Fantasy Islands
Book Description:

The rise of China and its status as a leading global factory are altering the way people live and consume. At the same time, the world appears wary of the real costs involved.Fantasy Islandsprobes Chinese, European and American eco-desire and eco-technological dreams as a solution to environmental degradation in this age of global economic change.Uncovering the stories of sites in China, including the plan for a new eco-city called Dongtan on the island of Chongming, mega-suburbs, and the Shanghai World Expo, Julie Sze explores the flows, fears and fantasies of Pacific Rim politics that shaped them. She charts how climate change discussions align with US fears of China's ascendancy and the related demise of the American Century, and she considers the motives of financial and political capital for eco-city and ecological development between elite power structures in the UK and China.Fantasy Islandsshows how ineffectual these efforts are while challenging us to see what a true eco-city would be.

eISBN: 978-0-520-95982-8
Subjects: History, Architecture and Architectural History, Sociology