These are blogs written by Cliff Hague for the Innovation Circle Network.
 
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Guest blogger Klaus Kunzmann explores a mueum devoted to the history of urban planning in a Chinese city.

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China's slowing growth and rising debts have sent tremors through global markets. Urbanisation has been integral to the near double digit annual growth over recent years, so what does the slow down mean for regional and local development within China, and in particular for the local authorities?

Thursday, 26 November 2015 15:19

Smart China

In his Guest Blog, Klaus Kunzmann reports from China of the pressures to make "smart cities".

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015 12:32

China plans "sponge cities"

Faced with increased urban flooding, China is seeking to create "sponge cities" that can absorb water.

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We are building cities to attract investment, not cities for people to live in, argued David Harvey, the distinguished geographer, speaking in Montevideo.

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In this blog from China, Emeritus Professor Klaus Kunzmann probes the reasons for the relaxation of the one-child per family policy.

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Sunday, 26 July 2015 15:34

The State of China's Cities

I have referred to Chinese urbanisation several times in these blogs, but make no apologies for returning to the topic. What is happening in China should be of interest to planners, urbanists, environmentalists and economic development professionals everywhere. In part this is because of the sheer scale of the changes – a rural to urban shift on steroids!

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This blog was first posted on the Planning Resource website on 17 July 2012.

 

The next generation is going to witness a staggering amount of new urban development as the world’s economic centre of gravity shifts towards Asia. Cities in both developed and rapidly urbanising countries need professional planning if they are to prosper. Companies serving consumer markets should grasp the significance of the growing urban middle class and its diversity. Urban analysis is increasingly necessary for business success. These are the main messages from a dramatic new report from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI).

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Thursday, 09 April 2015 16:39

Mr.Tree - A Tale from the new China

This blog was first posted on the Planning Resource website on 28 January 2012.

I went to the cinema last night to watch a new film from China. I recommend “Mr Tree” as a film that gives you a flavour of the great transition that China is going through as people move to the cities. It shows some of the processes of change and their impacts on villages in the countryside. It will prompt planners, environmentalists and those involved in economic development to debate the costs and benefits of an annual growth rate of 8% per annum growth rate, and to ask could similar gains be achieved without some of the less desirable side effects?

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Tuesday, 07 April 2015 16:59

Urban transport and mobility challenges

This blog by Cliff Hague was first posted on Planning Resource on 28 October 2013.

The scale of the challenges that planners face from urban transport is made clear in the new UN-Habitat Global Report on Human Settlements. As ever more trips are made it becomes harder and harder to move around cities, even when money is invested in transport infrastructure. Across the globe, but especially in the rapidly urbanising mega cities of the global south, cities are facing a crisis of accessibility. Quite simply, unsustainable forms of urban transport are no longer working.

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