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The Japanese words for "space" could change your view of the world
"In Japan, a building can’t be in Tokyo without Tokyo being in the building."
design  culture  space  architecture  japan 
52 minutes ago by jntolva
China’s fake European cities have been transformed into something much more interesting.
(The average price-per-square-foot for apartments in downtown Hangzhou, two hours away by public transportation, is about triple that, which might explain the high proportion of young families—Paris as starter home.)

In Thames Town, where British pubs and wine stores had once far outnumbered Chinese restaurants, couples and families now perused pu’er tea shops, slurped down noodles, and lined up for bubble tea, or Baskin-Robbins.

(Of course, there is a double standard, and while the creators of these buildings were “inspired by” European landmarks, China’s developers have been “knocking off” the greats.)
china  architecture  reproduction  authenticity  urbanplanning 
1 hour ago by madamim

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