The complexity of high-density neighbourhood development in China: Intensification, deregulation and social sustainability challenges

Wang, Y. and Shaw, D. (2018) The complexity of high-density neighbourhood development in China: Intensification, deregulation and social sustainability challenges. Sustainable Cities and Society, 43, pp. 578-586. (doi: 10.1016/j.scs.2018.08.024)

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There have been great debates in the literature regarding the advantages and disadvantages of high-density development in the context of sustainable urban form. This paper focuses on the high-density urban neighbourhoods in China and its relationship to the sustainability debate. The creation of an urban neighbourhood in China follows standard procedures. These are set within a hierarchical system of planning. Within this system, several key variables are fundamental determinants of neighbourhood form, such as density and scale of development. Consequently, the typical high-density small-scale development (HDSS) has appeared in many large Chinese cities. A case study within the city of Shenzhen where a significant number of HDSS neighbourhoods have been developed, reveals some trade-offs behind the debate of what is a sustainable urban form, reflecting the varied roles and interests of different stakeholders. Evidence suggests that inadequate consideration has been given to the social dimensions of sustainability in high-density development in China, and this is becoming a great challenge.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The production of this research paper is supported by the UKEconomic and Social Research Council (Grant No. Es/N010981/1)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wang, Dr Yu
Authors: Wang, Y., and Shaw, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Sustainable Cities and Society
ISSN (Online):2210-6707
Published Online:18 August 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Sustainable Cities and Society 43:578-586
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
706021The Re-Making of Chinese Urban Neighbourhoods: Spatial and socio-economic transformations and access to public services in Tianjin, Hangzhou, ChengduYa Ping WangEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/N010981/1SPS - URBAN STUDIES