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Rural landscape preservation in China

photo-4The Department of Urban Planning and Design of Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University, in collaboration with the International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design (ILAUD), launched the second International Workshop on “Critical Planning for Chinese Cities”. The workshop titled “Re-programming Dongshan Peninsula in Tai Lake. Policies and design solutions for preserving a cultural landscape” will take place at XJTLU from the 19th to the 26th of October 2013. Students coming different Chinese and European Universities will work intensively for ten days developing alternative strategies and design solutions for the selected area.

On Monday 21st October an International Seminar will be hosted at XJTLU titled “Managing rural landscape in China” aiming at discussing the challenge of conservation and management of Chinese peri-urban areas. This intensive programme is supported by the Suzhou Tourism Bureau, the Unitwin-Unesco Chair in Regional Planning for Sustainable Local Development and the Suzhou Industrial Park Design & Research Institute.

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Jacqueline Nivard

Jacqueline Nivard, Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine

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Urban China

Ren, Xuefei. (2013) Urban China. Cambridge : Polity Press. 218 p (China today).

Ren Xuefei is assistant professor of sociology and global urban studies at Michigan State University.


Currently there are more than 125 Chinese cities with a population exceeding one million. The Ren Xuefei - Urban Chinaunprecedented urban growth in China presents a crucial development for studies on globalization and urban transformation. This book examines the past trajectories, present conditions, and future prospects of Chinese urbanization, by investigating five key themes – governance, migration, landscape, inequality, and cultural economy.

Based on a comprehensive evaluation of the literature and original research materials, Ren offers a critical account of the Chinese urban condition after the first decade of the twenty-first century. She argues that the urban-rural dichotomy that was artificially constructed under socialism is no longer a meaningful lens for analyses and that Chinese cities have become strategic sites for reassembling citizenship rights for both urban residents and rural migrants.

For students and scholars of urban and development studies with a focus on China, and all interested in understanding the relationship between state, capitalism, and urbanization in the global context.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 China Urbanized
  • Chapter 2 Governance
  • Chapter 3 Landscape
  • Chapter 4 Migration
  • Chapter 5 Inequality
  • Chapter 6 Cultural Economy
  • Conclusion

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Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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