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Archive for China

June 20, 2017
June 15, 2017
China’s Real Estate Mirage
New York Times

The impressive size and wealth of China’s propertied class belies the growing strains plaguing new home buyers. The country now has some of the least affordable housing markets in the world.

June 13, 2017
China’s Skyscraper Age Is Over

At more than 2,000 feet, Shanghai Tower is the world’s second-tallest building. It looms over its neighbors — the world’s ninth and 19th tallest buildings — in a supercluster of supertall structures unlike any other in the world.

June 7, 2017
Parking Policies in China’s Metropolises
Urban Policy & Research (abstract)

To untangle the factors that contribute to delays implementing desirable parking policy reforms, this paper examines the development of parking policies in China.

Drivers Bewildered By Chinese Interchange

Five suspended levels and cars going in all directions: a new highway interchange is driving motorists to tears, as they find themselves lost in a concrete maze resembling a plate of spaghetti.

New EcoCity Model To Mitigate Urban Heat Islands

Prof. Kuang Wenhui’s group at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has developed the EcoCity model for regulating urban land cover structures and thermal environments, and has established eco-regulation thresholds for urban surface thermal environments.

June 5, 2017
Parking Policies in China’s Metropolises
Urban Policy and Research (abstract)

To untangle the factors that contribute to delays implementing desirable parking policy reforms, this paper examines the development of parking policies in China.

June 4, 2017
May 23, 2017
May 22, 2017
Watch China’s Metro Systems Grow

Since 1990, China’s population has continued to grow and, more critically, to urbanize. As millions have left their rural communities for cities, it’s no wonder the country’s metro system has ballooned, too.

May 19, 2017
Giant Smog Vacuum Cleaner in China Actually Works
Fast Company

Sitting in a field in the Chinese port city of Tianjin, the 23-foot-high Smog Free Tower looks a little like a giant fan. It’s actually a park-scale air purifier, designed to pull in the city’s pollution, filter it, and create a bubble of breathable air for people passing by.

May 17, 2017
China’s Manhattan Clone No Longer Ghost Town

When Zhang Zhenhua arrived to Tianjin in 2014 to take on a job as a security guard at a luxury apartment complex, he didn’t expect to work in a surreal ghost town of vacant office canyons and half-finished high-rises.

May 15, 2017
Smog Sucking Air Cleaning Bikes

Daan Roosegaarde has been touring China with his Smog Free Project, showcasing the Smog Free Tower and encouraging people to find innovative solutions to address air pollution.

May 14, 2017
Land Use Planning and Construction Land Growth in China
Cities (abstract)

Land use planning is a comprehensive instrument for managing non-agricultural land growth in China, and the evaluation of its implementation effect on growth control is of great significance for policy improvement.

Are Mono- or Poly-centric Cities More Prosperous?
Cities (abstract)

Polycentric planning strategies aimed at addressing traffic congestion and other agglomeration diseconomies have not achieved expected effects, leading researchers to doubt the effectiveness of polycentricity. This paper examines the comparative economic efficacy of these strategies.

May 7, 2017
Using Taxi Trips To Understand Urban Travel Patterns
Journal of Transport Geography (abstract)

As an important transport tool, taxi plays a significant role to meet travel demand in urban city. Understanding the travel patterns of taxis is important for addressing many urban sustainability challenges.

May 4, 2017
China To Build System of 400KPH Bullet Trains By 2020

Beijing is developing a new generation of trains capable of reaching 400 kilometers per hour, China Daily reported. The high-speed trains will be part of the so-called Belt and Road Initiative to boost economic ties with other countries.

April 30, 2017
Map: Chinese Urban Growth Is The Fastest in History

According to data from the United Nations, China’s urban population increased from 459 million to about 780 million from 2000 to 2015 — that growth is equivalent to roughly the population of the United States moving from the countryside to large cities in the space of 15 years.

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

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.


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