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Green infrastructure for China's new urbanisation: A case study of greenway development in Maanshan

Zhang, F; Chung, CKL; Yin, Z; (2019) Green infrastructure for China's new urbanisation: A case study of greenway development in Maanshan. Urban Studies 10.1177/0042098018822965. Green open access

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Abstract

China’s recent environmental turn in urban development has been marked by a rush of urban green projects. Many city governments have lately focused on green infrastructure of a specific kind – the greenway. This paper provides a preliminary assessment of the contributions of greenways to a new, environmentally benign form of urbanisation advocated by the central government. Through a case study of the city of Maanshan, it reveals that Chinese greenways are not just a sustainability fix for the economy’s sake, as many urban green projects in China tend to be conceived. Although they are far from being effective in stimulating tourism, they can promote urban liveability beyond the symbolic and lend material support to active travel. These findings endorse an analytical approach that gives equal emphasis to both the physical and political nature of emerging green infrastructure initiatives to more fully appreciate the logics and functions in their ongoing popularity.

Type: Article
Title: Green infrastructure for China's new urbanisation: A case study of greenway development in Maanshan
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0042098018822965
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0042098018822965
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Urban Studies Journal Limited 2019. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Keywords: Green infrastructure, greenways, sustainability fix, urban China, new urbanisation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10064606
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