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Author Archives: Adam Mayer

Why China’s Cities Must Maintain Ties With the Countryside

Shanghai Street. Photo by Henry Nee This article by Harry den Hartog originally appeared at Sixth Tone. One of the first things thatView full post »

Q&A With Author of “The People’s Republic of Chemicals”

Nothing threatens the stability of China’s economic miracle more than the hazardous levels of pollution generated by rapidView full post »

5 Questions for Shaun Rein, Author of “The End of Copycat China”

More can happen in two years in a developing country like China than can happen in a decade or more in developed countries. And given thisView full post »

Hong Kong Protests & The Role of the City

View over Victoria Harbor towards Central- the center of the pro-democracy protests Hong Kong is an unlikely setting for massive politicalView full post »

China Regional Urbanization Trends: 2014 Edition

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) shared with us their new study on “China’s Urban Dreams 2014” – an update onView full post »

Book Review: “The End of Cheap China” by Shaun Rein

Sensationalist stories about China’s supposed looming economic collapse captivate international headlines. While these articlesView full post »

Vanke Jiugong Mixed-Use Development by SPARK Architects

SPARK Architects have shared with us their award-winning design for a new mixed-use development in Beijing. Designed for Vanke in theView full post »

China In Africa: An Interview With Go West Project

A local looks up at the new African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The complex was funded entirely by Chinese money. PhotoView full post »

Urban Creative Culture, Air Quality and the Tragedy of Beijing

Like many foreign travelers and working expats who arrive to China, Beijing was my first port of entry into the country. Leaving CapitalView full post »

Chinese Developers on the Defensive After Accusations of Tax Evasion

As China’s state media increases its accusations of tax evasion, real estate developers are going on the defensive. Last week,View full post »

Interview With Ole Bouman, Curator of the 2013 Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture

The “Value Factory”: Site of the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbansim/Architecture The 2013 Bi-City Biennale ofView full post »

The State of Seismic Safety in China

The 7.0-earthquake in Ya’an, Sichuan Province this past April once again brought up the topic of construction quality in China.View full post »