Sunday, May 23, 2010

Architecture & Urban Planning in China: urbanization to create massive infrastructure investment

by Itamar Medeiros  
October 14, 2009

Some 300 million Chinese now living in rural areas — the equivalent of the entire population of the United States — will move into cities in the coming 15 to 20 years, said a senior Chinese official recently. The fast pace of urbanization will create at least 1 trillion yuan (nearly 150 billion US dollars) in annual investment opportunities in building water supply, waste treatment, heating and other public utilities in the cities, said Xu Zhongwei, deputy policy director of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development. “Such a big urban population will result in huge market demand,” Xu told China Daily. China is undergoing rapid urbanization, with its rate increasing from 17 percent 30 years ago to 45 percent at the end of year, Xu said. More than 600 million of China’s 1.3 billion people already live in cities. “This is an incredible speed and I am quite proud that we didn’t see a huge increase of slums in the cities during the process,” Xu said.

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