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Rem Koolhaas

Taschen, 2002
800 pages
800 colour & b+w.
ISBN: 3822860484

In 1996-1997, Harvard's graduate students studied China's Pearl River Delta (PRD), a cluster of five cities with a population of twelve million that will probably reach thirty-six million by the year 2020. The establishment in the PRD of Special Economic Zones - 'laboratories for the contained unleashing of capitalism' - has hastened an unprecedented experiment in urbanization on an astonishingly large scale. Great Leap forward contains essays that explore, in a theoretical and statistical context, the results of this rapid modernization, which has produced an entirely new urban substance.


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