Resilient spatial planning and governance strategies for industrial towns facing sudden epidemic: based on the cases in China

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Abstract. Industrial towns, emerged during the restructuring process from planned economy to market economy, are special products of China’s urban-rural dualistic structure, and also are important bases for the civilian production industry. Currently, under the crucial circumstances of epidemic prevention, industrial towns are also faced with multiple risks and challenges. It is necessary to pay full attention to the prevention work and spatial governance strategies in those industrial towns. Based on the observation of some industrial towns in the Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta, this paper analyzes the ability and shortcomings of those industrial towns in preventing the epidemic, and points out that it is essential to plan and develop those industrial towns with resilience theory. In further, following the concept of resilience, the paper discusses the key points of spatial planning in industrial towns from the perspectives of public space, community unit, public facilities and emergency space redundancy, etc. Finally, several spatial governance strategies have been put forward, including resilient allocation of medical resources, coordinated prevention mechanism, participation of social organizations, refined community governance and so on. Keywords: sudden epidemic, industrial towns, resilience, spatial planning, governance
Book of proceedings: 35th AESOP Annual Congress Integrated planning in a world of turbulence, Łódź, 11-15th July, 2023
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