Chinese Buildings Uniformly Disturbing




The latest China quality architecture to be causing a stir is the unashamed uniformity of a vast new Hainan suburb, combining both the charms of suburban sprawl and large-scale housing projects.

On the positive side, the “villas” are presumably a major improvement over the village shacks they are intended to replace, assuming they stay up and do not derive most of their value from a property bubble:


At the other end of the scale of uniqueness versus uniformity, this inexplicable and rather precarious looking structure has also been arousing comment of late – it can only be hoped it is built to withstand the “magnitude 0” quakes which cause the collapse of so many Chinese buildings:


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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 25/01/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Building houses boosts the GDP, even if there are no buyers who can afford them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:35 25/01/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Lol I hate to be the postman in this area.... o_0

    Comment by Dark Mage
    04:56 25/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    True it does and the China building bubble will burst one of these days and it'll be spectacular.
    Hopefully the people will still know how to make a living like they did two decades ago by farming and stuff for them selves when it happens and the land will still be arable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:22 28/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I live in china and I can say that many farmers now became owners of a 8 store bulding with small apartments that goverment exchange for their soils to build up roads and other stuff, maybe like that on the picture... must propably it's a must for the peasant to yield the goverment authority, otherwise they can just take the peasant down. I start to realize that the situation for many ppl of the countryside is not that bad as many think. But the goverment is messing a lot doing prospections and building up crazy new areas all around.

    Comment by Anonymous

    ^ Very unlikely lol
    My guess is those broke yellow niggas come pouring into the west.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Ironic isn't it? The yellow niggas pouring into the West just as the White niggas poured into the rest of the world couple hundred years ago while raping, killing, enslaving, stealing while forcing religion and drugs upon a myriad of cultures for greed.

    Seriously...White powah people and racists are one of the most hypocritical and ignorant fools out there. I'm White myself.

    Comment by Anonymous

    All the pure economists are predicting American style housing bubble burst. All the sociologists and city planners think the opposite.

    It'll probably turn out to be something in between, a downturn in market price not big enough to qualify as a crash.

    The difference is Americans built more houses then there are people to live in them. This wasn't the case in China.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:13 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Doesn't China have cities with no one living in them?

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    Comment by Didier
    18:27 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Bubble burst wan't a problem made by people taking on martages they couldn't afford so don't try to blame the people...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:18 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I thought the last big crisis which we are still recovering from was partly because of the american housing bubble bursting....

    Comment by Dark Mage
    14:12 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Incorrect the US bubble was over valued real estate vs a market glut.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:42 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The housing bubble here is due to people taking on mortgages they couldn't afford. The individual saving to debt ratio in china is completely different.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:06 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Naw, it's more like people kept on getting loans for houses they can barely afford the monthly payment. And when the prices started to go down to where the mortgage was more than the value of the house, most people just walked out and stopped paying. >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:51 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The number of houses available relative to the number of people living in China is totally irrelevant. Incomes are very low in China, and people with very low incomes don't buy houses.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:29 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    How high is the possibility that someone who is highly unable to spell 'mortgage' correctly has any relevant knowledge of property business?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:53 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    all it need is the smog and call it Silent Hill.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:14 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    so do natural disasters...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    SBS Dateline(Australian TV) did a story about these ghost towns being built to inflate GDP. []

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:42 25/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Wow. Someone actually managed to come up with something that has more copy paste elements than old FF14.


    Comment by Anonymous
    10:44 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Welcome to China Suburbs the model of perfection
    (Doesn't include perfectly trimmed gardens or a bespectacled lawn-gnome to protect the garden)

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:06 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Anon 10:44:

    "Yeah, we're rockin' the suburbs,
    Around the block just one more time,
    Yeah, we're rockin' the suburbs,
    'Cause I can't tell which house is mine ..."

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:21 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The best part about this comment is that the Chinese made that too. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:29 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    All FF 1-6 had massive amounts of copypaste.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:30 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That is to say:

    *FF's 1-6

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    Comment by Dia
    01:29 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You still did it wrong.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:45 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They just need to paste in the people who will be "living" there

    Comment by Anonymous

    Looks like typical new American suburbia development, actually.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:21 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    clearly you've never been to one then.

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    Comment by Erranty
    09:16 25/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    No, we get bigger yards.

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    Comment by Mauvais
    11:26 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Not your typical modern American suburb, but the first thing I thought when I saw some pictures was our 1950's suburbs. Take a trip to San Francisco, you guys. I am disturbed whenever I see those rolling hills of identical, pastel colored dwellings off of Highway 280.

    You could also watch Edward Scissor Hands to get the idea.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:13 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    People here really need to pay attention to their own individual societies issues before they start tearing down others to make their tiny little insignificant lives fell superior.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:15 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    *fell=feel lol. Although fell isn't completely wrong either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:13 29/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Typical in US? No. But has it happened before? Definitely. This kind of copy pasta can be seen here in the UK. Terraced houses lined up on a straight street uniformerly. We still get them now and again.

    Simple search of google isn't that hard. But y'know...ripping on another is more fun than picking out our own flaws looking at some commenters here.

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    Comment by Didier
    18:26 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    you fail sir

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:03 25/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)


    Comment by Anonymous
    06:12 25/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Pizza delivery nightmare.

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    Comment by Satonaka
    06:48 25/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    "I'm in the house with three visible floors." XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:54 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Food delivery and trash pick up are the same service so the time lost looking for the right house made up in the end.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:25 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chinese Food delivery nightmare

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    Comment by Benoist
    05:08 25/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    In communist dystopian china,houses haunt you.

