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Author Archives: Adam Mayer

Fake European Villages in China

‘British Style’ Villa in China China is known as the world’s hub for production of fake goods. Counterfeiting everythingView full post »

Shaun Rein Gets It

As more economists jump on the China bubble bandwagon, reliable information about the country’s state of development is becomingView full post »

China’s Ancient Cities and the Crisis of Branding

UNESCO Heritage Site, Longmen Grottoes Stone Carvings near Luoyang, Henan Province.  Photo by Easytourchina. In April I had the honor ofView full post »

Chinese Architectural Heritage and the Role of Foreign Architects

Competition Winning Entry for China Comic and Animation Museum in Hangzhou, by Dutch Architects MVRDV I am often asked about the role ofView full post »

Another Misinformed Commentary on China’s High-Speed Rail

As we’ve pointed out here on China Urban Development, there is no lack of misinformation about China in the Western media. This hasView full post »

Fears About a China Housing Crash Overstated

Consensus among international media is that China’s economy is heading for an imminent and disastrous crash due to its inflatedView full post »

Land Reclamation and the Future of Hong Kong

Land reclamation is a controversial approach to urban planning wherever water-bound cities are land-strapped for new development. In theView full post »

Shifting Real Estate Development Priorities

Last week I had a chance to chat with Russell Flannery, the Shanghai bureau chief for Forbes magazine, at a conference I spoke at inView full post »

How China’s Megacities Have Avoided Problems of Other Developing Cities

Urbanist media can’t seem to get enough of the megacity these days. Much of the commentary surrounding this topic is disconcertinglyView full post »

Population’s Role in an Urbanizing China

China’s cities would not be urbanizing at their current rate without the help of the country’s huge population. It is aView full post »

China’s Air Traffic Glut and the Case for High-Speed Rail

Recently there has been an increase in questions raised about China’s unrelenting ambitions to connect the country with high-speedView full post »

Foster + Partners Wins Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District Master Plan Competition

Although famous as an international trading and banking center, Hong Kong, save for a strong culinary tradition, lacks in the cultureView full post »