Urbanization News April 29

This week the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy released a New Report on Housing in China from  Here is an excerpt: “While many analysts are familiar with the remarkable growth of China’s economy, its market-oriented reforms, and the large investments from both domestic and foreign sources over the past 30 years, developments in the housing market are less well known. China now represents the world’s largest construction market in terms of built space, adding more than 2 billion square meters of floor area annually—nearly half the global total. About half of China’s annual constructed space is residential, divided about evenly between urban and rural housing.” Read the whole press release here.

Haitians Forced Out of Tents to Homes Just as Precarious “More than half of the Haitians driven into tent cities and makeshift camps by the January 2010 earthquake have moved out of them, officially bringing down the displaced population to 680,000 from a peak of 1.5 million, according to the International Organization for Migration…. Very few of the people who left the camps — only 4.7 percent, by the group’s estimate — did so because their homes had been rebuilt or repaired. Instead, a vast majority appear to have been forced out through mass evictions by landowners, or to have left the camps on their own to escape the high crime and fraying conditions there. Read more from the New York Times.

Marching for Ai Wei Wei in Hong Kong  “Ai Wei Wei has become a cause célèbre in Hong Kong since his arrest by mainland Chinese authorities on April 3rd. In the week since I wrote about “Chin Tangerine“, who covered the city with “Who’s Afraid of Ai Wei Wei?” graffiti, artists have rallied to Ai’s support with a blizzard of interventions, homages and protests. Their efforts have ensured that Ai’s plight has remained on the front page for weeks. You could see that effect at work on Saturday afternoon, when a group of artists organized a protest march in support of Ai.” Read more from URBANPHOTO.

Next Weekend is the Festival of Ideas for the New City May 4-8, 2011 in New York City “Festival of Ideas for the New City is a major new collaborative initiative in New York involving scores of Downtown organizations working together to harness the power of the creative community to imagine the future city and explore ideas that will shape it. The Festival will include a three-day slate of symposia; an innovative StreetFest along the Bowery; and over eighty independent projects and public events.”

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