The Contemporary Chinese City

History/Theory

Fall 2012

Jeffrey Johnson, instructor, with Anthony Sunga

During the past two decades, China’s economic growth has fueled an unprecedented urban expansion. Never before at this scale and sustained pace has the world experienced such a project. This growth is projected to continue at an accelerated pace as more and more rural Chinese migrate to the urban areas. By 2030, China’s urban population could balloon to almost 1 billion people, nearly double what exists today. This seminar explored how the mechanisms of this rapid urbanization have created new urban models, and how the resultant forms and patterns might influence cities of the future as the world becomes ever more urbanized. The seminar was organized by topic, with each session dedicated to a specific subject or phenomenon. The course utilized multiple source disciplines to discuss each topic, including film, architecture, urban planning, landscape and politics.