Beijing’s Misinterpretation of ‘Modernity‘”, Jeffrey Soule, Center for Strategic and International Studies:

Although gifted with a civilization of over 5,000 years, this drive for “modernity” has made Beijing leaders feel the need to cover the city with foreign icons depicting their notion of progress. The few remaining fragments of the historic city have been overshadowed by an urban form with little grace, style, context or compassion, designed for architecture magazines but not inhabitants.

… City officials and those who want to please them have confused “modernity” with aggressively bizarre and unusual shape – a caricature of the dada movement only with real places rather than fine art. Because no one dares to gainsay them, they believe they are building a “modern city.” …