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    Comment by kazaza2
    05:43 25/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I guess the creek is the combination laundry
    room and toilet?

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    Comment by cpc65
    07:18 25/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I'm going to guess clinical depression must be a huge issue over there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:36 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Dear china: put solar panels on those fuckers. Seriously.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:22 26/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was thinking that too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:21 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    At least when the Levi houses were built in America they put SOME uniqueness into them. this is just Communist bland crap.

    and that building over a "river" forget about the magnitude 0 quakes, I'd be more worried about a simple flash flood.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    14:15 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even cookie cutter Mc Mansions and mobile homes have far more variability then what I see in this housing project.
    Both are probably also much nicer and safer to live in.

    But then Chinese communist era architecture is generally very bland and unimaginative.

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    Comment by Daniel Park
    08:05 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Reminds me of Microsoft's "Age of Empires" games. I used to always do my housing this way.

    On a side note I'm surprised the waterway looks so totally clean.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:17 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh god, that game is the love of my life. I remember building tons of stables side by side and spawning legions of elephants. In AoE II, the same was done with siege workshops and rapenagers in DM games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:29 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    totally in agreement, ah, the good old days of AoE, now I want to play it just to recreate those pictures lol

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    Comment by PirateKing
    03:48 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Who can be so stupid and come up with the idea to build all buildings exactly the same one after the other?

    But then, looking at the bridge with the building on top of it, says it all: This has been designed by a complete retard who just doesn't give a shit.

    A little large-scale thinking and planing goes a long way. Just a little more varied placement of those buildings with some space, grass and trees could have actually make it look somewhat decent but like that it just looks like a giant antfarm that will be inhabited my mindless little identical drones.

    This is actually quite fitting for China, come to think of it.

    The only thing left to do is wait until it explodes...

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    Comment by Kaarme
    04:00 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah, it's the mecca of mass production. It's very fitting for the modern China. Their rich history is burning in the fires of industrialization.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    04:53 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It seems the Chinese are selling off their culture,environment,and future for some quick money today.
    This apartment complex will be a crime ridden cesspool 20 years from now if it doesn't burn or fall down first.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 29/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is nothing like the Walled City.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:30 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Welcome to the next Kowloon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:06 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is Kowloon Walled City... and not just Kowloon which is the entire peninsular.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:27 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's what happen when you have to put a roof over 1 billion people. However i'm a bit curious, are they using proper cement and bricks or just a heap of rubbish, literally.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:48 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    If the building on top of the bridge collapses, or rather explodes once they let the river flow, that one's a unique boat house.

    The relocated will then be truly relocated, in isolation within the camp.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:04 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    These are not in high density rise building means that they are for the people that can actually afford their own house.

    Conformal house for conformal people...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:22 27/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Issuing stereotypes and derogatory statements to solely target a nationality is a kin to being racist. As other pointed out, tract housing is hardly isolated to China but still practiced globally. Yet specifically when China participates in tract housing suddenly it is an outrage, “designed by a complete retard” housing to be filled by Chinese who “will be inhabited them like “ mindless little identical drones.” Then muse it would explode and how it’s all fitting for China.

    Clearly hostility is not directed at the housing but China/Chinese. Just because you have friends whos Chinese doesnt really recant a racist comment said. Even KKK members who are secretly descendants of African American, can be just as hateful.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know right? Damn america stop it with those suburbs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:03 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    Other than the racist comments I agree with a building placed on top of a bridge isn't that smart or stable.

    Building the same building over and over may seem boring but it's also efficient. For every new design it will cost more money/time for planning and materials. I guess you get what you pay for.

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    Comment by PirateKing
    04:26 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Racist comment? What racist comment?

    A few of my friends *are* chinese and they say the exact same thing.

    Don't you see the parallels to the Foxconn factories where hundredthousands of people are slaving away like drones doing repetitive mindless tasks so some idiots can drool over their iphone and whatnot?

    If these kinds of things are not being critisized then they will never change.

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    05:17 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    1. Lol the "my friends defense". Face it you are being racist.

    2. It is called tract housing. It is hardly (even to that degree) limited to China.

    3. You last point is not remotely the same thing. Hell it points as much to western greed and Chinese greed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:26 27/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    Issuing stereotypes and derogatory statements to solely target a nationality is a kin to being racist. As other pointed out, tract housing is hardly isolated to China but still practiced globally. Yet specifically when China participates in tract housing suddenly it is an outrage, “designed by a complete retard” housing to be filled by Chinese who “will be inhabited them like “ mindless little identical drones.” Then muse it would explode and how it’s all fitting for China. Clearly hostility is not directed at the housing but China/Chinese.

    Just because you have friends whos Chinese doesnt really recant a racist comment said. Even KKK members who are secretly descendants of African American, can be just as hateful.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:07 28/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @PirateKing You realized those examples you listed earlier on are non sequitur and have logical fallacies? That a person can still make a racist comment and still be associated what they hate on.

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    Comment by PirateKing
    05:47 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    1. Dude, I spend alot of time in China with 3 chinese friends running an import/export business. And when I say that something in a country is crap then that does not make me racist. Especially when I'm half asian myself (no I won't tell you from where), so fuck you.

    2. No its not limited to china, but doing it that repetitive and with those numbers is another story entirely. The buildings don't look *that* cheap so its even more stupid to devalue them by this.

    3. It still sucks, one of my (yes) chinese friends worked at foxconn in Shenzhen and the things he described to me are unbelievable. But since you don't know what you're talking about why don't you just stfu :-).

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:34 25/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    All-in-all, he wasn't being racist, he just made the wrong use for a defense.

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