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From Sand to Skyscrapers: Inside China’s Newest City

As Beijing plans to move hundreds of millions into China’s cities, Tom Phillips reports from Lanzhou New Area, a new city under construction in Gansu province for which 700 mountains were condemned to be flattened: Its...

700 Mountains Flattened for New Desert City

Late last month, premier-in-waiting Li Keqiang declared that boosting the country’s urban population, which passed 50% of the total a year ago, was China’s most promising avenue for further development. From Caijing:...

Chinese Developers Wary at Land Auctions

As criticism of land grabs and forced demolitions continues, the Wall Street Journal reports that despite signs of a rebound in the property market, Chinese developers are skittish at land auctions: A number of cities, including...

An Architect’s Vision: Bare Elegance in China

The New York Times’ Jane Perlez profiles architect Wang Shu, whose selection as China’s first Pritzker Prize winner in February received a somewhat mixed reaction from some of his countrymen. In awarding this year’s...

How Building Shanghai Up is Bringing It Down

At TIME’s Ecocentric blog, Kate Springer discusses the problem of subsidence which, according to a recent government report, affects more than fifty cities and around 50,000 square miles of land across China. The issue is...

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