If it can be argued that sports stadiums reflect the vision countries have of themselves then the designs above––for America and China respectively––are most revealing.
The new Yankee Stadium currently under construction looks like a cross between the Pentagon and Liberace's mausoleum; the inartful design merely drops a ballpark inside a 1930s-style building.
Club president Randy Levine claims the new ballpark will be "the most spectacular, fan-friendly stadium ever built.
More spectacular than 'The Bird's Nest'? Doubtful, but I'll let you be the jury.
No, this merely reflects a wider problem with corporate America: the safe bet is killing creativity. Another missed opportunity; another lack of vision; another design-by-committee; another dinosaur brand clinging to its past.
Sadly, when it comes to large-scale architecture America has it's eyes firmly set in the rear-view mirror.
Do tell me I'm wrong.