Xi Has Had Enough of 'Weird' Architecture -- And So Have I

October 28, 2014 8:08 PM

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Xi Has Had Enough of 'Weird' Architecture -- And So Have I

It is easy enough to see the importance China's President Xi Jinping attaches to art as a means to extend power in society and for bettering the world. But will what he is proposing take China backward to straight-jacketed political correctness or forward to the authentic creation of culture?

When my architect friends heard about Xi's speech on the arts, in which he said he has had enough of "weird architecture," they laughed -- and also worried about the philistinism implied in institutionalizing style and taste in state policy.

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