Social Stability by Design – How Spatial Planning and Architecture Influence Democracy

Chen, Y. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a workshop, seminar, course or other meeting


Urban development in post-reform China: State, market, society and the making of space Stan Majoor and Yawei Chen The formidable processes of urbanisation in China since the late 1970s are unique. They mirror experience of the great expansion of European cities a century earlier, but at a far more rapid pace and greater scale. The introduction of market value into land and property has been a major factor that caused a shift towards the “optimization” of spatial structure in Chinese cities, delivering a complex mix of costs and benefits in both rural/urban transition and inner city renewal. Such physical transformation is accompanied by a shift to an urban society, with impacts that stretch well beyond the big cities in terms of lifestyle aspirations, social structure and the prevailing social model or culture. This presentation will put urban development in China in the spotlight and touch upon the following questions: How does urban space change in the dynamic market transition? How do planning and institutions react to the dynamic of change? How does spatial transformation transform people’s rights and their responses to the changing context in systems, bureaucracies and master planning projects?
Period31 Jan 2011
Event titleStadium Generale
Event typeSeminar


  • urban development
  • State, market, society
  • space
  • China