A collaborative research between Politecnico di Torino and Massachusetts
Institute of Technology
Urban growth in Chinese cities, particularly far from major urban
centers, reveal a complex
urban-rural binary. Many studies have focused on the social and economic aspects of this
territorial restructuring, while the forms and features of this urbanization process have
received less attention. This is our contribution.
The project combines quantitative and qualitative methodologies in the
analysis of recent
urbanization in China, in particular high-speed railway (HSR) new cities, and try to answer
questions like: What effects do HSR networks have on urban form? And what effects do they have
on the factors determining urban vibrancy?
The research project aims to investigate the urban form of inner “small cities”
along the Shanghai-Kunming infrastructural corridor related to their new High
Speed Railway stations.
This paper presents evidence supporting the claim that China’s bullet trains are
playing the role that allows individuals to access the megacity without living
within its boundaries.
Using satellite imagery and online archives of government documents, this paper
identifies 180 HSR new towns in China and uses data on establishment growth to
measure the local vibrancy of the new town at a fine spatial scale.
This project looks to the transformations that are currently underway in those
Chinese territories that are identifiable as “small cities”, and which for a
long time were excluded from the expansion of China’s major mega-city regions.
This paper measures the knowledge creation consequences associated with the
construction of China's high speed rail (HSR) network that connects mega cities,
that feature the nation's best universities, to secondary cities.
High speed rail transportation technology has greatly enhanced market
accessibility, reduced time costs thus expanding labor markets, and strengthened
In China, understanding the impact of air pollution is crucial.
Predicting neighborhoods’ socioeconomic
attributes using restaurant data
This research examines the spaces of three new towns in detail –
Tongzhou, Zhaoqing and Zhengdong – and then moves on to
both the exceptionality and the ordinariness of Chinese