ruminations about architecture and design

Friday, March 21, 2014

china is new york city

Sorry, too lazy for a meaningless graphic.

Some people claim that China's efforts towards planned urbanization are doomed to failure (I'm misrepresenting the nuances of the poor guy's argument, but hell, this is the internet). My own poorly informed opinion is that most of the bureaucrats and leaders in China have accepted urbanization as a social force that is greater than any single coherent plan. In fact, I would say that Chinese infrastructure boom of the past several decades has a clear linkage to many other development phases in other nations. In urban development there is planning and there is reaction. Reaction tends to inform the planning process. Robert Moses did not invent automobiles.

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