-Ouroussoff, Ncolai. "In Modern China, 'Little Kingdoms' for the People". The New York Times. Oct 13, 2008. link here
“Tulou, a prototype for affordable housing being built in the city of Guangzhou by the Chinese architectural practice Urbanus. The architecture is based on traditional ancient tulous in Fujian Province.”
Inspired by a historical monument, the concept is transformed into an affordable resident with a contemporary backdrop. Urbanus' design adapted a specific housing style, which emphasized a close community in an geometrical structure. The unique architecture not only provided practical living space, but also served as a reminder of the underlying historical value. The unity of different time and space is a graceful balance.
-Walker, Rob. "The Sole of a Worker." The New York Times. Aug 17, 2008. link here
“Ospop sneakers are based on a design widely worn by Chinese workers, but with higher-quality materials and re-engineered structural improvements meant to appeal to Western.”
“Beyond China's practical icons such as abacus, wok and bicycle”(1), the designers repackaged the canvas trainers that are used among Chinese blue collars to meet the western standard – not as a tool, but a fashion statement. This might be an interesting way to introduce Chinese culture to the Western consumers who have a cultural background of work-wear appreciation even unlikely to involve in such physical labor. However, from a Chinese perspective this product could represent sarcasm rather than fashion or even humor, because the designer whom is “non-Chinese”, he/she might not be sensitive enough to consider the historical and continual struggle of the working class. The shoes have been used by cheapest labors in the world and these trainers, probably handmade by the very same people wearing them, are being upgraded and marketed as a fashion that cost US$75 a pair. This product critically misrepresented the Chinese culture; the designer glorified a product that the Chinese may not be especially proud of.
(1)Ospop. “Ospop”. 2007. Available on http://ospop.com/.