China’s urbanization is the most compelling development story of the 21st Century. The country’s prolific economic growth is reflected in its many vibrant and rapidly expanding urban areas. By 2030, it is estimated that China will have more than 220 cities with populations of more than one million.

The China Urban Development Blog is dedicated to documenting this phenomenon as it happens. We aim to be comprehensive in scope- covering topics related to urban issues in China as well as looking beyond the first tier metropolises of Beijing and Shanghai to discover the up-and-coming second and third tier cities.

The blog is written and maintained by Adam N. Mayer, an American architect at William McDonough + Partners in San Francisco, California, USA. Prior to joining WM+P, Adam spent three years in China working in Beijing and Chengdu.

In addition to his job designing buildings, he is a Contributing Editor to the U.S.-based urban planning website NewGeography.com and has written articles for Forbes China, Dwell Asia Magazine and Face (The Magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce, SW China). He is also frequently quoted about urban development in publications such as Forbes, Monocle, CityLab, South China Morning Post, and the New York Times.

You can also follow Adam on Twitter: AdamNMayer