Special Issue Call for Papers: Influential theories and works for contemporary Chinese urban planning and design (1920-2020)

June 28, 2020


With a continuous fast-pace urbanisation, China remains a fascinating venue of experimentations and research for architects, planners, urban designers and landscape architects alike. In the last two decades, many ‘star-architects’ have contributed to the erection of iconic structures that have become landmarks regionally but also internationally (see for example Zaha Hadid’s Cultural Complex in Changsha or Opera House in Guangzhou; Herzog & de Meuron Olympic Stadium in Beijing, etc). Yet, landmarks represent a very small part of the development of cities, megapolises and provinces; even more so in a country with such a large territory. It is timely therefore to examine the historical and theoretical influences, both nationally and internationally, that have contributed to shape contemporary Chinese urban planning and design.

Consequently, this Special Issue (SI) seeks original contributions that will reveal what theories, principles and works have underpinned the Chinese urban planning and design of the last 100 years (1920-2020). It also seeks to understand the historical concepts and practices in this field and how these have been transformed - or not- by internal and external factors, such as political reforms, globalisation and climate change. At last, this SI invites submissions reflecting on the transferability of contemporary Chinese urban planning and design theories and works to other geographical contexts.

Guest Editors:

Assoc. Prof. Karine Dupre, Griffith University, Australia

Dr. Hing-Wah Chau, Victoria University, Australia

Dr. Bixia Xu, Asia Pacific Agri-Corp (Projects) Pty Ltd, Australia


Submission starting date: July 1st, 2020

Abstract submission deadline: September 30th, 2020

Full paper deadline: January 31st, 2021 

Expected publication date: June 30th, 2021


Abstract of (150-200 words) to be sent to

Final paper (6,000-8,000 words) to follow online author registration and submission:

Please submit your paper along with a cover letter including the special issue title. Your paper will undergo a fair peer review and be published free of charge and immediately after acceptance and will be available to an international audience.


Editorial Office

Journal of Chinese Architecture and Urbanism


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