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Vinterhav, Johanna (2009) The Urban Game. Other thesis, SLU.

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Abstract

This report is the result of a study of Chinese urban planning. Nanjing, in the People's Republic of China (PRC), is the city in focus, but the study also includes a comparison with the situation in Sweden. The study aims at describing prevailing, as well as lacking, features in the striving for a sustainable urban development. The main topic is the social dimension of sustainable urban planning, together with citizen participation during the planning process. By defining the extent of the social dimension of Nanjing's development, towards a sustainable urban environment, and the existing conditions for urban citizens to participate in the planning process of their own neighborhood, the study aims to come up with suggestions on how to improve the current situation in Nanjing. The methods used, were interviews and literature studies, as well as observations in Nanjing and Sweden. UN-HABITAT's definition of sustainable urban development has served as a tool for the study. The main finding of the study is that Nanjing is on the front edge among cities in developing countries, regarding sustainability, which is also confirmed in the city's master plan. It is evident that some aspects of sustainability are yet to be developed, which makes living a worthy life difficult for a great number of Nanjing citizens. The essence of the conclusion is the realization of the importance of reflection, to take a step back once in a while, in order to put the urban planning situation in a perspective, to scan,not only prevailing needs, but also the available resources.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Keywords: Urban planning, sustainable urban development, sustainable urban planning, social sustainable development, citizen participation, Nanjing, the People's Republic of China.
Subject (faculty): Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Divisions: SLU > Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences
Depositing User: Johanna Vinterhav
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2009
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 10:13
URI: http://ex-epsilon.slu.se/id/eprint/3215

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