Distinction Between “Being or Not”-The Uninhabited Space in a Super Populous Country

Abstract

China has the largest population in the world, so it’s common and reasonable to see people everywhere. However, since 1980s, places in China have been in a dynamic state switching between "with people" and "without people". “Places without people” have gradually become places that cannot be ignored. On the macro level, due to the rapid economic development in certain regions, key cities, with unique advantages, keep attracting the population from surrounding towns, resulting in the phenomenon of "empty towns", which are "places without people" in the traditional understanding. But with the development of Internet of things, 5G technology, artificial intelligence and other technologies, a series of new places without people has emerged quietly. This new type of "places without people" can be divided into two categories based on the causes of "with human involvement" and "without human involvement". This study will, focusing on the "new places without people" generated with the development of science and technology, probe into the status quo of places without people in China and the possible spatial changes they will bring to the cities in China in the future by analyzing their causes, types and morphological characteristics. On this basis, this study attempts to explore the possibilities of integration and complementarity of "traditional" and "new" types of "places without people" in the future development of cities in China.



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Yu Aokun, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, China
Li Jingnan, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, China
Xu Yuejia, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, China

Paper Information
Conference: ACAS2021
Stream: Chinese Studies

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