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Archive for China

April 19, 2017
China To Build 2M Affordable Units in 2017
The Architects' Newspaper

China is aiming to build two million affordable housing units this year in an effort to increase access to housing across the country, senior officials from that country report.

April 18, 2017
Chinese Bike Share Says It’s Worth Over $2B
CNBC

CEO Dai Wei, a 26-year-old entrepreneur who named his firm Ofo as the letters look like a bike, revealed that figure in a conversation with CNBC. It’s about double the last reports of the company’s value — which came out less than two months ago.

April 12, 2017
April 11, 2017
Modern Tram and Public Transit Integration in China
Transportation Research Board

The International Transport Forum has released a report that explores the role of modern streetcars in Chinese cities, and identifies issues and challenges of integrating modern streetcars with other forms of public transit.

April 10, 2017
How the Chinese Navigate Urban Sprawl
New York Times

Bike sharing is the latest obsession to grab the Chinese. In the past year, bike-sharing stations have popped up throughout major cities, helping fuel a resurgence of bike riding in the country’s ever-expanding metropolises.

April 9, 2017
April 4, 2017
April 2, 2017
Fragile Chinese Democracy to Invest in Anti-Pollution Measures
Pedestrian Observations

After a week of raging protests in Beijing and the other major Chinese cities calling for measures to fight corruption, inequality, and pollution, the military moved to arrest Xi Jinping and release several high-profile dissidents from prison. It’s also fighting climate change.

March 21, 2017
March 20, 2017
March 16, 2017
March 9, 2017
Job Access Effects of Road Pricing
Journal of Transport Geography (abstract)

This paper analyzes the impacts of the built environment as it relates to the potential job accessibility effects of road pricing.

March 7, 2017
Chinese City Wants to Pump Water From Siberia
Gizmodo

The northwest Chinese city of Lanzhou has a serious water shortage problem. To address the issue, its urban planners have sketched out an ambitious plan to deliver water from Siberia’s Lake Baikal to the city along a 1,000-mile-long pipeline.

March 1, 2017
February 28, 2017
The Zombie Cities of China’s Stillborn Rustbelt
BoingBoing

What’s behind China’s “zombie cities”, theseboom-towns still waiting for their boom, ready to house millions, with wide boulevards and soaring apartment blocks that have never been occupied?

February 21, 2017
February 20, 2017
February 14, 2017
Hong Kong Needs Quality Underground Urbanism
South China Morning Post

N. Balakrishnan says the city needs farsighted laws so the profit motive doesn’t rule future underground developments which, with imaginative handling, could be welcome urban sanctuaries for its space-starved populace.

February 13, 2017
Five Lawyers Take On China Over Smog
The Guardian

In an unprecedented legal case, a group of Chinese lawyers have charged the governments of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei with failing to protect their citizens from air pollution, which is linked to a third of all deaths in the country.

February 9, 2017
January 30, 2017
Sustainability Transitions and Leapfrogging
Regional Studies (abstract)

Sustainability transitions in cities in emerging economic contexts are rarely addressed. The paper addresses this issue by investigating the drivers and barriers in the diffusion of solar thermal energy in two Chinese cities.

January 26, 2017
Understanding the Inner Workings of China’s iPhone City
ArchDaily

The New York Times has published an in-depth article entitled ‘How China Built iPhone City With Billions in Perks for Apple’s Partners’, revealing a treasure chest of public benefits for the world’s biggest iPhone factory in Zhengzhou, China.

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