Engineering and Technology Quarterly Reviews
Published: 26 February 2020
Western-Themed Towns in China: Structural Analysis of Forgeries
Yangtze University, China
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Keywords: Architecture, China, Fake, Forgery, Replica, Mimicry, Copycat, Kitsch
Throughout daily life, most of us are introduced to a variety of architectural themed elements, such as replicas or forgeries that are far from their original birthplace. We often see them in hotels, shopping malls, amusement parks, in various sizes, shapes, and quantities. We experience them in passing, in the short term. However, what happens when such elements are afforded a great opportunity and freedom? Among various things, we can get themed towns. Life in China introduced me to this architectural phenomenon, through the concept of Western-themed towns, which deserves research with the purpose of discovering the fundamental ideas upon which it is based. Through various analyses, this research has covered many structural elements that make up these themed towns. Therefore, the search for a new identity of Chinese architecture, with the help of various cultural fragments, has been found to be crucial in creating the space for the birth of this phenomenon, which has many unique features.
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