Norman Foster has urged Western governments to learn from China how to make bold, quick changes to their infrastructure
The chairman and founder of Foster + Partners spoke about his admiration for Chinese decision-making at a ceremony in Spain.
‘We have a lot to learn from the East in terms of the way decisions are made and building initiatives are taken,’ he told an audience at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
‘For example, the project we are part of in Hong Kong [is] moving an airport embedded in the city centre in much the way Heathrow is embedded in London.
‘The boldness of chopping down a mountain, creating the world’s largest dredging fleet, of spreading the earth, creating a building site and moving the airport overnight, we can see it is possible to create these projects to alleviate urban stresses.
‘And this can be achieved in five years compared with 20 years in the West.’
Foster was made Doctor Honoris Causa at the ceremony.
Watch a video of the lecture