African Design Magazine November 2015 - Page 57

A International project Mulan School POINT Infrastructure has been a major driver of growth across China. Highways and high speed rail links proliferate enabling the vast movement of goods and raw materials to sites of production and consumption. These conduits have also facilitated mass labour migration from rural villages to factories. Although connecting many isolated areas initiating urbanisation and investment opportunities, in some instances the impact of infrastructure can have detrimental local effects: farmland is bisected; villages divided; and the environment can become degraded through altered water courses and slope erosion.