Urban Spatial Structure and Travel in China


Thursday, November 8, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Gund Hall Room 122, 42-48 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA

Speaker: Lingqian (Ivy) Hu

Lingqian (Ivy) Hu, Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Abstract: This paper aims to critically review the literature on the relationship between urban structure and travel in China. The review findings are further connected with existing knowledge in this research field and with the Chinese context. Specifically, the authors conduct a scoping review of empirical literature on the urban structure-travel relationship in Chinese cities. The review finds that residential suburbanization alone increases travel, polycentric development has mixed results, and jobs-housing balance reduces travel. The results underscore the importance of coordinated development in planning practices and policies. Based on the review, the authors suggest future research to broaden the research framework to understand the mechanisms that affect the urban structure-travel relationship in China.

Co-sponsored by Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Harvard-China Project, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences