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1st Edition

University Spatial Development and Urban Transformation in China


Cui Liu

ISBN 9781138232402
Published June 22, 2017 by Routledge
148 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The past few decades have seen universities take on a leading role in urban development, actively providing public services beyond teaching and research. The relationship between the university and the city has great influence on the space of university, which is vividly reflected in the process of university spatial development. This process has been particularly evident in China as Chinese universities and cities have been undergoing dramatic transformations since reform in the late 1970s.

University Spatial Development and Urban Transformation in China explores the changing relationship between the university and the city from a spatial perspective. Based on theories and discourses on the production of space, the book analyzes case studies in university spatial development in China at three scales – global, national and local – covering social and urban contexts, the urban transformation, interactions in the development process and the changing dynamic between university and city to propose mutually beneficial planning strategies.

This book is a valuable resource for academics, researchers and urban planners in identifying the key factors and relationships in university spatial development using theoretical and empirical data to guide future urban planning.

Table of Contents


Part I. The spatial, temporal and social perspectives

Chapter 1. The evolution of universities in the Chinese history: spatio-temporal perspectives

Chapter 2. The role of universities in the knowledge society: socio-spatial perspectives

Part II. The global, national and local scales

Chapter 3. Urban universities in the globalizing world

Chapter 4. University-city coalitions between the state and the market in China

Chapter 5. University development and urban restructuring in Shanghai

Part III. Case studies

Chapter 6. A top-down strategy for urbanization: Songjiang University Town

Chapter 7. A bottom-up strategy for urban renewal: Tongji Creative Cluster


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Cui Liu is a lecturer in architecture and urban design at the College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University, China, and a professional architect and urban planner.