Part of the glitter and glamour that has touched large Asian cities has come from a dazzling array of skyscrapers.
They dwarf surroundings. Developers have spent lavishly to impress. Some describe Shanghai’s skyline buildings as “trophies.”
But on the ground level, in alleys and parks, and in inland areas, one design feature dating hundreds of years remains: Upturned eaves found on traditional Chinese gates, temples and other buildings.
So, if Asia has embraced Western skyscrapers in its drive for a modern life, conversely, is there a question for Seattle: Do we need more upturned eaves?