Acta Geographica Sinica ›› 2021, Vol. 76 ›› Issue (12): 2909-2928.doi: 10.11821/dlxb202112004

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Evolution and mechanism of social-economic space in the rural-urban transition zones

SONG Zhijun1,2(), LI Xiaojian1,3,4(), ZHENG Xing5   

  1. 1. College of Geography and Environmental Science, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004, Henan, China
    2. Key Laboratory of Geospatial Technology for the Middle and Lower Yellow River Regions, Ministry of Education, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004, Henan, China
    3. Key Research Institute of Yellow River Civilization and Sustainable Development, Henan University, Kaifeng 475001, Henan, China
    4. Collaborative Innovation Center of Urban-Rural Coordinated Development, Henan University of Economics and Law, Zhengzhou 450046, Henan, China
    5. Department of Land Resources Management, Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou 310018, China
  • Received:2020-08-21 Revised:2021-07-25 Online:2021-12-25 Published:2022-02-25
  • Contact: LI Xiaojian;
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(42071156);National Natural Science Foundation of China(41971223);Project of Collaborative Innovation Center of Yellow River Civilization/Institute of Yellow River Civilization and Sustainable Development(2020M18)


Urban space is characterized by both marketing and planning driven attributes, but very few studies were carried out on the scale of their spatial influence in Chinese academia. This paper takes the rural-urban transition zones of 10 cities in Zhejiang from 1980 to 2010 as the case, aiming to conduct multi-level research which was formed between 60 m to 800 m, including courtyard group level, block level, community level, and residential area level, spatial analysis with the market and planning driving forces. It also analyzes the micro-meso space with the generalized spatial multifractal analysis based on five-year data. Through composition of the spatial regularized, trended and disordered land patches, the analysis shows that there were three basic spatial scales (including market-driven courtyard group level space, plan-driven residential area level space, and the transitional interval of the two-block level space and community level space) in the rural-urban transition zones. The results of spatial expansion analysis show that, due to the different leading roles of market and planning at different scales, the spatial evolution at the courtyard group level, community level, and residential area level was dominated by the combination of trend and regularization, while the spatial evolution at the block level was dominated by the combination of trend and disorder. The results of subjectivity analysis further indicate that under the action of the corresponding driving forces, the courtyard group level space was displayed as agglomeration, while the community level space and the residential area level space were shown as diffusion, and the three have obvious trended characteristics. Furthermore, the development of block level space followed a disordered evolution. The contribution of the paper includes the finding of an objective phenomenon that the spatial pattern of the rural-urban transition zones has often been dominated by tendency and regularity, but the evolution subjectivity is dominated by tendency, due to the combination and its sequence changes of the regularity, trend and disordered on the f(a)-a(q) curve. It will provide a specific scientific basis for the spatial scale division and "the system identification of multi-level features" in territorial spatial planning driving forces.

Key words: multicomponent recombination, spatial multifractal, courtyard level-residential level, f(a)-a(q) curve, rural-urban transition zone