Bart Lootsma describes a recent research trip to clarify economic, social and density issues in the Netherlands by studying current conditions in major cities in Asia. He reviews the historic role of socialism in the Netherlands and the effects of deregulation on housing. He describes the sudden arrival of modernity to Asia. Lootsma reviews his documentation on density in Asian cities. In Singapore, Lootsma documents the development of areas adjacent to waterways, comparing this development to the Netherlands. In Kuala Lumpur, he notes the contrast between the city’s colonial architecture and modern developments. Lootsma continues with discussions of Hanoi, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Macau. He concludes with a reflection on life in the commerical and manufacturing hub of Guangzhou.