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American architects find blank canvas in China

American architects have found a promising client, China, according to this New York Times article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/16/business/16build.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&emc=eta1

China is offering architecture firms both large and small not just money for new projects, but something you can't necessarily put a price on, creative freedom. From homes to large skyscrapers (a good opportunity to implement large quantities of steel, of course), Chinese clients are essentially telling architects to have at it. It's a stark contrast to what most architects are used to where they are hired to bring someone else's vision to life.

Is this an emerging trend? Is this where architecture is going? Will other emerging economies take a similar approach?

And, most importantly, is it a good thing?

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