16 Aug '11, 1pm

Trying to make China’s planned cities livable: (via @grist)

Trying to make China’s planned cities livable: (via @grist)

More livable? A vision for Chengdu Xiqi town center. Courtesy IMC Octave Few countries are urbanizing as rapidly as China, and all that growth has placed tremendous strain on existing cities. There are 171 cities in China that currently have more than 1 million inhabitants, and that number is expected to rise to 219 by 2025. Such drastic growth requires building at a frenetic pace. The result, for the most part, has been block after block of apartment towers, most of which appear to lack any soul or connection with Chinese architectural heritage. Enter two brothers, Calvin and Frederick Tsao, architect and developer respectively. Calvin is a partner at Tsao & McKown, based in New York City, and Frederick is director of the IMC group, a shipping company-cum-conglomerate that has a few of its fingers in China's booming real estate market. They have been given a unique opport...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-08-15-trying-to-make-chi...

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The Lexicon of Sustainability: via @grist

The Lexicon of Sustainability: via @grist

grist.org 16 Aug '11, 12pm

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theecologist.org 17 Aug '11, 1pm

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grist.org 22 Aug '11, 12pm

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New blog post : How to make gnocchi!

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rinaz.net 17 Aug '11, 3am

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switchboard.nrdc.org 17 Aug '11, 2pm

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green.blogs.nytimes.com 22 Aug '11, 11am

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treehugger.com 16 Aug '11, 3pm

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green.blogs.nytimes.com 22 Aug '11, 11am

Bobby Yip/Reuters High-rise residential buildings in the coastal Chinese city of Shenzhen. Worldwide, urbanization is most...