New Urban China

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-10-28
  • Publisher: WILEY

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China is undergoing a process of unprecedented urbanisation, with cities often being built from scratch in just three to five years. It is projected that 400 new cities will be built over the next 20 years with newly urbanised populations of over 240 million. So rapid and intense is this process that consumption of energy and natural resources is outstripping supply, posing unique challenges for the creation of sustainable cities. This issue focuses on how cities are being 'Made in China' today and how their development is to impact on the future of cities worldwide. Provides the inside story with contributions from Chinese urbanists, academics and commentators. Features an interview on Dongtan with Peter Head of Arup Dedicates a special section to the emerging generation of Chinese architects: Zhang Ke of standardarchitecture, Atelier Zhanglei, MAD, MADA s.p.a.m. and URBANUS.

Author Biography

Lawrence Liauw is an Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. A UK registered architect practising in the UK, Malaysia, Mainland  China and now in Hong Kong, he trained at the Architectural Association, London, with Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Farshid Moussavi of Foreign Office Architects. His main area of research is in Asian urbanism and parametric design, through research publications, professional practice and design competitors.

Table of Contents

AD New Urban China (Sept/Oct 2008)
'Leaping Forward, Getting Rich Gloriously, and Letting a Hundred Cities Bloom'p. 16
The Taxonomy of Contemporary Chinese Cities (We Make Cities): A Samplingp. 22
The Institutional and Political Background to Chinese Urbanisationp. 26
Urbanisation in Contemporary China Observed: Dramatic Changes and Disruptionsp. 32
Urbanisation in China in the Age of Reformp. 36
Leaving Utopian Chinap. 40
The Chinese City: A Self-Contained Utopiap. 44
The 'People's City'p. 48
Street Life and the 'People's City'p. 52
Unknown Urbanity:Towards the Village in the Cityp. 56
Urban Villagesp. 60
Post-Event Citiesp. 64
Dongtan, China's Flagship Eco-City: An Interview with Peter Head of Arupp. 70
After China: The World?
Three Perspectives on a Critical Questionp. 82
Emerging Chinese Architectural Practice Under Development MADA s.p.a.m. URBANUS Architecture & Design
Zhanglei standard architecture MADp. 94
Chronology of Main Government Policies Affecting Urbanisation in China: 1970-2007 Compiledp. 100
Interior Eye Steven Holl's NYU Philosophyp. 104
Building Profile The Bluecoatp. 110
Practice ProfileCJ Lim/Studio 8 Architects: Through the Looking Glassp. 118
Architecture in China and the Meaning of Modernp. 124
UserscapeLight: Between Architecture and Eventp. 128
Yeang's Eco-Files Ecomasterplanningp. 132
Spiller's Bits Drawing Strength From Machineryp. 134
McLean's Nuggets
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