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Shaken AuthorityChina's Communist Party and the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake$
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Christian P. Sorace

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501707537

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501707537.001.0001

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The Utopia of Urban Planning

The Utopia of Urban Planning

Dujiangyan Municipality

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Shaken Authority

Christian P. Sorace

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines Dujiangyan Municipality's “urban-rural integration” plan and the Chinese Communist Party's obsession with urban form and ideology as the solution to rural underdevelopment. In urban planning discourse, “small townships are to serve as the key combination point between cities and the countryside.” Before the Sichuan earthquake, Dujiangyan was already a model laboratory for experiments in urban–rural integration that were accelerated and expanded during the reconstruction process. The ideology and discourse of utopian urbanism gave shape to the post-Sichuan earthquake reconstruction plans and was responsible for generating “the frenetic physicality of the reconstruction effort, which is transforming the lives of isolated communities with dizzying speed.” The chapter discusses the “three concentrations” around which the urban-rural integration plan for the greater Chengdu municipal area, including Dujiangyan Municipality, was organized: the concentration and efficient rationalization of land use, the concentration of industry, and new urban citizen construction.

Keywords:   urban-rural integration, Dujiangyan Municipality, rural underdevelopment, urban planning, Sichuan earthquake, reconstruction, utopian urbanism, land use, industry

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