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Much of the prodigious growth of Chinese cities is happening on the edges of historic centres. Here, the availability of land on the periphery, at prices lower than those of the historic centres, meets the tendency for a restructuring of the city in conditions of metropolitanisation and on growth axes centred on new regional and national road and rail infrastructures. It is here too that particular problems may be addressed, including those of the formation of settlements of new urban migrants and their integration into urban economies and societies. The problem needs to be addressed at the scale of the whole metropolitan region, as regions are restructured from their historic monocentric to new polycentric configurations, and at the same time at the level of the new centres themselves, constructed or emergent as parts of this metropolitan structure. Already several studies and projects have been done under this broad theme in the cities of Shenyang, Xi’an, Beijing, and …

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