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…