Vol. 2 No. 2 (2021): Ruralities

Yanming Lake Town, Henan: Il potenziamento dello spazio rurale nella Cina contemporanea

Leonardo Ramondetti
Politecnico di Torino DIST - Dipartimento Interateneo di Scienze, Progetto e Politiche del Territorio, gruppo di ricerca China Room
Published December 23, 2021
  • Chinese urbanisation,
  • urban-rural relations,
  • new agrarian landscape,
  • rural infrastructure
How to Cite
Ramondetti, L. (2021). Yanming Lake Town, Henan. Contesti. Città, Territori, Progetti, 2(2), 115-128. https://doi.org/10.13128/contest-12967


The contribution discusses the ongoing spatial transformations in the rural areas of inland China, based on the investigation of Yanming Lake Town in Zhongmu County, Henan. This place, considered ‘off the map’ until the last decade, is now subjected to radical changes: new infrastructures are built, new settlements are developed, and new productive activities are promoted. By investigating the ongoing restructuring and the emerging landscape, the paper uses the radicality of Chinese context to question some phenomena which are broadly debated in today’s rural studies. Particularly, two are the main issues: what are the new relations between urban and rural areas, and how they influence the way in which rural spaces are designed.


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