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Guggenheim NY: Chinese Villages

In parallel to decades of relentless urbanization, the Chinese government has, with much less fanfare and global attention, been dramatically redefining its countryside. This is the topic for a much acclaimed, well visited exhibition on the Chinese countryside by Rem Koolhaas, organized at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Prof. Peter Ho acted as advisor to the project team. For impressions, ple...
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Call: Cambridge Elements on Global Development Studies

Cambridge University Press has recently launched the Elements on Global Development Studies, a new short monograph series (20,000-30,000 words), that publishes ground-breaking, novel works that move beyond existing theories and methodologies of development to consider social change in real times and real spaces. The series is essentially inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary in nature as refl...
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Credibility of Informality: Call for papers

For a special issue on the Credibility of Informality with regards to the property rights of urban housing, slums and land in an urban context, the journal Cities (SSCI, IF: 2.7) could consider high-quality papers.   Papers that focus on informal property rights in regions except for China, i.e.: Latin America, Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, Australia, etc., ca...
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Nail houses also appear outside China

"Even as its economy slows, China’s investment in real estate and infrastructure has lost little steam. A common problem for developers, though, is that especially in and around major cities plum land parcels are often already occupied. The solution? Evict the residents. Sometimes developers or local governments compensate or relocate those they kick out, usually offering less than the origin...
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Book launch Unmaking China’s Development at Dutch Embassy

BEIJING On May 14, Peter Ho presented his new book 'Unmaking China's Development: The Function and Credibility of Institutions' at the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands (press release). The event was well-attended with representatives of the China Ministry of Natural Resources, Wall Street Journal, Ford Foundation, CITIC, Singapore Straits Times, and the Dutch Financial Daily. See below fo...
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Interview marathon with architect Rem Koolhaas

WUZHEN In the beautiful town of Wuzhen, Rem Koolhaas, architect of the CCTV Building in Beijing and the Pritzker Prize laureate, hosted an “interview marathon”. During this event he held non-stop interviews on new trends in China's agriculture with leading intellectuals, artists, writers, planners and officials. Koolhaas engaged in the interviews through a high-speed video-conference link, each in...
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Impressions from the triple session at the annual PLPR conference

Due to great interest of the session’s topic the PLPR organizers decided to allocate three slots for the session ‘Credibility of Informality’. This allowed for three inspiring sessions – chaired by Peter Ho, Rachelle Alterman and Benjamin Davy – with presentations on the related topics of planning, land and housing in a variety of contexts, including Israel, Serbia, China and Hong Kong.  P...
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