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Over the past decades, Chinese cities have become more expansive. Although plans have been made to accommodate rapid urbanization and suburbanization of cities, many of these plans are not yet meeting the goals of directing and managing efficient and equitable growth. Program researchers provide information and analysis to help planners and policymakers understand what planning techniques are available for the promotion of sustainable growth.

Key areas of study include:

  • Planning technique
  • Urban growth management and smart growth
  • Monitoring and evaluation of urban plans
  • Urban transition and inner-city revitalization


Evaluating the Effects of Urban Master Plan: Learning from American Experiences
Zhiyong Jiang, Yan Song

Evaluating Urban Plan Contextual Validity: A Case Study of Shenzhen
Li Zhihui, Song Yan,Chen Yanping, China Academic Journal Eletronic Publishing House

From Local to Global: One Hundred Years of Neighborhood Planning
William M. Rohe

New Research Directions in Urban Form: A Multi-disciplinary, Multi-scale and Policy-oriented Review
Yan Song, Chun Zhang

Reflection on the New Urbanism Movement in the U.S.
Yan Song, Chun Zhang

The Internal Evaluation of Urban Plan Validity: Learning from American Planning Experiences
Haozhe Zhang, Yan Song, Yanping Chen, Guangjun Jin

Urban Plan Evaluation: Learning From American Examples
Song Yan, Jiang Zhiyong, Yang Xiaochun, Chen Yanping, China Academic Journal Eletronic Publishing House

Which index can explain the development of urban economy more accurately—traditional factors or creative class?
Mingsheng Chen