China turns to Chicago architects to help design its booming cities

China turns to Chicago architects to help design its booming cities
China turns to Chicago architects to help design its booming cities

China turns to Chicago architects to help design its booming cities

In the last 30 years China has seen a rapid urbanization. The growth of China’s cities is similar to what Chicago experienced a century ago, says Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin. He’s written about the parallels in a three-part series called Designed in Chicago, Made in China. “Like Chicago more than a century ago, China is a laboratory where architects, urban planners, government officials and developers are concocting the urban future — both for better and for worse. The natural affinity between Chicago and China can be expressed in two words: “big” and “fast,” writes Kamin. He joins us to talk about China’s urbanization and the role Chicago architects are playing in the design of China’s fastest growing cities. PHOTO: Flickr/thewamphyri – Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai – designed by Chicago based architect Adrian Smith.