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About the author:
Jing Zhou (born in Beijing, 1980) studied architecture and urban planning in Tianjin unviersity, China. In 2004, she came to the Netherlands and followed the Urbanism master program in the faculty of Architecture in TU Delft. After graduated as Cum Laude on the subject of sustainable urban renewal, she becomes a Ph.D. researcher, jointly funded by the chair of urban design in TU Delft and the International New Town Institute (INTI) in Almere. Her research project is about comparative study of Chinese and Western new towns, with special focus on the development of urban vitality.

Urban Vitality in Dutch and Chinese New Towns

A comparative study between Almere and Tongzhou

Authored by Jing Zhou

'Urban vitality in Dutch and Chinese new towns' identifies the spatial and non-spatial factors and conditions that facilitate the development of urban vitality in new towns. It is aimed to reveal the impacts of spatial design, urban planning and governance approaches on the degree and patterns of local urban life of new towns in China and in the Netherlands, based on a comparative study of two cases: Almere in the north wing of the Randstad region in the Netherlands and Tongzhou in the metropolitan region of Beijing in China. In theory, economic, social and cultural urban life constitutes urban vitality. The study does not intend to tackle the economic and sociological concepts in themselves, but to focus on the interrelationships between space and society.

Publication Date:
1479183369 / 9781479183364
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
7.44" x 9.69"
Full Color
Related Categories:
Architecture / Planning

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