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The book combs through extensively 32,231 urban agglomeration related works during the past 120 years to explore a theoretically supported and practically based definition of urban agglomeration. Based on the definition, the authors explore intensively the fundamental characteristics, spatiotemporal differentiation properties, and existing issues for China’s sustainable urban agglomeration development for the past 35 years. The study proposes that China shall focus on the construction and sustainable development of five primary national-level urban agglomerations. In the meantime, China shall also steadily and gradually construct 9 regional urban agglomerations and guide the development and growth of 6 local urban agglomerations. In the long run, China will have a hierarchical “5+9+6” closely integrated hierarchical urban agglomeration spatial structure. The study also proposes to coordinate the construction and development of urban agglomerations on the “two belts and one road” to form a national new urbanization development strategic pattern that enables “the axis to connect the agglomerations while the agglomerations support the axis.” Furthermore, the study investigates a variety of strategic thinking and suggestions for creating innovative, green and ecologically friendly, intelligent, low-carbon, open, culture-oriented, market-oriented and shared urban agglomerations in China.

This book will be a comprehensive reference both for scholars and decision-makers engaged in urban development and planning and environmental protection departments. It can also serve as textbook for graduate students of relevant fields.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Overview of the Fundamental Connotation and Strategic Position of China’s Urban Agglomerations

Abstract
Urban agglomeration is a highly integrated and urbanized cluster of cities. Via extensive literature research and quantitative analysis, this work combs through 120 years of studies and research on the connotation of urban agglomeration and how urban agglomeration’s spatial extents are defined, then proposed 10 definition criteria based on the review.
Chuanglin Fang, Danlin Yu

Chapter 2. The Spatial Pattern of Selecting and Developing China’s Urban Agglomerations

Abstract
Urban agglomerations in China are not only clusters of economically connected and integrated cities, but also strategic locations that will carry the national or regional missions for global integration and competition.
Chuanglin Fang, Danlin Yu

Chapter 3. Dynamic Evaluation for the Healthy Development and Potential Issues of China’s Urban Agglomerations

Abstract
Based on a comprehensive analysis of the healthy development status of China’s urban agglomerations during the past 35 years, we can draw the conclusion that urban agglomerations are the strategic core areas of China’s national economic development, and still exerts powerful “siphon effect” that continues to draw capital and talent to those locations.
Chuanglin Fang, Danlin Yu

Chapter 4. The Basic Characteristics of Dynamic Evolution and Spatial Differentiation of Urban Agglomerations in China

Abstract
Among the 20 urban agglomerations in China, because of the differences in spatial location, scale, economic and traffic location, natural conditions, resource bases, economic and social development foundation and development potential and prospects of different urban agglomerations, their acceptance of the impacts of globalization and informationization is also different. In short, urban agglomeration development in China has great spatial difference.
Chuanglin Fang, Danlin Yu

Chapter 5. Safeguard Measures and Suggestions for China’s Urban Agglomeration Construction

Abstract
In the process of urban agglomeration construction in China, there are a few grand principles that we need to stick with for prosperous and sustainable urban agglomeration development in China.
Chuanglin Fang, Danlin Yu
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