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Urban-Rural Assembly (URA)

Duration and Topic

ŸDefinition Phase: April 2019-September 2020 (with an extension of two months until Nov 2020), “URA: Managing inclusive transformation-to-sustainability processes at the urban-rural interface of the Huangyan-Taizhou region in China through the development of new strategic governance tools and the implementation of exemplary pilot projects as catalysts for regional value chains”

ŸResearch and Development Phase: December 2020 to November 2024, “URA: Strategic tools for integrated territorial planning enhancing urban-rural integration and circular economies in the Huangyan-Taizhou region”.

Project Konsortium Partners:

  • Technische Universität Berlin
  • ŸBauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • ŸLeibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development
  • ŸTongji University
  • ŸZhejiang University
  • ŸShanghai University

Project Description

Urban-Rural Assembly (URA) follows the hypothesis that strategic integrated, participative, place based and environmentally sensitive urban-rural development represents a key lever to build resilient and sustainable urban futures. URA focuses on the case study region of Huangyan-Taizhou, Zhejiang province, located at the margin of China’s highly dynamic eastern urbanization corridor as a prototypical urban-rural learning context, where diverse and seemingly contradictory transformation processes take place redefining urban-hinterland relations. Through the development of transferable strategic instruments, enabling tools and guidelines, URA seeks to foster knowledge dissemination and transfer across the coastal urbanization corridor - contributing to the urgent need for creative approaches towards localization and implementation of the SDGs and the urban-rural integration development in China and beyond.

The definition phase of the project is used to refine the proposed aims and methodologies into a binding and actionable work plan, such as building consolidate partnership with Chinese universities and specific local governments, to evaluate and specify data gaps to be addressed by the project, and gather new qualitative data to build a more solid, evidence based foundation for conceptualizing local interventions and policy design.

The research and development phase mainly aims to address the following four overarching research objectives shared by the entire research consortium, representing a combination of (1) interdisciplinary contextual baseline research on urban-rural interface dynamics, (2) experimental, transdisciplinary development of integrated, place-specific problem-solving strategies, (3) development of policy tools and guidelines to capacitate local governments in integrated urban-rural resilience building, and (4) networking and learning through academic, policy and practice-oriented across different urban-rural regions in China, Germany and beyond.


Our Tasks

Our research team from CERT mainly focuses on urban-rural material recycling (URA WP3). At the definition phase, we conducted preliminary evaluation including (1) a general description of key material flows in Huangyan-Taizhou, (2) identification of untapped waste flows with potential for the implementation of circular intersectoral utilization concepts, and (3) micro-level analysis of industrial, agricultural production revealed environmentally harmful management practices. During the Research and Development Phase, we are aiming at understanding and supporting the management of material flows in the context of spatial human-environmental interactions, agricultural production, and urban-rural linkages, in detailed, focusing on (1) circular agriculture innovations as a motor for green urban-rural integration, (2) circular approaches of urban agriculture for new models of “town-making”, and (3) the role of circular economy concepts for land rehabilitation and sustainable green development.



Dr. Bing Xue

E-Mail bing.xue(at)tu-berlin.de

Phone +49 (0)30 314 25087

Dipl.-Ing. Oliver Larsen

E-Mail oliver.larsen(at)tu-berlin.de

Phone +49 (0)30 314 25804


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