Of the possibility and impossibility of sustainable building in China2014.07.10

At breakneck speed, China has become one of the leading economic powers in the world. Not without cost. Massive environmental problems in many cities in the Middle Kingdom are only one of a number of challenges confronting the state. A change of mentality seems imperative. But what role can the architecture play? What can you do and where do sustainability concepts hit their limits? And how far apart are claims and reality? Wolfgang Frey would like to pose these questions and report on his own personal experiences. The Freiburg architect has dedicated himself to sustainable planning and building and has also been involved for some years in a wide range of construction activities in China.