Connected/Concentrated/Collaborative: Polycentric mega-urban-regions and the future campus

Richard Mullane
HASSELL, Shanghai

This presentation analyzed the regional restructuring of the mega-urban regions created through HSR connections between new intensive specialized urban centers. This was a comparison of research into polycentric models for megacities and the developmental impacts of high-speed rail. The research concluded that China's new megacity is actually a network of smaller cities, creating a connected, concentrated, and collaborative whole. As this next phase of urbanization is driven by a transition to the new service-based knowledge economy, this presentation further examined a new emerging high-density typology of innovation in these cities, as well as the structural similarities between the precinct-scale and mega-urban-region.

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