1st Edition

Australia and China Perspectives on Urban Regeneration and Rural Revitalization

Edited By Raffaele Pernice, Bing Chen Copyright 2024
    344 Pages 72 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume reviews important contemporary issues through relevant case studies and research in China and Australia, such as the challenges posed by climate change, the development of eco-urban design, research on sustainable habitats and the relationship between ecology, green architecture and city regeneration, as well as, in general, the future of the city in the new millennium.

    The authors represent a broad selection of international experts, young scholars and established academics who discuss themes related to urban–rural destruction and economic and spatial regeneration techniques, the sustainable reconversion of natural landscapes and eco-urban design in the context of the current evolution of architectural and urbanism practice. The book aims to explain the conditions in which the contemporary debate about urban regeneration and rural revitalisation has developed in Australia and China, presented by different theoretical and methodological perspectives. It also provides a multifaceted and critical analysis of relevant case studies and urban experiences in Australia and China, focusing on environmental disruption, resized urban interventions and the need for more efficient and sustainable forms of regeneration and urban renewal practice in urban–rural contexts.

    This book will be an invaluable resource for architects, planners, architectural and urban historians, geographers, and scholars interested in modern Australian and Chinese architecture and urbanism.

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    Foreword by Nicholas A. Phelps


    Raffaele Pernice, Bing Chen, Luciano Cardellicchio

    Chapter 1: Whither the New Town in Contemporary Australian Planning?

    Robert Freestone and Nicola Pullan

    Chapter 2: New Opportunities for Second-Tier Cities? Towards an Understanding of Spatial Economic Relationships between Primary and Secondary Cities in Australia

    Hyung Min Kim and Anthony Kent

    Chapter 3: The Urbanisation of China and Australia: Visions, Strategies and Urban Paradigms in the Context of the Asia Pacific Region

    Dan Gui and Raffaele Pernice

    Chapter 4: The Role of Water Bodies in the Placemaking of Kunming City, South‑West China

    Yun Gao, Adrian Pitts and Mengxue Yang

    Chapter 5: The Evolution of Urbanisation and Planning Practices: A Comparative Study of England and China

    Tianjie Jiang, Bing Chen, Thomas Moore and John Sturzaker

    Chapter 6: Bridging Rural and Urban Disconnections: Spatial Graphic Explorations of Australia’s Livestock Landscapes

    Joshua Zeunert

    Chapter 7: Transportation Transformation Towards Urban Renaissance: A Case Study in Hangzhou

    Xiaohe Zhang, Xia Hua and Haixiao Pan

    Chapter 8: Culture-Led Rural Revitalisation in Chinese Intermediary Cities: Challenges and Opportunities during the Pandemic

    Giulio Verdini and Shengxi Xin

    Chapter 9: Design Research of Civic Commercial Space: Reshaping Commercial

    Space of Melbourne Southern Cross Railway Station

    Siyu Chen, Yixuan Cao, Yuxuan Han, David Mah and Leire Asensio Villoria

    Chapter 10: Sustainable Soundscape Design during the Regeneration of Urban Public Spaces— A Case Study in Suzhou, China

    Jingwen Cao and Jian Kang

    Chapter 11: Country Park and Ecological Restoration in Shanghai’s Rural Revitalisation

    Nannan Dong, Yongnan Wang and Zhiwei Liu

    Chapter 12: Former Industrial Waterfronts as Laboratories for Sustainable Urban Planning: Comparing Recent Efforts in Shanghai with Cases in New York and Rotterdam

    Harry den Hartog

    Chapter 13: A Review of Research on Thermal Comfort in Rural Houses in China

    Zhang Jinhao, Lu Jun, Deng Wu and Paolo Beccarelli

    Chapter 14: Ultra Square: Le Corbusier’s Symbolism in Design through the Lens of Philosophy

    Sanaz Hosseinabadi

    Chapter 15: The Linkage Mechanism of Integrating the Planning, Construction, Management and Service of Indemnificatory Rental Housing in Shanghai

    Wu Boshen

    Chapter 16: Impact Factors of Authenticity Experience and Renewal Strategies of Touristic Spaces in a Historic District Based on Grounded Theory: A Case Study of 25–27 Daxinqiao Lane in Pingjiang Road, Suzhou

    Leilei Sun, Zehua Xu, Yi Ma, Shenmiao Huang and Liang Zhang

    Afterword by Wei Yang



    Raffaele Pernice is an EU Licensed Architect and Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Urbanism at UNSW Sydney, Australia. He holds a PhD in Architecture from Waseda University in Tokyo and an M.Arch from the University IUAV of Venice in Italy.

    Bing Chen is a Senior Associate Professor and the Head of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), China. He is a chartered architect of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    When it comes to the business of urban and rural renewal, once we compare cases from vastly different contexts, we are surprised to realise how much commonality that we share, and how much we can learn from the differences. The scholarly value of this timely book lies in just that.

    Xing Ruan, Professor, School of Design, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China.

    By bringing together a collection of essays on urban and rural development strategies in Australia and China, this volume makes an important contribution to the research on more sustainable urbanisation processes from major metropolitan areas to regional centres. Comparisons are drawn between both countries throughout the book, offering valuable insights into their distinct challenges and opportunities. Within its chapters, readers will discover a breadth of case studies and policy recommendations addressing issues related to social sustainability, cultural revitalisation, and ecological restoration.

    Duanfang Lu, Professor, School of Architecture, Design and Planning (ADP), the University of Sydney, Australia.

    This significant collaboration between Australian and Chinese scholars offers profound findings on urbanisation and associated challenges. These in-depth comparative studies are full of insights. The book is an exemplar of grounded, engaged, and productive research collaborations. The perspectives from these studies shed lights on the vital issues of urban regeneration and rural vitalisation beyond these two countries. The skilful editorial intervention by editors, Raffaele Pernice and Bing Chen, produced a coherent book for urban studies research communities and planning professionals. It is a rich source of information for students interested in urbanisation and planning. 

    Fulong Wu, Bartlett Professor of Planning, UCL.

    Drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives and diverse case studies from Australia and China, this volume presents fresh and original accounts of how planners and built environment professionals engage in various forms of experimentation in urban regeneration and rural revitalisation amidst emergent socio-economic challenges. The book is an important addition to the growing body of scholarship that promotes comparative approaches that depart from previous works, which tended to emphasise the exceptionalities of each country.

    Cecilia L. Chu, School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.