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The Implications of the Planning of Beijing’s Imperial City for Sustainable Community Development
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

China is experiencing the unprecedentedly rapid urbanization hence how to build a sustainable city with Chinese featuresbecomes a common challenge for city planners and researchers in the field of sustainability. Beijing has been the imperialcapital of China for more than eight hundred years and is deeply embedded within ancient Chinese urban planning theoriesand thoughts; for this reason it is chosen as the subject of this study. The history of Beijing as an imperial city from theYuan Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty (1267-1912) is reviewed under the framework PEBOSCA, an assessment framework ofsustainable community development which derives from UN HABITAT Agenda. The state of the seven resources ofsustainability is outlined to demonstrate the sustainability of Beijing’s imperial city planning history. Following this,sustainability was assessed at micro- and macro-levels: first the quadrangle as the basic unit of the city is documented andassessed with the Green Building Assessment Standard of China and the LEED for Homes Ranking system in a qualitativeapproach; then the city as a whole was analyzed to assess the interrelationships between the ancient Chinese urban theory –the Fengshui Theory – and urban ecology to understand its implications for the sustainable city planning.The study shows that although sustainable development is becoming a global issue, the key to the challenges faced is local.Integrated with modern technologies, the quadrangle design and the Fengshui Theory will inspire future sustainablecommunity planning and sustainable development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 57 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 129
Keyword [en]
Sustainable Development, Ancient City Planning, China, PEBOSCA, Interdisciplinary Analysis
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-201077OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-201077DiVA: diva2:625903
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2013-05-28, Norrland I,, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, Uppsala, 11:00 (English)
Available from: 2013-06-10 Created: 2013-06-05 Last updated: 2013-06-10Bibliographically approved

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