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Author:Ban Qichao;Chen Bing;Stephen Sharpies;Michael Phiri

Source:Chinese Hospital Architecture & Equipment,2016,Vol.


2.Is the incipient Chinese civil society playing a role in regenerating historic urban areas? Evidence from Nanjing, Suzhou and Shanghai

Author:Verdini, G


Abstract:Urban regeneration in Western countries can count on a long-lasting tradition of experiences in which civil society has played a fundamental role in counterbalancing the system of power, resulting in profound urban governance readjustments. This has been the result of the increasing centrality of horizontal alliances between citizens and associations involved in urban affairs since the late 1960s in the West. Similar theoretical frameworks have been applied in China. However, these have frequently resulted in conceptual shortcuts that depict civil society as immature or lacking and the state as authoritarian. This paper will explore whether these categories are still entirely valid to urban regeneration in China. While the regime has traditionally prevented horizontal linkages of associations in urban governance (supporting their vertical integration to ensure a certain degree of soft control), there are signs of change. In particular, three cases of urban regeneration in historic areas will be used to discuss the changing role played by civil society in China. The ultimate goal is to examine whether horizontal linkages across groups of heterogeneous citizens are arising at the micro-level of urban governance. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

3.The spatial characteristics of global property investment in Seoul: A case study of the office market

Author:Kim, HM;O'Connor, KB;Han, SS


Abstract:As more and more countries liberalise their financial systems, capital has become increasingly mobile. These emerging capital flows and the accumulation of capital are mainly embodied in foreign direct investment. A new component is global property investment which is creating an internationalised office market and distinctive spatial patterns in global cities. Despite the increasing volume of foreign-owned property, as well as the popularity of the facilitating policies for cross-border capital flows into real estate, in both developed and developing countries, there has been little attention to the spatial characteristics of global property investment (GPI). Massive cross-border capital flows, associated with the decision of international property investors, will result in locally intensive changes. Understanding these changes will allow advice to refine and enhance sectoral and urban policy. The primary purpose of this study is, therefore, to explore the characteristics of GPI via the magnitude of the flows, global investors' location choice, links between property markets and office space markets, and government response to these outcomes. Seoul is used as case study because there is a fast growing foreign-owned office property sector along with city's growing integration with the global economy. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Author:Gong Lingfei;Yan Haonan;Zhang Dan;Liu Yaqi;Chen Bing

Source:Chinese Hospital Architecture & Equipment,2018,Vol.19

Abstract:根据联合国国际人口学会编著的《人口学字典》的定义,国际上通常把60岁以上的人口占总人口比例达10%%,或65岁以上人口占总人口的比重达7%%作为一个国家或地区进入老龄化社会(Aging Society)的标准,而65岁以上人口占总人口比例达14%%时则视该社会为老龄社会(Aged Society)。我国于2010年以10.33%%的老龄人口比例正式步入老龄化社会,目前是世界上老龄人口最多、

5.Comparing inter-migration within the European Union and China: An initial exploration

Author:Cheng, JQ;Young, C;Zhang, XN;Owusu, K


Abstract:Labour mobility has been extensively studied in China and the European Union (EU). However, there has been very little attempt to compare internal migration in the EU and China. This article provides an account of an initial exploratory quantitative comparison of EU and Chinese internal migration. The article first makes the case for comparing the EU and China in the context of the growing literature on international comparisons of migration. Problems of data and definition are then explored, and a review of the literature undertaken to identify which determinants could be used as the basis of comparative study. Mobility patterns are measured by comparing selected indicators including inequality, dispersion and effectiveness. The migration process is then measured in terms of the elasticities of internal migration responses to various contributing factors, among which spatial adjacency, distance, economic prospects, labour market, migrant networks, and immigration policy are filtered out and employed for the study. Gross migration flow models are calibrated to produce initial comparative results, using fixed-effect negative binomial regression methods and a variety of sources of data. The conclusion discusses how this initial exploration has helped identify some potential research directions for future work.



Source:Architectural Journal,2011,Vol.


7.VR-based teaching and learning tool for building design and construciton

Author:Zhang, C. ; Chen, And B.

