People walk past the China Central Television (CCTV) headquarters in downtown Beijing, which Chinese people say resembles a pair of trousers. Photo: EPA 

End the skyscraper craze and build China’s cities around its public space

Architect Peter Schubert says China’s decision to move away from showpiece tower blocks creates an opening for the reinvention of the public square. A space that pairs commercial activity with cultural exchanges would find favour with its rising middle class

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People walk past the China Central Television (CCTV) headquarters in downtown Beijing, which Chinese people say resembles a pair of trousers. Photo: EPA 
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