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Developers, contractors and the Chinese government profit from poorly constructed buildings that require demolition in as little as a decade, CityMetric reports.
The number of environmentally friendly buildings in China has multiplied by more than 150 times since 2008, Eco-Business reports.
More than half of the world’s tallest buildings are in Asia, where most cities have no choice but to expand upward, Urban Land reports.
Sudden collapses of earth in dozens of Chinese cities are blamed mostly on over-extraction of water, minerals and oil in urban areas, CityMetric reports.
Corruption, engineering flaws and violations of land-use regulations derailed the planned city of Dongtan near Shanghai, Chinadialogue reports.
The robotic 3D-printing technology could help Amsterdam and other cities reduce construction costs and time, The Pop-Up City reports.
The one-story structure will be the first office building made this way, Reuters reports.
The tragedy in Kathmandu offers lessons for other cities on the importance of earthquake-proof construction and retrofits, the Nikkei Asian Review reports.
Strict construction codes for Indian cities may have avoided the fate of Kathmandu, where many buildings crumbled from the latest quake, the Economic Times reports.
The requirement to use environmentally-friendly varieties of cement made of recycled material began this month, Al Bawaba reports.
Off-the-charts demand for concrete in China is one measure of the nation’s unprecedented urbanization, the Washington Post reports.
To accommodate demand, developers are constructing buildings on soil that is not strong enough for multistory structures, Next City reports.
Resource-strapped cities may be able to use bamboo as an economical substitute for steel in concrete structures, Civil Engineering reports.
Compensation is so minimal for children working at kilns that some describe the workers as slaves, the Guardian reports.
The Centre for Science and Environment points to Hong Kong and Singapore as models for how India could offset disposal costs associated with construction waste.