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Archive for China

August 20, 2017
Industrial “Edge Cities” Have Helped China Grow

China’s massive investment in industrial parks has paid economic dividends while reshaping the urban areas where they are located, according to a newly published study co-authored by an MIT expert on urban economics.

Has Logistics Helped Chinese Economic Development?
Transport Reviews (abstract)

This study is the first to evaluate whether logistics infrastructure has indeed contributed to economic growth by employing an error correction model with panel data from 2003 to 2014.

August 16, 2017
China’s Tech Companies Moving To Rural Areas

China’s tech giants have long seen the opportunities in lower-tier cities as the urban markets saturate and the geographic center of China’s middle class begins to shift. Now they’re acting on it.

August 14, 2017
August 9, 2017
Polycentric Development Practice in Chinese Master Planning
International Planning Studies (abstract)

This paper seeks to identify the main differences in application of polycentricity between China and the West, and explore the major emerging strands of polycentric development practice, as illustrated through an evaluation of master planning in regions across China.

August 6, 2017
Hong Kong Can Teach China Rail, TOD
South China Morning Post

Metropolises in China are rapidly transforming based on the concept of transit-oriented development, with Hong Kong’s MTR seen as the benchmark.

August 3, 2017
China Issuing Bike-Sharing Guidelines as Complaints Rise

China on Thursday issued national guidelines governing bike-sharing operations to nurture a new industry credited with spurring a transport revolution while addressing mounting complaints over an accumulation of millions of bikes on city streets.

July 18, 2017
Mobile Payments Completely Replacing Cash in China

China’s urban centers are rapidly becoming cash-free zones as digital payment methods take over. This cashless revolution is part of the “green finance” program in some areas, and it is saving the country money and resources.

July 16, 2017
Built Environment Effects on Mode Choice, BMI
Journal of Transport Geography (abstract)

Using data from China Family Panel Studies, this paper examines the impacts of the built environment on individual BMI and the risk of overweight, directly and indirectly mediated by mode choice with structural equation model.

July 13, 2017
Can China’s ‘Sponge Cities’ Model Go Global?
Cities Today

China’s ambitions–for its so-called ‘sponge’ cities–to slow, sink and store runoff exemplify a universal struggle of urban planners united with water professionals against a volatile climate.

July 7, 2017
Chinese Self Driving Tech Could Leapfrog the West
MIT Technology Review

The CEO of Baidu, Robin Li, arrived at his company’s first AI developer conference, held in Beijing this week, in a vehicle that has the potential to reshape the world of self-driving cars.

July 4, 2017
China Bike Share Launches Air-Purifying Bicycles for 20M Citizens

To fight air pollution and create a healthier environment for future generations, eco-innovator Daan Roosegaarde just partnered with Chinese bike-sharing giant ofo and leading Chinese design platform TEZIGN to make his smog-free bicycles available to millions of consumers.

China’s New ‘Forest City’ Will Make You Rethink Urbanism

When China decides to do something, the country can be incredibly agile and quick in implementation. One example is the construction of a “Forest City” that pushes the boundaries of sustainable urban planning and development, a concept the EPA should certainly take a look at.

June 29, 2017
Animation Depicts China’s Rail Boom

The scale and speed of development of China’s rail system is unprecedented, gaining traction after the 2008 summer Olympics when public transit provided much-needed relief from the woes of China’s urban traffic congestion.

June 27, 2017
Two Architects are Transforming Chinese Villages

Joshua Bolchover and John Lin lead Rural Urban Framework, a design lab operating out of the University of Hong Kong. The not-for-profit organization works on public service projects — including hospitals, schools and houses — for rural communities around China.

Redesigning China’s Superblock Neighborhoods
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

In February 2016, China’s State Council released a set of guidelines representing a change in the country’s approach toward neighbourhood design: to move away from superblock neighbourhoods and create a finer network of urban blocks and streets.

June 26, 2017
June 20, 2017
June 15, 2017
China’s Real Estate Mirage
New York Times

The impressive size and wealth of China’s propertied class belies the growing strains plaguing new home buyers. The country now has some of the least affordable housing markets in the world.

June 13, 2017
China’s Skyscraper Age Is Over

At more than 2,000 feet, Shanghai Tower is the world’s second-tallest building. It looms over its neighbors — the world’s ninth and 19th tallest buildings — in a supercluster of supertall structures unlike any other in the world.

June 7, 2017
Parking Policies in China’s Metropolises
Urban Policy & Research (abstract)

To untangle the factors that contribute to delays implementing desirable parking policy reforms, this paper examines the development of parking policies in China.

Drivers Bewildered By Chinese Interchange

Five suspended levels and cars going in all directions: a new highway interchange is driving motorists to tears, as they find themselves lost in a concrete maze resembling a plate of spaghetti.

New EcoCity Model To Mitigate Urban Heat Islands

Prof. Kuang Wenhui’s group at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has developed the EcoCity model for regulating urban land cover structures and thermal environments, and has established eco-regulation thresholds for urban surface thermal environments.

June 5, 2017
Parking Policies in China’s Metropolises
Urban Policy and Research (abstract)

To untangle the factors that contribute to delays implementing desirable parking policy reforms, this paper examines the development of parking policies in China.


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