One of the defining features of any city is its residential architecture. China is no different. While some call them rabbit warrens, and others cringe at the idea of living so close to one’s neighbor, China’s residential complexes are mixed-use developments at their most basic: shops in the front; houses in the back; shrines and temples shoved in between.
The world is urbanizing at breakneck speeds. As of 2008, more people are living in cities than at any time in our existence. The Economist predicts that urban populations in developed countries will reach 86% by 2050. China, for better or worse, is leading this charge away from the countryside and into the nation’s urban centers along the eastern coast.