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Following their research on Chinese mega cities, MORE Architecture founder Daan Roggeveen and Michiel Hulshof, partner at Tertium, have continued their Go West Project in Africa, to understand the physical impact of one of the most important geopolitical shifts of this time. Saturday 26 April, 3pm, they launch a special magazine, in collaboration with magazine Urban China. China’s visible impact on urban development in Africa is substantial. One need only take a virtual bird’s-eye tour on Google Earth to catch a glimpse of some of the most impressive changes brought to Africa by Chinese constructors, developers and designers. Not far from the Angolan capital of Luanda lies arguably one of the most impressive examples: Kilamba New City. A massive housing development designed to accommodate 500,000 people, it was built by the China International Trust and Investment Corporation. The repetitive compound design is very similar to housing units being constructed all across China, from Xiamen to Kashgar. Contractors, developers and designers from China have a tremendous impact on African development. Will they be able to successfully export the Chinese urban model? Can China’s own experience in fast, large-scale urbanization benefit Africa? Can the Chinese prototype developed over the past thirty years simply be replicated? Following their research on Chinese mega cities, architect Daan Roggeveen (MORE Architecture) and journalist Michiel Hulshof (Tertium) have now shifted their focus to understand the physical impact of one of the most important geopolitical changes of this time. Hulshof and Roggeveen have collaborated with magazine Urban China to make an issue completely dedicated to impact of Chinese Urbanism in Africa, which will be launched in Shanghai on Saturday 26 April, 3pm. Speakers at the event are Huang Zhengli, Everlyne Otieno, and Daan Roggeveen. Huang Zhengli is a PhD student on Kenyan cities and informal housing and editor of Urban China. Everlyne Otieno works at the Municipal Council of Kisumu, Kenya and is currently following the master program at Tongji University. Venue:
 HKU/Shanghai Study Centre
 298 Bei Suzhou Lu (close to Sichuan Bei Lu) Hongkou District, Shanghai Subway Line 10, Tiantong Lu Saturday 26 April, 3pm The magazine will be launched in Amsterdam, on 19 June at Pakhuis de Zwijger
Launch 'Chinese Urbanism in Africa'
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