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Sustainability 2017, 9(9), 1581; doi:10.3390/su9091581

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

Department of Civil Engineering: Hydraulics, Energy and Environment, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
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Received: 28 July 2017 / Revised: 25 August 2017 / Accepted: 31 August 2017 / Published: 5 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Engineering and Science)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: civil engineering; bridges; tunnels; harbours; railways; structures; land reclamation; gigantism; China; Asia civil engineering; bridges; tunnels; harbours; railways; structures; land reclamation; gigantism; China; Asia
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Martín-Antón, M.; Negro, V.; del Campo, J.M.; López-Gutiérrez, J.-S.; Esteban, M.D. The Gigantism of Public Works in China in the Twenty-First Century. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1581.

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