Event Sep/26
Anthony Yeh: The Interplay of Urban Development and Economic Transition in China

Prof. Anthony G.O. Yeh is Chan To-Hann Professor in Urban Planning and Design and Chair Professor of Department of Urban Planning and Design and Director of GIS Research Centre, and former Dean of Graduate School, Director of Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning,  Institute of Transport Studies, and Head of Department of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Hong Kong. He is an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Academy of Social Sciences in the UK and a Fellow of TWAS (The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World), Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP), Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Planning Institute of Australia (FPIA), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). 

The transition of the Chinese economy from plan to market has led to dramatic economic restructuring and urban transformation since the economic reforms and open door policy in 1978. The state and the market, which are the two basic regulating mechanisms, have significantly changed their role in economic and urban development in this transition in China. We attempt to examine the interplay of the state and the market in facilitating economic growth and producing‘new’ urban space after replacing socialism with state capitalism. Four major waves of urbanization and urban development have been identified, in terms of the interaction of the state and the market in producing different forms of urban development which also bring about economic transition in China. We further examine the new form of urban development in the fourth stage of urbanization which is represented by the rapid growth of producer services and the resulting development of central business districts. Economic transition and urban transformation in China seem to converge with the development pattern of developed and other developing countries. However, embedded in a different state–market interplay, the experience of Chinese cities may be different and not be easily imitated by cities in other developing countries.


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Economic transition and urban transformation of China: The interplay of the state and the market