Two main patterns emerge from the overview of projects: the first that the new economies of China and elsewhere are highly innovative in the new design approaches and construc - tion technologies employed; the second is that architectural practices are global in their reach and influence. SOM, HOK, Foster + Partners and others are busy learning from Western experience but modifying well-tried formulae for corporate markets, cultures and climates that are quite different. The emerging economies of Asia, the Middle East and Pacific region are also increasingly market leaders in new design approaches, particularly in the arena of renewable energy and zero carbon design. Here, the combination of lax laws, ready wealth and faith in new technologies has encouraged design innovation.