This week a New York Times article argued that China's urbanisation was destroying its traditional culture by depopulating its rural areas. Bart Orr replies that this argument belies a misplaced nostalgia through which Westerners perceive non-Western cultures.
Rural villages absorbed into China's cities have become thriving rental markets for rural migrants. Beijing's "sealed management" policy seeks to bring them back under state control, as Constance Bréhaut describes.
Jinxi Chen takes us on a modern history tour of Beijing's urban structure, arguing that Mao's efforts to rebuild the centre preserved a concentric structure that could not work well for contemporary Beijing.
Yusaf Samiullah OBE argues for the complexity of urban environments, stating that this is what international development organisations must apprehend and address if they are to improve the quality of urban livelihoods.
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