Event Nov/17
Jian Liu: Impacts of Urban-Rural Dual System on Spatial Development

11/17, 12:30pm, 9-451      RSVP

Impacts of Urban-Rural Dual System on Spatial Development: Can Rural China be Regenerated through Planning?

With discussant Prof. Brent Ryan, MIT DUSP. 

In the past decades, while undergoing the unprecedented process of rapid urbanization, China has seen significant achievements and critical challenges as well in urban and rural development, among which the enlarging disparity between the urban and rural areas, along with the sustained expansion of the urban areas and the remarkable declining of the rural areas, is one of the facts which endangers the balanced urban-rural development for healthy urbanization. Undeniably, this is, to a considerable extent, due to the urban-rural dual system which dated from the planned economy period. Starting with the definition of urban and rural areas in Chinese context, this lecture firstly decodes the urban-rural dual system from the perspectives of jurisdiction, household management, and land management and analyzes the problems of spatial development it brought about at the macro level. It then takes the towns and villages in the metropolitan area of Beijing as example, to probe into the difficulties and trends of rural development at the micro level, and concludes with some thinking on the role of rural planning in rural regeneration.

Jian Liu received her bachelor degree in architecture and master's and Ph.D. in urban planning and design from Tsinghua University in 1991, 1994, and 2003, respectively. She is a Registered City Planner in China, Associate Professor of Urban Planning & Design at Tsinghua University School of Architecture, Managing Chief-Editor of China City Planning Review, and currently Fulbright visiting scholar at Graduate School of Design Harvard University. Her research focuses on urban and rural planning, urban regeneration, planning institution, and international comparison. She has published several books either independently or in collaboration with others, both at home and abroad, and her papers are also frequently seen in some well-known journals of urban planning, such as disP The Planning Review, China City Planning Review, City Planning Review, and Urban Planning International.

Recommended reading list:

  • WEN, T., Evolution of Rural Institutions in A Half-Century. Northern Economy, No.8, 2003, P12-16
  • HE, X., The Logic of Land Property: Where China's Rural Land System to Go. China University of Science and Law Press, Beijing, 2010
  • XIA, N. & Daixia WANG, An Analysis on the Reform of Rural Land Circulation and Urban-Rural Planning. Urban Planning Forum, No.3, 2009, P82-88
  • DANG, Q. & Dingqing ZHANG, Self-organization in the Development of Urban-rural Relations and its Significance in the Rural Planning of our Country. Urban Development Studies, No.3, 2014, P119-124
  • GUO, X., Qilong ZHAO & Guangbi LI, Changes of Rural Land Property System and Transformation of Rural Space: A Case Study of Southern Jiangsu Province. City Planning Review, No.8, 2015, P75-79