Distinguishing Characteristics of Urban Form from Evolutionary Perspective—The Case of Chengdu in China

  • Xu LiEmail author
  • Ling Xu
  • Zeng Hanmei
Part of the GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 122)


Historical urban forms which have experienced long evolution, are resilient and durable. It is important for urban planning to explore the everlasting wisdom and principle from them. Taking Chengdu as an example, this paper collects satellite data, historical literature and maps, integrates history investigation, geographic information and morphologic analysis to identify the historical urban forms from the existing city, and studies their composition and characteristics. It suggests that the characteristics of urban form result from the local environment, functions of city, and historical cultures and customs; that the respectful and matter-of-fact attitude to nature, the local experience and wisdom developed by people to adapt or make good use of environments is crucial; and that historical urban forms are valuable and influential to the present urban form.


Urban form Historical structure Characteristics Determinants Local experience 



This study was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China (51208530); the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (CDJZR12190008; 106112013CDJZR190001).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Chongqing UniversityChongqingChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of New Technology for Construction of Cities in Mountain AreaChongqingChina

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