20 years ago, many a town took 1,000 years of building to evolve into a livable place. Today, in China it takes less than 4 years too build any city, complete with spanking new infrastructure, systems and all. instant cities are everywhere, Dubai, PutraJaya, mainly in the East. Is it really to satisfy and meet population growths, and demands for more labour and resources, or are we merely adding unnecessary strain to our own economy. Five of the world's most polluted cities today are in China. Would building new cities solve the imbalance in the quality of life we find today? Shoddy construction add to the pains of a city, maintenance problems abound, and traffic jams are a daily experience to work. Yes, the cities are there for us, but do we lead a quality life as we do a hundred years ago?