Spatial Restructuring in Guangzhou City in the Context of Globalization and the New Economy

  • 1. Institute of Guangzhou Development Research, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510006, China;
    2. College of Geography Science, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, 510006, China;
    3. Geography Department of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 53211, USA

Received date: 2005-12-26

  Revised date: 2006-03-28

  Online published: 2006-08-25

Supported by

National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.40571049; National Social Science Foundation, No.05BJL042; Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province, No.04009529


Globalization and the new economy have had a profound impact on the formation and evolution of the urban spatial structure. Based on statistical data and fieldwork, this paper analyzes urban spatial restructuring in Guangzhou and develops an evolutionary model of urban development. The study has uncovered that the evolution of Guangzhou City is a gradual process characterized by four stages of evolving urban spatial forms: the single-core growth pattern, the Wikilib pattern, the dual structure pattern and the multi-core networking pattern. Currently, Guangzhou City is in the development stage of the dual structure pattern, with obvious differentials in economic structure, urban landscape and population structure between the old city and new urban areas. Such a spatial structure in Guangzhou results from various underlying factors, mainly globalization and the new economy, institutional change, local policies and urban planning. Globalization and the new economy have been playing a vital role in urban spatial restructuring in Guangzhou. The analysis of urban spatial restructuring in Guangzhou has significant implications for the study of metropolitan restructuring in China.

Cite this article

LU Lachang, WANG Jianjun, WEI Yehua . Spatial Restructuring in Guangzhou City in the Context of Globalization and the New Economy[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2006 , 61(8) : 798 -808 . DOI: 10.11821/xb200608002


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