Urban Planning in China

Urban Planning in China

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Please find enclosed the Table of Contents of the latest issue of China Perspectives, with a special feature entitled "Urban Planning in China: Concepts, Actors, and Projects." The links provided will allow you to download the editorial, the third article of the special feature, current affairs, and book reviews.

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The Editorial Team


"The aim of this issue is to observe the role played by spatial planning and urban planning in contemporary Chinese changes, and to identify theoretical and practical transformations by focusing on the concepts, actors, and projects of urban planning. First, it is a matter of questioning the evolution of the styles of planning and of the concepts that underpin action. (...) In the Chinese context, this raises the question of going beyond the traditional planning model and of the advent of new styles of planning that could become more strategic in order to follow neoliberal prescriptions, more collaborative in order to better build consensus among actors, more sustainable in order to respond to environmental emergencies (...). Secondly, it is a matter of observing the concrete modalities of these voluntary transformations of space. (...) The interest of this dossier is to try to cross-reference these dimensions in order to provide a more detailed understanding of this central element in contemporary Chinese transformations."

- Editorial, Nicolas Douay




  • Editorial – Nicolas Douay [DOWNLOAD THE PDF]
  • Techniques and Concepts for Shaping the Future: Assessment of Current Planning Thought Through a Content Analysis of Town Planning Textbooks – Lisa Melcher
  • Duoguiheyi: Chinese Planning Faces the Test of Integration – Martin Tzou, Du Shu, and Liu Lidan
  • Singapore, a Model for (Sustainable?) Urban Development in China: An Overview of 20 Years of Sino-Singaporean Cooperation – Rémi Curien [DOWNLOAD THE PDF]
  • Organisational Learning Analysis and Transfers of “Eco-City” Concepts to China: The Example of Yangzhou – Giulia C. Romano
  • Institutional Change in China’s Sustainable Urban Development: A Case Study on Urban Renewal and Water Environmental Management – Daniele Brombal and Angela Moriggi
  • Financing Urban Growth in China: A Case Study of Qujing, a Medium-Sized City in Yunnan Province – Thierry Theurillat
  • Evolution of Chinese Ghost Cities: Opportunity for a Paradigm Shift? The Case of Changzhou – Li Mingye
  • Thames Town, an English Cliché: The Urban Production and Social Construction of a District Featuring Western-style Architecture in Shanghai – Carine Henriot and Martin Minost
  • Shanghai: City Planning “With a Human Face.” The Case of the Gubei Pedestrian Promenade (GPP): The Pedestrianisation of a Densely Populated Area – Brigitte Bertoncello, Lély Tan, and Jian Zhuo


  • CEFC News Analysis. Private Entrepreneurs Challenging the Socialist System? The Election Fraud in the People’s Congress of Liaoning Province and Its Implications – Anthony H.F. Li [DOWNLOAD THE PDF]


  • Chang P’eng-yüan (Zhang Pengyuan), Cong minquan dao weiquan. Sun Zhongshan di xunzheng sixiang yu zhuanzhe jian lun dangren jizhi shushi (From tutelage to authoritarianism: Sun Yat-sen’s thoughts on tutelage, its transformation, and the accomplishment of his project by Guomindang members) – Marie-Claire Bergère [FREE ACCESS]
  • Gunter Schubert (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Taiwan – Saša Istenič [FREE ACCESS]