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Richard Hu

Richard Hu is an urban planner and a megaproject manager. His work and interests—both intellectual and professional—integrate built environment, economy, and technology to address contemporary urban transformation and sustainable development, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

Hu is currently a professor at University of Canberra, Australia. Prior to academia, Hu was a practitioner and business manager, working on the planning, design, and management of mega urban development projects.


Hu is a registered planner with the Planning Institute of Australia (RPIA), and a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He received five PIA awards of planning excellence (NSW and ACT divisions) and one national commendation.

Professor Richard Hu, RPIA AICP


Since the late 1970s, China has undergone perhaps the most sweeping process of urbanization ever witnessed. This is typically understood as a story of growth, encompassing rapid development and economic dynamism alongside environmental degradation and social dislocation. However, over the past decade, China’s leaders have claimed that the country’s urbanization has entered a new stage that prioritizes “quality.” What does China’s new urban vision entail, and what does the future hold in store?

Reinventing the Chinese City provides a careful accounting of the ideas that have dominated urban policy in China since 2010, emphasizing key continuities underlying claims of novelty. Shedding light on the transformations of the Chinese city, this book offers new perspective on the factors that will shape the trajectory of urbanization in the coming decades.

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This handbook provides the most comprehensive examination of Asian cities—developed and developing, large and small—and their urban development.

Investigating the urban challenges and opportunities of cities from every nation in Asia, the Handbook engages not only the global cities like Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul, and Mumbai, but also less studied cities like Dili, Malé, Bandar Seri Begawan, Kabul, and Pyongyang. The Handbook discusses Asian cities in alignment to the United Nations’ New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals in order to contribute to global policy debates. In doing so, it critically reflects on the development trajectories of Asian cities and imagines an urban future, in Asia and the world, in the post-globalisation and post-pandemic era.

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Richard Hu received the Planning Institute of Australia (ACT) award for excellence in Technology and Digital Innovation, which was announced by the ACT Planning Minister Mr Mick Gentleman. 

'The judges commend the leadership set down in this smart design manifesto. Advancing new and innovative ideas in smart urbanism and addressing change head-on this work provides established practitioners and the next generation alike with a framework to consider new design approaches to address the dynamic disruptors reshaping our urban spaces.'

Book Series: Routledge Research in Sustainable Planning and Development in Asia

Book Series Routledge Research in Sustainable Planning and Development in Asia

Rapid urbanisation and booming cities in Asia allude to the need for new urban planning and development theories to help examine the current phenomenon and foretell future trends. This timely book series provides insights on sustainable planning and development from across Asia. It looks at Asian cities and their best practices of building sustainable cities, regions, and communities. The book series also explores ways in which Asian cities address the wicked problems of climate change, social inequality, and ageing population, as well as how they capitalize on opportunities from disruptive technologies and innovation. More importantly, this series hopes to offer new directions for sustainable planning and development in uncertainties and changes. The interdisciplinary approaches to making cities and communities sustainable will make this series central to fostering knowledge ... Read more.

If you would like to discuss a potential new book for the series, please contact the series editor Richard Hu:

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