Posts Tagged ‘China’

China’s growth is unstoppable, and so does the bus rapid transport (BRT) that will connectits cities in the future. It is a smart move that the city of Guangzhou is slowly laying down the backbone of its transportation network with BRT in mind. This can serve as a good example to China’s other burgeoning cities. As population in China’s cities increase, moving them within these cities becomes crucial. Will they be driving cars, cycling, or taking the train or BRT?

I’m curious how these cities actually made the transition from non-BRT to BRT system. What was previously the mode of transportation? Assuming there should only be one BRT operator, how does a city deal with many bus operators in a pre-BRT system? To what extent do car manufacturing lobby groups meddle with the transportation politics?¬† There are too many questions, and China seem to have the answers. I won’t be surprised if soon these buses will be running on hydrogen fuel.

From ClimateWire via The New York Times

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Even before the high-rise buildings will be completed, some parts of China’s urban landscape already look like a ghost-town as portrayed in this photo-essay. I am trying to imagine how life in this tower-ville will be like once the finishing strokes of the paint job is applied, and the middle-class start trickling in. The first visual affects of the tower-ville led me to ask whether the construction of the buildings considered ‘earthquake-proof’ measures? Digging deeper (no pun intended) into the situation, this instant city will also create instant consumption and demand for energy, economic opportunities and social amenities.

Most of the photos show the vertical magnificence of the buildings. What it doesn’t show is the massive area and the at which this kind of development is happening. Jump to this page of the New York Times to view the full slideshow.