Planning megaregional futures: spatial imaginaries and megaregion formation in China
journal contributionposted on 08.10.2019, 12:18 by John Harrison, Gu Hao
The expansion of globalising cities into larger city-regions and, most recently, megaregions is posing fundamental questions about how best to plan and govern twenty-first century urban regions. Nowhere is this challenge more acute than China, yet there is no clear understanding of Chinese megaregionalism. Debunking some inherent assumptions surrounding megaregions in China, this paper broadens our horizons beyond the narrow focus on what people have come to assume are China’s megaregions to consider megaregionalism as an always evolving political-economic project. We argue the importance of distinguishing between planning megaregions (as discursive and imagined) and megaregional planning (as concrete and actual).
Hunan University ‘Research Talent Project’ (ID: 531118010145)
- Geography and Environment