In his lectures, Daan Roggeveen questions and investigates the current condition of the (Chinese) megacity and its shift from prosperity to progress. Connecting theory with practice, the architect reveals a new understanding of the 21st century urban condition. Starting in Shanghai, Roggeveen describes a transformation towards a post-colonial urban condition in which Chinese urbanism will impact cities globally.
With contributions by architects, academics, artists and activists, ‘Progress & Prosperity’, edited by Daan Roggeveen, is a powerful and timely book which questions, investigates and reveals the current condition of the (Chinese) megacity and its shift from prosperity to progress.
The Chinese metropolis has developed into the world’s most successful urban scheme. Combining bottom-up energy with top-down force, it pushes cities and their inhabitants towards progress, fast-forward.
China’s megacities are efficient, with well-functioning infrastructures, top-notch public transport, proper housing, steady economic growth, a low crime rate, an attractive climate for foreign investors, and a glitzy skyline to boot.
With contributions by Esther da Costa Meyer (Princeton), Ying Zhou (University of Hong Kong), Steven Y.N. Chen (Harvard/SHL), Adrian Blackwell (University of Waterloo), David Gianotten (OMA), Justin D. Stern (Harvard), Jonathan Woetzel (McKinsey), Max Cohen de Lara & David Mulder van der Vegt (XML), Jeffrey Johnson (UK/CoD), Liu Yuyang (ALYA), Ou Ning (Columbia), Cruz Garcia & Nathalie Frankowski (WAI Thinktank), Frances Arnold and Eric Tabuchi.
MORE Architecture is a multidisciplinary firm founded by Daan Roggeveen and Robert Chen. Based in Shanghai and Amsterdam, MORE strives to create contemporary notions of collectivity in the projects they work on globally. MORE recently finished mixed-use building Jiaxing Island (with AIM Architecture), contemporary art gallery BANK in Shanghai and the headquarters for MINTH Group. Current projects include a canal house in Amsterdam, a boutique hotel in the mountains of Anji (both under construction) and an urban plan in Accra, Ghana (with OKRA, MLA+, FABRIC and MIXST).