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Category Archives: Urban Design

Shenzhen Surging: Yabao Hi-Tech Park by 10 Design

Shenzhen, China’s experimental Special Economic Zone, is often derided for its lack of history and culture. This is in no small partView full post »

An Architect’s Guide to Working in China

A few months ago I read a piece from Bloomberg discussing Frank Gehry’s decision to ‘turn to Asia for architecture projects asView full post »

Guangzhou’s New Central Business District: Zhujiang New Town

Guangzhou’s New CBD (highlighted in red) sits north of the Pearl River and east of the Old City in what not long ago was agriculturalView full post »

Speculation: China’s Proposed Eco-Cities

A piece I wrote about China’s proposed eco-cities appeared recently in the  inaugural issue of Dwell Asia magazine. The articleView full post »

9/11, China and the Enduring Symbolic Power of the Skyscraper

1 World Trade Center Rising in Lower Manhattan Now that it has been about a month since the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in theView full post »

Go West Project at the Chengdu Biennale

I had the privilege of sitting in on a round-table discussion led by the ‘Go West Project‘ at the Chengdu Biennale this pastView full post »

Chengdu Enhances Urban Environment With Recreational Paths

It seems that too often talk about China development focuses on ‘hard’ infrastructure projects including roads, bridges, powerView full post »

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 »

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 »

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 »