Thursday, July 22, 2010

Chinese Ronchamp

Watching Le Tour on telly this past week even my long suffering anti-Tour other 1/2 couldn't help but be stunned by the backdrop of France in the summer. Glorious chopper shots swooning through the mountains and the obligitory sunflower shots speak of a slower pace of life where there is no smog and landscapes reveal themselves in glorious HD. Quite the contrast to China... 

With this in mind I thought I'd do a quick post on the now defunct  Chinese Ronchamp in Zhengzhou. Note how the French original (top) has colour, life and beauty. Then note how the Chinese copy is grey, colourless and looks like a Communist power station. It's easy to dismiss this copy cat culture as harmless and a bit of fun, but when it's done this badly how does anyone benefit? Word is the copy was destroyed once the Corbusier society found out about it (which may or may not be true) but really, some things should just stay in France.

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