World-renown architect and father of China’s makeover plan for the 2012 Beijing Olympics – Albert Speer Jr – has hit back at claims his blueprints mimic those drawn up by his father, Albert Speer Sr, Hitler’s chief architect.

German-born Speer told US magazine Newsweek that his plans for European-style satellite towns – including a German town – just outside Shanghai – are nothing like his father’s plans for ‘Germania’ which included the Nuremberg parade grounds and the site for the planned Aryan Games.

Instead he hopes to use the project to promote sustainable development in the city of more than 16 million people.

Network planning, infrastructure and utilities, according to Speer Jr, have been designed to save energy and resources, and preserve the environment.

It is not the first time Speer Jr, one of Germany’s most famous architects with firm AS&P, has sported such designs. The firm prepared Germany’s 2012 Olympic bid for Leipzig and Munich’s new soccer stadium used for the 2006 world cup.

Speer Jr has been likened to his father for the similarities of their path – Speer Sr built Berlin’s Olympic Stadium for the 1936 Olympics.

Reported by staff writer