Research
Area Landscape Change and Management

Urban-Rural Assembly (URA)

Urban-Rural Assembly (URA): Managing inclusive transformation-to-sustainability processes at the urban-rural interface of the Huangyan-Taizhou region in China through the development of new strategic governance tools and the implementation of exemplary pilot projects as catalysts for regional value chains

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Research Issue

Most urban-oriented research and policy design in China is devoted to new mega cities and vast urban concentrations. But urbanisation processes across the country are much more complex and ambiguous, affecting both urban centres and the former rural countryside.

Goal

The project 'Urban-Rural Assembly' (URA) aims to build a better understanding of the urban-rural constellation and interdependencies that are emerging along China's vast urbanisation corridors, and which can no longer be described through traditional binaries of 'urban' and 'rural'. The region Huangyan-Taizhou, part of the Chinese 'prefectural-level city' Taizhou, will be examined as an exemplary case study and learning context: a rapidly urbanising region where diverse and seemingly contradictory transformation processes take place simultaneously in close proximity, producing multiple dimensions of urban-rural interrelations. Goal is to develop new stakeholder oriented planning-governance instruments. IOER part focuses on the ecosystem services dynamics in the urban rural gradient.

Methodology

With GIS technology we will create landscape and ecosystem services indicators along the urban-rural gradient indicating the ecosystem services dynamics affected by urbanization.

Intended Results

In the initial phase IOER tests opportunities for creating GIS based ecosystem maps regarding the Huangyan-Taizhou region in China.

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Term

Definition phase
04/2019-09/2020
Main phase
10/2020-03/2026



Funding

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Partners

Germany

  • Technische Universität Berlin
    Habitat Unit, Chair for International Urbanism and Design
    Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz (Projektleitung)
  • Technische Universität Berlin
    FG Kreislaufwirtschaft und Recyclingtechnologie – Circular Economy
    Prof. Dr. Vera Susanne Rotter
  • Technische Universität Berlin
    Center for Cultural Studies on Science and Technology in China (China Center)
    Dr. Sigrun Abels
  • Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
    Professur Landschaftsarchitektur und –planung
    Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sigrun Langner
  • ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability e.V.           

China

  • Tongji University, Shanghai (WP 1, 2, 8, 9, 10)
    Department of Urban Planning, College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP)
    Prof. Dr. YANG Guiqing
  • China Agricultural University, Bejing (WP 3)
    College of Information and Electrical Engineering (CIEE)
    Zhejiang University, Hangzhou (WP 6)
  • China Academy for Rural Development (CARD),
    Institute of Agriculture and Rural Economic Development
    Prof. QIAN Wenrong
  • Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou (WP4)
    College of Civil Engineering and Architecture
    CHEN Quianhu Ph.D.
  • Zhejiang Urban and Rural Planning Design Institute, Hangzhou (WP 5)
    CHEN Guiqiu, Director
    Yu Hang-tang Rd. 828