China, known to produce bootleg consumer products like electronics and apparels, is about to embark on a grand bootleg project. This time, it won’t copy iPhones and Louis Vuittons, but a parcel of New York: Manhattan. This construction frenzy is nothing but new though. No, not only in China. Snowboarding in a desert, creating islands, and even the world is the norm in Dubai.
Can city plans be patented so as to avoid copycats? Also, assuming China pulls this ambitious construction project off, where would the similarities stop and differences would begin? And what’s next? Will China copy the Chinatown?