Event May/04
CHINA TALK SERIES-6: Ghost Cities: the Role of Citizens and the Government

Speaker: WOODWORTH Max
Department of Geography and Department of International Studies, The Ohio State University

Max Woodworth is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the Ohio State University.  He completed his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley on “Frontier Boomtown Urbanism,” focusing on city building in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. His is currently researching China's lower-tier cities in the country's Inner Asian northern and western borderlands.

Ghost Cities: the Role of Citizens and the Government
Journalists and scholars have popularized the notion of the “ghost town” in recent years to index massive-scale urban developments proliferating throughout China appearing to have low tenancy rates or otherwise exhibit troubling emptiness. In this talk, Dr. Woodworth applies a case study of Kangbashi New District in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, to examine the ghost-town phenomenon from the perspectives of the local-state land finance model and private demand for property. He will apply the concept of “spectacular accumulation” to connect state spectacle with private speculation in the production of monumental new built environments. 

Recommended reading list:
Frontier Boomtown Urbanism in Ordos, Inner Mongolia Mongolia Autonomous Region