Daan Roggeveen is a Shanghai-based architect who, along with journalist Michiel Hulsh, founded the Go West Project, a multidisciplinary research and design studio focusing on the development of emerging megacities. The studio is deeply interested in urban cultures and aims to understand and through research, architecture and media. Go West’s work has been varied and extensive: lectures, blogs, essays, installations, performances, events, photo essays, architectural designs, urban plans, books, and policy proposals. Go West frequently lectures at Chinese and European universities, and has recently published ‘How the City Moved to Mr.Sun’, which describes the transformation of potential world cities in central and western China.
Duncan Hewitt writes for Newsweek and other publications from Shanghai, focusing mainly on Chinese society, media and culture. He was previously BBC correspondent in Beijing and was the BBC’s first Shanghai correspondent. He has also written on China for publications including the Guardian, the Economist, Index on Censorship, and the Asia Literary Review, and is a regular contributor to France 24. His book, Getting Rich First: Life in a Changing China, focuses on the social changes accompanying China’s economic transformation of the past two decades, especially the way these have affected ordinary people’s lives. Serialized as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, the book covers issues including urbanization and the destruction of heritage, the media and the internet, youth culture and the sexual revolution, education, welfare reform, and the development of civil society. Mr. Hewitt teaches journalism on the faculty of NYU in Shanghai, and has been President of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Shanghai. Mr. Hewitt holds an MA in Southeast Asian Area Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and has recently translated a Chinese crime novel.