Andrew Stokols writes on global urbanization and international development with a focus on China and Asia. In China, he has worked as a Princeton-in-Asia Fellow at a rural development NGO and was a Fulbright Scholar studying urbanization in western China. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Foreign Policy. He is currently a Masters in Urban Planning candidate at Harvard GSD.
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Xi'an's Urban Villages

Xi’an’s Urban Villages

While thought of as a southern China phenomenon, “urban villages” can be found in most Chinese cities, including Xi’an.  Enclaves of informality, urban villages are remnants of actual villages that were enveloped by urban expansion as cities moved outward into farms over the last 30 years of China’s rapid economic growth.  Because of the difference...
Beyond Terracotta: An Ancient Capital Attempts to Reinvent Itself as a Center for Creativity

Beyond Terracotta: An Ancient Capital Attempts to Reinvent Itself as a Center for Creativity

  Next to an abandoned factory on the outskirts of Xi’an, a giant ironclad bust resembling one of the city’s iconic terracotta warriors stands alone, albeit with a wooden beam through his head.  It’s one of the few signs that the run-down factory on the outskirts of Xi’an was once a bustling artist colony.  Mostly...
The Last Days of Bali Village 八里村最后的日子

The Last Days of Bali Village 八里村最后的日子

Entering Bali Village from the recently-opened subway station, I pass through a colorful Chinese-style arch that marks the village entrance into a small alley filled with vendors selling mala tang, massage parlors, and used book stores.  Turning down another alley even narrower, wedged between the 8-story blocks that have sprouted haphazardly from the ground,  I...