Chinese philosophical perspectives, builders, city planners, and even the residents who now live in these duplicated landmarks.

Is mimicry the highest form of flattery or is duplitecture just blatant stealing?

  • 137 Votes Duplitecture is flattering for the original architects and spreads their work to other parts of the world.
  • 332 Votes Duplitecture is just another form of counterfeiting and should be criminalized
  • 59 Votes I'm not sure.

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  1. Shyamala Rajaram January 14, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    i am an Architect and i personally think, that originality of a structure is its authenticity which would be ruined by replicating it in other parts of the world. Incorporating the abstracts of structure is acceptable to certain level but duplicating spoils the essence of original design . a structure is similar to conceiving a baby, duplicating spoils its soul.

  2. Hao Jiang January 13, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I also copied/combined existing design when i was doing some works in architectural firm in china, so what, time\\\’s not enough unless you copy, the clients don\\\’t care if you copy. to finish a set of drawings in just 1-2 days is important.

  3. Jorge de Sousa February 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    They\’ll never be able to capture all the aspects of thoses places, the ambient and culture of thoses places will never be existent on the copies. So if you want to get the true essence of the places you will always have to go to the real deal. I take it as 1:1 scale models!

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