The largest migration in human history is currently underway in China, where the central government is moving forward with a plan to urbanize nearly 300 million people by 2030. But many challenges must be confronted in both existing and planned cities for this to work. How can China accommodate this massive shift while addressing the issues of aging buildings, urban sprawl, over-engineered roads, hazardous pollution levels, and significant water shortages?
During a 2013 PechaKucha event in Chicago, Thomas Hussey, SOM's Director of Urban Design + Planning, outlined the ways in which these problems can and are being addressed by redeveloping, connecting, and creating new Chinese cities. PechaKucha, which recently featured Hussey’s presentation on its daily blog, is known for its "20x20" format in which a speaker shows 20 images, each for 20 seconds, while discussing a topic related to architecture, design, or other creative fields.