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Beijing City Lab

The Beijing City Lab (BCL) is China's first open urban research network dedicated to studying Beijing. The Lab analyzes urban dynamics to generate new insights for sustainable development. Its current mix of planners, architects, geographers, economists, and policy analysts work with maps to bring their research to life.

Challenge

In China, the "urban shrinking" phenomenon ignores mainstream growth. The aftermath of the global financial crisis has triggered changes in the labor and export sectors of Beijing that affect the city's population development.
In 2014, Dr. Lung Ying and Dr. Li Xun Huan of BCL began to research the relationship between Beijing's population contraction and economic indicators. Dr. Ying created three scales (residential, rural, and urban) to measure partial contraction, while Dr. Huan conducted an in-depth exploratory study of industry changes.

Solution

In November 2014, the doctors jointly launched the "China Urban Research Network" to track urban development. They used CARTO maps to inform the public about how China's changing social landscape affects the built-environment of its capital city.

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