In my 50th article on The Guardian, I discuss the exciting, breathtaking and yet downright frightening surge in modular construction in China. These are not one-off homes in wealthy neighborhoods: these are hotels and perhaps even skyscrapers.

The benefits of modular construction, especially as communities strive to become "smart cities," are reduced waste, consumption of resources and less fuel used from transporting resources. As China undergoes massive urbanization, the results have been horrifying: environmental degradation, pollution and displaced citizens. More creative solutions are necessary to sustain all this surging growth.

And then you have the Broad Sustainable Building’s Tower Hotel in the city of Yueyang:

Workers assembled the entire structure in 15 days. The tower was constructed with no welding and no water use and workers only needed to bolt the modules together. No scaffolding was required, and the entire project created a negligible amount of dust. Finally the amount of waste, often the bane of large construction projects, was very low: less than 1% compared to similar projects.

Read the full article on Guardian Sustainable Business.

Image of Tower Hotel in Yueyang courtesy Broad Corporation.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.