Design Readings

Watch Aris Venetikidis’ “Making sense of maps” talk at TED

Map designer Aris Venetikidis is fascinated by the maps we draw in our minds as we move around a city — less like street maps, more like schematics or wiring diagrams, abstract images of relationships between places. How can we learn from these mental maps to make better real ones? As a test case, he remakes the notorious Dublin bus map

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Information Technology in China: Smart City plans for Shanghai

Can you imagine such a “smart city” life? It can become a possibility in Shanghai as early as 2015. Presently, the system to build a smart city is having a trial operation in suburban Minhang District and gradually it will cover the whole city, Shanghai city officials revealed recently […]

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China, Technology, Innovation and the Environment: Shanghai chosen as electric car pilot city

China named Shanghai as the country’s pilot city for electric vehicle development […]

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China, Technology, Innovation and the Environment: Shanghai aims to grow green energy by 20%

Shanghai is gearing up to grow its new-energy industry by 20 percent this year and is making plans to leverage green technologies at the World Expo for daily life […]

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China, Technology & the Environment: Emissions goal “will cost China $30b”

Researchers have been busy calculating what China’s carbon emissions target announced last year will mean for the average family […]

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Living in China: at the wake of Shanghai World Expo, lack of services in English still a challenge

Shanghai Expats are feeling a bit language-challenged in Shanghai’s taxis, buses and shopping venues, according to a report released recently.

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Living in China: 2.54 billion journeys will be made during Spring Festival

China began its annual mass passenger transportation for the traditional Lunar New Year, with an expected 2.54 billion journeys in the coming 40 days […]


Living in China: Plenty of GPS potties, to keep Shanghai’s World Expo site clean

Next year’s Shanghai World Expo will feature more than 200 of the world’s most innovative pavilions filled with the most advanced technology and inspiring exhibits about modern urban life. But piles of rubbish, dirty surfaces and lack of potties would make a joke of the theme, “Better City, Better Life.” […]

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China, Technology and the Environment: 1,000 new energy vehicles to run on Beijing’s roads

1,000 new energy vehicles will be put into operation in public transportation and sanitation sectors this year, according to Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission (BMSTC) […]

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Architecture & Urban Planning in China: World Bank injects $200 million for China’s urban environment

World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a loan to China –$200 million to support the Shanghai Urban Environment Project […]