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Jiutian International Square mall in Zhuzhou in Hunan, China

Don’t you find it ironic, how China Central Television shares its abbreviation with Closed Circuit Television – CCTV..?

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CCTV Building by OMA/Rem Koolhaas in Beijing, China

 

Today, I wanted to share with you this image from “S,M,L,XL” by OMA, Rem Koolhaas and Bruce Mau, called “Asian cities of tomorrow”:

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"Asian Cities of Tomorrow"

Beautiful image; love the level of complexity!

Obviously, this image made me think to the images of Asian developments we see today. And I felt there is something in this image that has never made it into the real world – “UTOPIA”. The image above has some sort of “utopia” – an overriding idea of a “better place” – at its core. The images of Asia today – don’t.  In what image are the cities being built today? What is the ideal? Is there any? And should there be any? We hear a lot that we had enough of utopias and don’t want any any more – we “know” they don’t work anyway. But there seems to be a need for some sort of a plan..

Today’s major cities, on the contrary to that, seem to be more about “disaster management” than anything else. Can true cities be anything else, but disaster management at a certain time of their development, or is it exactly what makes a city – a disaster?

You have probably seen this, but if you haven’t, definitely check it out – a 15-story Hotel in 6 days. Repeat: 6 DAYS! Construction madness in China.. Just another example of China’s blow-your-mind efficiency…

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