Originally Posted by MetroStyles
It's a different feel, that's for sure. Asian cities to me feel more new, more fresh. European cities are weighed down by their heavy histories - you can actually feel this in the air.
I do enjoy European architecture more, but this isn't to say that I like those cities more.
Another thing to keep in mind is that much of the mid-to-late 20th century was the dark ages of common urban architecture - and this is the period that many of the buildings in several Asian cities were primarily built during. From what I have seen, high-traffic parts of modern cities are blooming with lots of very interesting modern buildings as of late. While they may not be as visually pleasing as classical-era facades and structures, they are certainly very interesting and fun.
Yes, Europe has lots of history, and most evocative of the old days are the ever-present classical structures of centuries before. Eastern Asia (that's what we're talking about right?) has had a similarly rich history, but the past few centuries that came with European conquest had led to systematic destruction or cease in development of most of its architectural landscape. The most recent havoc as a continuation to this trend is without a doubt Russian fed communism. As someone of Cuban heritage, I can tell you that even Havana boasted beautiful Art Deco architecture before Castro came to power. Much of Europe and Asia were on equal grounds technologically up to the late 16th and early 17th century. It was not until the early 19th century with industrial development, notably in England, that catapulted Europe way ahead of Eastern Asia. I think this gap is becoming smaller in the 21st century. The rise of truly apocalyptic weaponry has led the major military powers to seek resolutions for long term political stability between nations. This level of stability which is happening in most countries in East Asia today will lead to further industrialization of the landscape and new buildings to foster community development and commerce. I think if I were to travel Asia 40 years into the future, things would look very different. This is good, because there will be more places to pick up Lobbs and those fancy limited edition Haldiman watches.