ISSUES2020 No.1
Editor’s Note: The Chinese New Year of 2020 is destined to be unusual, because of the unexpected outbreak of the novel coronavirus, i.e., COVID-19 as officially named, just before the Spring Festival Holiday, the most important holiday season for Chinese people. The epidemic of COVID-19 in China, which appeared later also in other parts of the world, brought about high concerns and hot debates in the fields of not only virology and medical science, but also urban planning and governance. Two points are worthy of attention from the viewpoint of planning. It recalls the historic fact that, about two hundred years ago in the UK, under the circumstance of rapid urbanization driven by industrialization, the broad concern and final legislation on public health in front of the danger of epidemic diseases due to the lack of drainage, sewage, and water supply systems became one of the key cornerstones supporting the birth of modern urban planning. Since then on, the care for public health has been one of the original missions of modern urban planning, with its focus expanding from the management of drainage, sewage, water supply, etc. to the supply of green spaces and medical facilities, and the prevention and reduction of natural disasters, although in reality disaster prevention and reduction planning mostly concerns the conservation of green spaces and the construction of medical facilities. However, the current fact that the local territories under the jurisdiction of Hubei Province, including Wuhan, the provincial capital of over 14 million people, had to be successively self-isolated at both the city and community levels under the pressure of the COVID-19 epidemic justifies necessary reforms on urban planning and governance for the construction of real healthy city against epidemic diseases. At the same time, the expansion of the COVID-19 in other countries beyond China reminds again the significance of globalization. It implies not only the interaction and integration of trade, capital, people, and knowledge for economic, social, and cultural purposes, but also the construction of “a community of common destiny for all mankind” in front of any global risk like the COVID-19. If we say that the economic, social, and cultural globalization relies on the physical networks of transportation and communication, like the land Silk Road for archaic globalization, the maritime Silk Road for proto-globalization, and the land-sea-air transportation and telecommunication networks for modern globalization, the construction of “a community of common destiny for all mankind” today relies more on the global efforts of collaboration and cooperation. For that, cities will definitely take the leading role through positive initiatives like the Belt and Road.

Copyright © 2014 CCPR. All Rights Reserved

京ICP备13046102号-1 京公网安备 11010802013420号