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Should China put Design Restrictions on New Developments?

Should China put Design Restrictions on New Developments?
Should China put Design Restrictions on New Developments?, Apartments in Shenzhen. Image © Neville Mars under a CC licence
Apartments in Shenzhen. Image © Neville Mars under a CC licence

China may be at a turning point in urban design: a recent article in Australian Financial Review points out that over 50 million apartments in Chinese cities (about 22.5 percent) are unoccupied. This problem springs from the ongoing Chinese construction boom, prompted by developers looking to stimulate urban economic growth as quickly as possible. However, Ma Yansong of MAD Architects believes these empty apartments are a sign that buyers find them unsuited to their needs, and that China should begin to enforce good design principles on these rapidly-constructed complexes. Read the full article here.

Cite: Connor Walker. "Should China put Design Restrictions on New Developments?" 15 Aug 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/537632/should-china-put-design-restrictions-on-new-developments/> ISSN 0719-8884
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