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A Critical Review from the Other Side: A Review of Planning for Growth: Urban and Regional Planning in China
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Pages: 21-23+97
Year: Issue:  3
Journal: Urban Planning International

Keyword:  Book ReviewUrban Planning EvolutionChinese CityGrowth MachinePlanning Gain;
Abstract: Thanks to the author’s unique experience, Planning for Growth: Urban and Regional Planning in China brings a sense of crossing the past and present, the West and China. With a historic perspective, the author points out that planning in China has a long history of playing a key role in the growth machine, imported from the West, planning practices in China has a tradition of emphasizing spatial structure and form. The book has a wonderful discussion on how urban planning to be reborn after China’s reform, analysed of the evolution of planning powers under the tension between the development and environment, central and local governments. The question raised by the author that, what is the current Chinese cities is thought-provoking. The author notes that Chinese cities are the land-driven"growth machines", the profit from the land sale is the "planning gain" in China. Therefore, if the planning is for growth, then the question is: planning for whom? As the book is about the evolution of contemporary Chinese urban planning, it will be better that, if the book has a fully discussion on those cases who had a significant impact on China’s urban planning transforming process, and if the book has more analysis on the impact of the Chinese "export-oriented" model of development on the urban planning evolution.
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