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China Issue

As the Chinese economy begins to cool, a new generation of architects are gaining a place on the world stage.

Until quite recently, China has been concentrating on building in the quickest, cheapest and easiest way, but now it seems to be turning its attention to improving the quality and introducing more consideration for users, context and the urban condition.

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This positive story is matched by the fact that there is also increasing competition to get those commissions, not only among Western architects, but also with the increasing numbers of home-grown Chinese architects trained in America and coming back with creative integrity. They are bringing experimentation, free-thinking, and aesthetic sensitivity, learned from the West, but decidedly Chinese in ambition.

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