China’s Smaller Cities Go Wild For Starchitecture.
China’s modernising architectural trend was first noticed at the Beijing Summer Olympics of 2008, where several stadiums around the country were built specially for the games. These eye-catching stadiums impressed visitors and participants alike, particularly the Beijing National Stadium (or endearingly named the Bird’s Nest – see photo below), the National Aquatics Center, and the Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Center. This article profiles the growing and bold architectural designs found among the second and third tier cities in their efforts to be noticed as innovative and progressive. However, a few of these promising architectural wonders are still on the drawing board. Nevertheless, it gives outsiders a perspective of the trajectory of where architectural designs in China are focusing in the decades to come.
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