by Wang Jun
World Scientific, 512 pp., $58.00
by Chang-tai Hung
Cornell University Press, 352 pp., $39.95
by Robin Visser
Duke University Press, 362 pp., $89.95; $24.95 (paper)
by Geremie R. Barmé
Harvard University Press, 251 pp., $19.95
by Thomas J. Campanella
Princeton Architectural Press, 334 pp., $24.95 (paper)
by Wu Hung
University of Chicago Press, 272 pp., $35.00 (paper)
Over the past twenty years, urban planning in China has been the source of widespread social unrest, with tens of thousands of citizens banding together in class-action lawsuits against land expropriation. The government eventually banned such legal action, but the topic is still one of China’s most sensitive. Real estate prices have risen so much in major Chinese cities that ordinary people can at best afford an apartment in a suburban housing tower. On some days, it seems that all people talk about is housing and the problems of living in Chinese cities.
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