July 28, 2012, 1pm PDT
The historic rainstorm that struck the Chinese capital last Saturday washed away the gloss of decades of rapid growth, revealing the failures of its infrastructure and its leaders, write Jacob Fromer and Edward Wong.
July 26, 2012, 10am PDT
As China goes car crazy, a new crowdsourcing website seeks to address the needs of Beijing's lowly pedestrians and bicyclists, reports Nate Berg.
July 17, 2012, 1pm PDT
As the start of London's summer games grows near, the competition to host the 2020 Olympics is heating up. Paul Sonne looks at whether the "shoestring" bid of Madrid, formed amidst Spain's austerity drive, can beat out the other finalists.
June 26, 2012, 12pm PDT
Matthew Stevenson anticipates the end of the bicycle in China's major cities, now overrun with scooters and scrambling for Western status symbols – in spite of ever-worsening traffic.
May 17, 2012, 2pm PDT
Add this to the "oh yeah" file. After eight years of construction, the completion ceremony for the OMA-designed China Central Television (CCTV) Headquarters in Beijing was held this week.
April 9, 2012, 1pm PDT
Debra Bruno laments the "de-bikification" of Beijing and profiles the efforts of one NGO to stem the tide.
March 21, 2012, 7am PDT
The Chinese government is taking productive steps to reduce the runaway congestion and air pollution that are making Beijing unlivable, writes Heshuang Zeng.
March 1, 2012, 10am PST
A current cause for citizen activism in China is the lack of public restrooms for women, writes Sharon LaFraniere. Recent efforts to stage "Occupy Men's Toilets" campaigns in multiple cities have garnered attention from the press, and authorities.
February 6, 2012, 6am PST
In a cruel twist, a historic house associated with Chinese architects who championed the notion that 'a great nation should hold dear its historic patrimony', and deemed by authorities an 'immovable cultural relic,' was recently demolished.
December 30, 2011, 5am PST
Steep and sudden price reductions are being felt in real estate markets in Shanghai and across China. Indicators suggest that the 'biggest bubble of the century' may have just burst.
December 24, 2011, 1pm PST
Tom Miller, author of "Urban Billion," discusses the pitfalls and shortcomings of a too-quickly urbanizing Beijing in this interview with David Pierson.
December 22, 2011, 12pm PST
From Braddock, Pennsylvania to Beijing, Nate Berg offers his favorite articles about cities published in 2011.
November 25, 2011, 7am PST
With parts of its roof being blown off by strong wind, one architect has defended his work on Beijing's newest airport, blaming poor building material choices rather than the overall design.
October 17, 2011, 2pm PDT
Liu Yugie offers and considered and compelling analysis of the state of architecture in China today, and asks if "is China a playground for international architects or an abused testing ground for bad design?"
September 28, 2011, 5am PDT
GPS data from over 30,000 Beijing cabs have provided researchers at Microsoft Research Asia glimpses into underlying causes of congestion in the city. Typically, the culprit is missing or flawed connections.
July 25, 2011, 7am PDT
Traffic safety is an emerging issue in China, and officials are treating drunk driving, the cause of more than 50% of traffic fatalities, severely - so much so that a new business is flourishing: chauffeur service.
Bloomberg Businessweek via SF Chronicle
January 6, 2011, 6am PST
Developers in China are pushing forward plans to build a 4-million-square-foot shopping mall as part of a major cultural center outside of Beijing's Central business district. It will be the biggest mall in the country.
Baltimore Business Journal
January 1, 2011, 5am PST
In an effort to reduce congestion, Beijing is planning to reduce the amount of vehicle registrations it issues.
December 27, 2010, 5am PST
To reduce congestion, Beijing will follow in Shanghai's footsteps set 10 years ago by limiting new car registrations; only Beijing residents will be able to obtain one,and only vehicles with such plates will be allowed entrance to city center in 2011
The Wall Street Journal: Autos
December 19, 2010, 9am PST
By looking at Seoul, Beijing and Shanghai, this article from <em>City Journal</em> explores how politics and different governmental ideologies have shaped the growth of these mega-cities.