Integrating Urban-Rural Development (IURD) Through Governance Programmes in China’s Megacities: The Suzhou Model

  • Chenhao Fang
  • Chen ChenEmail author
  • Min Zhao
  • Richard LeGates
Part of the Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements book series (ACHS)


The developed regions in China are now confronted with the issue of how urban-rural dual development should integrate into a unitary economy. This chapter describes the policy goal, accomplishments, institutional innovations, and issues of integrated urban-rural development in county-level cities and subdivisions of Suzhou municipality—China’s only pilot city designated by the central government to experiment with integrated urban-rural development through government programmes. The chapter discusses Suzhou’s efforts in this regard, its relevance to what has been proposed in The New Urban Agenda, and the applicability of its pilot integrated urban-rural development practice and planning strategies in similar areas.


China Urban planning Integrated urban-rural development Coordinated urban-rural development New urban agenda 



This research was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51608366), Key Laboratory of Ecology and Energy-saving Study of Dense Habitat, and Tongji University’s Coordinated Urban-Rural Development and Countryside Planning Laboratory.

The authors thank Su Xu, Mengdi Wu, Xu Chen, Jie Zhang and other team members of a research project titled ‘Research on the Vision and Models of Integrated Urban and Rural Development in Suzhou During the Thirteenth Five-Year Plan’.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chenhao Fang
    • 1
  • Chen Chen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Min Zhao
    • 1
  • Richard LeGates
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Architecture and Urban PlanningTongji UniversityShanghaiChina

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