SHANGHAI – ‘How the City Moved to Mr. Sun’ is the titel of the new book of the Go West Project, a multidisciplinary research lab focusing on the development of China’s emerging megacities, started by China correspondent Michiel Hulshof and architect Daan Roggeveen.
During two years of research, the Go West Project visited unexplored megacities like Wuhan, Zhengzhou or Chongqing, that are transforming at breakneck pace into huge metropolises with many millions of inhabitants. In size they rival global cities like Rio de Janeiro, London and Moscow, but their names are unknown in the rest of the world.
In ‘How the City moved to Mr. Sun’ they lift the veil from these unexplored megacities in the heart of China. The book presents in detail the mass of humanity washed up in this unstoppable process: farmers who demolish their homes and build their own high-rise apartment blocks, torn down again by city authorities in the name of progress. Architects, complaining that the cities grow faster than they can design them. Chinese officials, surprisingly frank about the darker sides to this story of success.
Highly readable, full of insightful analysis and deeply human stories of modern city life, this book challenges assumptions about the nature of Chinese society, and asks the question: can China transform its triumph of brick and concrete into a model that will conquer the world?
‘How the City Moved to Mr. Sun’ will be published in September 2011, but can be pre-ordered at a discount until July 31, 2011.