Jeffrey Johnson authors Op-Ed for CNN

From megacities to ghost towns: The extreme transformation of Asia's city skylines

When it comes to architectural innovation, some of the most significant changes to urban skylines over the past half-century have occurred in Asia.

Economic booms and globalized trade have transformed cities like TokyoSeoulHong Kong and Shanghai, rendering their soaring glass and steel skylines as recognizable as other world metropolises like New York, London and Paris.

Asia has lead the world in urban planning over this time and presently boasts seven of the world's top ten megacities -- classified as places with populations of 10 million people or more.

Like their global cohorts, the success of these municipalities has often been reflected in how ambitious and spectacular their built artifices are.

However, for all their show, the next decade is likely to see a changing of the architectural vanguard. As the drivers of economic growth shift and labor force changes across the region, Asia's emerging cities are set to become the new ground for profound innovation and advancement in city building and architecture.


Jeffrey Johnson moderated the first event of Studio-X Beijing Version 2.0 at the Columbia Global Centers | East Asia

Studio-X Beijing 2.0 launch and panel discussion Architectural Practice and the City moderated by Jeffrey Johnson @ Columbia Global Centers | East Asia

Jing Liu, SO-IL + GSAPP
Sarah Dunn, UrbanLab + GSAPP
Li Hu, Open Architecture
Wang Hui, Urbanus
Ma Yansong, MAD Architects

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 | 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Global Centers | East Asia
No. 26, 1 F, Core Plaza, No.1 Shanyuan Street, Zhongguancun, Haidian District (map)

Jeffrey Johnson is announced as the director of Asia Megacities Lab.

As a new regional model, and as a result of increasing and productive collaborations with Columbia’s Global Centers, Studio-X Beijing has been transitioned to the Columbia Global Centers | East Asia central offices, and programs will be developed in close partnership with Columbia faculty.  As the director of Asia Megacities Lab, Jeffrey Johnson will build on the Studio-X Beijing platform developed over the past five years, and will lead GSAPP's initiatives across Asia.

Join Jeffrey Johnson on The New Cities Summit 2014!

Parallel Workshop: Cultural Districts as Engines of Urban Transformation on 2014 New Cities Summit @ Winspear Opera House 

by Manal Ataya, Jamie Bennett, Michael Eissenhauer, Adrian Ellis, Jeffrey Johnson, and Michael Lynch

Wednesday, June 18th 2014 | 01:45 p.m - 02:45 p.m
Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street, Dallas TX 75201 (map)


Join Jeffrey Johnson on 102nd ACSA Annual Meeting!

Special Focus Session Global Practices @ 102nd ACSA Annual Meeting

by Enrique Walker, Amale Andraos,  Hilary Sample, Juan Herreros, Jeffrey Johnson

Saturday, April 12th 2014 | 05:00 p.m. - 06:30 p.m.
College of Architecture + The Arts Miami Beach Urban Studios
420 Lincoln Road Suite 440 | Miami Beach, Florida 33139 (map)