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By Yi Wang

This booklet offers a complete assessment of the evolution of Beijing’s city constitution within the twentieth century, examining crucial social and financial adjustments within the housing region. concentrating on the city adjustments that happened less than the industry financial system after 1978 and past, the ebook addresses the demolition of courtyard homes in Beijing’s outdated urban, the relocation of low-income households from the outdated urban, the government’s position relating to housing within the urban, and home segregation in Beijing. increasing at the author’s PhD thesis on the college of Cambridge, it truly is illustrated with a wealth of historical photographs and maps of Beijing. proposing suitable descriptions, huge literature and case experiences, the ebook deals a precious source for college students and students of structure, city reviews and chinese language experiences. First released in 2013 by way of speed in Hong Kong, it has on the grounds that been extra to the libraries of many extraordinary universities, together with Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Columbia, Yale, Stanford, Cornell, U Penn, NYU, UC Berkeley, Hong Kong college, UBC in Canada and the collage of Witwatersrand in South Africa.

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A thorough survey of the site was carried out before the plan was devised, and special care was taken with its water supply. Here, I shall summarize the four features of the plan of Dadu (see Fig. 2). First, since the original site of the Jin capital, Zhongdu, was destroyed by fire during the dynastic transition from the Jin to the Yuan, the Yuan capital of Dadu was moved to the north-eastern suburbs of Zhongdu, and arranged around the beautiful lake region which had been the suburban palace of the Jin.

That is, the whole land area of the city was 45 times (5 times 9) that of the Palace City (Fu 2001: 11). The outermost city walls had eleven gates altogether: three gates on each side, except for the northern side, which had only two. In the 2 In Mongolian it had been known as Khanbalig, or the City of the Grand Khan, and in the West the city was also known as Cambaluc, the Venetian traveller Marco Polo’s transliteration of the Mongolian name. 1 The Origin of the City 15 Fig. 2 The Yuan capital Dadu.

2004; Shen 2000). Further more, following the so-called “Stalin’s principle for city planning”, which was introduced to China by the Soviet advisors and advocated “the capital cities of all socialist countries must be large, nationally important industrial centres” (Gao and Wang 1991). Beijing’s municipal government, in 1950, set up the development policy of “transforming Beijing from a consumption city into a production city, from an old, backward city into a modern city” (Wang 2003: 66). In 1953, the municipal government proposed The Draft Plan of Redeveloping and Expanding the City of Beijing, the first master plan of the city after the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

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