Pictures of the World's Fastest-Growing City

<em>Wired</em> presents a slideshow of photography exploring the booming Chinese city of Chongqing -- the fastest growing urban center in the world.
August 27, 2010, 7am PDT | Nate Berg
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"A decade ago - as part of plans to raise living standards in the western provinces - the Chinese government put Chonqing at the center of a $200 billion program of investment in infrastructure and commerce. The Guardian has described it as "the biggest megalopolis you've never heard of."

City of Ambition, an online "gallerybook" by Turkish photographer Ferit Kuyas, is a spectral and haunting look at the drastic urbanization of what was once a relatively modest-sized metropolis. Chongqing's population in its main urban areas was a little over 5 million in 2000. By 2020 it's estimated that it will be 20 million."

Kuyas' photos show a rapidly expanding city shrouded in fog as it treads towards a newfound status as one of the world's megacities.

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Published on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 in Wired
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