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.
Village Acupuncture

Village Acupuncture

Can Architects Restore Vitality to China’s Countryside? On a bamboo-covered mountaintop the mud-walled houses of Diaotan village are just barely visible through the thick fog that often shrouds this remote hamlet in China’s Zhejiang province. Worn but sturdy earthen walls still enclose the largest structure of Diaotan, the ancestral hall, or citing. Inside, a few lanterns...
Saving China's dying villages

Saving China’s dying villages

China’s economic future may lie in urban-driven consumption, but that doesn’t mean its villages are unimportant. This year, the country’s powerful NDRC (National Development and Reform Commission) unveiled its new urbanization plan, calling for China to become 60% urban by 2020. But, with China’s huge urban population, that means nearly 600 million residents will remain...
The Environmental Downsides of Urbanizing Western China

The Environmental Downsides of Urbanizing Western China

  By: Andrew Stokols One of the goals of relocating Qinghai nomads and farmers to urban housing is to improve the environment and preserve local culture, but the effect is often the opposite. The changes in western China are transforming an entire cultural landscape (Image:marc bono) From the top of a towering pagoda just outside...
Residents struggle in China's "model community" as millions set to be resettled

Residents struggle in China’s “model community” as millions set to be resettled

Around 2.8 million people are to be moved to new towns in Shaanxi Province, linked, in part, to the south-north water transfer project. People are being moved from villages where older houses are at serious risk from landslides and floods (Image copyright: Andrew Stokols) On the night of July 18, 2010, the Li family courtyard in...