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China disposable cities Why China Is Building Disposable Cities
Shanghai's Yangshan Deep Water Port is mostly built on reclaimed land. A Gift From the Sea: On China’s Land Reclamation Free-for-all
Riding the Western Europe - Western China Highway in November 2015. Riding the New Silk Highway: New Road Connects Europe and Asia

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Why China Is Building Disposable Cities

China disposable cities

The average building in China is expected to last for 35 to 30 years as the obsolescence of consumer goods is applied to urban design. Here's why.

In Other Media – January 2016

I've also published articles in CityMetric and Forbes this month. Find them here.

Singapore

Planning on taking the Singapore Escape Plan. Not yet though.

The View From My Window: Xi’an East Gate

Xian east gate

This view from my window was earned the hard way.

Shenzhen makerspace

As China transitions from being the "world's factory" to a global epicenter of innovation the maker movement is being brought to the forefront of national attention.

shanghai-migrant-workers

A rough rendition of a rant that I gave a reporter of a major financial magazine. May contain some bullshit.

Taizhou_Yangtze_River_Bridge_DCE

China has been doing what it does for a very, very long time, and our reaction has always been pretty much the same.

Shenzhen electronics factory

Shenzhen has become a dream city for the world's makers and other high-tech hardware innovators.

Shanghai's Yangshan Deep Water Port is mostly built on reclaimed land.

China is growing -- literally. Each year China grows by the size of Singapore through reclaiming land from the sea.

New Silk Road travels bout 3

On the road ahead lies Singapore, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Dubai, and Sri Lanka (and maybe the Maldives too).

BIG PROJECTS

GHOST CITIES OF CHINA
Do China’s Ghost Cities Offer a Solution for Syrian Refugees?
changzhou-ghost-city

Can the masses of Syrian refugees in need of places to live be moved into China’s millions of empty apartments?

Response to Peking University/ Baidu Ghost City Study
xinyang-ghost-city-3

Peking University did a big study on China’s ghost cities using “big data” from the Baidu search engine. This is my response about it.

The Story of How China’s Ghost Cities Were Made
Nanhui Lingang

I get a look at the inner workings of how the ghost city narrative was created and maintained.

ON THE NEW SILK ROAD
Riding the New Silk Highway: New Road Connects Europe and Asia
Riding the Western Europe - Western China Highway in November 2015.

A new expressway is being built that will connect the Yellow Sea coast of China with Western Europe. It’s called the Western Europe – Western China Road, but is better known as the New Silk Highway.

A Journey to Khorgos ICBC, China and Kazakhstan’s Free Trade Zone
ICBC Khorgos Kazakhstan and China

With the Khorgos ICBC become an epicenter of global commerce along the New Silk Road or remain a Chinese wholesale market flung out on the Eurasian steppes?

Horgos: The First New City of the New Silk Road
Horgos road to the border

Take a look at the first new city of what could be the greatest development initiative the world has ever known.

SHANZHAI AND THE MAKERS
China Finds the New Frontiers of Innovation in the Maker Movement
Shenzhen makerspace

As China transitions from being the “world’s factory” to a global epicenter of innovation the maker movement is being brought to the forefront of national attention.

How Shenzhen Became the Global Epicenter of High-Tech Innovation
Shenzhen electronics factory

Shenzhen has become a dream city for the world’s makers and other high-tech hardware innovators.

The Great Shenzhen Cellphone Parts Exchange
Shenzhen used electronics parts market

Ever wonder what happens to your phone when it dies? It very well could end up back where it came from to be sold in this informal street market.

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