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Chinese Architects Find Peking Dull

From Reuters

Chinese architects have blasted Peking’s tall modern buildings as monotonous and said that the capital’s skyline could soon resemble that of Hong Kong.

Delegates at a two-day seminar attended by more than 100 architects said some work units took advantage of lack of urban planning requirements by trying to grab every bit of space they could to erect buildings.

The New China News Agency said Saturday that some special features of old Peking are fading away. It proposed more use of traditional Chinese building techniques to safeguard the city’s architectural character.

One architect said more satellite towns and shopping areas should be built on Peking’s outskirts to ease pressure on central districts caused by swelling population.

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