China issued a decree banning “copycats” of architectural design from abroad, promoting the local design.
According to a BCC report, the government statement prohibits “plagiarizing, imitating, and copycatting” designs in new public facilities.
Further, buildings, the government added, “reveal a city’s culture” and that “large, foreign, and weird” designs should be limited.
In addition, the guidelines also clamp down new skyscrapers, limiting them, in general, to a maximum of 500 meters.
Reports show several “fake, shoddy versions” of foreign buildings appear in “many third and fourth-tier Chinese cities.”
There is no clear directive for existing “foreign-looking” buildings, but there will be regular “city inspections” to check for problems.
The guidelines also specify public facilities such as stadiums, exhibition centers, museums and theaters, where copycats or plagiarism should not be exhibited.
The government pushes for the new era of architecture in the country, to “strengthen cultural confidence, show the city’s features, exhibit the contemporary spirit, and display the Chinese characteristics.”
In 2016, the Chinese government banned “bizarre architecture,” including “oversized, xenocentric, weird” buildings in the country.
In recent years, the country caters to different architectural gems, with designs shaped like teapot or trousers.
However, the government reiterated that buildings must be “economical, functional, aesthetically pleasing” and “environmentally friendly”.