Go West! Will China’s New Megacities conquer the world?

China is creating the largest urban society the world has ever seen. Small towns in Central and Western China are transforming at breakneck pace into huge metropolises with many millions of inhabitants. Architect Daan Roggeveen and journalist Michiel Hulshof travelled to twenty of these emerging cities and described them in their new book How the City Moved to Mr Sun – China’s New Megacities. It lays bare the ruthless logic behind this incredible growth, and presents in loving detail the mass of humanity washed up in this unstoppable process.

LLLABO and Waseda Architecture are pleased to invite Daan Roggeveen to talk about the experiences and discoveries presented in his book. The talk aims to challenge assumptions about the nature of Chinese society, and discusses the question: will China transform its triumph of brick and concrete into a model that will conquer the world?

  • Speaker: Daan Roggeveen
  • When: Wednesday, 12 December 2012, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Where: Meeting Room 2, 1F, Building 55N-1-01, Nishi-waseda Campus, Waseda University, Tokyo   (Map)
  • Language: English
  • Registration: Please register your attendance using the form below
  • Poster: Download A3 poster here


Daan Roggeveen

Daan Roggeveen is a Shanghai-based Dutch architect. Educated at TU Delft. Together with journalist Michiel Hulshof, he founded and oversees the Go West Project, a multidisciplinary research and design studio focusing on emerging megacities. The studio has a deep interest in urban cultures and aims to understand and contribute to them through research, architecture and media. Daan is also Curator of the public programme at University of Hong Kong/Shanghai Study Centre.

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