Progress & Prosperity
The Chinese City als Global Urban Model
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Bijdragen van: Esther da Costa Meyer (Princeton), Ying Zhou (University of Hong Kong), Steven Y.N. Chen (Harvard/SHL), Adrian Blackwell (University of Waterloo), David Gianotten (OMA), Justin D. Stern (Harvard), Jonathan Woetzel (McKinsey), Max Cohen de Lara & David Mulder van der Vegt (XML), Jeffrey Johnson (UK/CoD), Liu Yuyang (ALYA), Ou Ning (Columbia), Cruz Garcia & Nathalie Frankowski (WAI Thinktank), Frances Arnold and Eric Tabuchi
Redactie: Daan Roggeveen
The Chinese metropolis has developed into the world’s most successful urban scheme. Combining bottom-up energy with top-down force, it pushes cities and their inhabitants towards progress, fast-forward. China’s megacities are efficient, with well-functioning infrastructures, top-notch public transport, proper housing, steady economic growth, a low crime rate, an attractive climate for foreign investors, and a glitzy skyline to boot.
Can this metropolis be the blueprint for cities worldwide?
With contributions by architects, academics, artists and activists, this powerful and timely book questions, investigates and reveals the current condition of the (Chinese) megacity and its shift from prosperity to progress. Provocative yet intelligent essays, and reflective interviews reveal a new understanding of the 21st century urban condition: globalized and gentrified, using spatial zoning, financialization, culture, and the virtual to safeguard its position on the global stage. Its strong ties with the hinterland, meanwhile, ensure both relaxation and cheap labour. Starting in Shanghai, the book describes a transformation towards a post-colonial urban condition in which Chinese urbanism will impact cities globally.
Architect Daan Roggeveen is the co-founder of MORE Architecture. With Michiel Hulshof, he wrote the acclaimed book How the City Moved to Mr Sun.