Impact of Maoism on the urban form and structure of cities in mainland China

Marek Kozlowski, Simon Huston

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster


Evolution of a Socialist City (the Soviet model)
Planned cities with emphasis on working class neighbourhoods and
industries. Rejection of a capitalist urban structure
Urban form: rejection of decorations, promotion of minimal modernism
(constructivism, development of social realism, prefabricated residential
block)Evolution of a
Chinese City
• Early traditional urban form AD 202-618
• Late traditional urban form AD 618-907
• China’s medieval urban revolution AD
• Cities of the late imperial period (1368-
1911) –transition from ‘empire of
villages to empire of cities’ –the
principles of feng shui
• The treaty port era (1842-1949)
• The Maoist city (1949-1979)
• The contemporary city post 197
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2021
EventRe-collecting the Cold War 2021 Conference: A Commemorative Conference 30 Years after the Fall of the Iron Curtain - University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland
Duration: 6 May 20217 May 2021
Conference number: CWC2021


ConferenceRe-collecting the Cold War 2021 Conference
Internet address


  • Urban form
  • Cities
  • China
  • Planning
  • Political Sociology and the State

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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