Beijing (1950s-1960s) / Overly emphasised formalism

Beijing (1950s-1960s) / Overly emphasised formalism
Ministry of Defence in Beijing being enormous as a result of too much formalism. Ministry of Defence in Beijing © 2013, rfi
Ministry of Defence in Beijing being enormous as a result of too much formalism. Ministry of Defence in Beijing  © 2013, rfi
Ministry of Defence in Beijing being enormous as a result of too much formalism. Ministry of Defence in Beijing © 2013, rfi

When the Communist Party officially took control over China it had an ideology in new architecture on its land, mainly focused on utility and economy, and a bit of beauty. However it eventually aimed at national style and reactionism, tended to ignore it’s fundamental principles. National style was then presented in massiveness of the building, together with some large Chinese roof and platforms, as in combining the soviet communist architecture style with a slight touch of traditional Chinese one. This enormous style was brought from the USSR as it was considered a role model to follow by the Chinese Communist Party. Thus both utility and economy aspects were sacrificed for ‘beauty’.

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