Handbook of Planning Support Science
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Handbook of Planning Support Science

Edited by Stan Geertman and John Stillwell

Encompassing a broad range of innovative studies on planning support science, this timely Handbook examines how the consequences of pressing societal challenges can be addressed using computer-based systems. Chapters explore the use of new streams of big and open data as well as data from traditional sources, offering significant critical insights into the field.
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Chapter 13: The achievements and challenges of planning support science in e-planning in China

Shifu Wang, Zhaohua Deng, Zheng Liu, Nannan Zhao, Xiaoyang Zhang and Jie Liu


The wide use of information communication technologies (ICT) is now a new characteristic of urban life. In planning terms, there are timely questions to ask: what are the new forms of planning brought in by these new technologies? What are their opportunities and challenges? In order to answer these questions, this chapter reviews the evolution of planning support science in China, focusing on its impacts on the three stages of planning. Then it provides several case studies of urban development projects in Guangzhou, teasing out the details of the real impacts. The chapter concludes that planning support systems have been applied in three key stages of planning in China, including urban plan preparation, the adoption of urban plans and planning implementation. However, challenges lie in the lack of collaborative culture in the original planning system, and the on-site and off-site dilemma that this new technology brings, as well as the planning capability to respond to the shared economy.

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