Research Components

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Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong

The research component has examined several aspects of new towns:

  • Economic performance
  • Quality of life
  • Planning for health
  • Their role in an aging society

East Asia’s unprecedented pace of urbanization has led to the development of the largest number of new towns since Great Britain’s post‐war new towns development program.  China, India, Korea, Vietnam and other countries in East Asia all have major government-led programs to develop new towns. However, new towns are not just an East Asian phenomenon but can be found around the world.

This research project looks broadly at international experience in new town development, operations, management, and the perceptions and quality‐of‐life of residents. A book, New Towns for the Twenty-First Century: A Guide to Planned Communities Worldwide, edited by Richard Peiser and Ann Forsyth, will be published by Penn Press in 2020. It builds on classic works on new towns such as those below:

  • Burby, R. And S. Weiss. 1976. New Communities USA. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books.
  • Castells, M. And P. Hall. 1994. Technopoles of the World. London: Routledge.
  • Fishman, R. 1977. Urban Utopias of the Twentieth Century. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Forsyth A. and K. Crewe. 2009. A Typology of Comprehensive Designed Communities since the Second World War. Landscape Journal 27, 2: 56-78.
  • Girling, C., and K. Helphand. 1994. Yard, street, park: The design of suburban open space. New York: John Wiley.
  • Hall, P. And C. Ward. 1998. Sociable Cities: The Legacy of Ebenezer Howard. Chichester: Wiley.
  • Osborn, F. And A. Whittick. 1977. New Towns: Their Origins, Achievements and Progress. London: Leonard Hill.
  • Stein, C. 1957. Toward New Towns for America. New York: Reinhold.