Chinese Geographical Science

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 543–554 | Cite as

Optimization Transmission Theory and Technical Pathways that Describe Multiscale Urban Agglomeration Spaces

  • Chuanglin FangEmail author
  • Junyan Yang
  • Jiawen FangEmail author
  • Xiejun Huang
  • Yi Zhou


Urban agglomerations are spatial entities that promote the development of ‘new urbanization’ processes within China. In this context, the concept of ‘multiscale urban agglomeration spaces’ encompasses three linked levels: macroscale urban agglomerations, mesoscale cities, and microscale urban centers. Applying a series of multidisciplinary integrated research methods drawn from geography, urban planning, and architecture, this paper reveals two intensive utilization laws that can be generalized to apply to multiscale urban agglomeration spaces, top-to-bottom ‘positive transmission’ linkage and inside-to-outside ‘negative transmission’ movement. This paper also proposes optimization transmission theory and policy decision technical pathways that can be applied to these three urban agglomeration spatial scales. Specific technical pathways of transmission include intensive expansion and simulated decision-making in macroscale urban agglomerations, ecology, production, and living space intensive layout and dynamic decision-making in mesoscale cities, and four cores (i.e., ‘single, ring, axis, and pole core’) progressive linkage and intensive optimization decision-making in microscale urban centers. The theory and technical pathways proposed in this paper solve the technical problem of optimization and provide intensive methods that can be applied not only at the individual level but also at multiple scales in urban agglomeration spaces. This study also advances a series of comprehensive technical solutions that can be applied to both compact and smart growth cities as well as to urban agglomerations. Solid theoretical support is provided for the optimization of Chinese land development, urbanization, agricultural development, and ecological security.


urban agglomeration optimization transmission theory of multiscale urban spaces intensive space utilization technical pathways 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources ResearchChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.College of Resources and EnvironmentUniversity of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.School of ArchitectureSoutheast UniversityNanjingChina
  4. 4.School of Public PolicyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  5. 5.College of Resources and Environmental EngineeringWuhan University of TechnologyWuhanChina
  6. 6.Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital EarthChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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