China’s Urban Century
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China’s Urban Century

Governance, Environment and Socio-Economic Imperatives

Edited by François Gipouloux

The achievements of China’s urbanization should not be evaluated solely in terms of adequate infrastructures, but also in their ability to implement sound governance practices to ensure social, environmental and economic development. This book addresses several key challenges faced by Chinese cities, based on the most recent policies and experiments adopted by central and local governments. The contributors offer an interdisciplinary analysis of the urbanization process in China, and examine the following key topics: the institutional foundations of Chinese cities, the legal status of the land, the rural to urban migration, the preservation of the urban heritage and the creation of urban community, and the competitiveness of Chinese cities. They define the current issues and challenges emerging from China’s urbanization.
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Chapter 7: The ‘eco’ and ‘low-carbon’ promise: a critical review of China’s experience

Luis Balula and Olivia Bina

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7. The ‘eco’ and ‘low-­carbon’ promise: a critical review of China’s experience Luis Balula and Olivia Bina 1. INTRODUCTION We project that China will build almost 40 billion square meters of floor space over the next 20 years . . . the equivalen...

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