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Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China

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A 108-meter high Eiffel Tower rises above Champs Elysées Square in Hangzhou. A Chengdu residential complex for 200,000 recreates Dorchester, England. An ersatz Queen’s Guard patrols Shanghai’s Thames Town, where pubs and statues of Winston Churchill abound. Gleaming replicas of the White House dot Chinese cities from Fuyang to Shenzhen. These examples are but a sampling of ...more
Paperback, 161 pages
Published January 31st 2013 by University of Hawaii Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Feb 23, 2013 Biblio Files rated it really liked it
Original Copies describes a phenomenon I did not even know existed. Apparently, in China, it's not uncommon to build large housing tracts that look like Tuscany or Paris or Manhattan. It's not an amusement park -- people live there, in houses that on the outside look like Italian palazzos or Tudor style houses. There are hundreds of units in these communities and they are copied from the originals meticulously. It's quite remarkable.

Bianca Bosker includes plenty of photographs in the book, whic
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Mar 02, 2014 Jim Wilson rated it really liked it
Fascinating book about a relatively new Chinese building trend. It is a strange and disorienting experience to visit some of the sites described in the book. Upward striving conspicuous consumption happens everywhere. Veblen lives. Read it to get a totally different perspective on China.
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Bianca Bosker is the Executive Tech Editor at The Huffington Post.

She is the co-founding editor of The Huffington Post’s Tech section, which she helped launch in 2009 and has both overseen and written for since.

She writes about consumer technology, social media, web companies, business, and the cultural aspects of technology, among other topics. She also created The Huffington Post’s Women in Tech
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