China's Skyscraper Boom is Officially Over

  • Published on Jan 11, 2022
  • China’s ban on skyscrapers just got even stricter.
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Comments • 1 929

  • Super Derp
    Super Derp 19 hours ago +2

    The way you connect architecture, geopolitics and economics is really (very) compelling. It's awesome!

  • Dave TV
    Dave TV 16 hours ago +708

    This may be a move in the right direction because developers, engineers, and architects will focus more on quality and usability the more. I always like B1M videos even before watching them because I know I won't be disappointed.

  • temper44
    temper44 19 hours ago +1

    I think the natural next step will be to implement rules about green spaces. The US had a similar problem 100 years ago where skyscrapers would make the cities dark and without sunlight and they put laws in place to try and avoid it.

  • Hhydar
    Hhydar 19 hours ago +363

    A step towards right direction. This will open up doors to quality infrastructure and will help cities to develop and grow more sustainably. Even though i freaking love skyscrapers but this seems like a good decision.

  • dc rikki
    dc rikki 14 hours ago +175

    Traditional Chinese architecture is so beautiful. It’d be cool to see more of it all over China. Affordable housing, traditional Chinese architecture, low-rise buildings & reforestation sound like the way to go for China the beautiful & mighty.

  • z
    z 19 hours ago +358

    I don´t need a newspaper or any website. I just watch these Vids and have a pretty good understanding what the global construction problems/solutions are. Awesome and educative content!

  • Gary McAleer
    Gary McAleer 19 hours ago +272

    Excellent, B1M! You cover more ground in under 8 minutes than conventional news covers in a month; and some, even years! I'd say, Happy New Year, but too many bunglers hold the reigns these days.

  • Lewis Garrison
    Lewis Garrison 19 hours ago +538

    As a skyscraper fan its a little upsetting but seems to be for the best. Similar to what's happening Dubai, it's good that they are thinking more about quality, its people, and the environment over quantity and vanity. Curious how these changes levels the playing field with the US in the future.

  • Nakib Sayyed
    Nakib Sayyed 19 hours ago +375

    Skyscrapers in a city are mostly concentrated in one area, the downtown aka business district, China probably wants the flow not to stagnate in one location of the city and probably spread out. Anyways, as always nice episode mate.

  • harbl99
    harbl99 19 hours ago +328

    Could this have anything to do with the famously low occupancy rate of skyscrapers in China? (less than 50% on average is a figure I've heard, probably from the B1M). Basically the gov is saying "No! No more skyscrapers until you fill the ones you've already got."

  • Samuel J
    Samuel J 19 hours ago +181

    I think it's a good change, though I'm interested in the massive change to having more restrictions even above 100m. With so many empty buildings, it seems clear to not be a population issue to have tall buildings. I'm intrigued to see if cities will have more sprawl now or if new construction will slow to only necessary population demands.

  • Stitch Lee
    Stitch Lee 19 hours ago +375

    I wish the same policy can be implemented in our country Malaysia as well... In our capital city Kuala Lumpur, there are 4 skyscrapers over 400m, the KL118 is also expected 2nd tallest in the world when completed. it is absurd to have so many skyscrapers over 400m in a city of just 1.5 million people, and our country population is just 32mil.

  • We say no to pay to win
    We say no to pay to win 19 hours ago +172

    By the way although it seem counterintuitive due to the land needed around a mega tall skyscraper, smaller buildings actually have higher densities. In London, areas with victorian townhouses have the highest density in the city. So this planning policy doesn't inhibit accomodation and reduces cost as the higher up you go the more cost has to go into structural integrity, it's a good policy increasing light and reducing downdraught effect, that will hopefully encourage better design of the building themselves rather than just tall being part of the price tag that is spent on appearance.

  • Robin
    Robin 16 hours ago +34

    Xi'an is the best example for an amazing city that isn't packed with skyscrapers. Sure there are some in the Industrial Development Zone but the city center really succeeded in conserving its historical architecture. As a european, I always highly appreciated that since I still get dizzy and intimidated when I'm surrounded by tall buildings

  • Matthew Ng
    Matthew Ng 19 hours ago +65

    I think each city should have a minimum standard to incorporate Chinese architecture details going forward. This will bring more style going forward and not just a concrete jungle

  • RY 82
    RY 82 19 hours ago +60

    Megatall buildings are nice to look at, however the novelty of them often wear off within few weeks.

  • Connected - Urban Planning, Construction, Trains

    A good approach concerning dense urban development is the one Tokyo takes. Tokyo hasn't got just one central business district where all skyscrapers are concentrated to. Instead, there is a cluster of areas where skyscrapers appear. Conveniently, these are also located next to train stations. Thus, a big number of people can commute easily without having to use cars. This concept is called Transit Oriented Development.

  • lolhwaet
    lolhwaet 14 hours ago +70

    I don't think people realize how tall 150m still is, even if it isn't gonna get you in the record books - 150m is about 45 stories. That is not a short building. This isn't as dramatic of a ban in absolute terms as it sounds like at first, it's only dramatic relative to China's previous building habits. A truly radical shift would be to adopt the height limit of Washington DC, where nothing can be over 130 ft, or about 11 stories.

  • Mik Moen
    Mik Moen 19 hours ago +50

    Have you ever looked into how Spain is doing lately? Years ago I heard they were in the middle of a massive recession, a bunch of developments left half done, even an entire Airport unused. It was shown during a Top Gear special. Are they, or even Greece recovering?

  • Tea set
    Tea set 19 hours ago +18

    Thanks for the good content as always, as a person who has been in China, I really think this restriction is necessary, and more other restrictions are required too. maybe next you can do a video on China's "gated community". or just "gated community" in general. I really think it's a huge problem for cities.