The Kunming Project: Urban Development in China: A Dialogue

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Carl Fingerhuth, Ernst Joos
Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 26, 2002 - Architecture - 223 pages
For some 20 years, Kunming, a provincial capital city in China - 3.2 million inhabitants - has been the twin city of the European metropolis Zurich. As a direct result of this partnership, Kunming now has the first inner-city bus line in China, the first large-scale conservation of a historical part of the town, and new concepts for urban development at a regional level. This pioneering collaboration between western and Chinese planning teams, and the experience acquired in managing urban development projects, are not only significant for Kunming, but of importance for all countries interested in sharing the expertise and knowledge of professionals, whether from East or West, North or South. The challenge lies in reconciling the traditional and historical background of large Asian cities with their zeal for progress, so they may benefit from western technology and practice but avoid repeating the same mistakes on an even larger scale.
 

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Contents

How Kunming Became a Pilot Project
13
Urban Design for Kunming
47
Good Design is Rooted in Cultural Exchange
61
Conservation of Historic Monuments
67
The Concept of Heritage Preservation
71
Urban Design within the Greater Kunming Region
97
Regional Planning in the KunmingZurich Partnership
113
Cooperation in Supplying Potable Water
131
Raising Awareness
163
Theory and Practice on Bus Lanes in Kunming
167
Transportation Management
173
The Urban Rail Communication System
177
The Modern Tram in Dalian
181
A Partnership Born out of Chinas Reform Policy
205
Cooperation and Sustainable Urban Development
211
Aims and Successes of a City Partnership
213

Cooperation in the Field of Waste Water Drainage
135
Transportation Policies Custommade for Kunming
153
The Public Transportation Master Plan
157
Authors
221
Bibliography
223
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Joseph Boyden is a regular contributor to a number of magazines in Canada. He divides his time between Ontario and Louisiana, where he teaches English at the University of New Orleans.

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