Jungle building of China!

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  1. S-H

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    Unfortunately, it's a disaster... As the gardens need to be very well maintained. Or else overgrown plants and trees are likely to damage the structure.

    And on top this, there is the mosquito infestation issue - Which unfortunately has already made the building unlivable...

    However, nobody would have known about these unforseen circumstances. If nobody had tried it out first, on a mega scale.

    Read all about it here below.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...sing-project-attracted-plagues-mosquitos.html

    Maybe it's not as bad as things are in reality. As in the recent years, I have both witnessed as well as experienced it myself first hand - How the media in the West is nowadays trying to move Heaven and Earth, just to find something negative in China, (as well as in my own country too). While in reality things aren't always like what's being reported...

    Still, it is a very interesting concept, which I am glad somebody tried out. So even if not completely successful, I'm sure architects will learn from the oversights in this project - From which better designed buildings of similar themes will be built later.

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    Well,, its interesting but why are they building like that ?
     
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    Excellent question @mart

    I guess the short answer is, that people living in apartments unfortunately can't enjoy horticulture. At least not to the level we can. So this was their way of bringing gardening closer to them! Which would also explain why all the apartments got sold out instantly! As everyone likes to live near plants and trees. Unfortunately they didn't take into account the mosquito infestation problem - Which is why the project has now failed. But the urge to live with greenery has always been a very strong human urge, which isn't so easily suppressed...

    The detailed answer is - Well, communism everywhere in the world favors apartment blocks... They see homes as luxuries only the very wealthy can afford - And in communist philosophy, if you are wealthy, (even if just 5% more well off then the average). They see you with suspicion, as everyone would assume that you must have been doing something wrong, (something capitalist in nature)...

    Such has always been the communist mindset everywhere. But now China has totally transformed in the last 25 years. Making their society in the urban areas completely indistinguishable (and slightly better) from any other place in the developed world - However some old habits never die, and become part of their mindset and culture, (for all time)...

    I once asked a very knowledgeable Chinese gentleman about this exact same thing. His answer was that cities unfortunately get started where markets get established. And all markets (to begin with) are always set up by farmers who wish the trade or barter whatever they would grow on their own land. Therefore markets are always very near highly fertile land.

    Now one thing leads to another, and so eventually commerce forces the area to become a small business town. Where other types of traders and craftsmen also come and set up their shops.

    That is how a 100 or so years later, everything turns into a city. Which unfortunately starts to mercilessly encroach over very productive farmland... So if this trend continues, then a country will continue to lose more and more of it's farmland. And thus might one day unintentionally become enslaved to other capitalist countries - Who would be thriving by exporting their food to China, (at the price they would get to decide).

    Which is why, it is the policy of the Chinese communist party. To construct high rise apartment blocks everywhere, (favoring very densely populated cities) - Thus saving valuable land, and also making sure that everyone has an equal standard of living.

    So that is what the Chinese communist party mindset is actually like... Makes some sense also, if you continue to think about it for a while. But today even the Chinese people themselves don't take communism very seriously. However their design and construction philosophies are still very heavily influenced by the mindset of the party. Because today it's now a part of their culture and upbringing.

    Historically as well, China hasn't had the best farmland, neither a favorable climate, (in comparison to the ratio of other countries). Many places in China could only produce just 1 crop per year... Now it's different, as they have built a lot of rain catchment dams nearly everywhere. But periodic famines were once a routine part of life for them in the past.

    Where in my country, there are places which can easily give 5 crops each year...

    This actually reflects in the language and sentence structure as well. Like whenever we in Pakistan greet each other, we always say: How are you feeling today? Not too tired I hope, well rested I assume, (meaning not tired from working in the fields).

    In the West it's always, how are you doing today?

    While in China, they usually greet each other by saying, have you eaten yet? Not hungry I hope. But if so, come let's share some food together...

    In India it's slightly different. As they greet each other by saying, how are you feeling today? Not sick with anything I hope. But if unwell, would you like to rest a little?

    In the Middle East it's often, how was your journey? No trouble during your travel I hope.
     
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    Interesting S-H.
     
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    Culture of mainland China is indeed a fascinating one, truly unlike any other in the entire world. Their sense of national unity and pride can easily kick in without much effort. And once they get focused on something, they are impossible to divide or distract. As for them their nation stand for everything!

     
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    that is an awesome concept. If I had to live in town I would be a bit more content if I could garden at least somewhat. and this wouldn't require any large heavy equipment. No corn for me though this way. bummer.
     
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    Gorgeous!
     
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