Monday, October 3, 2011

Urban Planning Challenges in Asian Cities: Architect Jeffrey Heller contrasts Chinese, Indian approaches to growth

via Asia Society

China is doing a better job of addressing issues brought on by rapid urbanization than its Asian neighbors, says San Francisco architect and city planner Jeffrey Heller. He singled out Shanghai and Guangzhou as cities moving aggressively to manage explosive growth, in contrast to Bangkok and Mumbai, which he described as drowning in a sea of cars.
Heller's illustrated talk, hosted by Asia Society Texas Center, drew in part on the city plan his firm, Heller Manus, is creating for Guangzhou. City officials there, having spent two decades emphasizing economic growth, now seem genuinely focused on quality of life issues, he said. 

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