Shaping China’s Skylines – Daniel Elsea

From The San Francisco Chronicle: S.F. architects retool classic formula for Chinese environment as designers worldwide help transform cities of rising superpower

China’s building buzz has reached the Bay Area in earnest. This country’s dramatic construction wave has attracted architects from around the world. Designers big and small, from Madrid to Melbourne — and nowhere more so than in one San Francisco architectural office — are cashing in on the unprecedented opportunities.

Far from China’s shores, in an office building on Front Street in the Financial District, a group of architects is embarking on a broad foray into China’s relentless construction. The San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill is working on several buildings and planning schemes that will affect the way key parts of ancient cities on the other side of the world — which are inhabited by millions of people — will look.

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