Lost in Transition © UiD 2007
Paper by Henrik Valeur for the 51 st IFHP World Congress, Futures of Cities, in Copenhagen.

Today, the real driver of economic development in China is the speculative investments in capital and
real estate markets. These massive – if somehow intangible – investments are accompanied by huge public
spending on urban and infrastructural projects. Together they lead to the explosive growth of service industries
and the build-up of entirely new industries, which in turn lead to individual prosperity and dramatic improvements
of the living conditions for some 20 million urban immigrants each year.

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Danish/Chinese Collaboration on Sustainable Urban Development @ UiD 2006
Thesis by Henrik Valeur and Karin Lindgren for the Xi’an International Conference of Architecture and Technology.

The processes of rapid and extensive urbanization have greatly improved the living conditions for a vast
number of Chinese people during the past decades. But it has also put tremendous pressure on the environment,
which can be experienced as increasing pollution and lack of natural resources.

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Urban Regions © UiD 2005
Paper by Henrik Valeur and Fredrik Fritzson for the UIA XXIInd World Architecture Congress in Istanbul.

According to the UN, 3/4 of the population of the industrialized world live in cities, but these are not necessarily cities in the traditional sense. People may choose to live in rural settings, while still having direct access to most urban facilities.

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