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The City after Chinese New Towns

Spaces and Imaginaries from Contemporary Urban China

Edited by: Michele Bonino, Francesca Governa, Maria Paola Repellino,  and Angelo Sampieri
Analysis of an unprecedented phenomenon

By 2020, some 400 Chinese New Towns will have been built, representing an unprecedented urban growth. While some of these massive developments are still empty today, others have been rather successful. The substantial effort on the part of the Chinese government is to absorb up to 250 million people, chiefly migrants from the rural parts of the country. Unlike in Europe and North America, where new towns grew in accordance to the local industries, these new Chinese cities are mostly built to the point of near completion before introducing people.

The interdisciplinary publication, written by architects, planners and geographers, explores the new urbanistic phenomenon of the "Chinese New Town". Especially commissioned photographs and maps illustrate many examples of these new settlements.

  • Drawing on research from three highly reputed universities: Politecnico di Torino, Tsinghua University, Beijing, and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • "New Towns" are an unprecedented phenomenon
  • Attractive and inspiring photo essay

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Michele Bonino, Francesca Governa, Maria Paolo Repellino, Angelo Sampieri, Politecnico Torino, Italy
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Audience: Urbanists, architects, sinologists