A State Beyond the State (e-book)Shenzhen and the Transformation of Urban China
- A State Beyond the State
The first comprehensive interpretation of Chinese urban transformation through the lens of state-owned enterprises
> Richly illustrated with historical plans, images, many diagrams, maps and photos
> Book launch in Singapore ETH Centre, November 2017
> Watch the review on Shenzhen Noted here
> Watch the article on Future City Laboratory by ETH Zurich here
Supported by numerous interviews and primary data, this book points out the threats posed by typical large-scale projects of single SOEs (Stateowned enterprises), and further shows alternative development potentials that match the long-term socioeconomic demand, by learning from self-evolving SOE areas shaped by the combined forces of various public and private stakeholders.
Since China’s 1980s economic reform, the ubiquitous semi-marketized SOEs have established themselves as immovable landholders in the urban landscape. To improve our understanding of the Chinese SOE urbanism, Ting Chen made a first-hand account and evaluation of various SOEs’ urban performances and the differing socioeconomic influences of SOE land transformations. The urban core of the Special Economic Zone Shenzhen, largely constructed by SOEs, was chosen as the case study.
ISBN 978-94-6208-365-3 | 1. edition | April 2018 | available | Ting Chen with an introduction by Kees Christiaanse | design: Studio Joost Grootens | English | e-book (pdf) | 17 x 24 cm | 296 pages | illustrated (250 full color) | in conjunction with: ETH Future Cities Lab in Singapore