Maturing Megacities

The Pearl River Delta in Progressive Transformation

  • Uwe Altrock
  • Sonia Schoon

Part of the Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research book series (AAHER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Uwe Altrock, Sonia Schoon
      Pages 3-25
  3. Transforming into Megacities

  4. The Reorientation Toward Urban Regeneration

  5. Economic Upgrading

  6. The Evolution of Integrative Governance

  7. Public Open Space Between Appropriation and Marketing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. Zhao Juan
      Pages 289-310

About this book


This edited volume covers the multiple changes concerning urban governance in the course of the progressive transformation of the Pearl River Delta mega-urban region in China. Looking at the megacities Guangzhou and Shenzhen, it analyzes the maturing of socio-economic, political and spatial structures after the first waves of economic globalization, political transformation, and their rapid expansion and urbanization. The initial claim and starting point of the book is the existence of a profound multidimensional shift in the coastal mega-urban region with a major tendency towards urban upgrading, economic restructuring and a clearly observable consolidation of political institutions. For the first time since the beginning of the reform and opening up after 1978, this has led to a stronger bias toward urban regeneration, an adaptive re-use of the building stock and an establishment of post-industrial knowledge-based creative industries. The book investigates these changes as a set of mutually dependent developments that have to be understood and analyzed in connection with one another. Thus, the backgrounds and underlying forces that shape physical restructuring in the developed urban cores of the mega-urban region and the ways in which the relevant actors and institutions are trying to both cope with and to influence each other are introduced here.


Chinese Studies Economic geography Guangzhou and Shenzhen Human geography Megacities Pearl River Delta Urban governance Urban planning Urban regeneration

Editors and affiliations

  • Uwe Altrock
    • 1
  • Sonia Schoon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Urban RegenerationUniversity of KasselKasselGermany
  2. 2.Department of Urban RegenerationUniversity of KasselKasselGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-6673-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-6674-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1879-7180
  • Series Online ISSN 1879-7199
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