Movement Technologies, Scale Structure and Metropolitan Life – an Empirical Research on the Effects of the Transportation System on the Metropolitan Process in Beijing


  • Qiang Sheng
  • Linfei Han



This paper is a morphological study on Beijing’s metropolitanisation process based on the development of its transportation networks. By extracting the ‘scale structure’ embedded in them, we construct a movement network model for Beijing and use it to analyse changing metropolitan centralities as shopping areas and market places in 1924, 1987 and 2006. Following Taylor’s proposal of Central Flow as a complementary model to Central Place, our study focuses on how the spatial distribution of metropolitan centralities has been affected by the rapid modernisation of transportation networks.

Author Biographies

Qiang Sheng

Qiang Sheng has been undertaking Ph.D. research at Spacelab, TU Delft, since 2005. His work examines the relationship between changing centralities and movement networks. He graduated from TU Delft in 2004 with a M.Sc., and his thesis was entitled ‘Urban Labyrinth’, it also examined a similar subject and methodology. Before he came to the Netherlands in 2002 he studied Architecture at Harbin Architecture University and also won 1st prize in the National Architectural Student Competition (2000), 3rd prize in the Tianzhuo Architecture Competition (2000), and 2nd prize in the ‘Liangsicheng’ Cup Competition, (2001).

Linfei Han

Professor Linfei Han is working in Beijing Jiaotong University as the vice dean of architecture department. He has three doctor degrees in architecture, urban economy, and working as post-doctor researcher on nature geography. He is also one of the editor s of “Planner”, “Urban Flux”, “Journal of Asian Architect and Building Engineering” in China. He has been the Chairman of Architecture Academic Committee, and guest professor of Politechnico de Milano in Italy, professor of Moscow Architectural Institute and professor of Russia Academy of Architectural Heritage.