How Chinese Urbanism Is Transforming African Cities

Author: 

Justin Zhuang

Publication date: 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Type: 

  • Article

Producer: 

External to ACUI

Project theme: 

This article delves into China’s urban development of many African cities, and the effect this has had on the architectural quality of those cities. Chinese contractors and architects are able to propel a city’s growth at lower cost and on schedule, but in doing so, they out-compete local companies and ignore cultural context. Is this an acceptable trade-off?