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Black and grey aerial map of Zhengzhou, red and yellow connection lines, ZHENGZHOU in white font to centre


From Rail-City to Metro-polis

By (author) Joan Busquets
By (author) Dingliang Yang


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  • Aimed at an academic and professional audience who are in the profession of city planning, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture
  • Explores the potential of the metro's intervention in making a better urban future and creating a new urban tradition
  • Uses the city of Zhengzhou for an in-depth case study on how the metro brings innovation to urban areas
Full Description

The book investigates the metro’s contribution to the city, not only as a functional infrastructure but also as a project that has the potential of transforming the urban space. It explores the extreme case of Zhengzhou, which has arguably one of the most important infrastructural histories in all of China. This city, based on a railway, is switching into a new era of metro, which is going to both strengthen its old city centre and serve to further the new district development. The book contains qualitative and quantitative analysis on the speculative design for the city around the metro.

About the Author

Joan Busquets, a world-renowned urban planner and architect, is the first Martin Bucksbaum Professor in Practice of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Dingliang Yang is currently a teaching fellow and research associate, as well as a Doctor of Design Candidate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is the founding principal of VARY Design.

ORO Editions
2nd May 2019
Paperback / softback
279 mm x 279 mm
180 Pages
150 color, b&w
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