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.