The Effects of Rapid Urbanization
by AmandaMateus on October 4, 2017 - 9:01pm
The article, “Can Smarter Growth Guide China’s Urban Building Boom?” by David Biello, the science curator for TED as well as the contributing editor for Scientific American, explains several ideas and setbacks regarding rapid growth in cities, particularly in the city Ordos in China. In this article, Biello justifies the effects of rapid urbanization on the environment and presents practical solutions to avoid unsustainable methods of construction. The high demand for apartment buildings and amenities for the million new residents in these areas leads to poor construction. The current approach to the constructions of these cities, leads to structures needing to be rebuilt shortly after being constructed and the tearing down of infrastructure that could be recycled. To avoid unnecessary carbon dioxide emissions, it is important for countries undergoing urbanization, especially, to implement laws ensuring the use of energy efficient materials in new buildings creating building codes with green designs and efficiency standards is what the author suggests.
The purpose of this article is to educate the audience on the enormous impact on the environment the construction of these buildings have in areas undergoing rapid urbanization and that there are ways to minimize these impacts. Rapid urbanization is a social issue seeing as if this process isn’t done in an intelligent way, people living in these areas will be greatly affected. Seeing as they will be involved with all the inefficient designs, leading to individual and governmental tribulations. Also, this is a social issue seeing as at the moment China is the country with the highest carbon dioxide emission in the world, this affecting the overall health of the world.
I believe it is essential for the government to intervene in the building plans of these cities experiencing rapid urbanization by implementing smart growth laws. In order to encourage the government to execute these laws, communities need to promote their interest in green cities. Possible roadblocks when trying to solve this issue is money, seeing as by implementing green materials and durable construction is very costly. However, in the long run, this strategy avoids a lot of problems regarding reconstruction, energy efficiency and climate change.
Biello , David . “Can Smarter Growth Guide China’s Urban Building Boom?” Yale E360, Yale School of
Forestry & Environmental Studies, 13 Feb. 2012,
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