Source:EUCEET 2018 - 4th International Conference on Civil Engineering Education Challenges for the Third Millennium,2018,Vol.

Abstract:A Virtual Reality (VR) based teaching and learning tool is proposed in the present paper. A virtual 3D environment is built for students to conceive their design ideas, plan the layout, design the structure, construct the products (buildings, communities, infrastructures, etc.), and to directly interact with the products they designed. The aim of the research is to strengthen the learning-by-doing approach. The objectives are (1) to build a VR design environment for students to experience corresponding impact from different scenarios, which will help the student understand and investigate different design theories and schemes; (2) to build a VR construction environment for students to investigate how the building is built and what are the safety issues should be noted when visiting a construction site; and (3) to provide an collaborative environment for students in the Built Environment domain for better communication through a complete building project featuring active and experiential learning. Students with different majors in the cluster can work together in a design project using the VR platform so as to enable collaboration work, which is a common working situation in reality. A game was developed to guide the students to explore a virtual construction site by answering technical questions and carrying on tasks resolving safety hazards on site. Unity is used as the game engine to develop the package. VR software package, VIVE, is used to realize the interaction between the virtual environment and the user interactively and immersively. Students from the Civil Engineering were invited to play the game and give feedbacks using a questionnaire. Positive comments were given by the students showing that they were very interested in playing such a technical game. Most of the students were willing to spend more time in finding answers after playing that game. In this way, the benefits of the research could be (1) Enhancing the understanding of conceptual design ideas and how to make better designs in urban planning, architecture, and civil engineering domains; (2) Better accessibility to more realistic structural products in a large scale; and (3) Improving professional skills such as teamwork and communication in the VR-aided learning-by-doing process. © 2018 EUCEET 2018 - 4th International Conference on Civil Engineering Education Challenges for the Third Millennium. All rights reserved.

8.Fine-scale mapping of an evidence-based heat health risk index for high-density cities: Hong Kong as a case study

Author:Song, JL;Huang, B;Kim, JS;Wen, JH;Li, RR


Abstract:The most recent extreme heat recorded in Europe re-alerts the world to the threat of heat stress. Future extreme heat events are reported to be more frequent, long-lasting, and intense. The intense exposure to hot temperatures can cause an excess of heat-related deaths, leading to an increasing risk of heal-related health. In reducing Heat Health Risk (HHR), the use of fine-scale evidence-based mapping of heat-related health risk index (HHRI) and its underlying contributors is essential for policy-making and site-specific action plans. However, its use is still considered to be at an early stage, especially in high-density cities like Hong Kong. This study conducted a spatially explicit assessment of HHR in Hong Kong and constructed a HHRI based on indicators categorized through Principle Component Analysis (PCA) into four meaningful components representing social/language, social isolation, socioeconomic, and urbanization/environmental risks. The applicability of the index was validated against heat-related mortality data at the community level. The community-level maps of HHRI and its subcomponents revealed that portions of Kowloon Peninsula had always suffered exceptionally high HHR ten years ago and after, but the hot spots and problematic communities experienced displacement and the dominant underlying factors of their HHR also varied. Results also showed that HHRI correlated fairly well with the heat-related deaths ratio (R-2 = 0.60) at the community level for most of Hong Kong (62.33%% of all communities that contain 81.69%% of total population). Our analysis results helped generate an evidence-based index to assess HHR in high-density cities like Hong Kong and provided fine-scale maps of the index and its subcomponents, with the aim of benefiting site-specific policy making and optimizing the existing action plans. (C) 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

9.Cultural Creative Industry and Creative City


Source:Shanghai Urban Planning Review,2017,Vol.

Abstract:The paper reviews the concepts of creative industry, cultural industry, cultural creative industry and creative city. It explains the emergence and evolvement of these terms, and summarizes features of cultural creative industry, namely uncertain markets, maximizing user number, flexible labor market, and project-based production. The paper also explores the roles of urban planning and public policy in nurturing the new urban economy. Two distinctive case studies are used to complement extensive literature review. One is Vancouver's attempt to develop film industry with market-oriented approaches and the other is Singapore's endeavour to build 'Global City for the Arts' with government guidance and support. These two cases provide both theoretical and practical references to the Chinese cities undergoing industrial restructuring.

