Cities in Transition: Episodes of Spatial Planning in Modern China

Wang, Bing. “Cities in Transition: Episodes of Spatial Planning in Modern China,” in Crossing Borders: International Exchange and Planning Practices, edited by P. Healey and R. Upton (London, New York: Routledge, 2010), Ch. 5, pp. 95-116.

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Bing Wang

Harvard University - Harvard Graduate School of Design

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

This paper examines three critical episodes of Chinese spatial planning in the context of the country’s urbanization and modernization process from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. It focuses primarily on the significance of the diffusion and assimilation of borrowed ideas and techniques in planning applications for the construction of the urban landscape. The multitude of channels that transferred this planning knowledge base to China – which ranged from the translation of imported techniques into local operations, and direct implantation of imaginary physical identities, to the interpretation of spatial planning as a component of macro-economic development and resource allocation – have all contributed to form the hybrid layering of the spatial and social fabric of urban neighborhoods in Chinese cities, and to record changes in urban history.

Keywords: Cities in Transition, Urban Development, Urbanization, Cross-cultural Planning

Suggested Citation

Wang, Bing, Cities in Transition: Episodes of Spatial Planning in Modern China (2010). Wang, Bing. “Cities in Transition: Episodes of Spatial Planning in Modern China,” in Crossing Borders: International Exchange and Planning Practices, edited by P. Healey and R. Upton (London, New York: Routledge, 2010), Ch. 5, pp. 95-116., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3823601

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