Category: History

Cenotaphs of lost societies

6 December, 2013 (09:00) | Abandonment, buildings, History, Housing, obsolescence, Reuse, Technology |

By:David A. Smith   Not only do physical spaces express who we are, they also evoke who we expect others to be as well – and while today’s spaces seem unremarkable to us, as time passes and our tastes and technologies change, the unchanging but gradually decaying past space serves as a haunting reminder of […]

A theory of China’s cities and housing: Part 3B, But markets will not be fooled

18 September, 2012 (10:00) | China, Cities, Global news, Government, History, Housing, Law, Public-Private Partnerships, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 3A, and the preceding Part 1A, Part 1B, Part 2A, and Part 2B.]   By:David A. Smith   So far, in presenting my three-pronged theory of China’s political and policy approach to economic development, we’ve shown that its first two premises no longer work:   What China doesn’t show: a slum […]

A theory of China’s cities and housing: Part 3A, “Between observation and doctrine, report doctrine”

17 September, 2012 (10:00) | China, Cities, Global news, Government, History, Housing, Law, Public-Private Partnerships, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from last week's Part 2B, and the preceding Part 1A, Part 1B, and Part 2A.]   By:David A. Smith   Now, four full days’ into this extended essay presenting a theory about China’s urban policy failures, we’ve seen that China can no longer wall off the world outside, nor can it any longer operate […]

A theory of China’s cities and housing: Part 2B, But the modern city is too complex

13 September, 2012 (10:00) | China, Cities, Global news, Government, History, Housing, Law, Public-Private Partnerships, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2A, and the preceding Part 1A and Part 1B.]   By:David A. Smith   As we saw yesterday, up through at least 1989, China operated on the premise that a successful society, even its infrastructure and property development, can be centrally dictated by an imperial economy.   Twenty years later, everything […]

A theory of China’s cities and housing: Part 2A, “An imperial economy is a successful society”

12 September, 2012 (10:00) | China, Cities, Global news, Government, History, Housing, Law, Public-Private Partnerships, Speculation, Urbanization, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1B and the preceding Part 1A.]   By:David A. Smith   Yesterday’s post, Part 1B of a six-post three-part thesis, showed that while China’s leadership presumes that nothing outside of China matters, the last twenty years have witnessed such a comprehensive revolution in global economics and finance that today the fastest […]