An evening to celebrate the publication of Wade Shepard’s Ghost Cities of China: The story of cities without people in the world’s most populated country
Featuring everything from sports stadiums to shopping malls, hundreds of new cities in China stand empty, with hundreds more set to be built by 2030.
Between now and then, the country’s urban population will leap to over one billion, as the central government kicks its urbanization initiative into overdrive. In the process, traditional social structures are being torn apart, and a rootless, semi-displaced, consumption orientated culture rapidly taking their place.
Ghost Cities of China is an enthralling dialogue driven, on-location search for an understanding of China’s new cities and the reasons why many currently stand empty.
April 20, 7pm, Waterstones Piccadilly, W1J 9HD
Wade Shepard will be in conversation with Owen Hatherley, author of A Guide to The New Ruins of Great Britain and Paul French, author of North Korea: State of Paranoia and Midnight in Peking.
This event is free but RSVP is essential: firstname.lastname@example.org | 020 7851 2400