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Special Issue on: "Spatial Planning Theory Framework Synopsis:Chinese Emerging Spatial Planning in Global Perspective"


Guest Editor: Prof. Tao MA, , Harbin Institute of Technology


Spatial planning work has raised a new round of reform upsurge in China. This explains to some extent that China’s economic system reform has been catalyzing the changes in many fields of society, also highlights the Chinese government is taking a new train of thought to re-examine the ideas of national construction and urban development. This upsurge of spatial planning discussion has brought “Integration of Multiple Plans”, “Ecological Civilization”, “The Belt and Road” and a number of topics that need further study. Construction of the system and the system structure in spatial planning has been widely discussed, also greatly promote the understanding of the topics of spatial planning. However, the Spatial Planning Theory Framework (SPTF) has not yet been established, which leads to the lack of a solid foundation for the discussion of spatial planning.


Planning the spatial distribution of the impact elements of the public sectors is necessary to create more reasonable relationship between land use and function, to balance environmental protection and development needs, in order to achieve the total goal of social and economic development. Spatial planning is an important strategic measure to enhance the competitiveness of region, to participate in the world division of production, is also an important part of the construction of modern governance capacity of Chinese government. Spatial planning is a guarantee of the achievement of “Green Development”, also a guarantee of sharing technology, policy and system of development in China at the same time. It is an important measure for China to cope with the uncertainty of future development through the rational spatial planning scheme to control, guide and constrain the spatial elements flow and distribution. It is also one of the necessary conditions for China’s successful transformation of growth.


It is difficult for Chinese former planning system to meet the needs of future development, because of the relationship dislocation and content conflict between different plans. For example, Economic and Social Development Plan is one of the top-level regional plans, should aim to establish the development goal and implementation path for one region, but has become a mere scrap of paper in the actual implementation, can’t play the guiding role to direct the practice of urban planning and land-use planning. The land-use planning plays a basic role in providing spatial support for economic and social development, but it often deviates from the economic and social development goals and is difficult to coordinate because of its high legal status. China's economic and social development has entered a new stage of rapid changes and high complexity, which requires collaboration among government, enterprises, families and other micro subjects, requires spatial planning system has more mature, reasonable and unified theory framework, institutional construction and policy system.


The theory framework of spatial planning is a kind of “collective consensus” formed by long-term research and practice in the field of spatial planning. This system should include the discussion of some important issues from the principle to the practice of spatial planning, and should also be the reference frame for the discussion in the field of spatial planning. Therefore,this monograph will discuss how to build a reasonable theory framework of institutional structure and policy system of spatial planning, to cope with the risks and uncertainty for the future development in China. Based on the discussion, we can determine the “theoretical position” of any spatial planning, whether is within the basic framework or has done some transcendental exploration. By the formation of spatial planning theory framework, we can find the road of China's spatial planning in the future.

Subject Coverage


This issue includes following aspects:
The meta-theory of spatial planning (including Values, Ethics)
Spatial planning theory and comparative analysis with foreign experiences
Basic framework of system in spatial planning and policy design
Strategic spatial planning: connotation, function and guidance to China’s development
Cross-cultural comparison of spatial planning
Analysis of the environment and challenges of spatial planning
Spatial planning and regional economic growth
Spatial planning and regional coordinated development
Spatial planning and construction of urban agglomeration
Spatial planning, urbanization and industrialization
Practical theory of spatial planning and spatial planning of Chinese human geography (discussion of technology, organization and system design)


Notes for Prospective Authors


Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.
All papers are refereed through a double-blind review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the manuscript submission page
Important Dates
Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 8 May, 2018
Communication of peer review to authors:18 May, 2018
Deadline for revised manuscripts: 8 June 2018