The past few decades have seen universities take on a leading role in urban development, actively providing public services beyond teaching and research. The relationship between the university and the city has great influence on the space of university, which is vividly reflected in the process of university spatial development. This process has been particularly evident in China as Chinese universities and cities have been undergoing dramatic transformations since reform in the late 1970s.

University Spatial Development and Urban Transformation in China explores the changing relationship between the university and the city from a spatial perspective. Based on theories and discourses on the production of space, the book analyzes case studies in university spatial development in China at three scales – global, national and local – covering social and urban contexts, the urban transformation, interactions in the development process and the changing dynamic between university and city to propose mutually beneficial planning strategies.

This book is a valuable resource for academics, researchers and urban planners in identifying the key factors and relationships in university spatial development using theoretical and empirical data to guide future urban planning.

chapter |8 pages


part I|25 pages

The spatial, temporal and social perspectives

chapter 1|15 pages

The evolution of universities in Chinese history

Spatio-temporal perspectives

chapter 2|8 pages

The role of universities in the knowledge society

Socio-spatial perspectives

part II|59 pages

The global, national and local scales

part III|25 pages

Case studies

chapter 6|10 pages

A top-down strategy for urbanization

Songjiang University Town

chapter 7|13 pages

A bottom-up strategy for urban renewal

Tongji Creative Cluster

chapter |13 pages