Book in Progress

Routledge Handbook of Asian Cities

Routledge Handbook of Asian Cities

Richard Hu is currently editing Routledge Handbook of Asian Cities, with contributions by more than 40 authors from around the world. 

This handbook provides the most comprehensive and updated examination of Asian cities—developed and developing, large and small—to inform understanding of and policy making and planning for urban development in Asian settings. It aligns the state of Asian cities to the United Nations’ New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals to identify challenges and opportunities. 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. It is the first text of its type that covers cities and urban development issues in every region and every nation across Asia. It is also a pioneering effort to advance theory and policy debates on the ‘Asianness’ in urban development and research.

If you're interested to contribute to the handbook, to know more about it, or to collaborate with the team, please contact editor Richard Hu:

Forthcoming Book

Reinventing the Chinese City

Xiong'an Plan

Xiong'an plan

This book rewrites the Chinese city through unpacking the new circumstances, problems, and paradigms of Chinese urban planning and development in and since the 2010s. It establishes its aims and approaches on the quantity–quality contradiction that challenges the sustainability of the largest scale of urbanisation in human history and calls for paradigm shifts in urban thinking and praxis for the future. 

The book focuses on three central themes—green revolution, smart city movement, and great innovation leap forward—underpinning the ‘new normal’ urban development being pursued in China. For each of the themes, it reveals the phenomena, explains the causes, and critiques the effects. It draws upon case studies of Beijing, Hangzhou, and Hefei to further illustrate the rationales, progresses, and challenges of the pursuit. 

The book examines Xiong’an, the newest experimental city to imagine, explore, and advance an urban future invented in China. It also investigates the recent changes in Hong Kong—the most ‘un-Chinese’ Chinese city—after the 2019 social movement: the city is being reoriented towards the ‘second return’ of it under ‘one country two systems’, which is at a critical mid-point of its 50-year tenure. 

The book provides the latest urban observation that is China-rooted, differentiating itself from many (mis)readings in contexts or from perspectives that are often alien to the subject. It will be of interest to readers of Chinese studies, urban policy, urban planning, and urban development. 

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Hong Kong in duality