SPATIAL LINKAGE AND URBAN EXPANSION: AN URBAN AGGLOMERATION VIEW
- 1School of Resource and Environmental Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
- 2Key Laboratory of Geographic Information System, Ministry of Education, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
- 3School of Geography and Planning, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
Keywords: Urban Expansion, Road Network, Space Syntax, Spatial Interaction, YRD
Abstract. Urban expansion displays different characteristics in each period. From the perspective of the urban agglomeration, studying the spatial and temporal characteristics of urban expansion plays an important role in understanding the complex relationship between urban expansion and network structure of urban agglomeration. We analyze urban expansion in the Yangtze River Delta Urban Agglomeration (YRD) through accessibility to and spatial interaction intensity from core cities as well as accessibility of road network. Results show that: (1) Correlation between urban expansion intensity and spatial indicators such as location and space syntax variables is remarkable and positive, while it decreases after rapid expansion. (2) Urban expansion velocity displays a positive correlation with spatial indicators mentioned above in the first (1980–1990) and second (1990–2000) period. However, it exhibits a negative relationship in the third period (2000–2010), i.e., cities located in the periphery of urban agglomeration developing more quickly. Consequently, the hypothesis of convergence of urban expansion in rapid expansion stage is put forward. (3) Results of Zipf’s law and Gibrat's law show urban expansion in YRD displays a convergent trend in rapid expansion stage, small and medium-sized cities growing faster. This study shows that spatial linkage plays an important but evolving role in urban expansion within the urban agglomeration. In addition, it serves as a reference to the planning of Yangtze River Delta Urban Agglomeration and regulation of urban expansion of other urban agglomerations.