Urban Planning Helps to Control Air Quality for Chinese Cities

The Hai River in Tianjin.

The Hai River in Tianjin. (thatreec/Shutterstock)

What is the relationship between urban planning and air quality in China?

Rapid growth and greatly expanded motor vehicle ownership and usage have contributed to serious air pollution across China. In 2013, 96 percent of key cities did not meet the national ambient air quality standard. In 2014 alone, Beijing endured more than 20 days with almost ten times the national ambient air quality limit, causing public health issues. Scholars from Huazhong University of Science and Technology and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Program on Chinese Cities (a program hosted by CURS) recently published a paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research evaluating this question.

Read their blog post in Planetizen. In this new series, Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER) articles will be made available to Planetizen readers subscription free for 30 days. This is possible through collaboration between SAGE Publications and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. This blog post will have open access until December 7, 2017.

Spread Far, Stretched Thin

On October 26, 2017, CURS Researcher Michael Webb made a presentation to the North Carolina Housing Conference. Titled “Spread Far, Stretched Thin,” Webb mapped affordable housing needs in North Carolina. The three main points of the presentation, as illustrated in his Urban 2 Point 0 blog post, are:

  • Living in substandard or unaffordable housing has effects that can last a lifetime.
  • Lack of safe, decent, and affordable housing is a statewide issue in North Carolina.
  • Lack of affordable housing is getting worse for many in the state.

Webb’s presentation drew, in part, on CURS’s recent Extreme Housing Conditions in North Carolina report.

Michael Webb presenting his research.