The Gigantism of Public Works in China in the Twenty-First Century

Martín Antón, Mario and Negro Valdecantos, Vicente and Campo Yagüe, José María del and López Gutiérrez, José Santos and Esteban Pérez, María Dolores (2017). The Gigantism of Public Works in China in the Twenty-First Century. "Sustainability", v. 9 (n. 9); pp. 1-14. ISSN 2071-1050. https://doi.org/10.3390/su9091581.

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Title: The Gigantism of Public Works in China in the Twenty-First Century
Author/s:
  • Martín Antón, Mario
  • Negro Valdecantos, Vicente
  • Campo Yagüe, José María del
  • López Gutiérrez, José Santos
  • Esteban Pérez, María Dolores
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Sustainability
Date: 5 September 2017
ISSN: 2071-1050
Volume: 9
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Civil Engineering, Bridges, Tunnels, Harbours, Railways, Structures, Land Reclamation, Gigantism, China, Asia
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Civil: Hidráulica, Energía y Medio Ambiente
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Part of human beings’ relationship with the world around them includes constructing or building. They connect with the land and makes civil engineering an action of reflection with the environment, a use of material, and a function of construction work. This involves a combination of necessities and perfection in order to fulfil an aim. To build is essential on this earth. From a “mud hut” as the commencement of architecture up to water regulating with dams, conducting it via a channel, overcoming obstacles by use of a bridge, or finding shelter and sailing by using harbours, a public work requires the welfare of a community as its “raison d´être”. The aim of this investigation is to analyse the human condition in construction and how works of an enormous size that change the way of “being on earth” have been tackled for instrumental reasons by disassociating necessities, revitalizing noxious effects, destroying nature’s scenery and landscapes, disturbing the environment, and negatively affecting the urban development of our “poly-cities”. Referred to by the authors of this article as “gigantism of public works”, this concept is analysed using examples in Asia and works of a notable size in China.

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Item ID: 49817
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/49817/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:49817
DOI: 10.3390/su9091581
Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/9/9/1581
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 21 Mar 2018 19:02
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2019 08:13
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