Rem Koolhaas explains China's plans for its 'ghost cities'

The Dutch architect talks about China's "new idea" of urbanization

March 17, 2014 |
Photo: Vmenkov via Wikimedia Commons

OMA's Rem Koolhaas recently sat down with the WorldPost to discuss urbanization trends in China.

He addressed China's plans to create "mega-urban" clusters in rural areas. This measure, he said, is meant to de-incentivize migration into already overcrowded cities. 

"It is really an effort to anchor populations in the countryside," Koolhaas told the WorldPost. "In an historical twist, they are taking the city to the country."

The architect also discussed how the countryside is becoming a complement to the city, as opposed to the opposite, and how China's bureaucracy may be the key to making the mega cities concept possible.

Read WorldPost's full interview.

 

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