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Villages in the City: A Guide to South China's Informal Settlements
By Paul Chu Hoi Shan (editor), Stefan Al (editor), Ivan Valin (editor), Casey Wang (editor) and Claudia Juhre (editor)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Hawaii Pr
Publication date August 30, 2014
Binding Paperback
Edition Bilingual
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780824847562
ISBN-10 0824847563
Dimensions 0.50 by 5 by 8 in.
Original list price $28.00
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: Countless Chinese villages have been engulfed by modern cities. They no longer consist of picturesque farms and fengshui groves, but of high-rise buildings so close to each other that they create dark claustrophobic alleys - jammed with dripping air-conditioners, hanging clothes, caged balconies and bundles of buzzing electric wires, and crowned with a small strip of daylight, known as "thin line sky." At times, buildings stand so close to each other they are dubbed "kissing buildings" or "handshake houses" - you can literally reach out from one building and shake hands with your neighbor.

Although it is easy to see these villages as slums, a closer look reveals that they provide an important, affordable, and well-located entry point for migrants into the city. They also offer a vital mixed-use, spatially diverse and pedestrian alternative to the prevailing car-oriented modernist-planning paradigm in China. Yet most of these villages are on the brink of destruction, affecting the homes of millions of people and threatening the eradication of a unique urban fabric.

Villages in the City
 argues for the value of urban villages as places. To reveal their qualities, a series of drawings and photographs uncover the immense concentration of social life in the dense structures, and provide a peek into residents' homes and daily lives. Essays by a number of experts offer a deeper understanding of the topic, and help imagine how reinstating the focus on the village could lead to a richer, more variegated pathway of urbanization.

Contributors include Margaret Crawford, Jiong Wu, Marco Cenzatti, Jiang Jun, Nick Smith, and Laurence Liauw.

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With Ivan Valin (other contributor), Casey Wang (other contributor), Claudia Juhre (other contributor), Paul Chu Hoi Shan (other contributor) | Bilingual edition from Univ of Hawaii Pr (August 30, 2014)
9780824847562 | details & prices | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $28.00
About: Countless Chinese villages have been engulfed by modern cities.
from Hong Kong Univ Pr (August 1, 2014)
9789888208234 | details & prices | 224 pages | List price $30.00
About: Countless Chinese villages have been engulfed by modern cities.

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