Why is the Shanghai Metro more advanced than…

In my last story, I laid out the two subway systems of Shanghai and New York side by side, comparing the two in infrastructure construction, and on operation and maintenance. Here, I'd like to explore…

Why is the Shanghai Metro more advanced than…

As a former Shanghai resident now living in New York, I've been lucky to witness the transformation of two mega-cities. This is the story of the two subway systems. New Yorkers celebrated the new Q line…

Are prefab houses the answer to urban housing…

China's prefabricated construction is gaining the world’s attention. A Chinese firm called Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) in Changsha built a 57-story building in 19 days. This building is called Mini Sky City. BSB is also…

6 fabulous prefab buildings from all over the…

There are many examples of prefabricated homes and buildings all over the world. They have proven that prefab structures can be both structurally sound and architecturally beautiful. Enjoy this visual feast: eHab, Seattle, USA [caption…

How can we improve our indoor air quality?

Air pollution has become a serious problem hanging over the heads of Chinese people, both literally and figuratively. In an effort to avoid the discomfort of a heavily polluted sky, many people limit outdoor activities…

Group meetups 101: How does it work in…

Fang Yuan I have been living in New York City for more than 2 years. In this densely populated area, people are busy with their own jobs, running errands and, in the meantime, maintaining their…