Set against the wider background of global suburbanization, this paper contributes to the emerging literature on the formation of technoburbia in China, and more importantly, the potential “urban contradictions” accompanying this process. Through a bottom-up empirical exploration
of the Future Sci-tech City Corridor in Hangzhou and its embedded Featured Town initiative in particular, we observe how the future of technoburbia in China is by no means free from similar challenges in housing affordability and labor stratification. However, these contradictions are managed
entirely differently in China. Nevertheless, the highly planned nature of China’s technoburbia also rubs up against political decentralization, demographic change and economic upgrading, implying significant trials and tribulations along the way.
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Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
School of International and Public Affairs & China Institute for Urban Governance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China
School of Earth Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
November 26, 2019