10.Rethinking Issues Related to Urban Villages in China-An Inspiration from the Evolution of the Slums in Sheffield, UK

Author:CHEN Luxuan;KANG Jian;CHEN Bing

Source:Journal of Human Settlements in West China,2016,Vol.31

Abstract:This paper summarises important lessons on city renewal based on a case study of the evolution of the slums in Shefifeld, UK, between 18C to 19C. Based on this case study, this paper provides a new thought on issues related to urban villages in China’s urbanization process, and indicates that there are three important issues that need to be taken into account in the renewal of urban villages. First, it is important to explore issues arising in the renewal process from an integrated perspective and give priority to sustainable development of the reallocated communities. It is expected that the integrative implementation of short-term, medium-term and long-term actions would help avoid the vicious circle of demolition and rebuild. Second, it is important to ensure the high quality of the reallocated communities. Third, the reallocated communities should be designed towards a mixed development pattern.

11.Policy and Practice The Northern Powerhouse: a comparative perspective

Author:Nurse, A;Chen, CL;Desjardins, X


12.A Study on Architectural Design Tools and Sustainability Assessment Standards of the Healthcare Environment

Author:Ban Qichao;Chen Bing;Gelun;Stephen Sharpies;Michael Phiri

Source:Architectural Journal,2016,Vol.






14.The role of Quality of Place factors in expatriate international relocation decisions: A case study of Suzhou, a globally-focused Chinese city

Author:Kim, HM;Cocks, M


Abstract:The role of 'quality of place' (QoP) in attracting and retaining workers has been a significant concern of urban related policy makers and research communities over the past decade. This paper aims to address the significance of QoP factors in attracting and/or retaining global talent by presenting the findings and implications of a study into the relocation decisions of expatriate workers in Suzhou, China. Findings from a survey questionnaire indicate that global talent moving to Suzhou have been driven primarily by career-related opportunities instead of QoP factors. However, binary logit analysis shows that QoP factors have contributed positively towards the retention of global talent in the city. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

15.A Vision for Pervasive Information Visualisation to Support Passenger Navigation in Public Metro Networks

Author:Craig, P;Liu, Y


Abstract:This paper presents a vision of how pervasive information visualization can be used to support passenger navigation in public metro systems. The system we propose combines mobile devices with large display interfaces in order to make the process of metro system navigation more convenient by allowing a passenger to plan their route in the station using a large-display interface and follow the route using notifications on a smart-watch or similar wearable device. This system will reduce the need for passengers to search in-station maps for their destination, rely on their view of in-carriage route maps, or work a metro navigation app on their smart-phone on crowded carriages. This aims to make the process of metro travel less of a hassle for most travellers, and especially travellers who are not familiar with the metro network. Our system acts also acts as an early stage case-study for testing the concept of pervasive information visualization.





18.Facilitating Community Engagement and Ageing-in-place Using Installation art Based on the Principle of Environmental Behavior—— Case Studies in Suzhou

Author:Liu Shuang;Chen Bing

Source:Chinese Hospital Architecture & Equipment,2020,Vol.21


19.Study on Jobs-Housing Spatial Relationship and Commuting Efficiency: Evaluation Potential of Excess Commuting

Author:Liu Xianteng;Chen Xueming;Zhou Jiangping

Source:Urban Transport of China,2018,Vol.16

Abstract:Excess commuting is an analytical framework for assessing the jobs-housing spatial relationship and commuting efficiency.This paper first reviews the origin and evolution of the concept of excess com-muting in the past three decades, then highlights its strengths and weaknesses when applied to evaluate commuting efficiency.By placing Bertaud's commuting model and its spatial structure in Brothie's Trian-gle Model,the paper discusses various evolution directions caused by the change of jobs-housing spatial re-lationship.The paper also analyzes the potentials of excess commuting in assessing urban jobs-housing bal-ance and commuting efficiency.The paper concludes that the excess commuting framework is an impor-tant analysis tool for studying the transformation of urban spatial form and evaluating the optimization of spatial structure.



Source:China Policy Review,2016,Vol.

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