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The architect banishing straight lines from China's cities
(03/Oct/2017)
hinese skylines have been subjected to tremendous change over the past decade. Heritage sites and huge swaths of traditional housing have been razed and replaced with soaring towers symbolizing wealth, development and power.
 
With hundreds of millions of people set to migrate from rural areas to cities by 2020 as part of the Chinese government's ambitious urbanization program, the number of skyscrapers built to accommodate them will continue to grow -- but not necessarily in an imaginative way.
 
Utilitarian housing and office blocks are the hallmark of burgeoning cities in China. Megacities like Beijing are already overrun with them, creating cityscapes that feel "artificial," as Beijing-based architect Ma Yansong observes.
 
"I think in our modern cities there are a lot of boxes; there are a lot of straight lines," he says. "They often deal with efficiency, the function, the structure.
 
"There's no nature. People love to go closer to nature and other people, so we need to create environments that let people have these emotional connections."
 
Emotional architecture
 
Ma, the founder of the world-renowned MAD Architects, has built a poetic portfolio of buildings that adhere to his "Shanshui City" design philosophy. "Shanshui" which translates to "mountain, water" embraces the integration of organic forms and Eastern design principles, emphasizing nature at the core of urban planning.
 
New photos of MAD's Huangshan Mountain Village, in China's Anhui province, show an undulating range of apartment complexes, a nod to the nearby limestone terraces of Huangshan ("Yellow Mountain"). 
 
In cities, Ma has often disrupted the usual "emotionless" lines and "industrial curves" to create structures influenced by Chinese classical paintings, the extreme curves of mountains, the gentle lines of the desert and even (in the case of the voluptuous Absolute Towers in Ontario, nicknamed "Marilyn") the human body.
 

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Why Chinese cities are getting curvier

Written by Stephy Chung, CNN Beijing, China Contributors Frederic Henriques Stella Ko, CNN Chinese skylines have been subjected to tremendous change over the past decade. Heritage sites and huge swaths of traditional housing have been razed and replaced with soaring towers symbolizing wealth, development and power.

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