Asia briefing— Global


Portable farms from Japan, cash for babies in Taiwan, China and South Korea finally find something they can both agree on.

Development, Population, Ruan Yisan, Urbanism


Ruan Yisan

Director, National Research Centre for Historic Cities


Which cities need to try harder?
All of them, but Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen especially. Buildings are getting higher and culture is giving way to economic growth. In Shanghai the street life of the 1930s is gone. Ordinary people have been relocated to distant apartment blocks.

Who are the urban visionaries?
I'm influenced by western thinkers such as Ebenezer Howard and his garden city movement.

What single thing would you change about your city?
I want to establish an…


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